Despite horses being described as one of the most perceptive of all animals, research on equine sensory abilities is limited and has mainly focused on hearing and vision. Although olfaction, or the sense of smell, has only been studied sparsely, the highly developed and sophisticated anatomy of the olfactory system in the horse with its long nose,
A younger age group is joining the youth rodeo family, with fifth graders being admitted for the first time. The National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA), along with its affiliates including Manitoba will be welcoming the younger students to the Junior High Division as the 2021-22 competition dawns. The change in age was brought forth
The comfort and health of the horse’s withers is a central key to the horse’s performance and soundness. The withers are defined as the part of the spinal column that lies in between the animal’s shoulder blades and anatomically includes the third to 11th thoracic vertebrae. Collectively these vertebra project upwards into an arch. Their
When the pandemic shut down Victoria’s tourist industry, B.C. farmer Bryce Rashleigh lost the bulk of his hay customers: carriage horses that carted tourists around the coastal city. This summer, as Prairie cattle producers languished in drought, Rashleigh — who farms in Saanichton on Vancouver Island — was near broke and “swimming in round bales.”
Although many areas across the region have received much-needed moisture recently, the ongoing drought and lack of forage options for beef producers is still a concern. “One potential forage source is drought-stressed soybeans that can be grazed or harvested for hay or silage,” says Janna Block, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension livestock systems specialist at
AID | $155 million in relief measures hits the biggest hurts, but how does it stack up against groups’ initial asks? KAP, Manitoba Beef Producers and Dairy Farmers of Manitoba said they were pleased with AgriRecovery drought relief measures announced August 31. “We thank both levels of government for recognizing the severity of the disaster and enacting
Two things that have been rare all summer returned to Grunthal in August: rodeo and rain. The small town in southeastern Manitoba usually hosts three rodeos per year — a spring rodeo, a fall rodeo during its Hanover Ag Fair, and a high school rodeo. All three were cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.
“Concerning reports” of people in Canada seeking out veterinary-grade dewormers for personal use have led Health Canada to formally advise against doing so. News reports in Western Canada in the past week have described increased demand from non-farming consumers for veterinary-grade ivermectin, whether at livestock supply retailers or online. While ivermectin is an antiparasitic drug
A radio news director from eastern Nova Scotia has been tapped as the provincial agriculture minister for incoming Premier Tim Houston’s Progressive Conservatives. Greg Morrow, the new MLA for Guysborough-Tracadie, was sworn in Tuesday along with the other members of Houston’s 19-member cabinet. Houston’s Tories ousted Iain Rankin’s Liberal government in the Aug. 17 provincial
Extreme bouts of hot weather are particularly stressful for horses and for some individuals it is even more stressful than extreme bouts of cold weather. Thus it becomes particularly important to identify the individual horses that are at a greater risk for heat stress and what factors can provide extra care for them when necessary.