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Wheat heads infected with fusarium.

Researchers discover bacteria that detoxifies DON

Research: News Roundup from the June 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Researchers have discovered bacteria that convert grain vomitoxins to a non-toxic form. Vomitoxins such as deoxynivalenol (DON) are produced by fungi that infect cereal species. Grain contaminated with DON can’t be consumed by people, and can only be safely fed to livestock if levels are low. DON is also resistant to heat treatment and regular […] Read more

Huge increase predicted in canola ending stocks

MarketsFarm — Canadian canola carryout stocks are forecast to rise to a record 5.3 million tonnes by the end of the 2019-20 marketing year, more than doubling the previous five-year average, according to updated estimates from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s market analysis division. While the department, in its estimates, expects total canola production to decline […] Read more


Revised livestock transport regulations appear to have ignored recommendations included in the CCA’s extensive comments, questions and recommendations submitted to the CFIA.

CCA Report: CCA meets Canada’s new ag minister, reviews transport regulations

From the April 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

March proved to be a busy month with calving in full swing at the ranch at home and other new beginnings to tend to elsewhere. I was pleased to connect quickly with the new Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Marie-Claude Bibeau, by phone in the days following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet shuffle in early March. […] Read more

Unusual third assessment run for livestock tax deferrals

In an unusual move, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has undertaken a third assessment for the federal livestock tax deferral. “Federal officials are currently finalizing the analysis to identify whether any additional regions have met the criteria for the livestock tax deferral,” AAFC spokesperson James Watson said. Under the deferral plan, cattle producers affected by severe […] Read more


Canadian beef grading standards will be replaced with two more yield grades, increasing the number to five.

Canadian beef yield grade standards change in January

Grade: News Roundup from the January 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

*[UPDATED: Jan. 15, 2018] Canadian beef yield grade standards were updated in the new year to match those south of the 49th parallel. The Canadian Beef Grading Agency announced that the three yield grades of the Canadian beef grading standards will be replaced in January 2019 with five yield grades. The quality grades will remain […] Read more

Over a two-year period, a research team collected samples from feedlots, agricultural soils, wetlands, streams, municipal sewage, packing plants, retail meats and human patients.

Does antibiotic resistance move through the environment?

Research on the Record with Reynold Bergen

Recent columns have talked about antibiotic use in Canadian cow-calf and feedlot operations. Contrary to common misperceptions, antibiotic-resistant bacteria are very unlikely to transfer from cattle to beef, evade food safety interventions in the processing plant, survive cooking, and cause an antibiotic-resistant infection in a person. But can antibiotic-resistant bacteria be transmitted from cattle, through […] Read more


“We did not see any interaction between cattle RFI ranking and diet quality.” Dr. Hushton Block, Ag Canada, Lacombe, Alta.

Balancing your nutrients will pay off

Research looked at improving the economic and feed efficiency for beef cattle

Dr. Hushton Block, beef cattle nutritionist previously at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Bran­don Research Centre and now currently at Lacombe, is interested in finding ways of improving the economic and feed efficiency for beef cattle. One idea Block looked at deals with how beef cattle with better (lower) residual feed intake (RFI) react with […] Read more

Agriculture Canada ups canola carryout forecast sharply

Winnipeg | CNS Canada – Canadian canola carryout stocks at the end of the current marketing year (2018/19) will be considerably larger than an earlier estimate, according to updated supply/demand tables from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, released on Oct. 19, 2018. Agriculture Canada’s market analysis branch forecast canola ending stocks for 2018/19 at 2.500 million […] Read more


The recent Beef Quality Audit saw thousands of cattle and carcasses examined for a wide variety of possible defects.

What we learned from the Canada Beef Quality Audit

Research on the Record with Reynold Bergen

Canada’s fourth Beef Quality Audit was completed in March 2018, following previous audits in 1995, 1998 and 2010-11. The carcass audit measured the incidence and economic costs of avoidable defects in Canadian slaughter cattle and beef and identified opportunities to avoid these losses. What they did: Mark Klassen, Joyce van Donkersgoed and a team of […] 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