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RCMP investigate reported hayjacking

Someone is evidently in possession of a few loads of “hot” hay — and if it isn’t located soon, the goods are likely to be laundered by munching cows. RCMP at Brandon, Man. are investigating the reported theft of 60 round hay bales that have gone missing from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Brandon Research Centre. […] Read more

Getting youth involved key to winning, says speaker

What can agricultural societies do to rejuvenate their membership and help rebuild a sense of community in rural areas? Think of yourselves in a new light and reach out to youth on their terms, says Peter Male. Male took that message to the recent annual general meeting of the Manitoba Association of Agricultural Societies and […] Read more



There’s gold in them thar grain bags, says NGO

Old, used grain bags are big, bulky and present a disposal headache for farmers. But for Rodney Sidloski, the CEO of Weyburn, Saskatchewan-based HELP International, they are a potential gold mine. “We can potentially see a retail value of up to $4,000 out of a bag that brand new only cost the farmer about $1,000,” […] Read more


Alberta livestock transport certification goes national

The Canadian Livestock Transport (CLT) Certification Program is now up and running coast to coast. Formerly known as the Certified Livestock Transport training program, it was originally developed in May 2007 through Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) in association with its sister animal care associations in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, said Geraldine Auston, project co-ordinator […] Read more

School teaches art of sheep shearing ‘blow by blow’

Imagine trying to provide a full-body buzz cut to a woolly, four-legged Greco-Roman wrestling opponent. That’s sheep shearing in a nutshell. Nine students had a chance to hone their technique at a recent two-day sheep-shearing school sponsored by the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers and hosted by Miniota, Man. shepherd Brian Greaves. Shearing is a lot […] Read more


U.S. beef industry to offer ‘tender’ cuts

Back in the days when oxen past their prime usually ended up on dinner plates, there was a saying that eaters of such fare would “sit down hungry and stand up tired.” A century or so later, with the realization that tenderness is one of the most significant factors in consumer acceptance of beef, the […] Read more



Goat producer finds ‘pasture swaps’ are a hard sell

Sharing brush-encroached and spurge-infested cattle pastures with goats could be a win-win, but nobody’s taking the bait

The studies show running goats with cattle could create a “serious win-win,” but Saskatchewan goatherd Brian Payne is having trouble getting buy-in. Payne, who runs 225 Savanna goats near Humboldt, has been running ads and making pitches at livestock meetings looking for cattle producers willing to enter into “pasture swaps.” “I haven’t found anybody yet,” […] Read more