Extended lactation could make better cheese

Danish researchers show that despite fears the practice could harm milk quality it may actually be better

Extending dairy cow lactation periods by up to six months not only can lower the environmental impact of the industry — it just might make better cheese too. That’s according to some recent research by Danish scientists who decided to put long-standing concerns over the practice to an empirical test. They found an expected decrease […] Read more


Food Freedom Day marked February 8

Canadian Federation of Agriculture planning more activities to highlight agriculture’s contributions 
as country marks 150th anniversary of confederation

It took just 39 days in 2017 to earn enough income to pay the annual grocery bill, according to the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) which marked Food Freedom Day Feb. 8. To calculate the date, the CFA compares food expenditures against average income and pro-rates this to represent calendar days. Food Freedom Day is […] Read more



VIDEO: Canada’s Agriculture Day Celebration in Ottawa

Members of the agricultural community gathered in Ottawa and in 200 events around the country to Celebrate Canada’s Agriculture Day on Feb. 16, 2017. In this video, Cam Choquette (student), Lane Stockbrugger (farmer) and Michael Hoffort (FCC CEO) share their experiences of the day.


Learn about fungicides via your VCR

Our History: February 1991

Fungicides were a new concept for farmers in February 1991. To learn more you could watch a video, but that meant sending for a VHS in the mail, not watching YouTube. In our Feb. 21 issue we reported on a meeting at CSP Foods in Altona (now owned by Bunge), one of three canola-crushing plants […] Read more



Be aware of snow buildup on rooftops

Too much snow can cause roof collapse and the conditions are ripe for it this winter

The Office of the Fire Commissioner is reminding Manitobans to keep an eye on their roofs this winter. Heavy snowfalls this winter mean there’s a “greatly increased” risk of roof collapse this winter, the provincial agency said in a recent news release. There have been several recent incidents of buildings suffering either partial or a […] Read more


TB-resistant cattle are a reality

A new technique has produced live animals with 
increased resistance to this dangerous disease

Researchers say they’ve found a high-tech way to produce cattle with genetic resistance to bovine tuberculosis. Writing in the open-access journal Genome Biology, Chinese researchers from the Northwest A&F University in Shaanxi, China say CRISPR gene-editing technology allowed the breakthrough. Read more: TB in the spotlight again with Alberta outbreak Dr. Yong Zhang, lead author […] Read more



Oakland Hatcheries’ ‘Big 3’ in egg production

Our History: February 1960

You had a choice of three breeds — Shaver, Fisher and Ames — if you were responding to this ad from Oakland Hatcheries in our Feb. 18, 1960 issue. The front-page story that week reported on a letter sent by Manitoba Pool president W.J. Parker to Prime Minister John Diefenbaker on behalf of the three […] Read more


Lamb co-op files for bankruptcy protection

The Canadian Lamb Producers Co-operative 
seeks bridge funding

Reportedly unable to raise the sales volume needed to cover costs, the Canadian Lamb Producers Co-operative is seeking bankruptcy protection. The Western Producer newspaper on Jan. 27 quoted a recent statement in which the co-operative said it has been seeking an investor to finance its operations while production is ramped up and sales are increased […] Read more



Province warns of flood risk

The Manitoba government says high snowfall and wet soils are causing enough concern to warrant an early flood report

Manitoba could see anything ranging from moderate to severe overland flood risk this spring, according to a provincial “conditions report” issued Jan. 30. Infrastructure Minister Blaine Pedersen said the report, issued earlier than usual and in addition to the expected late-winter forecast, is necessary because a combination of conditions has led to elevated risk. “We […] Read more


NDSU scientists study distillers grains as fertilizer

Wet distillers grains and condensed distillers solubles 
increased corn and spring wheat yields

Distillers grains could be a source of fertilizer for some crops, according to research at North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center. Wet distillers grains and condensed distillers solubles (sometimes referred to as “syrup”) are organic byproducts of ethanol production from corn. Scientists at the Carrington centre have been testing whether wet distillers grains […] Read more