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Good times gone in a flash for cattle sector Cash-to-cash basis is one of the lone bright spots, but that too could vanish if Trump White House brings back COOL BY JENNIFER BLAIR AF staff / Stettler

‘ Modernize’ grain grading, says Alberta Wheat Farm group says farmers would make more if Canadian Grain Commission changes grading for sprouting and fusarium damage


nne Wasko has had a knot in her stomach since Donald Trump’s unexpected victory in the U.S. presidential election. “I’m certainly hopeful, but the one thing that makes me nervous at any time is uncertainty,” said Wasko, marketing analyst with Gateway Livestock Marketing. “It’s way too early to jump to conclusions, but the fact is, we’ve still got this uncertainty about some of the things he said back in the campaign — especially on the trade front, because trade is so important to us. “We’ve seen lots of U.S. presidential campaigns over the years where things are talked about during the heat of a campaign that are suddenly gone after inauguration day… but we can’t be ignorant to the fact that the rules have changed.” Trump took swipes at both the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership during his campaign,




lberta Wheat wants the Canadian Grain Commission to “modernize” its grading system, saying it doesn’t align with market demands of international buyers. “It all comes down to wanting more objective measurements for quality standards,” said Kevin Auch, chair of the Alberta Wheat Commission. “We’ve got some pretty good grading standards — don’t get me wrong — but some of the things we’re measuring are not what the buyers are looking for.” For example, the current system measures sprouting which can result in poor-quality bread. But poor-quality bread is also related to the “falling number” — a measure of the quality of the dough — and that isn’t measured by Canadian grading standards. “Why aren’t we just measuring the falling number rather than the sprout?” asked Auch, who grows wheat, pulses, and oilseeds near Carmangay. The measuring of sprouting levels can vary quite a bit, and can’t always be determined by visual appraisal, he added. “You have a kernel that’s got oneinch sprout coming out of it, and that’s an extreme. You could also have another kernel that is considered sprouted, but you need a magnifying glass to see it. There may be a drastic difference in the falling numbers between those two different seed lots.” Calls for replacing visual proxies with instrument measurements aren’t new. In 2005 the Canadian

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Because of rain or snow, crops in Alberta have suffered downgrades this year. On John Wozniak’s 2,500-acre farm near St. Paul, more than 1,500 acres of cereals remain unharvested — including this wheat field hit by snow in the third week of October.   PHOTO: John Wozniak

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Take these tips to the bank the next time you need a loan When deciding whether to approve financing, lenders will look at the four Ms — money, markets, materials, and management BY JENNIFER BLAIR AF Staff / Olds


f you want to build a bad relationship with your banker, buy your combine on your credit card. “They hate that,” deadpanned Trish Booy, agriculture business development manager at BMO. “There’s a very big difference between short-term financing and long-term financing. Depending on where you are and what you’re going through, your financing needs are going to change.” Booy spoke at one of three Success for Women in Agriculture kickoff events last month. The program, which will run in five Alberta locations in January (see www. for details), was prompted by a survey that found a lack of financial literacy is one of the barriers that many women face in their ag careers. Booy offered a quick primer on things such as short-term versus long-term credit. The latter is used to finance land and equipment; capital improvements; and business expansion — so you need to line up mortgages, term loans, or leases for those items. She also addressed cash flow — a topic that often trips very experienced business operators. “Understanding your operating cash flow is critically important,” she said. “You need to know your expenses and know the amount of capital that you need in that time frame to get yourself through.” Cash flow is one of the key things that bankers look at when deciding to approve financing, she added. Lenders look at the ‘four Ms’ — money, markets, materials, and management. “We do look at money, which is your cash flow, your past performance, and your projections,” said Booy. “Are you able to pay your interest portion on your loans and your principal? Where is the cash flow coming from that’s going to pay back that loan? Are we going to put you in a situation that’s not good for you? “Sometimes a banker will say no, and they’re doing that to protect you.” Banks will also look at your potential markets and the materials you need but ultimately, the decision often comes down to management. “If you have a really strong manager, they will manage the other three, but if you’ve got a crappy manager, the other three aren’t going to work,” she said. “Any bank will look at management over and above everything else.”


