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App sounds sweet to honey producers’ group

Beekeepers say the BeeConnected app has positive possibilities for their industry, but it’s going to depend a lot on uptake

A smartphone app imported from Australia might be the next big tool for beekeepers to manage their sometimes complicated relationship with surrounding farmers. BeeConnected, an app piloted in Manitoba last year and about to make its full-scale national debut, looks to facilitate communication between beekeepers and pesticide users. The app for Apple and Android allows […] Read more

The importance of feeding salt to horses

Horse Health: A horse’s behaviour is the best sign of a salt deficiency, rather than subtle and non-specific symptoms

Salt is the most important mineral required by horses, yet its importance is often overlooked in favour of seemingly more important minerals. Although the majority of a horse’s mineral quota will be met with a good-quality long-stem forage, the salt content in grasses and hay is too low for the needs of a horse. Consequently […] Read more


When horses ‘choke’

Horse Health: The condition in horses refers to the inability to swallow rather than an obstruction of breathing

Whenever the term “choke” is used in horses it refers to an obstruction or blockage in the esophagus. This is very different than the extreme medical emergency of choking in humans, whereby an obstruction of the airway or trachea has occurred. The choking horse can still breathe — but the choking horse cannot swallow. Choke […] Read more

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Deep waters: how can we protect our oceans and fisheries?

When it comes to animal protein, Canadians, despite having the 
longest coastline in the world, don’t think about fish

Typically when Canadians discuss protein-related foods, they look to our key livestock industries: cattle, hogs and chicken. In comparison to those terrestrial food sources, fish stocks are transient and invisible. That can make oceans and their issues easily overlooked. But fish and seafood must be part of any discussions about sustainable food systems. Oceans feed […] Read more

National colony loss one of the lowest in 10 years

Beekeepers say their death losses are falling, but nobody is exactly sure why

Winter bee mortality rates seem to be dropping, according to data submitted to Health Canada by the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists. The group told the Health Department, that has been heavily involved in a multi-stakeholder study into the issue, that all provinces either saw similar death rates, or lower death rates than the previous […] Read more

Domestic demand for lamb is on the rise

But domestic production is static and processing capacity is declining

Prices generally for commercial and purebred lambs were up a little bit from last year, say organizers of this year’s Manitoba Sheep Association Show and Sale held at Carberry on August 28 and 29. For commercial lambs, pens of five averaged $197.50 per head, and for pens of two the average price was $214 per […] Read more

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Amidst an oil boom, North Dakota produces premium caviar

There is only a limited number of paddlefish that can be caught per year

North Dakota is known globally not just for prolific oil production, but also, it turns out, for caviar. A distinctly American version of the salty delicacy prized for centuries by Russian czars gets its start each May in the cool waters where the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers converge, the same spot where explorers Lewis and […] Read more

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Colt starting competition highlight of horse training challenge

Three of North America’s leading colt raisers compete against one another in timed training challenge

A highlight of Brandon’s Horse3 event demonstrated the unique connection that is made between horse and trainer in the initial stages of colt raising. The North American Equine Ranching Information Council (NAERIC) hosted the Trainer’s Challenge during the Horse3 event, which saw three clinicians take a young horse out of a supplied select group and […] Read more

Reducing risk of injury or sickness when trailering horses

You can minimize the level of stress by practising horse-trailering skills well ahead of when it’s necessary

A trailer ride is a formidable undertaking for a horse, as it is in strong contradiction to their inherent nature. Acceptance of loading into the trailer, travelling calmly and unloading quietly from the trailer requires mental preparation and conditioning of the horse. Horses that are properly prepared mentally for trailering arrive at their destination with […] Read more

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Livestock producers, beware of sweet clover toxicity

Mould can convert the naturally occurring chemical coumarin into an anticoagulant

Improperly curing hay made from certain sweet clover varieties such as white and yellow sweet clover can cause severe and often fatal hemorrhages in livestock such as cattle, sheep and goats. “Unfortunately, proper harvesting can be difficult,” says Gerald Stokka, North Dakota State University Extension Service livestock stewardship specialist and veterinarian. “If cutting is delayed […] Read more