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There have been many gains on many fronts in the cattle industry

Beef 911: We’re reducing stress, using early disease detection, and improving animal welfare in a host of ways

One only has to take a step back to see the advances the cattle industry is making. This article is a small overview of some of the major ones I have seen. Canada is unique because the different seasons require different management strategies and our distances are great when it comes to stress of transportation. […] Read more


Persistent lice in cattle a potent problem

As winter wears on, many cattle producers are faced with a continual lice infestation in their herd

Some producers have treated more than once and still are seeing the effects of lice in their livestock. “We are experiencing lice populations that are apparently much more difficult to control than previously,” says Gerald Stokka, North Dakota State University Extension veterinarian. “We cannot be sure as to the reason for reduced lice control, but […] Read more



Comment: U.S. beef exports up, producer revenue down

What good are growing exports to producers who are starting to struggle to pay the bills?

The breaking news is that 2018 U.S. beef exports hit new records. The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) wrote that 2018 beef exports “shattered the previous value record and achieved a new high for volume,” and, “Export value soared to $8.33 billion, breaking the 2017 record by $1.06 billion — an increase of 15 per […] Read more


No ‘Plan B’ for short feed supplies into spring

Farmers already had little margin for error with stretched feed going into winter

Manitoba’s feed supplies are running low, with little to tide producers over after a dismal harvest last year and cold weather in January and February. Ration plans already left little margin for error, said Ray Bittner, Manitoba Agriculture livestock specialist in the Interlake. Producers in the northwest, which had better moisture and hay harvest last […] Read more



Winter calving requires diligence

There are risks to both winter calving outdoors and indoor births

Winter calving can lead to health risks for the newborns, North Dakota State University Extension livestock specialists caution. This winter’s heavy snowfall and dangerous wind chills have created calving conditions that are difficult to manage and put the ears, feet and life of newborn calves at risk. However, calving indoors also has its drawbacks. “When […] Read more


Beef industry blasts new transport regs, but pork and chicken say OK

New regulations have shortened trips between rest stops and expanded the definition of ‘unfit’ or ‘compromised’ animals among other changes, but not everyone in the livestock sector is impressed

Animals will have less time between stops under new federal transportation rules, but the cattle industry says the changes may actually miss the mark on animal welfare. Both the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and Manitoba Beef Producers have accused the federal government of ignoring its own research and argue that the overwhelming majority of cattle arrive […] Read more



Not using minerals will cost you in the long run

Beef 911: Not feeding minerals to your herd will mean more sick calves, lower performance, and reduced reproductive rates

In spite of greatly increased knowledge and better mineral supplements, veterinarians are probably encountering more mineral issues than we ever have. This is despite more collaboration between nutritionists, feed mills, veterinarians and other agricultural professionals. Why is this? I will explain some of the nutritional deficiencies we see. There is no doubt the BSE problem […] Read more


Connecting the dots: Less stress = less sickness = fewer treatments for cattle

The time spent on acclimation is easily reclaimed with the benefit of improved herd health, says longtime vet

Low-stress handling has been around for decades, but the practice is becoming more widespread. “There has always been a bit of a trend,” said Dr. Roy Lewis, a well-known Alberta veterinarian who had a large-animal practice for many years. But while the techniques are commonly used in the handling of purebred bulls, on some cow-calf […] Read more



Beef producers seek insurance coverage update

Farmers say insurance should keep pace with the increased wildlife risk of extended grazing

Manitoba’s beef producers are calling for better insurance for extended grazing. Wildlife feed loss sparked a string of resolutions during the Manitoba Beef Producers annual general meeting, held in Brandon February 7. Producers from multiple districts argued that insurance should cover feed that is left in the field if it is part of an extended […] Read more


Conservationists should support beef sector

Land use and habitat index values for beef cattle production and other agricultural areas in Canada

Cattle producers and conservationists need to team up to defeat the perception beef is bad for the environment. Unless they do so, both sides risk losing ground. Why it matters: The conservation community and the cattle sector in Canada must put their differences aside and start telling consumers about the environmental benefits of eating beef. […] Read more