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(File photo) Animal care is continuing at the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence, but research projects are under review.

University of Saskatchewan reviewing research projects

Animal care is considered critical at the university, but COVID-19 is likely to delay results from some beef and forage research projects.

As uncertainty around COVID-19 grows, the University of Saskatchewan expects to put some of its beef and forage research projects on hold. The university has asked faculty to “dial back” research activities as much as possible so that students, staff and faculty can observe stay-at-home and social distancing protocols, says Dr. Mary Buhr, dean of […] Read more

The current board of the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association (Photo: Supplied by ACFA).

Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association continues collaboration with Alberta Beef Producers

Together, the cattle feeders and beef producers have established election priorities and partnered in the new Simpson Centre for Agricultural and Food Innovation and Public Education.

2019 was a productive year for the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association, with several successes in government advocacy and industry collaboration. ACFA’s year-end highlights were celebrated at the association’s annual general meeting on March 4, held in conjunction with the 2020 Alberta Beef Industry Conference in Red Deer, Alta. Janice Tranberg, ACFA’s CEO, reported that one […] Read more


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Western Stock Growers push for wildlife compensation changes

The association also asks province to reinstate funding for Alberta students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. 

The Western Stock Growers’ Association plans to concentrate part of its lobbying efforts on updating wildlife compensation programs.  In keeping with its focus on sound range management, WSGA membership passed a resolution to lobby both the provincial and federal governments to remedy the existing wildlife compensation programs at its recent annual general meeting, held March […] Read more

Manitoba's auction markets are still holding sales, but are now closed to non-essential personnel.

Manitoba auction markets restrict access

Only essential auction staff, order buyers and livestock inspectors allowed on-site at Manitoba's auction markets

In a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus, Manitoba’s livestock auction marts have closed to the general public. “This difficult decision was made by the Manitoba Livestock Marketing Association in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of their member’s employees, customers and service providers,” states a news release […] Read more


Brian Harper (left) at a grazing workshop touring the high-stock-density grazing experiment on his land north of Brandon, Man.  Beef and forage research is in a holding pattern this spring due to the pandemic.

University of Manitoba restricts research activity

On-site research that would violate social distancing rules suspended.

[UPDATED: March 26, 2020] – The University of Manitoba is limiting its research activity to reduce coronavirus risk.* “Researchers are continuing their research remotely, but only limited research is continuing in university research facilities, including off-campus research sites,” said Martin Scanlon, dean of agricultural and food sciences at the U of M. Scanlon explained that […] Read more

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Canadian bull breeders show their stuff

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the March 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

We regret the error Well, I have a confession. In my December column I inadvertently wrote that the Luing breed originated from the Shorthorn and Simmental breeds when in fact it is Shorthorn and Scottish Highland cattle that make up this breed. I could say it was a test to keep all my readers on […] Read more



The coronavirus identified in Wuhan, China, is new and until now, had not been found in humans.

Simple goes bad

Vet Advice with Dr. Ron Clarke

Earlier this year, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, a public health emergency. It’s just another stop on the Zoonotic Highway, a simple respiratory infection that matured into a global health emergency. Health agencies around the world have tried to smother the threat, but efforts seem flawed. History repeats itself: the novel […] Read more


Will the U.S. have enough beef?

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay

A valid question arises when considering the latest supply and demand dynamics for the U.S. beef industry. Will it have enough beef to supply an expected increase in exports to its major market, Japan, and to emerging market China? The U.S. has spent years developing export markets in virtually all corners of the globe, notably […] 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


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