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Researchers at the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence are comparing the economics and outcomes of feeding calves in conventional feedlot pens and in the field

U of S livestock research centre receives $250K investment from Merck Animal Health

Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence to receive $250,000 over 10 years

The University of Saskatchewan on May 16, 2019, announced details of a 10-year, $250,000 investment from Merck Animal Health for its Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) – a visionary research facility located southeast of Saskatoon. The long-term investment will support the LFCE’s capital build project and underlines Merck Animal Health’s commitment to the […] Read more

Consider more than cost during a winter feed shortage

Producers need to ruminate on logistics, pasture conditions and animal welfare, too

After a hot, dry summer in the Cypress Hills, Rick Toney knew some budgeting was in order to ensure his cows would be properly fed this winter. Toney, who ranches near Gull Lake, Sask., and serves as the chair of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, runs around 500 cows in addition to a small backgrounding lot. […] Read more


Cattlemen welcomes new editor in New Year

NewsMakers from the December 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Lisa Guenther of Livelong, Sask., will become the editor of Canadian Cattlemen in January 2019. She was raised on a commercial cow-calf farm near Bright Sand Lake, Sask., and joined Cattlemen as associate editor in October. Previously she worked as a field editor for Grainews and Country Guide, sister publications to the Cattlemen. She replaces […] Read more

SCA members have their say on livestock antibiotic regulations

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

A short list of resolutions presented at the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association (ACA) annual meeting in Saskatoon focused on incoming regulations for antibiotics in livestock and wildfire prevention. Some members were clearly worried by the new requirements that a vet-client relationship be established before drugs are prescribed for livestock. The meeting agreed that the SCA should […] Read more


Thomas, Sonja, Brian, and Kristelle Harper.

Circle H Farms receives Manitoba Environmental Stewardship Award

NewsMakers from the March 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Rick Toney of Gull Lake is the new chair of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association. Joe Jackson of Moose Jaw is vice-chair and Arnold Balicki from Shellbrook is the finance chair. Garret Hill of Duval is the member at large. Ben Fox of Dauphin was re-elected to another term as president of the Manitoba Beef Producers […] Read more

CCA Report: Speaking up for NAFTA

From the February 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) leadership travelled to two major agriculture policy conventions in the United States in early January to promote common interests in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and urge progress on regulatory modernization to improve the flow of trade between the two countries. The advocacy efforts are part of an increasingly […] Read more


Ben Fox is the new president of the Manitoba Beef Producers.

Manitoba Beef Producers elects a new president

Newsmakers from the March 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Ben Fox of Dauphin is the new president of the Manitoba Beef Producers. Joining him on the executive are first vice-president Ramona Blyth from MacGregor, second vice-president Tom Teichroeb of Langruth and treasurer Peter Penner from Winkler. Dianne Riding of Lake Francis replaces Fox as board secretary.     Ryan Beierbach of Whitewood returns as […] Read more

Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association 2017 board of directors. Front row (l to r): Rick Toney (vice-chair), Gull Lake; Bill Jameson (past chair), Moose Jaw; Levi Hull (executive member-at-large), Willowbrook; Joe Jackson, Moose Jaw; Arnold Balicki (finance chair), Shellbrook. Middle row (l to r): Laurie Disney, Rockglen; Bill Huber, Lipton; Brad Welter, Viscount; Paula Larson, D’Arcy. Back row (l to r): Mike Spratt, Melfort; Ryan Beierbach (chair), Whitewood; Garret Hill, Duval; Chad Ross, Estevan; Keith Day, Kyle; Ryder Lee (CEO). Missing are Dean Moore, Paradise Hill, and Harold Martens, Swift Current.


Saskatchewan will introduce new national levy after April 1

Associations: News Roundup from the March 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association’s upcoming year will continue to revolve around connecting with producers and consumers. “It’s many little things that add up,” says Ryan Beierbach, who was returned by the board for a second term as chair. A regular e-newsletter providing expert speakers for special marketing meetings and the fall district meetings are new […] Read more


Saskatchewan taking livestock premises ID mandatory

Saskatchewan livestock producers wanting to take part in provincial programs will soon have to have a valid premises identification (ID) number. The provincial and federal governments on Thursday announced the new requirement for Saskatchewan producers will take effect “over the coming months.” The province has had a voluntary premises ID (PID) program in place since […] Read more

CCA Report: Preparing for change

From the January 2017 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

As the January 20 inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump approaches, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is also preparing for the transition. We have worked hard over the years to build strong relationships with American industry and government officials and we will continue to do so. One of the early questions is obviously related to the […] Read more