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Parvovirus cases recently reported in Alberta

The virus can be fatal for dogs and the provincial vet association says vaccination is crucial

Several cases of parvovirus have recently been reported in Alberta. The Alberta Veterinary Medical Association strongly encourages anyone with questions about parvovirus or suspect their pet may have parvovirus to seek the immediate advice of a registered veterinarian. Parvovirus is a hardy, highly contagious, often deadly virus that’s spread through the feces of infected dogs. […] Read more

Organic grain producer Steven Snider swears by green manure 
plow-down crops on his operation.

Green manure crops can put more green in your pockets

If organic producers can look past having a year out of 
crop production, green manure plow-down crops can pay off

For organic grain producers, your best investment is the crop you never harvest. “I can never stress green manure plow-down enough. It is your most valuable crop,” said Steven Snider, who runs an organic grain operation near Edberg. “Part of your farm should be soil building with a green manure plow-down. Don’t cheat yourself on […] Read more


New fact sheet on concrete liners for manure storage

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has a new fact sheet to provide guidance on the use of non-engineered concrete liners used for manure collection and storage areas. “Concrete is a practical, cost-effective, and long-lasting material to use as a liner for manure collection and storage areas at confined feeding operations,” said extension specialist Deanne Madsen. “This […] Read more

Research found that feeding corn DDG or fat-supplemented wheat DDG reduced the amount of methane produced in the animal’s rumen.

The environmental pros and cons of feeding dried distillers grains

Cattle fed DDGs produce less methane and more nitrogen, Lethbridge Research Station scientists have found

In beef production, finding a balance between feed costs and environmental health takes continuous navigation. Feed is one of the highest on-farm costs and when the price of barley, corn and wheat rises, producers often turn to using dried distillers grains (DDGs) in their rations. While this ethanol co-product lowers methane production in cattle by […] Read more