Your banker should be a trusted adviser and partner in your business, said lender Trish Booy.  Building partnerships

Banks can get a sense of your management style by looking at a few things, said Booy. The first is your personal credit bureau score. “From a bank’s perspective, if you do a really bad job of managing your personal finances day to day, you’re probably not going to do such a hot job of managing your company’s finances day to day,” she said. “It speaks to management.” Lenders will also want to know your personal net worth to make sure you have a safety net if times are tough. “If your business goes belly up, what do you have backing you? Do you have some equity in your home? Do you have some investments or RRSPs? What kind of net worth do you have to save yourself in those times when we are in a recession?” Having an industry market outlook tells the bank that you’ve put some thought into the “competitive environment that you’re in,” while a financial statement analysis “speaks to past performance.”

“That one is kind of a no-brainer,” said Booy, adding you don’t want to look at just your bottom line when determining your cash flow projections. “Look at your financial statements and see if you can calculate your earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. That’s more of a cash flow picture that the bank will use when we look at lending to that operation.” When meeting with your banker, take along your production records, forecasts, financial statements, personal net worth statements, accounts payables and receivables, and a list of inventory. Your lender may also want to see your personal banking information, tax assessment, a copy of fire insurance, and interim financial statements. It may seem daunting, she said, but remember that your banker is on your side. “If you walk into a bank, you should have somebody who you can build a relationship with, who you feel is a part-


“Sometimes a banker will say no, and they’re doing that to protect you.”

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ner and a trusted adviser,” said Booy. “A banker’s primary duty is to use his or her expertise and sound judgment to help customers make the right decisions for their business. “So don’t be afraid to have expectations of your banker because your banker works for you and your banker should be there to help you.”

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College pioneers first livestock research student-managed farm Managing a research herd is a different ball of wax, and students and instructors say it teaches many new skills BY ALEXIS KIENLEN AF STAFF/VERMILION


ixteen students are getting a taste of applied research as part of Lakeland College’s first student-managed farm livestock research team. The second-year students, all enrolled in animal science technology, are managing a herd of 50 cattle involved in research trials. “They have to manage the herd for profitability, but we also have a commercial (cattle) student-managed farm that does that only,” said Geoff Brown, an instructor and program head in Animal Science Technology at Lakeland College. “We thought it would be a good idea to manage the herd and coordinate applied research projects that are happening at the same time.” The operation simulates real-life farming and eventually, livestock research students will be able to work with other student-managed farms to conduct trials on cattle, sheep, and dairy cattle. “It does open up another stream, because there are jobs (in this area),” said Brown. “It shows the students that there are other job opportunities.”

Each student has different functions within the team. While one student may manage the herd’s nutrition, another will keep track of the production records. “We’re basically behind the scenes of the research trials,” said Kebbi Rhyner, a student from Dryden, Ont. “The researchers do the labour and we’re behind the scenes doing the technical work with our heifers, because it does cost us money. This is really a team effort and I think that’s really important. We can all work together and figure out what we’re doing.” The student team is partnered with beef research scientist Susan Markus from Alberta Agriculture’s livestock research station in Stettler. One of the projects was testing for feed efficiency using Grow Safe bunks in March and April last year. Even though they’ve only been on the team since September, the students have already learned from their experience, liaised with industry, and toured research stations such as the Western Beef Development Centre. They also took five heifers from their project to the Live-

Students on Lakeland College’s livestock research team say the program is teaching them skills that can be put to use on the farm and off.   PHOTO: LAKELAND COLLEGE

stock Innovation showcase at Farmfair. Some of the heifers in the sample were feed efficient, while others weren’t, and the students had to explain the technology and scientific findings to the general public and producers. The program is also invaluable in teaching critical thinking and making tough calls. “There’s a risk involved in

research,” said Markus. “Some things won’t work. Some things we’ll look at and think we’re going to get an answer and then we’ll find it doesn’t work out the way we thought. We have to change direction and be flexible, and I think those skills are going to be found by working on projects like this.” The students have to follow the scientific method and maintain

controlled variables, but they’re encouraged to question things and come up with solutions. “We’re finding out ways to make farmers more efficient,” said Ashlyn Burtnack, a student from Arran, Sask. “I joined (this stream) because I like finding out new things. How can I go home and make my farm more efficient? “I think we have to question things a lot more than the other teams do.” Her view was echoed by Casey Finstad, a student from Manyberries. “For us, being a part of the next generation and coming into the industry, the research team is a great way to get our feet into the door to help improve the industry — that’s one of the reasons I wanted to join this team,” said Finstad. “I’m interested in seeing and looking at different ways we can improve the industry and how farmers reach success in raising their animals, be it beef, dairy or sheep.” In the future, companies may propose research trials, and the students will get the opportunity to decide if they want to do that trial.

