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Antimicrobial resistance isn’t one of the hot issues of the day, but neither producers or feedlot operators can afford to lower their guard when it comes to prevention.

A battle the beef sector can’t afford to lose

Antimicrobial resistance in cattle isn’t going away, so proper use of livestock drugs is critical

Glacier FarmMedia – There’s a microscopic war raging in your soil, and these bacteria will do whatever it takes to protect and expand their territory. “It’s like a little arms race that goes on naturally in the environment,” said Reynold Bergen, science director for the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC). “They’re using antibiotic resistance to

“That’s one of the challenges — on the surface, it seems like a great idea until you fully understand what it means to implement mandatory COOL.” – Fawn Jackson.

Labelling law rears its head again, but officials don’t expect its return

Some American ranchers are ‘making a lot of noise’ but odds of a return to COOL seem slim

Glacier FarmMedia – Mandatory country-of-origin labelling (COOL) is gone, but there’s a new effort by American beef producers wanting to bring it back. “It’s still hugely on our radar,” said Alberta Beef Producers chair Melanie Wowk. “When COOL was first instituted in 2003, it was costing us about $600 million a year, so I think


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Demand seen soaring for legal, farm-killed meat

LOCAL | Producers, particularly small-scale farmers, would benefit from similar regulations in Manitoba, says Direct Farm Manitoba Demand for on-farm slaughter licences in Alberta has exploded since last summer when a rule change allowed consumers to buy individual animals and have them processed on the farm. Manitoba should have its own, similar regulations, says Direct

With light appearing at the end of the 
COVID tunnel, old problems are re-emerging, 
but there could be new solutions.

The big challenges won’t end when the pandemic does

Long-standing problems are still there but we’ve learned lessons that can be applied, say senior officials

The ag sector will require some fresh approaches to old problems if Canadian producers hope to remain competitive in a post-pandemic world. “All of the things we were worried about post-pandemic are exactly the same things we were worried about pre-pandemic,” said Simon Kennedy, deputy minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada. Trade conflicts,

John Cross, who now ranches with daughter Tanis, began using regenerative ag practices when he took over A7 Ranche 35 years ago. But it’s an ongoing and evolving process, they say.

Regenerative agriculture is becoming the next big thing for consumers

As interest in how food is produced increases, regenerative ag is a trend to watch

Consumers have latched on to a new-to-them concept that puts soil health front and centre — regenerative agriculture. “For farmers, (regenerative agriculture) is nothing new, but now we’re starting to see consumers use the term,” said Jo-Ann McArthur, president of Nourish Food Marketing in Toronto. “When we look at it, we see it potentially becoming


Because 85 per cent of his ranch is native rangeland, Sean McGrath selects genetics that will accommodate things like reduced milk production.

Select cattle genetics that are a fit for your operation

Factors such as forage quality or even how far cattle walk can be key when selecting genetics

Glacier FarmMedia – Putting cattle into an environment that doesn’t suit them is like jamming a round peg in a square hole — you might be able to make it work, but it’s going to take some effort. “Genetic selection is really about putting DNA into production,” said Vermilion-area beef producer Sean McGrath. “You’re buying

When it comes to burger ads, it’s pretty tough to tell McDonald’s Quarter Pounder (left) from the company’s new McPlant burger (right). But are meat alternatives confusing at the grocery store level?

Some cattle producers have a beef with fake-meat labelling

Is it misleading to use words like burger and meat for veggie substitutes? Or do consumers get it?

Glacier Farmmedia – Plant-based protein. Simulated meat. Alternative protein. When it comes to labelling fake meat, what’s in a name? Well, it depends on who you ask. Some say using words like ‘burger’ or ‘sausage’ to describe vegetarian fare is misleading. “To me, it’s obvious we’re producing the best meat product, because everybody else wants to call theirs ‘meat,’”

You need to look closely but this still from a Blue River Technology video shows “robotic nozzles” drenching a weed with a herbicide while leaving the adjacent cotton plants untouched.

Farm automation just over the horizon

The earliest models are already here and the future is closer than you think

Glacier FarmMedia – Just picture it: You’ve been watching your crop get rained on all week from your kitchen window, and it’s about time to do some crop scouting to see if you need to spray. But your farm is way ahead of you. Soil sensors have been monitoring moisture levels, and they’ve already called


Winter performance will be make-or-break for Canada’s grain industry.

Will the gusher of grain movement continue this winter?

Shipping records have shattered but the big test comes when the snow flies and temperatures drop

Glacier FarmMedia – The grain transportation system has been ‘pounding it,’ with monthly records falling like flies through spring, summer and even into harvest. So will it continue? That will depend on sales and demand from other sectors that ship by rail, say experts. “We’ve done very well in the aftermath of everything that’s happened

U.S. farm aid began shooting up in 2018 thanks to Washington’s ‘market facilitation program’ but will go sky high this year after President Donald Trump pledged $16 billion for farmers hurt by the pandemic.

Farm aid is raining down south of the border, but not in Canada

These farmers say they don’t want bailouts — but effective risk management programs are needed

American farmers will receive record-high amounts of farm aid this year, but Canadian producers say they don’t want a handout — just a business risk management program that works. The current programs, such as AgriStability, don’t function well, said Sexsmith, Alta.-area farmer Greg Sears. “It’s not predictable, it’s not timely, and it rarely pays out —