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Deere mega-dealership buys into Red Deer market

A central Alberta John Deere dealership which billed itself as “one of the few independently owned” dealers in the region is set to join Cervus Equipment. Calgary-based, publicly-traded Cervus announced Friday it will buy Red Deer-based Deermart Equipment Sales for an undisclosed sum. Deermart, owned by John Donald, Jack Donald and Abe Derksen since 1982, […] Read more

Online livestock supply store expands reach west

An Ontario livestock nutrition firm’s venture into online retail for producers is expanding into the Prairie provinces with four pickup and ordering points in the region. Cambridge, Ont.-based GVF Group announced Thursday its Farmers Farmacy business, previously available only to producers in Ontario, the Maritime provinces and Quebec, now also serves Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. […] Read more


Olymel plans sausage production at Red Deer

New equipment and refrigerated storage are going into Olymel’s Alberta pork processing plant at Red Deer as the facility gets into the sausage business. Pork and poultry processor Olymel, owned mainly by Quebec agribusiness co-operative La Coop federee, announced Monday it will put up $2 million to convert a section of the Red Deer plant […] Read more

Paterson to build new central Alta. elevator

Winnipeg’s Paterson Grain has lined up property off the QE2 Highway in central Alberta for its next inland grain terminal. The company announced Monday it would start construction “immediately” at a site near Bowden, Alta., about 40 km south of Red Deer, to start taking grain in 2017. The facility, when complete, will have storage […] Read more


Coop Federee to offer Olymel stake

Reuters — Quebec-based La Coop Federee, one of Canada’s biggest farmer co-operatives, is offering for sale up to 49 per cent of pork processor Olymel, to help fund expansion in Western Canada, CEO Gaetan Desroches said in an interview. La Co-op would retain control of Olymel, which along with Maple Leaf Foods is one of […] Read more

Lots to learn at beef conference

Alberta Beef Industry Conference runs from Feb. 17-19 in Red Deer

Industry trends, animal health, and the prospects for Alberta’s economy are on the agenda at the 2016 Alberta Beef Industry Conference in Red Deer next month. The Feb. 17-19 event will feature presentations from Gary Haley (CEO of Vantage Foods), Brian Evans (deputy director general, the World Organization for Animal Health), and Todd Hirsch (ATB […] Read more


Producers wanted for labour focus group

Meting to take place on Nov. 12 in Red Deer, Alta.

Producers are being sought for a focus group on labour and skill shortages in agriculture. The focus group will meet on Nov. 12 at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer and is being hosted by Alberta Canola Producers and the Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council. The council is working with farmers across Canada to develop […] Read more

John Thomas of Spruce Grove, riding Dual Smart Deal.

Teamwork at the Canadian Supreme

The Canadian Supreme wrapped up another successful show at Red Deer’s Westerner Park last weekend, with more than 600 entries and $400,000 in prize money being handed out. The event celebrates the working cow horse, with competitions in three categories: cutting, cow horse, and reining. Pictured above is John Thomas of Spruce Grove, riding Dual Smart […] Read more


Weighing his grass is the foundation of his grazing and livestock strategy this year, says cattle producer Blake Hall.

Survival mode: Three allies to help you deal with drought

Young producer says knowing exactly how many days 
of grazing are left is a ‘game changer’ in a drought year

Cattle producer Blake Hall isn’t about to sugar-coat things. “People are so petrified of the word drought, but we’ve been using it for the last three weeks,” the Red Deer cattle producer said in a July 7 interview. “We stopped seeing any significant regrowth in our pastures about five weeks ago. Now we’re in drought-management […] Read more

They’re as rare as they are ugly, but this naked crow found in Red Deer is expected to grow a full set of feathers by summer’s end.

Naked crows found in Red Deer a rare pair — thank goodness

The nearly featherless juveniles found in central Alberta are only the second known case in North America

The crow has never been a symbol of nature’s beauty, but even their most ardent admirers wouldn’t warm to a pair of naked juveniles recently found in central Alberta. But the rare featherless baby crows are causing a sensation among wildlife lovers, and even one of North America’s most respected ornithologists. It’s only the second […] Read more