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The Blood Tribe grows and processes timothy and alfalfa for export.

Dormant seeding forage crops — sometimes it pays to delay

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

For many producers 2018 was another dry year with poor conditions for seeding perennial forage crops. Since good moisture is the key to good forage establishment, fall may provide a better opportunity. Some producers delay seeding forages till fall because there is more time available after harvest and if left till spring, inevitably forage is […] Read more

An animal health tale about us

Animal Health: News Roundup from the October 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

October. The cattle come off the mountain pastures and the prairie grasslands into the corrals where the calves will be separated from their mothers. The lucky ones will stay on the farm or ranch as replacement breeding stock or be fed on the home place so the stress of weaning is minimal. Others will be […] Read more


Higher feed costs are expected to have an impact on all types of winter feeding systems.

Don’t let high winter feed costs stall reproductive momentum

Management: News Roundup from the October 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Across Canada dry conditions are contributing to a poor hay crop and uncertain feed grain production. Consequently, winter feed costs for cows are moving higher. Planning now for winter feeding provides an opportunity to utilize available feed resources most efficiently. Pregnancy-checking and assessing body condition of cows can help you make the best use of […] Read more

The CLTS MOBO app is available for both Android and Apple devices.

Canadian Cattle Identification Agency app gets an upgrade

Identification: News Roundup from the September 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) has added optical character recognition to its Canadian Livestock Tracking System mobile app, CLTS MOBO, available for Android and Apple devices. Technology information manager Waseem Rehman, says the new OCR technology converts lists of numbers into editable, searchable data for upload to the user’s CLTS database account. Using the […] Read more


The best strategy to keep dust down is to avoid a buildup of organic matter.

Managing dust in beef feedlots

Management: News Roundup from the September 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Dust can become an issue in feedlots under hot, dry conditions which encouraged Nebraska extension educator Larry Howard to round up some advice on ways to minimize the aggravation dust creates for the cattle, and the people looking after them. Most often, he says, the worst time for dust is during the late afternoon and […] Read more

Saskatchewan Stock Growers remains focused on conservation

Associations: News Roundup from the August 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The importance of conserving habitat for species at risk on native grasslands was one of many topics discussed at the 105th Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association annual general meeting and convention. The event, held in Swift Current, kicked off with an announcement from outgoing SSGA president Shane Jahnke on the creation of the association’s new grass […] Read more


Low-stress cattle handling instruction with Dylan Biggs.

Ag in Motion livestock programming draws impressive crowds

Farm Shows: News Roundup from the August 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A well-curated collection of useful exhibits and engaging demonstrations awaited the droves of livestock producers that took in Ag in Motion 2018. Vehicles lined the roads leading to the Ag in Motion site at Langham, Sask., each morning of the show, running July 17-19. Numerous attendees visited Livestock Central, located in the southwestern corner of […] Read more

Producers need to choose a grazing plan that best suits their operation.

Set your grazing strategy early

Grazing: News Roundup from the June 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Weather is unpredictable, so developing a grazing strategy for the rest of the season is an important tool. Beef, forage, and livestock specialists at Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) recently offered some thoughts on the factors that producers should keep in mind when formulating a plan. “May and June are typically Alberta’s wetter months, so […] Read more


Shortages of Vitamin A and E will have an impact on calf survival and breeding season this year.

Livestock industry faces trouble ahead from vitamin shortage

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

My all-time favourite TV show remains the 1990s comedy “Home Improvement,” and my favourite actor: Tim “The Toolman” Taylor (Tim Allen). Since the show aired three decades ago, I have crossed paths with remakes of every character in racehorse barns, in feed alleys, at stock shows across Canada, and in western Canadian branding corrals. I’ve […] Read more

New supplement results in more beef and less methane

Feeding: News Roundup from the April 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Beef and dairy farmers around the world are looking for ways to reduce methane emissions from their herds to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To help meet this goal, researchers from Canada and Australia teamed up for a comprehensive three-year study to find the best feeding practices that reduce methane emissions while still supporting profitable dairy […] Read more