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Beef demand is slowly improving as Canadian and U.S. economies recuperate from the COVID-19 spring shutdown.

Favourable beef market over the long term

Market Update with Jerry Klassen: Poor calf prices this October, fed prices will improve later in 2021

First a look at the calf market The calf market will likely remain flat through this October and November. After December, calves that come on the market generally have the option to be placed on grass next spring or moved to a finishing lot. The calf market during the spring of 2021 is expected to […] Read more

Slow down and keep keep cattle calm — best formula to keep everyone safe.

Work cattle with safety top of mind

Low-stress handling practices better for cattle and their handlers

As we head into another busy time of year for cattle producers and handlers, it’s good to stop and think about all the increased risks we face over the next couple of months. Fall is a dangerous time because there is just a lot more movement as ranchers bring in cows and calves that haven’t […] Read more


Don’t underestimate the value of provide cattle with good quality water.

Do you know what’s swimming in your livestock water?

Good clean water is the most important nutrient

A university professor once told our beef science class that many things that aren’t fish are swimming in most beef cows’ drinking water. As an undergraduate, I envisioned snails and frogs being sucked up by thirsty cows, but soon realized that he was talking about the many undesirable things not visible to the naked eye. […] Read more

If you don’t have the numbers to make a truck load lot, it may be worthwhile to team up with another producer.

Numbers matter when marketing cattle

Genetics may not matter as much as larger, more consistent lots

The definition of marketing for some cow-calf producers could be “rounding up the calves, loading them into trailers and sending them to the local auction market.” While this method will put a cheque in the bank account, it’s not likely the optimum definition to tie the financial proficiency of an operation to. Advertise herd genetics […] Read more


Grandpa John poses with Joseph and James in the barley crop

Combines finally get rolling

Eppich News: Organic oats and ‘The Bread wheat’ among the first harvested

The beginning of August found us trying to finish baling the hay before the rain. Gregory was working on the ditch bales while I worked on the two hayfields. We finished right as the storm started. The lightning was hitting the ground very close to us and the thunder rattled the truck. While Gregory and […] Read more



There are a number of handling equipment manufacturers offering new features and improved designs.

Great information on improved cattle handling

Animal Health with Roy Lewis: Plenty of resources to help reduce stress on people and livestock

We’ve all come a long way in our cattle-handling ability with improved skills, improved methods, and equipment and facilities that have become more refined. Lots of resources have been put into better understanding of proper handling practices. One I suggest checking out is Merck’s Creating Connections website. It can help producers raise healthier cattle and […] Read more

Not all the guests could be on hand for James Eppich baptism due to COVID-19 and closure of the U.S. border, but there was still good representation of Eppich family members on hand for the July ceremony.

Haying season gets rolling in late July

Eppich News: Good rain will help hay and pasture production

Summer seemed to fly by. During the middle of June, Gregory and John were able to work some summerfallow. I took the colt LJ out to check the cows at Landis on June 26. Everybody was accounted for but I found one calf with foot rot. The next day, Gregory and I rode out and […] Read more


Bison affected by MCF or malignant catarrhal fever will often develop a blue eye.

Bison and sheep need to keep their distance

Animal Health: Malignant catarrhal fever can quickly kill mature bison

One of the serious diseases we see in bison but much less frequently in cattle is MCF or Malignant catarrhal fever, usually resulting from some interaction between bison and sheep. The MCF family of diseases is seen in 33 species. Clinical signs are a high fever, lethargy and weakness, with ocular and nasal discharge leading […] Read more

TESA winners, Ricky and Chad Seelhof and their daughters Riata and Renee, and son Cooper, along with Chad’s parents Ellie and Louis Seelhof.

BC cattle ranchers awarded 2020 TESA

Lethbridge beef researcher also recognized for outstanding work

A ranching family from the B.C. Cariboo Region and a longtime beef researcher at the Agriculture Canada Lethbridge Research Centre (LRC) were honoured with awards during the annual Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC), which this year ran online August 11-13. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association 2020 TESA environmental stewardship award went to the Seelhof family, who […] Read more