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Pencil out preconditoning economics with BCRC calculator

Spoiler alert — lean toward 45 and 60 days programs

By Lee Hart Does preconditoning calves at weaning make economic sense? Most articles and arguments I’ve seen over the years usually point toward “Yes”, but the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) recently posted a report with a preconditioning calculator. Don’t just wonder if weaning, feeding, vaccinating calves for a few weeks or months before they […] Read more

Have meal, will travel

A modified version of Farmer Appreciation night in southeast Sask.

The Weyburn Chamber of Commerce in southeast Saskatchewan didn’t let a little pandemic completely interrupt their plans to host an annual Farmer Appreciation Night this year. Rather than host a nice sit-down dinner in town that would draw farm families from surrounding Rural Municipalities, they did the next best thing under COVID-19 protocols and brought […] Read more


Ag Excellence Conference all about farm management

Time to fine tune those management skills, be exposed to new ideas

And save the dates Dec. 8 to 10, 2020 for a great line up of speakers with all kinds of good farm management advice as part of the Ag Excellence Conference that will be going virtual this year. Organized by Farm Management Canada (FMC), the three day conference features speakers on a variety of topics […] Read more

What’s planned for farm shows and conferences this fall and winter

Several events have just shut down for the year, others have gone on-line

Well seven months into this pandemic thing and if you were expecting that life would be getting back to normal by now, well it isn’t — not completely anyway. I think the world and certainly Canadians are getting a bit more comfortable with COVID-19 protocols and social distancing requirements, which is a good thing because […] Read more


Charges dropped against young Alberta farmers

Still a few important legal issues to be sorted out

It was good to read news reports this week, that some flimsy but serious charges against two Calgary area brothers involving their tractor and the sheriffs at a highway check stop have been dropped. The Alberta Crown has withdrawn charges against Jeremia Leussink, 19, who was driving his tractor to do some haying in a […] Read more

More hay and feed listing services

I was reminded there may be other hay, straw and feed listing services available to farmers looking to buy or sell products this fall. Do a search and check them out on-line. Steve from the TownPost (launched in 2010) based in Barrhead, AB says their family-owned business offers free on-line classifieds to rural Albertans. Along with […] Read more


Trip to field to bale hay turns violent

Young Alberta farmers with tractor arrested by sheriffs

Every time I hear, read (or usually see the video) of what appears to be excessive police takedowns of people who apparently are posing some threat to society I really have to wonder about police training. I’m sure there are 100s of arrests daily that are easy and peaceful without either side of the issue […] Read more

Hay and so much more available on-line

Several websites help farmers connect with farmers and other suppliers

Western Canadian farmers and ranchers looking to buy or sale hay or almost anything else concerning beef production can tap into some new as well as established on-line listing services. Most of the websites help producers either buy or sell forages, but some sites offer much broader services too. And aside from forages etc at […] Read more


Food Day Canada, Saturday August 1 — eat something Canadian

Celebrate Canadian grown food and share the message

BY Lee Hart According to my bathroom scale unfortunately every day is Food Day in my life, but aside from that there is an even more important Food Day being observed this Saturday, August 1, 2020. It is the 10th anniversary of Food Day Canada with everyone being encouraged to celebrate and ‘Shine a Light […] Read more

Impressive nominees for environmental stewardship awards

Money invested in protecting environment is returning beef production dividends

By Lee Hart Four farms and ranches from across Canada have been nominated by their provincial beef organizations as contenders for The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) presented by the Canadian Cattleman’s Association (CCA) The four beef operations from Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia are all in the running for national TESA, which will be […] Read more