There is a combination of factors challenging cattle producers this year. December was considerably colder than normal, and this colder weather has prompted a heavier-than-usual hair coat on many cattle. While cows appear to be in good condition, producers may find, with some hands-on evaluation or condition scoring, that many may actually be thin. “Another
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development has released its biweekly crop report for July 24. The provincial summary follows. The full report is available alongside. Alberta has seen the return to more seasonal temperatures over the past several weeks following the hot weather experienced two weeks ago. Sporadic light and heavy showers were reported in all
An Alberta Agriculture beef specialist warns that hay needs to be completely cured before being baled. Recent high temperatures, resulting in quick drying conditions, have some producers heading out to bale within two to four days after cutting. If hay isn’t completely cured, there could be damage to the hay after being baled. “Moisture probes
Livestock handling specialist Temple Grandin says handling practices can be less stressful to the animals and safer for the handler if one understands the behavioural characteristics of livestock. They include: ” Genetics Breed differences mean some cattle are more excitable. ” Individual differences Each animal is an individual and has a different reaction to stress.
Ralph Wright, soil moisture specialist with Alberta Agriculture, has released a map showing that overnight temperatures dipped below zero across two large areas on the night of Sept. 11-12 These areas are roughly centred around Edmonton and Grande Prairie. Several stations recorded overnight temperatures that dipped below 0 C, across two large areas; one centred
Every year the debate continues, as farmers wonder whether they should incorporate the family farm or not,” says Merle Good, business development – tax strategies, with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. “The answer is not that simple, but I have found over the years it depends on a farmer’s answers to 10 questions.” Income 1.
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are reminding cattle producers in Alberta to call their veterinarians to collect brain tissue samples to be tested for Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as Mad Cow Disease. Cattle producers play a key role in monitoring and eradicating this disease from the Canadian
Alberta Agriculture’s biweekly crop report indicates generally good conditions, except in the Peace River region, which continues dry. The report’s summary follows. For a full report including tables, click here. Precipitation received during the last two weeks varied considerably across the province. In the Peace Region, it was more than 20 mm in the northern