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A badger lingers near its sett in Wales. Badgers are known to spread TB to cattle in the U.K., but a new cattle vaccine may halt the country’s badger cull.

U.K. to field-test bovine TB vaccine

Research: News Roundup from the April 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Scientists in the U.K. have developed a vaccine and effective test for bovine tuberculosis (TB), the BBC reports. The development is sure to be welcomed by beef and dairy producers, who face devastating losses from the disease. Between October 2018 and 2019, 12,742 cows were slaughtered to combat TB in Wales alone, representing a 24 […] Read more

Three generations of the Stokke family take a break from working cattle for a picture. Randy and Terry are happy to see that the land that has supported their family will continue to do so into the future.

Dealing with a protection order for species at risk

Decades of carefully managing native pastures, documentation and open communication were key to convincing government officials and conservationists that this ranch is supporting wildlife

A landscape like the Palliser Triangle holds its own challenges for raising livestock. These trials are well understood by those who make their living on the arid plains, shaping how they manage the native prairie to sustain their herds and the world around them. But when an emergency protection order (EPO) under the federal Species […] Read more


Species at Risk Partnerships get thumbs up from Saskatchewan participants

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

As the Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL) program draws to a close, interviews with participating producers are revealing tremendous support for the initiative. SARPAL is a voluntary, producer-driven program that conserves wildlife habitat in several provinces and is delivered by local organizations. The program, funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada, is […] Read more

A coyote hunts mice at Riding Mountain. Researchers are looking for Manitoba producers to participate in a predation study.

Researchers take aim at reducing losses to livestock predation

Research: News Roundup from the November 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Manitoba researchers are looking for beef producers interested in trying different strategies to reduce predation losses. The study will look at methods to gauge predation risk on a producer’s operation while also examining ways to monitor and deter predators. Melanie Dubois, senior riparian and biodiversity biologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, says that the methods […] Read more


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