The gap between genomics theory and real-life cattle production Genotyping works well in the purebred world, but not so much in a commercial herd BY ALEXIS KIENLEN AF STAFF/VERMILION


akeland College’s studentmanaged farm’s research project brings together visual appraisal, phenotypic data from a residual feed intake test, and genomics to measure a herd of 50 heifers. “We wanted to take in visual and phenotypic data, and because we have so many tools with genomics, we wanted to add that as a third level to these heifers,” said provincial beef scientist Susan Markus. Typically, producers judge cattle on how they look, which doesn’t always account for the animal’s true value. This trial combines the actual appearance of the cattle with data about how the cattle are performing.

Susan Markus, beef specialist with Alberta Agriculture, is collaborating with the first livestock research class at Lakeland College on a project on feed efficiency in cattle.   PHOTO: ALEXIS KIENLEN The heifers in the trial have been genotyped with a molecular breeding value — the actual

performance of an individual — including phenotypic traits such as average daily gain, weaning

weight, back fat, rib-eye area, yield grade and carcass weight. “Those tools work great with purebred but what we’re finding is that phenotypic predictions don’t translate accurately to the commercial,” said Markus. “They’re good, but they’re not good enough.” In an ideal world, commercial producers would be able to access a database where they can put in their data and test other groups against a population with a similar number of crossbred animals. “When you have a testing population that is very similar to the actual population that you want to know about, then your accuracies get higher,” said Markus. “But we’re not there in our Canadian world.” The cattle in the project were


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sourced from a large, uniform herd that is grazed year round. “We’re trying to put together a herd based on traditional selection that we think would work in terms of commercial cattle production,” said Geoff Brown, an instructor and program head of Animal Sciences Technology. “So if we measure that type of a system and put out that information for industry, maybe we can pick up some things that are going to be more profitable or how management changes some of that type of stuff.” The project will continue for two to three years, with new students taking over the management of the research herd after this class graduates.




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and essentially told them they had a brewing problem that they were too cloistered to even understand. Predictably, this article was not well received, but over the next few years Yates was vindicated. Sales of small imports skyrocketed, and in the face of oil embargoes and skyrocketing energy prices, the sales of Detroit’s gas-guzzling land yachts and muscle cars fell off a cliff. Detroit struggled to play catch-up, producing dud after dud in the small car sector — Pintos, Vegas and Gremlins, just to name a few better left to history. In the ensuing years there’s been a string of bailouts, the most recent following the 2008 financial crisis. Detroit never really has regained its mojo. This example from another sector is one agriculture should heed. We’re similarly insulated from the opinions of others and insular in nature. Likewise, when consumers go another direction, many think they’re deluded. Alternatives like the organic sector and local food, just to name two examples, struggle with credibility with the industry establishment while at the same time they’re embraced by consumers. If the business keeps down the track it’s on right now, I fear the end result will be similar. Consumers will vote with their wallets and be less supportive of commercial agriculture. This won’t be pretty if it does unfold like this. After all, many of your customers are off shore and the voters who control your political environment are food secure. Talking — and listening — to them now will be preferable to being regulated by them later.

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it probably feels pretty good as an alternative to what feels like isolation and marginalization. As a strategy to actually overcome the problem however, it’s far less likely to be effective. Getting the relationship to the consumer right is an important issue and it’s a mistake to think the agriculture community is going to be able to set those terms. It’s also a big error to assume that people will eventually get hungry enough that they’ll come around and consume what you produce. A few years back I read a magazine article that made a few things pretty clear about the sociology of the agriculture industry, and it came from a very unlikely source — a late-1960s issue of Car & Driver magazine. The title of the piece was “The Grosse Point Myopians,” a reference to the wealthy Detroit suburb where virtually all of the U.S. auto executives lived at the time. Brock Yates, the author, made a convincing case that the industry was stuck in its own echo chamber. The executives went to the same schools, worked for the same handful of companies, were members of the same country clubs where they socialized and their kids wound up meeting and marrying each other. The bubble was so complete almost nothing penetrated it, and when it did, it was met with hostility and ridicule. Volkswagens? What good was an air-cooled engine? Datsuns and Toyotas? They start to rust right on the boat. The disdain was palpable. Rather than trying to figure out where the market failure was and why these potential customers were making these decisions, their response was to mock and deride them. Yates hit the auto industry with both barrels,

