Highlights / cattle

Environment & Animal Life, Society

Prime Alberta ranchland donated for research and conservation.

Two announcements this week have major implications for conservation and animal research. The first was the donation of an entire working cattle ranch to the University of Calgary. The WA Ranches, a large working beef cattle operation worth an estimated $44 »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life

Drought: deep concern for western Canada ranchers, farmers

Cattle, ranching, and the cowboy lifestyle are a large part of the traditions in Canada’s western prairie province of Alberta. The province is the world’s sixth largest exporter of beef. But a long and withering drought is causing great concern »

Arts & Entertainment, Environment & Animal Life, International, Society

The greatest outdoor show on Earth! On now!

The Stampede is on! Arguably Canada’s greatest entertainment event is on this week in the western city of Calgary, Alberta Many thousands of people lined up on Friday for the event opening Calgary Stampede parade in downtown Calgary © Calgary Stampede/via »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Society

Canadian farms: fewer, bigger, older

It seems that the amount of farmland in Canada is growing, but the average age of operators (farmers) continues to increase, while the numbers of actual farms is slowly decreasing. These are the latest findings from the national statistics gathering »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Politics, Society

Commercial animal transport laws: Still not humane says Animal Justice

Animal rights activists have long decried the conditions for transporting farm animals to slaughterhouses in Canada. There are long distances to travel and often harsh physical conditions of extreme cold or heat, and overcrowding. The animals are subjected to what »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Politics

Canadian beef-pork producers next target for Trump?

A memo obtained by the US television network CNN, suggests the incoming administration of  U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will take a hardline stance on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  This would be within the first year of taking »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Global warming; greenhouse gas and breeding a better cow

In terms of its greenhouse gas effect, each molecule of methane is equal to about 20 to 25 molecules of CO2. Cows in their digestion emit a lot of methane; out of both ends of the animal. Canadian researchers are »

Society

Lifestyle: a love for heritage livestock

When is a cow, not just a cow?  Most people wouldn’t really think much of seeing a deep copper coloured cow out in a field, but if you’re in agriculture you’d do a double take for sure. You’d recognize that »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Politics

COOL: US imposed trade issue continues

It has been a long-standing international trade dispute pitting Canada and Mexico against the US and in spite of consistently losing at the World Trade Organization, the US, is still causing financial harm to a Canadian livestock sector. Begun in »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International

Climate change: your food will cost more- lots more

For lovers of delicious ocean salmon, or beef get ready for a shock. A drought, a record in some areas of the Canadian prairies, means much lower hay crops and less grazing area for cattle. Producers are scrambling for feed, »