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Dr. Calvin Booker has been involved with Feedlot Management Service’s carbon offset projects since the company first explored the programs in 2009.

Carbon offset projects may provide financial opportunities

There are two types of carbon market structures

Opportunities are emerging for beef producers to benefit from carbon dioxide emission offset markets at both the cow-calf and feeder levels. Agricultural emission offset projects are attractive to companies required to purchase emission offsets and those voluntarily making a positive environmental impact. The added benefits of these projects, a result of sustainable production practices, are […] Read more

Greater sage grouse.

Saskatchewan organizations piloting new conservation agreements

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

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association and South of the Divide Conservation Action Program have secured funding to pilot new results-based conservation agreements with beef producers. “The whole idea behind these agreements is that we’re not being prescriptive in our management. We’re letting the producers do the decision-making that supports species-at-risk habitat,” said Tom Harrison, executive […] Read more


The 2019 Beef Industry Innovation and Sustainability Award recipients (l. to r.): Anne Wasko, Tim Hardman, Bob Lowe and David Haywood-Farmer, president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.

Beef Industry Innovation and Sustainability Award recipients

NewsMakers from the May 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Jordan Dahmer and Leonard Retzlaff are two of the young people enrolled in the 2018-19 Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Program. Jordan Dahmer hails from a small cow-calf operation near Brookdale, Man. She developed a passion for the beef industry at a young age, and spent six years in local beef and horse 4-H clubs. Dahmer completed […] Read more

SSGA launches wildfire relief fund to help Biggar-area ranchers

Loss of grass and fencing added to already difficult conditions

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association has launched a relief fund to help Biggar-area ranchers affected by last week’s wildfire. “We’re collecting whatever people can offer,” said SSGA President Bill Huber. “Losing 22,000 acres of grass is a devastating setback. Cattle will have to be fed, which means ranchers will need feed and transportation. And maybe […] Read more


Winterfat is an excellent protein source for grazing cattle as it maintains its leaves late into the fall and early winter.

The Matador Community Pasture: A unique educational experience

Nutrition with John McKinnon

One of the privileges of a faculty position at a Canadian university is the interaction one has with undergraduate students. In my case, I co-teach a class where we take students on a seven-day tour of livestock operations across Western Canada. We cover everything from hogs to dairy, bison, chickens, meat and milk processing, and […] Read more

Cow with Johne's disease.

Saskatchewan’s Johne’s Surveillance Program renewed

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

Saskatchewan’s Johne’s Disease Surveillance Program, administered by the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA), has been renewed for another five years with funding from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) program. The Ministry of Agriculture developed the surveillance and control program for Saskatchewan cattle in the fall of 2013 but funding ran out under Growing Forward 2 […] 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

SODCAP provides an annual payment if the habitat targets for specific species are met.

Ranchers rewarded for preserving species at risk on native range

Sask. producers find balance between beef production and nature

Beef producers in southwestern Sask­atchewan are being rewarded for ensuring that species at risk have a home on native pastures. Tom Harrison is a rancher and executive director of the South of the Divide Conservation Action Program Inc. (SODCAP), an organization founded in 2014 to create and maintain habitat for species at risk on native […] Read more


Haywood-Farmer acclaimed CCA president

NewsMakers from the May 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

At the March annual meeting of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association in Ottawa David Haywood-Farmer of British Columbia was acclaimed president replacing Dan Darling from Ontario. Nanton, Alta.       Cow-calf and feedlot operator Bob Lowe was elected vice-president of the national cattle organization, and next in line for the top job. Lowe served as […] Read more

Garner and Lori Deobald.

Three families added to Saskatchewan honour roll

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

The Saskatchewan Livestock Association presented Honour Scrolls to three families that have made an outstanding contribution to the livestock industry during the provincial beef industry conference in late January. The Honour Roll dates back to 1927 and the three new recipients are the late Dale Blair and Janet Blair of Drake; Garner and Lori Deobald […] Read more