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Australia is the world leader in remote management of cattle. In this clip from a Digital Homestead video (available at www.digitalhomestead.org), cattle are about to walk over weighing scales to get to water. The solar-powered scales will recognize each animal by its collar and wirelessly upload its weight.

PRECISION RANCHING: Manage your cattle from your easy chair

New research points to a future in cattle production where 
most decisions will be made at the touch of a button

Imagine being able to manage your grazing cattle at the touch of a button and constructing ‘digital fences’ as you move them from pasture to pasture. Or using drones to track your cattle while at the same time discovering the most nutrient-rich forage on your land. These are just a couple of examples of current […] Read more

SAIT researcher Glen Kathler applies an RFID-enabled ear tag at 
CL Ranches west of Calgary.

High-frequency tags: Easier data reading, happier cattle

Next generation of RFID readers can read cattle tags without having to use a squeeze chute

Using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to track and collect information on cattle is fast becoming standard practice. However, the process can be painfully slow and inefficient. But researchers may have found a way to change that. A three-year project conducted by SAIT’s Glen Kathler tested the ability of ultra-high-frequency RFID tag readers to process […] Read more


Trust your people, dare to be different, and know your numbers

Those are just three key tips from four innovative entrepreneurs 
who shared their methods for boosting productivity

Increasing productivity by 15 per cent by 2020 is one of the pillars of the National Beef Strategy, which was created by beef organizations across Canada and released in January 2015. During the recent Canadian Beef Industry Conference, four experts shared how they increase productivity on their operations. Darren Bevans Darren Bevans, general manager of […] Read more

Prevention truly is worth a pound of cure

Vaccinations and biosecurity go hand in hand when managing cattle diseases

For many producers, biosecurity is a little like closing the barn door after the cows have bolted. “Sadly, in many cases, what it takes for producers to make the change is the ‘big problem’ where they get their butt kicked,” said Dr. Frank Garry, a veterinarian and professor at the University of Colorado. “Then, eventually […] Read more


Growth promotants have been key to producing more beef with less feed, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be around in the future.

Expert says prepare to raise beef in a world without growth promotants

While there’s no question beta-agonists and antibiotics work, 
there are ways to lessen the need for them, says ruminant nutritionist

Get ready — changing consumer demands could spell the end of growth promotants in Canadian cattle production, says a ruminant nutritionist from Brazil. “Increased public concern with animal welfare, and also with antibiotic resistance in humans, has really drawn attention to the use of these kinds of products,” said Gabriel Ribeiro at the recent Feed […] Read more