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A dairy herd in rural Quebec. Dairy producers are increasingly using beef semen to boost their operations’ profitability.

Growing use of beef semen in dairy herds noted

Breeding: News Roundup from the October 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Dairy producers are using beef semen to breed more cows in their herds, saving sexed semen for only the top-producing cows, writes Stew Slater in Farmtario. Slater cites data from the Canadian Dairy Network that shows the breeding of dairy cows to Holstein bulls is at a low, which clearly indicates a shift to using […] Read more

Cargill consumer research shows gap in protein knowledge

Meat: News Roundup from the September 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Consumers aren’t as aware of beef’s high protein content as one may assume, according to a recent Nielsen survey. Cargill is redesigning its ground beef packaging to better communicate the protein content, using this information and other insights gained from its latest consumer research. This lack of understanding wasn’t surprising, said Glendon Taylor, Cargill’s marketing […] Read more


A livestock extension specialist with Alberta Agriculture says it’s important that cattle consume the feed in front of them, especially when considering body condition score over winter.

Beef and forage issues series aims to boost innovation

Forages: News Roundup from the September 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has published a series of six articles covering a pilot project that brought together farmers, ranchers, scientists and experts to improve technology and innovation adoption. For the pilot, participants toured east-central Alberta farms and discussed several topics. One topic was smooth versus rough awns. Many cattle feeders have voiced concerns about […] Read more

Cattle producers step in to replace Saskatchewan’s livestock loan guarantee program

Financing: News Roundup from the August 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Saskatchewan’s livestock loan guarantee program wrapped up at the end of July, but a producer-led group is set to fill the gap. The province announced the end of the livestock loan guarantee program last summer, stating that lending wasn’t a core government function. Dropping participation was another reason given for the program’s end. Association members […] Read more


Regions eligible for livestock tax deferrals released

Policy: News Roundup from the August 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Drought in Western Canada and Quebec prompted the federal government to release an initial list of regions eligible for livestock tax deferrals in late July. The livestock tax deferral provision allows livestock producers in prescribed drought, flood or excess moisture regions to defer a portion of their 2019 sale proceeds of breeding livestock until 2020 […] Read more

Swidersky trains cattle to walk under the wire by setting up two risers like a gate.


Tips for using risers with electric fencing

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

Replacing gates with risers that lift up electric fencing may be beneficial to producers looking to save time and money. Several producers are taking advantage of tools that lift electric wire, allowing cattle to walk under the wire instead of through a gate. “I love using these lifters. They are by far one of my […] Read more


University of Saskatchewan scientists investigating effects of sulphates on cattle health

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

University of Saskatchewan researchers are studying the effects of high sulphate levels in the drinking water of cattle. When cattle drink water with high sulphate levels, the sulphates bind trace minerals in the animals’ rumens, preventing them from absorbing necessary minerals. Potential effects include diarrhea, reduced fertility and milk production, slow growth, a depressed immune […] Read more

Boehringer and University of Saskatchewan announce partnership

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

The University of Saskatchewan and Boehringer Ingelheim Canada have launched a five-year partnership and announced a $250,000 funding boost from Boehringer. Boehringer’s contribution will support cow-calf research and data collection on animal safety and handling techniques at the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence’s new Boehringer Ingelheim Cattle Handling and Teaching Unit, located at Clavet, […] Read more


Researchers decode liver fluke behaviour with 3D modelling

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

[UPDATED: Dec. 17, 2018] Thanks to 3D modelling, scientists have a better idea of how a liver fluke infests livestock. Dicrocoelium dendriticum, commonly known as a lancet fluke or lesser liver fluke, can cause liver disease in cattle, sheep and goats. The Merck Veterinary Manual notes that livestock don’t seem to have any immunity to […] Read more

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