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Erik Nottveit, Arvid Nottveit’s son checking cattle at Tribar Ranching Co., located on the northern edge of Lake Manitoba. Changes to Manitoba’s Crown lease program are creating uncertainty for leaseholders.

Reforms to Manitoba’s Crown lands still frustrate leaseholders

Rent break and extending lease renewals to family transfers seen as positive moves by industry, but producers say issues still exist with new program

Agricultural Crown land leaseholders in 18 Manitoba municipalities that declared a state of agricultural disaster in 2019 will be given a one-time rent credit. However, some leaseholders say this won’t make much difference due to the rising rental rate introduced as one of the many reforms to the agricultural Crown land (ACL) lease program in […] Read more

The project is being funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

University of Calgary expands diagnostic services for livestock industry

Animal Health: News Roundup from the September 28 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The University of Calgary’s faculty of veterinary medicine is piloting an expansion of its diagnostic service unit for enhanced animal disease diagnosis and welfare. Since the provincial government ended comprehensive veterinary diagnostic services for livestock in 1995, private practitioners have picked up those services. That model has worked for companion animals and, to some extent, […] Read more


High mountain disease can occur in cattle raised at high altitudes — about 5,000 feet above sea level and higher.

Study suggests high mountain disease connected to poor feedlot performance and carcass quality

Research at Colorado State University finds pulmonary hypertension in cattle raised in high altitudes still has health and productions implications when finished at lower elevations

A new study shows the connection between cattle with high mountain disease and decreased feedlot performance and carcass quality, even when finished at low elevations. This research, conducted at Colorado State University, examined the performance and carcass traits from high-elevation regions in relation to pulmonary arterial pressure (PAP) measurements. High mountain disease (HMD), also known […] Read more

Meatocracy app connects customers with livestock producers

App creator hopes to offer an alternative to traditional livestock markets

Invoking the power of producers. That’s the intent captured in the name of Meatocracy, a new app that allows livestock producers to market their meat directly to customers. “There’s other online services out there that source, for example, from a producer or multiple producers. But then they’ll do the mark-up and sell under their own […] Read more


The new grading label conveys grading information to Canada’s international customers.

Canada Beef cooks up new marketing ideas

Marketing: News Roundup from the April 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Canada Beef is looking for new ways to promote old favourites such as ground beef, Michael Young told attendees of the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference earlier this year. The ground beef category represents 60 to 65 per cent of retail sales, Young, president of Canada Beef, told the crowd. But a lack of recent innovations […] Read more

A badger lingers near its sett in Wales. Badgers are known to spread TB to cattle in the U.K., but a new cattle vaccine may halt the country’s badger cull.

U.K. to field-test bovine TB vaccine

Research: News Roundup from the April 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Scientists in the U.K. have developed a vaccine and effective test for bovine tuberculosis (TB), the BBC reports. The development is sure to be welcomed by beef and dairy producers, who face devastating losses from the disease. Between October 2018 and 2019, 12,742 cows were slaughtered to combat TB in Wales alone, representing a 24 […] Read more


Alfalfa bales near Arrowwood, Alta. Christine O’Reilly recommends respecting the fall rest period to ensure the alfalfa crop can regrow quickly the next spring.

Tips to assess and prevent alfalfa winterkill

Forage: News Roundup from the April 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

When it comes to assessing and preventing winterkill in alfalfa stands, timing is everything. In a recent Beef Cattle Research Council webinar on winterkill in forage stands, Christine O’Reilly encouraged producers to scout alfalfa fields early and often to get on top of any issues resulting from winterkill. O’Reilly is a forage and grazing specialist […] Read more

The Provincial Association for Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS) and the Saskatchewan SPCA are researching connections between animal ownership, animal safekeeping and domestic abuse.

Sask researchers examining links between domestic violence and animal care

Research: News Roundup from the February 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Research is underway in Saskatchewan to better understand the connections between domestic abuse and animal care. Previous research has shown links between child, spousal and elder abuse and animal abuse and neglect, notes the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association on its website. As well, many people who have left abusive relationships have reported that abusers had […] Read more


Researchers develop new method to detect E. coli

Research: News Roundup from the March 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Kansas State University researchers have cut the time required to detect Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, or STEC, in ground beef. “While the current, commonly used testing method is considered to be the gold standard, it is tedious and requires many days to obtain results that adequately differentiate the bacteria,” said Gary Anderson, director of the […] Read more

University of Calgary opens new agricultural research centre

Research: News Roundup from the March 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The University of Calgary is opening a new institute to research public policy that supports the growth and sustainability of agri-food and agribusiness, particularly in Western Canada. The new Simpson Centre for Agriculture and Food Innovation will focus on four research areas: trade policy, environment and climate change, agriculture’s economic contributions, and food and ag […] Read more