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Beef 911: Preconditioning is good for the entire cattle industry

There are a multitude of benefits but producers need to be compensated for the extra work and risk

Older producers may remember a preconditioning program implemented by the provincial Agriculture Department in the 1980s. There were criteria for procedures and shots, while veterinarians certified that procedures such as dehorning and castrating were done properly and correct pre-immunization shots were given properly. Two categories of calves (either pre-immunized or pre-immunized and weaned a specific […] Read more

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New mentorship program looks to connect Angus breeders

New Angus breeders will be given the opportunity to pick more experienced brains on industry concerns, business development and day-to-day decisions through a mentorship program

What kind of advice can an Angus breeder in the Maritimes give to a breeder in Manitoba? If their management practices are similar enough, they might be about to find out. Participating long-term breeders will be paired off with industry newcomers this summer after the Canadian Angus Association launched its national mentorship program June 10. […] Read more

National Angus breeders get a taste of Brandon

Panel discussions and tours of the local area and cattle industry were on the agenda as 
Brandon hosted the 2017 Canadian Angus Association national convention June 8-11

[UPDATED, July 5, 2017] The Angus breeding community descended on Brandon in June for its first annual convention in the Keystone province since 2011. Outgoing president David Sibbald said he was excited to see so many attending the event, something that’s important because the industry needs to co-ordinate on a plethora of important issues including […] Read more

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Canadian Angus Association to pursue verified sustainability

Canadian Angus Association CEO Rob Smith says the group is looking at programs like Verified Beef Production Plus for inspiration when it comes to certifying sustainability

Canadian Angus Association CEO Rob Smith wants his organization to take a larger role in verifying responsible management. “We’re going to take a look at the process for Verified Beef Production Plus and we’re going to take a look at the forms and the administrative requirements of that and we’re going to create a Canadian […] Read more

Beef 911: We all need to be ever vigilant when it comes to rabies

This fatal disease is very rare, but always be on the lookout for telltale signs

We don’t hear this disease mentioned very often, but when we do there is a very scary connotation attached to it. Rabies is virtually always a fatal disease to all mammals, and zoonotic to humans with no curative treatment once clinical signs develop. Only prevention through vaccination and strong surveillance programs have kept incidence of […] Read more

Coccidiosis affecting young calves in North Dakota

Cattle producers in North Dakota have been losing young calves to coccidiosis this spring, 
an intestinal disease that affects several animal species

Cattle producers in North Dakota have been losing young calves to coccidiosis this spring, according to Gerald Stokka, the North Dakota State University Extension Service’s veterinarian. Coccidiosis is an intestinal disease that affects several animal species. In cattle, it may produce clinical symptoms in animals from a month to one year of age, but it […] Read more

Expanded mandate means higher cost for VBP Plus audits

The national beef certification program has expanded from on-farm food safety to include sustainability, biosecurity and animal welfare

The Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP Plus) program will come with a higher price tag during its second year in Manitoba, but providers say the jump is needed to keep the program cost neutral. Audit costs have increased from $200 to $300 as of May 20. Manitoba Beef Producers general manager Brian Lemon says he […] Read more

Beef 911: Dispelling the myths about steroid use in beef production

Talk about ‘steroid-free beef’ is misleading — they are rarely used and only for very specific reasons

There has been lots said lately about added steroids in beef. Although steroids are used for very specific treatments regarding specific conditions, their use if anything is minimal and has been greatly reduced even further with the NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). This article will go over specific uses where steroids produce beneficial results to our […] Read more

Beef producers react to U.S. NAFTA scare

Manitoba beef producers are watching the discussion over NAFTA closely, 
but both provincial and national beef industry groups say they see a silver lining

Manitoba’s beef producers were initially alarmed by reports in late April that NAFTA was on the chopping block in the form of an executive order to withdraw from the trade agreement. Dissatisfaction with NAFTA was among Trump’s talking points during his 2016 election campaign along with the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which he signed an order to […] Read more

Nerbas Bros. Angus recognized for environmental efforts

Grazing systems and forage are key for the winners of this year’s 
Manitoba Beef Producers Environmental Stewardship Award

The Nerbas family of Shellmouth, Man., isn’t interested in a whole lot of inputs for their forage-only Angus herd. Arron and Shane Nerbas, along with their wives, Amber and Sacha, their children, and their parents Gene and Cynthia, run a 525-head commercial herd and 75 head of registered breeding stock under a mix of summer […] Read more