Anesthetics and horses

General anesthesia is more risky for horses, so the benefits and alternative options must be carefully considered

Many diagnostic, surgical, and manipulative procedures in horses require an anesthetic to aid the comfort of the horse and improve safety for both the horse and the people handling them. Often there is a tendency to focus on the medical procedure or operation itself with a lesser regard for the anesthesia. However, it is essential […]

Alta. Wildrose ag critic joins Tories — November 25, 2014

The agriculture and rural development critic for Alberta’s official Wildrose opposition has crossed the floor to the governing Tories. Little Bow MLA Ian Donovan announced his defection from the Wildrose on Monday to the Progressive Conservatives alongside Innisfail-Sylvan Lake MLA Kerry Towle, Wildrose’s critic for human services and seniors. “In order to maintain my integrity, […]

Klassen: Strong demand at feature calf sales — November 24, 2014

Last week saw many auction barns holding their largest volumes of the year and there was no shortage of buying interest at these feature sales. Major feedlot operators were aggressively shopping because quality and risk sentiment appear to be more favourable this time of year. Calves have withstood adverse winter conditions for a couple of […]

El Nino to bring cold and dry conditions to Prairies — November 24, 2014

CNS Canada — While speculation continues to swirl over the impact El Nino will have on North America, one weather expert says it’s still a month or two away from taking shape. “Nino is likely to evolve; until that happens, the warmer and drier bias we normally associate with it won’t be in place,” said […]

U.S. livestock: CME live cattle slump on profit-taking — November 24, 2014

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures settled lower Monday, weighed down by profit-taking and fund liquidation, traders said. December closed 1.4 cents per pound lower at 169.5 cents, and February off 2.125 cents at 170.025 cents (all figures US$). Investors initially sold February and simultaneously bought December, which is known as […]

JBS to buy Australia’s Primo for $1.4B — November 21, 2014

Sao Paulo | Reuters – Brazil’s JBS SA, the world’s largest beef exporter, has agreed to buy Australian processed foods producer Primo Smallgoods for A$1.45 billion (C$1.41 billion). The company will also buy food company Grupo Big Frango in Brazil for 430 million reais (C$192 million), stepping up the pace of acquisitions that have played […]

October U.S. cattle placements not as slow as expected — November 21, 2014

Chicago | Reuters — The number of cattle placed in U.S. feedlots in October declined versus last year, a government report showed on Friday, but not by as much as expected, said analysts. While pricey calves discouraged feedlots from buying them, high-priced slaughter cattle and deteriorating summer pastures drew more livestock into feeding pens, they […]

U.S. livestock: CME live cattle rise into USDA report — November 21, 2014

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures settled higher on Friday on positioning before this week’s cash prices and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s monthly Cattle-On-Feed report at 2 p.m. CT, traders said. Most analysts expect Friday’s report to show cattle placements in October declined from last year. USDA will simultaneously issue […]

Dr. Lonnie King

Antibiotic-resistant genes pass between bacteria

Solving the problem of increasing antibiotic-resistant organisms will require stakeholders to move beyond the blame game and collaborate

It’s a microscopic problem with huge repercussions, repercussions that could end a way of life humans have enjoyed for seven decades. Experts say that antibiotic resistance is on the rise, including resistance to antibiotics important to human health. “It is indeed a crisis, the evolution of antibiotic resistance is occurring at an alarming rate, outpacing […]

U.S. livestock: CME hogs fall on profit-taking; live cattle end mixed — November 20, 2014

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs closed lower Thursday on profit-taking and fund selling that erased Wednesday’s gains, traders said. December closed down one cent per pound at 90.775 cents, and February 0.75 cent lower at 90.9 cents (all figures US$). Anticipation of weaker-trending cash and wholesale pork prices stirred bear spreads, […]