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ver the past couple of years, I have been developing and promoting new marketing tools to help farmers prove the concept of sustainability to consumers, and to use that to their advantage in pricing. Most recently, my efforts have targeted helping those transitioning into organic. I have always been honest and unbiased in my work when communicating market signals to farmers. To me, consumer preference can no more be ‘right or wrong’ than supply or demand can be ‘too big or too small.’ It just is what it is. An analyst’s work is to understand all the relevant information available, and to use this knowledge to predict the price trends that will follow. The economics of organics are quite dynamic at this juncture. In recent years, there has been a steep rise in imports of certified organic crops — mostly corn and soybeans — into North America to make up for the widening gap between domestic supply and demand. Countries including Turkey, Romania, Argentina and India have become low-cost bulk exporters of certified organic grain

and there is, so far, enough integrity behind the organic certification of these shipments to satisfy the sustainability requirements of food companies in North America. Imports are coming into the U.S. at a faster rate than domestic organic crop production is rising. This is commodifying the organic market space quickly. It had traditionally operated on small, tight supply chains, thick farmer-buyer relationships, and highly variable pricing. Now it looks more like the western Canadian special crops trade, only with another piece of paper attached to the contract. With commodification, organic crop prices will stabilize through arbitrage. Bulk marketing outlets will open up alongside existing supply chains for niche branded products. Statistics will become available around supply, demand, and cash prices — enabling market analysts to better predict future trends in organic crop markets. This evolution of the organic market space represents an opportunity for conventional farmers keen to try something new, and get ahead of the risks inherent in not providing full transparency to buyers and consumers. Around field activities and farm inventory management, technology (such as

might allow our sector to catch up quickly. However, to avoid new regulations being imposed, it is an inescapable next step for all farmers to start tracking and sharing field records and bin inventories — with buyers, processors and consumers all the way down the supply chain. Conventional crop production practices may not need to change, but nor can they remain hidden. Consumer confidence in the organic sector is attached to proven, long-standing transparency and integrity of organic food supply chains. Resulting from that, organics are enjoying healthy premiums and accelerating demand. Farmers in Western Canada are very well suited to cater to this new growth market. The competitive edge is in the diverse mix of food crops within existing rotations, familiarity with acreage-based production contracts, sophisticated on-farm storage systems, and the region’s proximity to the U.S. market. This is arguably the largest and fastest-growing food market trend in the world today. Consumer research strongly indicates that buyers of ‘organic’ closely associate the brand with ‘local.’ Canada is not considered ‘foreign’ in the same light as over-

seas origins because consumers who choose organic and local do so in part to avoid long-distance shipping of food. At the end of the day, organic and conventional farmers are going to need — and to want — to coexist happily amidst the period of growth ahead. There remains more work to be done to achieve this, for example around cross-contamination, which can be quite penalizing financially and difficult to plan around. For conventional farmers, it’s the threat of weed seeds. For organic farms, it’s spray drift. In closing, this isn’t about organic being better than conventional. This is about a response to legitimate market demand. I wish for every conventional farmer in Western Canada to start looking at this space with an open mind, seeking new information, working with their organic neighbours, and to seriously consider taking the plunge. The market wants to buy a lot more organically produced crops grown in North America, and Western Canada is perfectly positioned to capitalize on the opportunity. Brenda Tjaden is the co-founder of Winnipeg-based FarmLink Marketing Solutions



The lure of free land is drawing in a new type of homesteader There is no shortage of young people wanting to be farmers, and some communities are tapping into that with offers of free or cheap land By BRENDA SCHOEPP AF columnist


omesteaders. They came on the promise of free land. They stayed because they could not afford to turn back and root by root created the origin of the western agricultural world. The era of horses and pickaxes seems like a long time ago, but the reality is that free land is still very real in Canada and it is luring the young and hopeful. In the Yukon, there are little pieces left for “agricultural improvement” that are part of the last of the Crown territory to be transformed into agriculture. The premise for title is still improvement, a model that western Canadians are used to. In other parts of the country though, free land is part of a broader economic mandate. Recently the Farmer’s Daughter Country Market in Cape Breton put out a call for employees. The three couples who qualified would get two acres of free land to build a house upon after a time of employment. There was no promise of power or water or sewer, but that did not deter more than 2,000 applicants

