Volkswagen van in a prairie field.

Grassland preservation group takes message of rural stewardship to urbanites

Five southern Alberta ranches featured in stewardship and sustainability video

Anew initiative is trying to show urbanities that grasslands are pretty cool, and running cattle on them is a good thing. “The Conservation Caravan” is a short film featuring producers from five southern Alberta ranches who talk about sustainability, land use and the importance of good stewardship. Operation Grassland Community is behind the film and […]

OAC’s Kemptville campus funded for skills training — April 22, 2014


The Ontario government has put up $2 million to extend skills training programs at the Ontario Agricultural College’s (OAC) soon-to-be-shuttered Kemptville campus for the coming academic year. The province announced the funding Tuesday for the campus to continue to host skills training programs that “support the agricultural sector in eastern Ontario,” including the agricultural equipment […]

Lilly eyes emerging markets in Novartis animal health deal — April 22, 2014


Paris | Reuters – The purchase of Novartis’ animal health business will strengthen Eli Lilly’s hand in emerging markets, tapping into growing demand there for protein-rich diets and household treatments for pets, a senior executive at the U.S. group said. As part of a multi-billion dollar revamp announced earlier on Tuesday, Swiss drugmaker Novartis said […]

U.S. livestock: Solid beef demand drives CME live cattle higher — April 22, 2014


Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Tuesday gained, supported by short-covering sparked by strong demand for beef at wholesale, traders and analysts said. Tuesday morning’s wholesale choice beef price, or cutout, climbed $2.26 per hundredweight (cwt) from Monday to $231.32 (all figures US$). Select cuts rose $1.23 to $219.30, based […]

U.S. livestock: Hog futures sink two per cent with sagging cash prices — April 21, 2014


Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange hog futures tumbled two per cent on Monday, pressured by lower prices for market-ready or cash hogs, traders said. The morning’s average of hogs in the eastern Midwest dropped $1.02 per hundredweight (cwt) from Friday to $110.56, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (all figures US$). Hog […]

Livestock emergency response truck and trailer.

Livestock trailers help emergency personnel respond to crisis, save lives

AFAC’s trailers installed in several counties throughout the province but another 10 are required

The Alberta Farm Animal Care’s livestock emergency response trailers are 
saving lives. First responders in Westlock County used a trailer when a truck transporting 52 beef cattle rolled in the area. The responders, who had never attended a livestock accident before, managed to save all but five of the cattle, thanks to the trailer and […]

Klassen: Feeder cattle market flattens out — April 20, 2014


Feedlot buying interest appears to be waning at the higher levels as breakeven pen closeout prices on 750-pound-plus feeders continue to creep higher. Upcoming uncertainty in feed grain prices, along with softer wholesale beef values, has the ability to squeeze feeding margins in late summer and feedlot managers are carefully assessing the risk/reward economics. Alberta […]

Sask. sets up pre-emptive PEDv response fund — April 20, 2014


Saskatchewan and its hog industry are setting up a contingency fund against the day porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) arrives in the province. The federal and Saskatchewan governments on Thursday announced $200,000, to be matched by industry association Sask Pork, to offset “costs related to disease containment strategies, welfare issues, enhanced marketing efforts and mortality management” […]

Maple Leaf’s Hamilton wiener plant now closed — April 20, 2014


A wiener processing plant on Maple Leaf Foods’ list of six further-processing facilities tapped for closure in the company’s 2011 “value creation” plan has officially shut its doors. The Toronto meat processing company on Thursday announced its plant on Brockley Road in Hamilton has closed and its production — plus 88 per cent of the […]

USDA to require reporting of PEDv, SDCV — April 19, 2014


Washington | Reuters — In an expected move, the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday announced new measures to combat the spread of diseases such as porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) in the U.S. pig population. While PED is not considered a reportable disease according to international standards, USDA will now require reporting of the PED […]