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Parasites may be the problem when weight gain is poor

Even seemingly healthy cattle might do better after deworming

This season has really turned around in Western Canada in terms of moisture. This has seen the pastures shoot up, humidity run up and should lead to optimal survival of internal parasite larvae. If turnout to pasture occurred at normal times, maximum picking up of larvae has or is occurring so internal levels will be […] Read more

These samples, collected at Lake Mead in Nevada, show the growth of quagga mussels on a pipe after two, four, and six months.

Alarm bells ringing in Alberta as invasive mussels move west

The arrival of the devastating invaders in Manitoba has led to mandatory inspections here

Alberta introduced tough new legislation last month requiring mandatory boat inspections — a ramping up of the effort to keep zebra and quagga mussels out of the province. But officials admit that what’s really needed is public buy-in — and a little luck — to keep these devastating waterway invaders at bay. “If we ‘miss […] Read more


Alfalfa weevil can cause significant yield loss and their 
territory is getting larger.

They’re nasty little critters — and alfalfa weevils are on the move

Previously deemed a southern Alberta problem, alfalfa weevils have been spotted as far north as Stettler and Provost

Well, it turns out alfalfa weevils can’t read road signs. “We thought it was a southern Alberta problem that doesn’t go beyond Highway 1 — most weevils don’t like it beyond Highway 1 — but lo and behold, we found it all the way through Stettler and Provost,” said Shelley Barkley, insect research technologist with […] Read more