Purebred Beef Spotlight
- Alberta Beef Producers issued a call to the federal government to contribute $203 million to drought relief, bringing the current $94 per head from the province to a total of about $200 per head. Here’s more on drought relief for cattle producers, with comments from the Western Stock Growers Association, among others. The federal government said it will increase AgriRecovery funding from $100 million to $500 million.
- The effects of the July heat wave will be felt for years, Melanie Wowk of Alberta Beef Producers told Alberta Farmer Express. Auction marts have been busy as ranchers cull their herds, said Chance Martin of Thorsby Stockyards.
- Vold, Jones & Vold Auction has also been unusually busy as the South Peace region faces hay shortages and high feed prices, and the Medicine Hat Feeding Company has seen the same. Nonetheless, beef prices are expected to stay high.
- Canadian Cattlemen’s Association released a series of tips to help beef producers develop grazing agreements with neighbouring crop farmers.
- Conditions are also bleak for crop farmers, said Kevin Serfas of Alberta Canola. Canola is dried and fried, and pulses are in rough shape, too.
- Grain yields are likely to be low but hot, dry growing conditions may lead to higher quality, said the chief grain inspector with the Canadian Grain Commission.
- The Government of Alberta is partnering with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Alberta Beef Producers, and Alberta Cattle Feeders Association to conduct a competitiveness study of Alberta’s beef industry.
- For the first time in its 64-year history, the cattle show in Perdue, Sask., was designated as a qualifying show for the Canadian Western Agribition, the only one in Saskatchewan this summer.
- Lakeland College is running a two-year precision ranching research project at its Vermilion campus, using GPS-enabled ear tags to study cattle breeding activity.
- Alejandro Dávila, president of the Mexico Angus Association, has been in talks with government officials about strengthening livestock and improving genetics.
- Seven post-secondary institutions in Alberta, including Lakeland College, Lethbridge College, and Olds College, have signed a declaration to advance agriculture and food research in the province by sharing data, expertise, and research capabilities.
- Alberta Pork called on producers to be vigilant after African Swine Fever was detected in the Dominican Republic.
- The Canadian Bison Association welcomed a proposed increase to compensation for stock euthanized due to disease threat.
- Dean Stanford Blade of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta spoke to New Trail magazine about the innovation-rich future of farming.
- Farm Credit Canada rounded up a series of mental health resources for Canadian agriculture workers.
- Lakeland College received a $1 million investment from the federal government to support the college’s new Agriculture Technology Centre, which is tied to the student-managed farm at the Vermilion campus.
- Lethbridge College is among a group of institutions that is receiving federal funding to invest in applied research in key sectors. The college is investing in an agricultural technology centre that will contribute to reducing food waste in Canada.
- The Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association held the North American Chuckwagon Championship in July, the first major event in Saskatchewan since the reopening.
- Researchers at Olds College are testing ways to generate potable water from agricultural retention ponds using floating islands of native plants to filter the water and remove contaminants.
- The 2021 National Championships for Young Judges and Rural Ambassadors will be hosted at the 2022 Sydney Royal Easter Show after the Royal Queensland Show (the Ekka) was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, announced a coalition of Australian ag shows, including the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW.
- The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but Holstein Canada is proceeding with its national shows in Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.
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