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Weather forecaster draws heat from ranchers

The Weather Network “is open to learning” about the beef sector’s positive environmental impact following its controversial call for Canadians to eat less beef, says the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. The CCA met with Weather Network officials after the forecaster posted a video on its website saying cattle “require about 20 times more land and they […] Read more

Geri Wayslow has been breeding alpacas on her farm near Ranfurly for the past 15 years.

Diversification drives success at Alberta alpaca farm

Alpaca-assisted therapy, children’s camps, and other programs add to revenue streams

Alpacas may look like a fun farm pet, but for Geri Wayslow, they’re a true labour of love — one that requires a whole lot of hard work and a little bit of luck to turn a profit. “It’s fun as a breeder to see what I’ve created, but more importantly, it’s about what I […] Read more


Alpaca pioneers have a YEG connection

Where do alpacas come from? Would you believe the Edmonton airport? According to Alpaca Canada, “the first large importation” occurred on Jan. 2, 1992 and YEG was their gateway to the country. “These animals had been quarantined in New Zealand for 1-1/2 years before arriving,” the organization’s website states. “A 747 cargo plane then flew […] Read more

Fish habitat clause sent swimming

Senate amendments to the recently passed Fisheries Act repealed the ‘Deeming Habitat’ provision opposed by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. The provision would have greatly expanded what could be deemed fish habitat to include any watercourse or water body with water flows able to sustain fish ecosystems.  It would have meant virtually all water bodies could […] Read more