Northlands Purebred Beef Spotlight
- Longtime judge and seedstock rancher Dawn Wilson of Miller Wilson Angus spoke to Western Producer about whether show-ring cattle succeed commercially as well. “The purebred people have a critical job to supply new genetics to the industry,” she said. “If we’re not delivering something to enhance, we’re not doing our job. In general, we do well with providing what the commercial market desires, and that branch of the industry puts a solid product on the consumer’s plates.”
- Miller Wilson Angus did well at the Heartland Cattlemen’s Classic in February, with three Grand Champion prizes.
- Blair and Lois McRae of Mar Mac Farms, who have exhibited in the past at Edmonton’s Farmfair International and the Canadian Western Agribition, received the Manitoba Simmental Association’s A.O Henuset Ambassador Award.
- Carpathian Land and Livestock shared pictures from its recent cattle drive to the community pasture.
- Chittick Family Farms has purebred registered Simmental and Angus bulls ready to work.
- MT Bar Ranch has Eddie the Eagle semen, exportable to Canada, Australia, and the U.S.
- Alberta Beef Producers presented its 2021 Environmental Stewardship Award to Scott and Elan Lees of Soderglen Ranches. Here’s a video of the ranch.
- The Alberta Cattle Feeders Association shone a spotlight on Korova Feeders, an Acme company that was awarded $5 million from Emissions Reduction Alberta to increase the sustainability of its feedlot. Here’s more on the innovations funded through the Food, Farming, and Forestry Challenge.
- A feed additive called 3-NOP has been shown to reduce methane emissions considerably in a large-scale trial in beef cattle supported in part by the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association.
- Canadian Beef Advisors, an industry group that includes the Canadian Beef Breeds Council and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, has released a new set of 10-year goals, with a focus on soil and water quality, human health and safety, beef quality, and boosting efficiency through technology. Here’s more on the goals.
- The Startup Women Podcast interviewed Kara Enright of the Enright Cattle Company in Ontario — she has served on the board of the Canadian Simmental Association.
- Gleise M. Silva is looking forward to speaking with producers as the first person to hold the new chair in beef production systems, funded by the Beef Cattle Research Council and the Hays family, at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences.
- Jill Harvie of Harvie Ranching spoke to Marty Seymour about cutting edge cattle breeding on Farm Credit Canada‘s Talking Farm and Food podcast.
- Lakeland College recapped its virtual auction for the cattle and other livestock raised at the Student-Managed Farm.
- Livestock Gentec did an interview with Dave Sibbald, chair of the Canadian Beef Improvement Network about the promise of better genetics to help the industry. The CBIN’s first executive committee has been named.
- The Mexico Angus Association published an article on semen processing (in Spanish).
- Stettler Auction Mart has been given the go-ahead to hold the Stettler District Beef 4-H Show and Sale in person — here are the steers up for sale.
- The Durango Cattle Grower Association (or Union Ganadera Regional de Durango) is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.
- Agribition is planning a full, live event in Regina from Nov. 22 to 27, with 12 national breed shows. CEO Chris Lane spoke to CTV about what Agribition is planning.
- Alberta Pork and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry have launched the Squeal on Pigs campaign to encourage Albertans to report sightings of wild boar,
- Allison Ammeter, past chair of Alberta Pulse Growers, spoke to Alberta Farmer Express about the demise of the Plant Protein Alliance of Alberta.
- The Canadian Bison Association announced the International Bison Convention will be held in Saskatoon on July 12-15, 2022.
- The Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition, which usually happens on the May long weekend, has been cancelled for the second year in a row.
- Farm Credit Canada has joined AVAC to fund Carrot Ventures, a $15-million fund to help commercialize ag-tech intellectual property.
- The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is planning a big post-COVID comeback in 2022 that will include a special George Strait concert and a rodeo running Feb. 28 to March 20.
- Lethbridge College and Olds College have signed a memorandum of understanding to join forces on agriculture research.
- The Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association has received just under $115,000 from the federal government and almost $96,000 from the province for COVID-19 technology and safety upgrades.
- The Western Stock Growers Association has been among the vocal opponents of the Alberta government’s moves to change coal development policy in the Eastern Slopes.
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