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Pasture, hay resources for Manitoba livestock producers

Pastures and forage crops on the Prairies are in poor shape from lack of rain

Manitoba Agriculture is reminding agricultural producers affected by dry conditions of the programs and services available to livestock producers to manage forage shortages. To date, low levels of precipitation and soil moisture have affected the growth of pastures and forage crops in parts of Manitoba. Manitoba Agriculture provides a number of tools and resources for […] Read more

Cattle price insurance premiums reflect risk

News Roundup from the March 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

If you haven’t bought price insurance on your calves through the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program (WLPIP) yet you’ll find the premiums a little higher than last year. That’s to be expected given the volatility in today’s market, says Bruce Viney, a risk management specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “Volatility is simply a statistical […] Read more


Holistic Ranching annual conference

About 150 people attended our annual HR conference at Manitou Beach near Watrous, Sask. David Irvine’s keynote address gave us two tasks for an integrated, successful life, individuation (growing up) and connection (having relationships). He says an integrated family business has four main points: People have their own goals and support each other in achieving […] Read more

Achieving performance in cattle backgrounding programs

Set realistic targets and implement a feeding program that achieves your goals

As we move into fall, many of you will be planning feeding programs for weaned calves. With today’s high prices, managing market volatility is an ongoing concern, particularly for the smaller feeder. In some cases, producers have entered into forward contracts or custom feeding agreements with larger feeding companies, the latter typically based on a […] Read more


You insure a price that you choose, explains Saskatchewan’s Jodie Griffin.

Producers give a thumbs-up to price insurance

The Western Livestock Price Insurance Program (WLPIP) jumped off to an excellent start in the first year of the new program. The uptake exceeded expectations in Saskatchewan, since the program didn’t get off the ground until April 8. Starting next year, the window for purchasing calf policies will be February 1 to May 29 in […] Read more

Positive momentum

It’s been a few weeks since I took on the role of president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) at the annual general meeting in Ottawa. I would like to thank all of the CCA presidents that came before me for working so closely with government, which has helped to ensure our trade agendas are […] Read more