who were willing to work on the land in exchange for the little parcels by the sea. This innovative approach was used in Wales where for about C$1.50 a year (yes that is one dollar and 50 cents), you could have a four-bedroom bungalow on the sea with 140 acres of land. In that part of the world that is a tremendous amount of property. The catch was the caring of the 416 sheep that came with it and grazed on species-protected land. Closer to home the movement to buy a little farm in P.E.I. and grow your own food is still referred to as homesteading. Homesteading there is when you take something that is neglected and turn it into a productive piece of land. It is closely related to permaculture practice where one uses and understands the interaction of all the elements. Is this any different than what grandma used to do? No. And if you are of an older generation this is not new to you and likely you are doing some sort of ‘homesteading’ practice every day. But it is new to young urbanites who are thrilled with the opportunity to grow their own food and who feel they are leading a food revolution. I would not scoff — the agriculture as we

‘We may not see our own children coming back (or being able to afford to come back) to every Canadian farm. But there is someone waiting for the chance to take their place.’

know it today came from those very beginnings. We may not see our own children coming back (or being able to afford to come back) to every Canadian farm. But there is someone waiting for the chance to take their place. The emergence of greenhouses and glasshouses is really allowing folks to grow food in any space and much of the change is growing upward in vertical structures. This is far from free but there are little bridges between these thoughts and creative communities. The Saskatchewan village of Craik offered unserviced lots for $1. It was part of the plan of an eco-village and it worked. If you wanted to build a regular home, you could have

headed to Cupar, Sask. Several towns in Alberta offered residential lots for $1 while Mundare looked for businesses to build for the same price, basically free. Of course you had to build a house or a business, but then that is the idea. In total there are still a halfdozen places where the lot or land is free. And while the agricultural land program in the Yukon seems to be Canada’s last frontier, Saint-Louis-deBlandford, east of Montreal, continues to attract suburbanites and the $10 lots in Delia in our province (population 186) are still selling. There’s nothing smooth about a free ride, but it is a start. And those towns and communities around the globe

that are desperate for employees or revival have nothing to lose and everything to gain in attracting families to invest. Agriculture has nothing to lose either but the beginnings of this daring investment are small and they are not attracting a lot of attention. Maybe they don’t need to. I can think of several families who are quietly farming with or working for wellestablished farms, even significant corporate farms, that live on land that was gifted as an incentive. It gives those young families a sense of value and belonging, and there is a tremendous amount of loyalty. Like the free lot in town, they build their own homes and they want to stay to work and to play. The lure of free land is more than just a passing thought — it has merit for our farms and our communities and, given our history, may reflect an interesting and adventurous period of time for generations ahead. Brenda Schoepp is a farmer from Alberta who works as an international mentor and motivational speaker. She can be contacted through her website All rights reserved. Brenda Schoepp 2015

New Crop Missions deliver many benefits The unique collaboration between the grain commission, Cigi, and farmers is more than just a marketing effort By Cam Dahl, Murdoch MacKay, and JoAnne Buth


he Canadian cereals industry is united in reaching out to international customers. The 2016 Canadian Wheat New Crop Missions sessions kicked off on Nov. 10 with a seminar for Canadian millers, the largest buyer of Canadian wheat. By the time the missions are over later this month, they will have reached customers in 17 countries in Asia, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, and West Africa. Some of our competitors, like the U.S. Wheat Associates, also put on new crop seminars. But Canada is unique because we deliver the entire value chain including representation from farmers, exporters, Canadian Grain Commission, Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi), and Cereals Canada.  When customers have a question on Canadian production, we have a farmer in the room to

answer. When there are questions on supply or logistics, an exporter is there to provide the right information. Cigi and the grain commission provide unbiased technical information on the grading factors and the technical milling, baking, and pasta- and noodlemaking properties. This collaborative effort demonstrates the commitment of Canada’s value chain to supporting our customers and providing them with the opportunity to optimize the value and performance of our wheat.  The missions are about a lot more than industry representatives talking to international buyers. We are also there to listen directly to our customers’ needs and concerns — bringing back these needs and concerns is one of the key objectives of the missions. This feedback allows us to adjust our grading and classification systems to give buyers what they want and to focus research goals on the traits and qualities that will get the highest return from the market. The recent changes to the wheat classifica-

