Monthly Archives: August 2016

China Delays Tighter Canola Dockage Rules Again

China has once again delayed the start of tighter dockage requirements for Canadian canola imports. For now. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement to Canadian media covering his trip in Beijing late Tuesday. “This is a significant step towards resolution of this long-standing issue,” said Patti Miller, president of the Canola Council of Canada,… Read more »

The Case for Preconditioning and a Clear Definition of What It Means

According to the Western Canadian Cow Calf Survey completed in 2015, 72 percent of calves in Western Canada are sold at weaning, with 80 percent being sold via an auction market. The combination of stressors calves face in that short time from weaning to auction to entering a feedlot has major health and economic implications, says Brenna… Read more »

Necropsies Under-Utilized in Cow/Calf Production, Say Professors

We’ve all heard that phrase, often used to console in the gruff way most ranchers know best. “When you have livestock, you have deadstock.” But that phrase places too much emphasis on the notion that the death is out of our hands. It’s not. While we must not beat ourselves up for lost animals, there’s still something that… Read more »

More Research Needed to Measure Extent of Antimicrobial Resistance

Although he sees minor improvement in the cattle industry’s work towards mitigating the risk of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), Cody Creelman, managing partner and DVM, Veterinary Agri-Health Services, says there’s much more work to be done to understand the extent of AMR. “There needs to be more dedicated research,” Creelman told RealAgriculture, in an interview filmed… Read more »

Farm Groupies: A Breed Apart

Do you know a farm groupie? For many, a big part of being a groupie is rubbing shoulders with a celebrity. Most farmers don’t consider themselves rock stars, but some attract a hoard of loyal, dedicated peeps – even if it’s the last thing they want. Before the digital age and the ubiquitous cell phone,… Read more »