Record Spud Production in 2017

A record amount of potatoes were produced in Alberta last year.

According to a report from ATB Financial, the Province grew over 2 billion pounds of spuds.

Over the last two decades, potato production has more than doubled in Alberta.

 

Discussing Changes to Buying Livestock Antibiotics

A meeting was recently held in Olds to discuss the upcoming changes to antimicrobial use in farm animals.

The event was put on by Alberta Farm Animal Care.

As of December 1, 2018, producers will need a prescription before buying a medically important antibiotic for livestock production.

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A New CEO for the Canadian Dairy Commission

Federal Agriculture Minister, Lawrence MacAulay, has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer for the Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC).

Serge Riendeau from Quebec started his three year term on Monday, May 14th.

“Mr. Riendeau has a long and distinguished career working within Canada’s dairy industry. His leadership and experience will be assets to ensuring the continued strength and competitiveness of this vital sector to Canada’s economy,” said MacAulay.

The CDC is a Crown Corporation established in 1966 to coordinate federal and provincial dairy policies and create a control mechanism for milk production aimed to avoid shortages and surpluses, and stabilize producer revenues.

 

Calf Insurance Deadline Approaching

Cow-calf operators still have time to purchase their calf insurance program.

Jodie Griffin with the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program says, it helps producers mitigate loss in unforeseen circumstances when selling calves in the fall.

The deadline for the insurance program is the end of May.

 

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