Purebred Beef Spotlight: March 15, 2022
- Avelyn Angus thanked its partners for their support, including Bullseye Feeds and UFA Leduc.
- Colgan’s Cattle Company thanked its sale partners Ravenworth Cattle for help with clipping and preparing photos for the sale catalogue.
- Excel Ranches posted gratitude for “an amazing day” at its 2022 excellence sale. Lot 1: Excel Polled Jet Stream 22J sold for $17,500.
- Freeway Angus / Arda Farms reflected on its 25th anniversary bull sale. “Thank you to the bidders, buyers, friends old and new who made our day such a success.”
- High Country Cattle Services remembered James C. Linthicum Sr., who passed away on March 13. “One of the greatest cattleman and human beings to walk this land. He was a mentor to many,” they wrote.
- J.Yorga Farms Limousin said it sold bulls to four provinces and five U.S. states in its 2022 sale with an average sale price of $6,500.
- KFC Farms shared that two of its most anticipated heifers calved at the end of February. “Both bull calves, both nice udders and plenty of milk!”
- Mader Ranches reflected on its 33rd annual bull sale. “Cheers to more great sales, a great calving season for all, a wet spring, plenty of feed in the country, and high cattle prices come fall!”
- McAleer Ranching has shared sales videos for its Speckle bulls ahead of the upcoming March 27 sale.
- Merit Cattle Co. shared it is always striving. “Striving to build a better cow herd and better bills that sire calves that put more money in your pocket.”
- Millbrook Farm is looking forward to the Best of the West Shorthorn Sale later this month. “A great mix of Canadian, Australia and USA genetics in this exciting package.”
- Pearson Farms shared a drone video of its property.
- Prospect Hill Shorthorns is hosting an open house on March 18 and 19.
- Rusylvia Cattle Co. posted a wrap up on its sale, noting that yearling bulls averaged $6,875. “The list of people that helped out with so many different aspects of the sale is long and we give you our heartfelt thanks for everyone’s efforts.”
- Severtson Land and Cattle said the average price at its recent sale was $6,700. “Special thanks to volume buyer Cordy & Clint Ellis on their 11 bulls!” they wrote.
- Shiloh Cattle Company shared a video as it winds down calving and gears up for the 8th annual Trendsetter Bull Sale later this month.
- Ty-D Livestock posted about its recent bull sale. “To every bidder and buyer, new, repeat, and volume we thank you and already look forward to planning next year’s sale!”
Sales and shows
- Cecilie Fleming, co-chair for the Alberta Beef Producers annual general meeting, encouraged delegates to respect one another and to make the most of in-person opportunities. “It comes down to respect: respect our producers, respect each other as delegates,” she said.
- The Alberta Charolais Association has awarded its 50-year Breeder Award to four ranches.
- The past year marked the sixth in a row in which Canada hit record beef export values, wrote Canadian Cattlemen’s Association president Bob Lowe. “This highlights that our long-term investment in market access advocacy pays significant dividends.”
- The University of Calgary’s Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) faculty is receiving $59 million from the 2022 provincial budget to expand its Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program and address the critical shortage of vets across the province.
- Janice Tranberg, president and chief executive of the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association, told Global News that the majority of its members have just one or two weeks of grain left. A potential strike by Canadian Pacific employees could have devastating impacts. “It is imperative that essential services are not interrupted, including the movement of agricultural products by rail,” said Bob Lowe, president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.
- Hybrid rye is gaining traction among Alberta cattle feeders as a high-quality source of forage, grain, silage and greenfeed, reports Alberta Farmer Express.
- Researchers at the University of Alberta are examining the ways cattle farmers can rotate their fields to resemble the migration patterns of bison and preserve grasslands ecosystems. A recently concluded five-year research project found that adaptive multi-paddock (AMP) grazing resembles natural grazing and can help farmers resist drought.
- The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association said it is pleased to see progression on a future Canada-United Kingdom free trade agreement. “It is imperative that the beef industries in Canada and the UK both have the opportunity to benefit from this trade relationship,” said president Bob Lowe.
- The Canadian Food Inspection Agency started enforcing new transport regulations for livestock carriers this month. The regulations, which were enacted on Feb. 20, 2020, “allow no more than 12 hours on a truck for unweaned animals, and a maximum of 36 hours for weaned animals, with a required eight-hour rest stop.”
- TrustBIX has acquired Insight Global Technology Inc. TrustBIX also signed an agreement with Cargill, one of the world’s largest agricultural producers, to participate in Cargill’s Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef program.
- The Agriculture Financial Services Corporation has named the seven recipients of the Women in Ag Award for 2022.
- The Agriculture Financial Services Corporation said producers should expect to see higher premiums for the 2022 crop year due to higher commodity prices and low yields in 2021.
- Roger Chevraux of Killam is the new chair of Alberta Canola. Board member Justin Nanninga has been named to the Canola Council of Canada board of directors for 2022/2023.
- Budget 2022 increases funding for rural broadband to a total of $390 million over four years to implement the Alberta Broadband Strategy, which “aims to connect every home and business to high-speed internet by the end of the 2026-27 fiscal year.” The province expects the agricultural sector’s GDP will grow up to 5%, resulting from adoption of AgTech, approximately three years after achieving universal coverage and adoption of services.
- Faced with soaring costs, pork producers are “just hanging on.” There are about 925 registered producers in Alberta, but Alberta Pork executive director Darcy Fitzgerald said only about 250 are commercial operations. Despite strong demand for pork, the industry is not as appealing as it once was. “The payback is just not there for the amount of money that you have to spend and the inputs you have to put into it,” Fitzgerald said.
- Alberta Wheat and Barley Commission general manager Tom Steve told CBC News that financing this year’s crop will be top of mind for many producers still feeling the impacts of last year’s drought.
- Alberta Wheat is among the organizations funding a new three-year research project that aims to improve nitrogen and phosphorus uptake in wheat.
- The Canadian Grain Commission has announced that producers who were not paid for grain delivered to W.A. Grain & Pulse Solutions will receive an average of 80% compensation for eligible claims.
- The Highway 3 Twinning Development Association (H3TDA) is advocating for the entire route from Medicine Hat to the BC border to be expanded to four lanes to keep up with increased agri-processing growth.
- Lakeland College is introducing new agribusiness courses this fall offering students the option of choosing one of five specialties: production, marketing, agri-food and tourism, sustainability, or finance.
- A 400,000 square-foot vertical farm facility proposed by Novus Earth would be built near Hinton and would be supported by Lethbridge College.
- Darlene Keeler is president-elect of the Medicine Hat Stampede & Exhibition, the first woman to fill the role.
- Olds College is expanding its Smart Farm operations into Saskatchewan on 800 acres of donated land near Craik.
- University of Lethbridge student Kelsey Gubbins and Lakeland College student Darrick Nicol are among the latest recipients of a $10,000 agricultural scholarship presented by the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East and the Lethbridge & District Exhibition.
- Slides from the Agronomy Update 2022 event hosted by Alberta Barley, Alberta Canola, Alberta Pulse Growers, and Alberta Wheat are now available online.
Opportunities and invitations
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