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Cow with Johne's disease.

Saskatchewan’s Johne’s Surveillance Program renewed

Animal Health: News Roundup from the October 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Saskatchewan’s Johne’s Disease Surveillance Program, administered by the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA), has been renewed for another five years with funding from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) program. The Ministry of Agriculture developed the surveillance and control program for Saskatchewan cattle in the fall of 2013 but funding ran out under Growing Forward 2 […] Read more

Higher feed costs are expected to have an impact on all types of winter feeding systems.

Don’t let high winter feed costs stall reproductive momentum

Management: News Roundup from the October 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Across Canada dry conditions are contributing to a poor hay crop and uncertain feed grain production. Consequently, winter feed costs for cows are moving higher. Planning now for winter feeding provides an opportunity to utilize available feed resources most efficiently. Pregnancy-checking and assessing body condition of cows can help you make the best use of […] Read more


The CLTS MOBO app is available for both Android and Apple devices.

Canadian Cattle Identification Agency app gets an upgrade

Identification: News Roundup from the September 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) has added optical character recognition to its Canadian Livestock Tracking System mobile app, CLTS MOBO, available for Android and Apple devices. Technology information manager Waseem Rehman, says the new OCR technology converts lists of numbers into editable, searchable data for upload to the user’s CLTS database account. Using the […] Read more

If you happen to change vaccines it does not necessarily mean you need to start a vaccine program all over again.

How and when to change vaccine lines

Animal Health: News Roundup from the September 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

There are many difficult decisions to be made when changing the brand or manufacturer of a vaccine line. Hopefully this article will clarify how to go about making the decision and avoiding any gaps or overlaps that could develop if the right combinations are not chosen. The real comparisons can be made when you know […] Read more


CBSA pilot shows steady third-quarter growth

Sustainability: News Roundup from the September 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Third-quarter results from the Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration (CBSA) pilot prove that this program is steadily increasing its supply of sustainably raised beef. Cargill recently announced that the CBSA pilot’s third quarter saw the production of more than one million pounds of beef sourced from certified sustainable producers. This is nearly double the initial volume […] Read more

The best strategy to keep dust down is to avoid a buildup of organic matter.

Managing dust in beef feedlots

Management: News Roundup from the September 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Dust can become an issue in feedlots under hot, dry conditions which encouraged Nebraska extension educator Larry Howard to round up some advice on ways to minimize the aggravation dust creates for the cattle, and the people looking after them. Most often, he says, the worst time for dust is during the late afternoon and […] Read more


Saskatchewan Stock Growers remains focused on conservation

Associations: News Roundup from the August 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The importance of conserving habitat for species at risk on native grasslands was one of many topics discussed at the 105th Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association annual general meeting and convention. The event, held in Swift Current, kicked off with an announcement from outgoing SSGA president Shane Jahnke on the creation of the association’s new grass […] Read more

An AAFC study found that while most unfit animals were being dealt with properly, there was room for improvement in terms of assessing cattle prior to transport.

Better tools needed to keep unfit cattle off the truck

Research: News Roundup from the August 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Researchers have found that improving guidelines for identifying compromised and unfit cattle prior to transport could help lower the number of these animals being transported. A study by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) on the prevalence of compromised and unfit cattle coming into Alberta auction markets and abattoirs has found that while most of these […] Read more


Water and fire dominate BCCA meeting

Associations: News Roundup from the August 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Concerns about biodiversity and balancing resources were among the issues voiced by the members of the British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association at its 2018 annual general meeting. Newly elected BCCA president Larry Garrett says topics such as disappearing grasslands, water scarcity and using grazing to minimize wildfire risk came to the forefront during the meeting, held […] Read more

Low-stress cattle handling instruction with Dylan Biggs.

Ag in Motion livestock programming draws impressive crowds

Farm Shows: News Roundup from the August 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A well-curated collection of useful exhibits and engaging demonstrations awaited the droves of livestock producers that took in Ag in Motion 2018. Vehicles lined the roads leading to the Ag in Motion site at Langham, Sask., each morning of the show, running July 17-19. Numerous attendees visited Livestock Central, located in the southwestern corner of […] Read more