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Closing the loop: Food waste gets gobbled up on farms

Chickens eat sushi while washing it down with non-alcoholic beer

Sushi, sandwiches, broccoli, yogurt, and non-alcoholic beer. Sounds like things you might eat when in fact, it’s what I feed my chickens. Yes, you read that right. My chickens eat sushi and drink non-alcoholic beer on occasion. It’s all thanks to a program called The Loop and a local grocery store chain, Save-On-Foods. The Loop […] Read more


Connecting the dots: Less stress = less sickness = fewer treatments for cattle

The time spent on acclimation is easily reclaimed with the benefit of improved herd health, says longtime vet

Low-stress handling has been around for decades, but the practice is becoming more widespread. “There has always been a bit of a trend,” said Dr. Roy Lewis, a well-known Alberta veterinarian who had a large-animal practice for many years. But while the techniques are commonly used in the handling of purebred bulls, on some cow-calf […] Read more



Building a little trust with bovines can produce big dividends

Low-stress handling isn’t new but it’s gaining new attention thanks to a (gentle) push from a major animal health company

Does the thought of working cattle bring to mind shouting, pushing unwilling cattle in directions they don’t want to go, and excessive prodding? It doesn’t have to be that way. The late Bud Williams started training producers and feedlot workers in low-stress handling methods three decades ago and today that work is carried on by […] Read more


Livestock producers and vets need to communicate in the new VCPR world

The days when you could just phone a vet and ask for a prescription are now done and dusted

Producers, do you have a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship? As of Dec. 1, all antimicrobials used in animals will require a prescription from a registered veterinarian — and vets can only write a prescription if the four conditions that define a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR) are met. Some producers may be wary of this new set of regulations, […] Read more



The nuts and bolts of a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship

A veterinarian needs to know your operation and you need to agree to his or her recommendations

The requirement for a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship for obtaining a prescription for an antimicrobial isn’t just a Canadian thing. “It’s much bigger than us, it’s a global initiative,” said Dr. Mike Jelinski, a partner in Veterinary Agri-Health Services in Airdrie. This whole initiative of tightening up on antibiotics came down from Health Canada because it is […] Read more


‘The ideas keep getting better’ for Agri-Trade’s innovations program

This year’s trio of winners keep you safe, protect your fuel tanks, and prevent spoilage in the bin

One of the highlights of Agri-Trade is the trio of innovative new products chosen by a panel of farmers and business people. “It is always difficult to get it down to three winners — however, this year we reached new heights with the largest amount of applications received for this program since its inception,” said […] Read more



Agri-Trade growing and shrinking at the same time

Popular Red Deer show is adding new features and spaces while moving to a three-day format

To celebrate its 35th anniversary, Agri-Trade is aiming to be bigger and better even while getting shorter. The former is already taken care of with the opening of Exhibit Hall at Westerner Park in Red Deer. “We are going to be the first event to take place in the new building,” said David Fiddler, Agri-Trade […] Read more


Opinion: A cheerful wave or sympathetic ear this harvest season really does help

A little empathy will be much appreciated during this year’s long and difficult harvest

Please don’t read this as a complaint; this isn’t meant to be a complaint. With the recent snows in Alberta over the past two weeks, there are a lot of farmers on edge. So many farmers haven’t even turned a wheel in their fields, or if they have, they are either drying their grain or […] Read more



Grass is your foundation, but great grazing doesn’t happen by itself

Irricana rancher Doug Wray intensively manages his five dozen paddocks and makes their health his top priority

After two decades of refining his grazing plan, Doug Wray knew long before the snow melted which of his 60 paddocks would be the first to see cows. The Irricana rancher also has a rough plan for all of his 2,000 acres of pasture for the rest of spring and into summer — but Mother […] Read more


Mentorship program links the lab to the ranch

The future of forage research is looking bright, and that’s exciting, says one of the country’s newest researchers in this area. Stacy Singer started work at Ag Canada’s Lethbridge Research and Development Centre just over a year ago and was also one of three scientists chosen for the 2017 edition of a mentorship program created […] Read more