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Wild pigs raise several litters a year, and litters average six piglets on the Prairies.

Invasive wild pigs a growing threat to agriculture

The rapid spread of wild pig populations across Canada could have serious implications for agriculture. Ryan Brook, associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan’s Indigenous Land Management Institute and Department of Animal and Poultry Science, warns that the expansion of this invasive species can lead to destructive consequences for livestock and crop production, as well […] Read more

A map of the Bighorn Country proposal. There would be one large provincial park (Bighorn Wildland) along with three smaller ones (David Thompson, Ya Ha Tinda, and North Saskatchewan River). The largest area on the map is the proposed West Country Public Land Use Zone. A second such zone, Kiska/Willson, already exists but would have enlarged boundaries. Within the Kiska/Willson zone would be four provincial recreation areas: Bighorn Dam, Snow Creek, and Shunda (in the upper part of the zone) and Hummingbird in the middle.

Western Stock Growers’ Association weighs in on land use proposal

News Roundup: Bighorn Country proposal could create a larger parks area with multiple designations

The Western Stock Growers’ Association is joining the conversation around a controversial land use proposal in Alberta. The provincial government’s Bighorn Country proposal, a project that could create a larger parks area with multiple designations, was one of the issues discussed at the WSGA’s annual general meeting, held March 12 at Red Deer, Alta. This […] Read more


Rabies is a rare zoonotic disease

… and it’s almost always fatal to animals

We don’t hear about rabies being mentioned very often but when we do there is a scary connotation attached to it. It is virtually always fatal to all mammals and zoonotic to humans with no curative treatment once clinical signs develop. Only prevention through vaccination and prevention from contact by strong surveillance programs have kept […] Read more

The Hagan families of Virden, Man., (l to r): Erin, Alistair, Slade and Harley-Mae, Shawne and Jocelyn, Thomas, Rory and Felicity accepting the National Blue-winged Teal Award.

Conservation fits the growth plan for the Hagan family ranches

The Hagan families of Virden, Man., were pleasantly surprised this summer to hear that they had not only been nominated by Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation for the prestigious National Blue-winged Teal Award, but had been chosen by the North American Waterfowl Management Plan Committee as this year’s recipient. The award is presented annually through Environment […] Read more


High-energy berries and bears go together

News Roundup from the October 24, 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

With its rustic small mountain towns, postcard-perfect vistas, British Columbia’s East Kootenay region has an undeniable lure for outdoor enthusiasts of all varieties — and the appeal extends beyond ski bums and hikers. The resource-rich Elk Valley is also a highly desirable home for wildlife like grizzly bears which are drawn to the area’s bountiful […] Read more

Family members joined Miles and Sheri Anderson in accepting the Environmental Stewardship Award for Saskatchewan (l. to r.): Abel Goodwin, Rick Goodwin, Carlee Goodwin, Tori Knudson, Quinn Folk, Sheri Anderson, Anderson Goodwin and Miles Anderson. Missing are Kacy Lee Anderson, Keith Folk and Dallas Knudson.

Ambassadors for Greater sage-grouse

Environment: News Roundup from the August 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Miles and Sheri Anderson and family of Fir Mountain, Sask., are the recipients of The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) for Saskatchewan presented dur­ing the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association’s convention at Regina. Robin Bloom, a wildlife biologist with Environment Canada who oversees federal support for Species at Risk projects supported the Andersons’ nomination, acknowledging the family not only […] Read more


SSGA wildlife habitat conservation project funded

News Roundup from the February 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) received a commitment for $2.58 million in funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada to lead a voluntary, producer-driven project to conserve habitat for species at risk in Saskatch­ewan. The Species at Risk Partnership on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL) fund supports projects that enable famers and ranchers to preserve key […] Read more

Wolves of the West

Are they as big a threat as they appear to be?

Reports of cattle losses to wolves continue to come in from across the West. Official estimates indicate wolf populations are stable to expanding, but there’s really no way to know if that in itself is contributing to the reported increase in kills. Claims history doesn’t reflect the trend because of its short history relative to […] Read more


History: Wolves

By H.A. Riviere, Pincher Creek, Alta. Reprinted from the October 1949 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

I will relate some facts about range conditions way back in 1884. Although the calves and colts in the Cypress Hills Country were never weaned and the buffalo on which the wolf packs fed were no more, I have no recollection of any damage done to stock by wolves on my range at that time. […] Read more

The Guardian Pig

Mentorship, and pasture tips and tricks

Years ago I was a young producer very interested in grazing. I was very eager to learn and went to every conference and seminar that I could find. I attended private industry agricultural schools and gained a lot of knowledge from books and magazines that I read. I had a passion. I now realize that […] Read more