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Expert advice on tap in beef webinar series

There are seven online learning events in this winter’s lineup from the Beef Cattle Research Council

Up your pregnancy rates, reduce forage diseases, and find out which bulls aren’t doing their job. Those are three of the topics in this winter’s webinar series put on by the Beef Cattle Research Council. The council is urging producers to register for the entire series as registrants will receive reminders as well as a […] Read more


Alberta students receive 4-H scholarships

Six Alberta students have received 4-H scholarships for their post-secondary education. Andrea DeGroot, Kaylie Krys, and Katrina Taylor were among 15 4-H members from across the country to receive John Deere Canada 4-H scholarships, which are worth $1,000. DeGroot along with fellow Albertan Nicole Steed and six other young Canadians also received $1,000 CIBC 4-H […] Read more



College opens state-of-the-art dairy centre

The $9.5-million facility will be used by hundreds of students annually and also offer 
short continuing education courses

Anew $9.5-million dairy facility at Lakeland College will offer students cutting-edge learning opportunities in areas such as calf management, feed and nutrition, cow comfort, dairy-specific software, and manure management. About 500 people turned out for the recent official opening of the 46,600-square-foot facility at the college’s Vermilion campus. “The Dairy Learning Centre replaces Lakeland’s previous […] Read more


Wheat

Alberta Wheat Commission turns five years old

The Alberta Wheat Commission has “come a long way” since its founding five years ago, says the organization’s general manager. In a website posting, Tom Steve pointed to Alberta Wheat’s “robust research portfolio focused on genetics and agronomic performance” that has nearly 40 projects on initiatives such as higher-yielding varieties, fusarium resistance, premium-quality winter wheat, […] Read more



Lethbridge scientist wins beef industry’s outstanding researcher award

Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein is an internationally recognized expert on cattle welfare and behaviour

Agriculture Canada researcher Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein is the winner of the 2017 Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation. The senior research scientist at the Lethbridge Research Centre is an internationally recognized expert on cattle welfare and behaviour. Her research also includes work on early disease detection, feeding behaviour, stress assessment, and acidosis, as […] Read more


Processors also part of the sustainable beef plan

Along with animal welfare 
and food safety, indicators cover worker safety and community involvement

Beef processors will also have their own set of ‘indicators’ for producing sustainable beef. The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef has 19 indicators for processors, covering areas such as natural resource management; people and community; animal health and welfare; food security and efficiency; and innovation. Grades, scored out of three, will be given to specifics […] Read more



Deal on new ag funding framework

The federal and provincial ag ministers have agreed on the “key elements” of a five-year, $3-billion framework. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is the successor to Growing Forward 2, which expires at the end of March. Read more: Ministers agree on new ag funding framework Business risk management is one of six focus areas, particularly AgriStability. […] Read more


More choices than ever at Open Farm Days

Open Farm Days runs Aug. 19-20

Alberta Open Farm Days continues to grow and this year has reached triple digits. More than 100 farms, ranches, and other operations with a connection to agriculture will be opening their doors to the public on Aug. 19-20. Visiting farms is free and a complete list can be found at www.albertafarmdays.com. The website also has […] Read more



Alberta Pork website gets a revamp

Alberta Pork has launched a new version of its website. In addition to information and recipes for consumers, the website offers answers to questions such as, ‘Why are most pigs raised indoors?’ and whether added hormones are found in pork. It has also numerous resources for producers. This includes information on animal care, traceability, biosecurity, […] Read more


small pond full of cyanobacteria

Heat wave may have left a toxic legacy

The heat wave from earlier this month could pose a lingering and deadly danger to your children, livestock, or pets — blue-green algae. The algae contains several types of toxins, which can cause organ damage; affect the nervous and respiratory systems; cause paralysis; and, in extreme cases, can kill. While people are not likely to […] Read more