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Gates at property access points should be closed when not in use and locked overnight.

Be ready for the protesters

Hopefully a group never shows up at your farm gate, but if they do....

The past year has brought several examples of activists trespassing on Canadian farms to create media exposure around farming practices. They’re expected to continue. As president of Ag & Food Exchange Ltd., Geraldine Auston, based in Surrey, B.C. provides an industry advisory service to help farmers, truckers and agri-businesses handle pressure from special-interest groups. Earlier […] Read more



This sheeting was fashioned to create a safe creep area for piglets.

Homemade safe creep idea protects piglets

A simple solution made with simple materials

As loose housing becomes standard practice across gestation facilities, it is only a matter of time until the market will demand loose-housed farrowing sows with litters. That’s the opinion of Brett, Jamie and Carl Israel of Carl Israel Farms Ltd. in Mapleton Township, Ont., one of two winners who shared the 2019 F.X. Aherne Prize […] Read more

Steve’s Trucking developed a hydraulic system to lift two decks inside an livestock trailer making it easier to load and unload animals.

Great ideas for lifting hogs recognized

Two different lift systems reduce stress for people and animals

The 2016 F. X. Aherne award for Innovative Pork Production is being shared by two winners. Sam Gelowitz of the Prairie Swine Centre in Saskatoon, Sask. received the award for an innovative carcass-removal cart, while Steve’s Livestock Transport of Manitoba received the prize for a new hydraulic lift deck trailer. The awards were presented at […] Read more


Two-stage weaning reduces calf stress

Capturing ‘win-win’ benefits in an area where new knowledge and options are emerging

Two southern Alberta ranches are among those who have found a two-stage calf weaning program is not only much less stressful for livestock and improves rate of gain, it also makes for a much quieter weaning week. The two-stage weaning system involves processing calves about a week before the actual weaning day to apply a […] Read more



AgTech Studies Lance Fungicide Use On Dry Beans

White mould is a common disease in dry bean production in Southern Alberta. The Alberta Pulse Growers Commission, along with other stakeholders and researchers, asked the AgTech Centre of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development to provide information on spraying technologies to use when applying foliar fungicides for controlling sclerotinia white mould in dry bean crops. […] Read more

Lower Water Rates Can Work

Most spraying technologies performed similarly at low and high water rates when appropriate nozzles were used at recommended pressures and heights. Some sprayers and aerial applications have been using less than five gallons per acre, even though the crop protection industry generally believes high water rates provide the proper coverage and penetration needed for optimum […] Read more


When you tractor “power hops,” you know it’s inefficient and uncomfortable. Engineers do not have a perfect solution, but you can take steps to reduce hop

It starts with a slight fore-aft vibration, which shakes the tractor. It can come and go for a while but usually gets worse. The front of the tractor moves up and down and the operator can feel the seat suspension working as his knees flex. The operator steps on the clutch and stops the tractor, […] Read more