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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


Alberta’s feedlot capacity has eroded since 2003.

Alberta beef industry calls for regulatory change

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

While the Alberta beef industry has been competitive relative to the U.S., regulations and costs imposed by all three levels of government could dampen that competitiveness in the future, according to a recent report commissioned by the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association and Alberta Beef Producers. The study focused on the beef industries in Kansas, Nebraska […] Read more

Don’t forget everyday practices such as providing clean, dry bedding during calving season.

Reducing disease in newborn calves

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

Extra vigilance before and during the calving season can pay off when it comes to producing healthy calves. “Newborn calf mortality can have a significant impact on calf crop percentage and ultimately your herd economics,” said Dr. Steve Hendrick, veterinarian with the Coaldale Veterinary Clinic in Coaldale, Alta. Hendrick spoke about reducing disease in newborn […] Read more


Impossible Beef on display in a grocery store. Impossible Foods recently launched its pork-alternative products to further its long-term goal to replace all meat, dairy and fish products.

Impossible Foods launches new product

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

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month, Impossible Foods moved beyond the beef market, launching new plant protein products to compete with pork and sausage. Impossible Sausage, which is made from the California-based company’s Impossible Pork, will roll out first as a breakfast sandwich at Burger King locations. “Pork is arguably one […] Read more

Among the biggest changes were the amalgamation of zones in the province.

Alberta Beef Producers to streamline organization

Associations: News Roundup from the January 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Changes are underway at the Alberta Beef Producers after the association held its AGM in early December. Delegates passed several resolutions designed to reduce costs and better engage grass-roots members after members rejected a proposal to make the group’s check-off non-refundable in 2018. Among the biggest changes were the amalgamation of the zones, creating five […] Read more


Agricutural-plastic recycling pilot running in Alberta

Environment: News Roundup from the January 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Alberta producers stockpiling plastic twine and grain bags now have some options. The Alberta Ag-Plastic Recycle It pilot is a three-year program, funded by the provincial government and administered by the Alberta Beef Producers. Producers can drop off plastic at 20 collection sites around the province. Details on collection sites are online at the Collection […] Read more

Cattle bale grazing in central Saskatchewan.


Tips for bale grazing

Feeding: News Roundup from the January 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Bale grazing not only helps keep cows fat and sassy over the winter, but can also improve areas with low fertility and reduce yardage costs. Research studies in Saskatchewan and Alberta have found higher forage production on bale-grazed sites than control sites with no bale grazing, the Beef Cattle Research Council notes in Extended Grazing, […] Read more