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While it is important to be aware of risks associated with feeding canola forage, it may provide an alternate forage option for drought-stricken livestock producers.

Watch for high sulphate levels in salvaged canola

Supplementation necessary to prevent trace mineral and vitamin deficiencies

If salvaged canola is your alternate feed of choice this fall, be aware of the potential health issues posed by its high sulphate levels.  “White muscle disease can be caused by selenium deficiency or vitamin E deficiency or a combination of both, and both of these nutrients can be impacted by feeding canola,” says Dr. Cheryl Waldner, professor of large animal clinical […] Read more

By working with grain companies and railways, the Saskatchewan Stock Growers’ Association plans to bring feed grains to drought-stricken livestock producers in the province.

Corn North brings feed to drought-stricken Saskatchewan livestock producers

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers’ Association (SSGA) is working with railways and grain companies to help plug the feed gap in Saskatchewan.  So far a few companies have signed on to bring corn, dried distillers’ grains (DDGs) or other feed grains from the U.S. The SSGA also encourages producers who are interested in buying feed grain to check with their local grain companies.  North […] Read more

North West Terminal, Unity, Sask.

Sask grain terminal offering corn to feed-strapped livestock producers

North West Terminals wants to provide a feed source livestock producers can rely on.

North West Terminals, located in Unity, Sask., is shipping in feed for drought-stricken livestock producers in west-central Saskatchewan and beyond. Right now terminal staff are focusing on corn, which they’re bringing in from the U.S., says Nicole Squires, feed grains and pulse merchandisers with the terminal. “But we are working on finding some barley, rye, […] Read more

Producers can feed test standing crops by grabbing 20 to 25 samples, says Bart Lardner.

Beware of high nitrate levels in drought-stressed forages 

Feed tests the ideal starting point when managing forages with nitrate accumulation

Feed testing is your first priority when it comes to dealing with high nitrate levels in drought-stressed forages.  Bart Lardner, professor of animal and poultry science at the University of Saskatchewan, says that nitrate accumulation can be more of an issue with annual forages during a dry, hot summer, and it’s important to know exactly […] Read more