As the sun sets on another summer, those of us at Canadian Cattlemen are gearing up for a busy fall. Subscribers will receive two issues this month. Here’s a look at what’s in the first September issue.
Colleen Biggs shares what it’s like to market beef directly to consumers in a profile written by Kelly Sidoryk. Colleen, her husband Dylan and their family run TK Ranch in east-central Alberta. She speaks frankly about the risks and challenges they’ve faced, how they’ve adapted and where they’re going with the business.
We like to focus on animal health topics in September. Two of our herd health articles focus on how veterinarians and producers are adapting to new regulations around antimicrobial use. Tara Mulhern Davidson writes about how ranchers and veterinarians have adapted to prescription requirements for medically important antibiotics and are reducing antibiotic use. And Piper Whelan interviews a veterinarian who explains why producers now need to book herd health consultations to access antibiotics and what’s entailed.
Finally, we know that with changing demographics, succession planning is a big issue on farms and ranches across Canada. Lilian Schaer brings us the story of an Ontario couple who have not only helped their own son get into beef production, but who have also given a leg up to four other young beef producers.
That’s just a small sample of what you’ll find in your mailbox later this month. Feedback is always welcome. Shoot me an email at [email protected] or find me on Twitter @LtoG.