GFM Network News

Reduce stress when handling cattle

Two-hour workshop on March 26

Curt Pate and Kent Fenton will present a two-hour workshop on low-stress cattle handling and body condition scoring at the 2015 Livestock Care Conference in Calgary on March 26. Pate, a stockman from Montana, is an internationally recognized expert on livestock-handling practices. “Negative pressure creates stress, positive pressure creates contentment,” Pate says. Fenton is a […] Read more

Neil Helfrich holds one of his cattle boluses while standing next to his cousin, Sheldon Archibald of Irma.

Sherwood Park man invents new cattle tracker with multiple uses

Wireless rumen bolus can track cattle and other livestock and also 
measure their temperature to predict sickness or fertility cycles

It all started with a simple idea. Neil Helfrich, a Sherwood Park inventor, had a moment of inspiration when his wife brought home a puppy in 2007. The dog had a microchip implant, which identifies the animal but can’t track it if it runs away. A device able to do the latter, Helfrich realized, would […] Read more

The Grey Wooded Forage Association tour includes Buenos Aires and the southern part of Argentina.

A chance to see how beef is raised down south

The Grey Wooded Forage Association is planning its first trip to Argentina

Members of the Grey Wooded Forage Association are planning a trip to a new continent, and they’re looking for people to join them. The group will be hosting its inaugural tour abroad to Argentina in February 2015. The tour is focused on Argentina’s beef industry, and participants will get to visit farms, research centres, and […] Read more

Deadline for AgriStability supplementation forms is Sept. 30

The Agriculture Financial Services Corporation is reminding farmers the submission deadline for supplementation forms for AgriStability is Tuesday, Sept. 30. Forms will be accepted after this date but a late filing penalty may apply. If producers are in a claim position, they can file up to Dec. 31 but would be subject to a penalty […] Read more

Red Winter wheat

Canadian Grain Commission looking for CPS Red or Red Winter wheat samples

Program helps marketers, and farmers who participate receive a free grade and protein analysis

If you’re growing Canada Prairie Spring Wheat or Canada Western Red Winter Wheat, then the Canadian Grain Commission wants your samples. “These are minor classes of wheat that not all producers grow,” said Twylla McKendry, program manager for Analytical Services with the Canadian Grain Commission. “We don’t have a lot of people in our database […] Read more

Input sought on watershed report

The Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance is looking for input on its draft ‘state of the watershed’ document. “The group held meetings in communities throughout the watershed in 2012-13 and commissioned scientific reports on issues and conditions in the watershed,” said Adam Norris, watershed co-ordinator. “Since then, we have been busy building a document called the […] Read more

Doug Dueck, area manager for the south region of Agricultural Financial Services Corporation, says flooding was not as bad as expected.

Flood damage not as bad as feared in southern Alberta

A post-flood heat wave was just what the doctor ordered for flooded producers in southern Alberta. “The hot weather is helping remarkably,” Doug Dueck, area manager for the south region of Agricultural Financial Services Corporation, said in early July. “Those that are completely underwater, they’re not going to come back. We know that. There is […] Read more

Funding available for rural fire departments and emergency services

Rural rescue organizations from across Canada are invited to apply for the Funding Initiative for Rural Emergencies (F.I.R.E.). DuPont Pioneer launched the program last year and gave out more than $100,000 to 32 rural fire departments and emergency services for rescue equipment and training. Among the equipment purchased last year was grain bin rescue equipment, […] Read more

Job postings in ag are soaring

In the past four years, has seen almost a 50 per cent increase in the number of Canadian agriculture jobs posted to the popular job site. Here are the industries that are hiring. General agriculture Agronomy Crop protection/chemicals Finance/banking Seed Crops/grain Equipment/machinery Feed Commodities Retail Information courtesy of’s 2013 Agribusiness Job Report. More […] Read more

Wheat commission offering ag scholarships

The Alberta Wheat Commission is offering two $1,000 scholarships for students entering the agriculture program at the universities of Alberta and Lethbridge. “These scholarships will encourage talented young students to start a career in agriculture and ensure continued success of Alberta’s wheat industry,” says commission chair Kent Erickson. The undergraduate scholarships will be awarded starting […] Read more