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Amplimune receives organic stamp of approval

Health: News Roundup from the November 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Amplimune, an immunotherapy for calf scours, has received an Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) listing in Canada. This means calves treated with Amplimune are in compliance with Canada’s Organic Regime regulations. Amplimune, produced by Nova Vive Inc., is an immunomodulator that reduces the clinical signs and mortality associated with E. coli K99 diarrhea in neonatal […] Read more

Handlers standing safely above the pens operate the robots in the alleyways.

Cargill plants introduce cattle handling robots

Packers: News Roundup from the November 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Moving cattle from one pen to another can carry significant safety risks to those who are handling the cattle. Cargill Meat Solutions now has a plan to cut that risk that involves using robots to move the cattle controlled by employees who operate the robots via remote control from catwalks. “The average bovine weighs almost […] Read more


The study tracks the performance of pregnant beef cows swath grazing a polycrop mixture versus straight barley.


Polycrop grazing goes under the microscope

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

Those wondering about polycrop potential to sequester carbon, improve soil health and benefit animal performance will have some answers by the fall of 2019 thanks to research underway at the University of Saskatchewan. Jacqueline Toews, a graduate student in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, is halfway through a two-year study comparing the costs and […] Read more

CCA Report: Legislative update

From the November 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Canada’s participation in the USMCA agreement and continued progression of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) towards ratification have helped to alleviate a sense of unease for many producers at a crucial time in the beef cycle. The 2018 fall run got underway with assurances of uninterrupted access for Canadian beef and […] Read more


Beef Cattle Research Council hires new extension co-ordinator

NewsMakers from the November 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Ellen Crane is the new extension co-ordinator for the Beef Cattle Research Council. In her new role she helps co-ordinate the development, maintenance and utilization of various extension resources, including the BCRC’s webinars, blog articles, and other content on BeefResearch.ca. She started with BCRC last month after spending six weeks in Japan as part of […] Read more

The Canadian beef cow herd is the smallest it's been since 1988.

Beef Watch: Canadian cattle herd inventories down

Prepared by the staff of Canfax and Canfax Research Services, divisions of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

Strong demand has supported remarkably steady feeder cattle prices going into the fall run despite uncertainty around feed grain production with a disappointing harvest. Feedlot margins in the first half of the year were better than expected, even though they were negative in the second half, in the face of larger protein supplies in North […] Read more


Don Pochylko with calf.

A tribute to Don Pochylko

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the November 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Hereford and cattle juniors from all breeds have until December 15 to apply for two $1,500 awards to participate or attend a cattle-related event or learning experience. It is all part of the Beef Cattle Learning Award created by Frances, Lance and Sheri Leachman of Big Gully Farms at Maidstone, Sask., in memory of Buddy […] Read more

U.S. cattle hides take a tariff hit

Prime Cuts with Steve Kay

The U.S. beef industry, like other sectors of U.S. agriculture, faces considerable losses because of the tariff wars between the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the European Union. The losses are not as severe as those seen in hog, corn and soybean production. But the tariffs imposed on U.S. beef products exported to China and Canada […] Read more


Don’t pass on ionophores when backgrounding calves

Management: News Roundup from the Oct. 22 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Travis Peardon, a livestock and feed specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture in Outlook, is urging producers looking to background calves this fall to add ionophores to their rations. “Ionophores provide protection against coccidiosis, improve feed efficiency and stabilize the rumen environment by reducing the incidence of bloat. The three ionophores approved for use in Canadian feedlots […] Read more

Canadian Limousin Association elects new board

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the October 22, 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Bonanza 2018 was a huge success. Held July 17-21, 2018, in Saint-Hyacinthe, Que., the event hosted over 100 junior participants and displayed over 150 head of cattle from across Canada and a few from the United States. Bonanza 2019 will be in Weyburn, Sask., from July 31 to August 3, 2019. Hereford Steer Showdown is […] Read more


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