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Bovine TB case turns up in southern B.C.

Federal food safety officials are now looking into the life story of a slaughtered British Columbia beef cow confirmed with bovine tuberculosis. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency on Monday announced it has launched an investigation after a mature beef cow was confirmed Nov. 9 with bovine TB. The case comes a few months after the […] Read more

Building beef cattle diets using some straw

Keeping cows properly fed while reducing costs

First came the drought, then through September and early October a foot of snow, a weekend of autumn and finally winter. Not exactly the best weather for harvesting good-quality forage and grain for most beef cattle. At least we had a return to good fall conditions by mid-October. Fortunately, what grain that was taken off […] Read more

Canada’s OYF: Alberta nominees

Craig and Jinel Ference relied on diversity to overcome challenges

If you thought your career had a rocky start, imagine returning home to a cow-calf farm in 2003 and being greeted with the industry-changing BSE crisis. As it turns out, Craig and Jinel Ference, the Alberta winners of the Outstanding Young Farmer (OYF) award, don’t have to imagine it; they lived it. When they met […] Read more

December lean hogs

U.S. livestock: Lean hogs limit up on swine fever fears

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures surged on Friday and the three most active contracts closed up their daily trading limit on rising concerns about the spread of African swine fever in China, traders said. Technical buying accelerated gains, lifting several deferred-month contracts to life-of-contract highs. “African swine fever fears are […] Read more