tion system are one example of adjustments made in Canada as a result of going abroad to listen directly to the needs of our customers. Talking to our customers is important in years when everything is going well and highquality wheat is overflowing. The conversations are even more important in years when things did not go as planned, like the 2016 growing season.  Farmers know that the growing season was cooler and much wetter than normal and have experienced one of the most difficult harvests on record. Customers know this too and they want to know the quality effects of the curveballs thrown by Mother Nature. The news delivered by the Canadian team is better than many customers are expecting. Over half of the Canada Western Red Spring crop is still in the top two grades. The Canadian team is able to assure customers that Canada has good quality to deliver.  But the news is not all good and we can’t hide these facts.

The cooler-than-normal wet summer experienced by much of the Prairies was an ideal environment for the growth of fusarium fungi. This year, fusarium has had minimal effect on the milling, baking, and pasta- and noodle-making properties of wheat and durum But fusarium also produces a mycotoxin called deoxynivalenol or DON, and there are strict limits on DON in most markets because of food safety concerns. Fusarium has especially impacted the recordlevel durum crop which has seen downgrades because of the fungus. Because the Canadian team includes the entire value chain we are able to work with customers to help ensure they can access the Canadian quality they have come to expect while me eting their country’s grain safety regulations. The missions also allow Canadian farmers to highlight the strong management practices that allow them to consistently deliver high-quality grain that is sustainability pro-

duced. For example, this year’s missions feature presentations from producers who outline the sustainability of modern Canadian agriculture. Farmers demonstrate how their practices are reducing energy consumption, sequestering carbon, reducing erosion, and improving soil health. This is a good news story both here and abroad. Telling the Canadian agricultural story gives context to our customers about who we are and demonstrates our collective commitment to upholding Canada’s reputation in the global market. Canada is known for quality, sustainability, and the investment of the value chain to ensure we are producing the best product, year after year. Cam Dahl is president of Cereals Canada, Murdoch MacKay is a commissioner with the Canadian Grain Commission, and JoAnne Buth is CEO of the Canadian International Grains Institute. Information on the New Crop Missions, including presentation material and technical data, can be found at


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GRADING } from page 1 Wheat Board proposed falling number be an official grading factor as many customers include falling number in their purchase specifications. Falling number is an internationally recognized proxy for determining alpha amylase, the enzyme that affects break making. Falling number is calculated by recording the time it takes a plunger to fall in a test tube containing a slurry of water and wheat flour. The faster the plunger falls, the lower the viscosity of the solution and the poorer the bread-making quality. Measuring falling number the traditional way is time consuming, but there are machines such as the Rapid Visco Analyzer, that do it faster. But when the grain commission studied the machines a decade ago it found they weren’t accurate enough when used outside a lab. As a result the commission didn’t make the change. Usually changes to wheat grading come slowly. For example in October, the grain commission revised its standards for mildew, which is caused by various fungi under wet conditions. As a result now wheat can have more mildew before being downgraded. But the change followed two years of research by the CGC and consultations with end-users.

‘Lost value’

“We’ve got some pretty good grading standards — don’t get me wrong — but some of the things we’re measuring are not what the buyers are looking for.” Kevin Auch

Kevin Auch

The bottom line is “a potential for lost value” for Prairie farmers, he said. The situation is the same with fusarium-damaged kernels. These damaged kernels are counted when quality is assessed, but the grain is sold based on how much deoxynivalenol (DON) is in the grain sample.

“Again, if you aren’t actually measuring what the concern of the buyer is, which is the DON, you may get some loss in value to the farmer who grew that product,” said Auch. Alberta Wheat would also like to see Canada’s mildew guides aligned with U.S. standards, a

move the Canadian Grain Commission doesn’t agree with, said Remi Gosselin, head of communications at the grain commission. “Part of the reason our grading system was designed the way it is, is because of environmental factors Prairie wheat crops are subjected to,” said Gosselin. “Com-

plete alignment with the U.S. may not be in Canada’s best interests, specifically for producers or for customers. The vast majority of American wheat crops is not subjected to the frost and the wet weather conditions that western Canadian wheat crops are subjected to.” The grain commission is aware of Alberta Wheat’s concerns and “we will be responding to those concerns,” he added. “The grain commission is taking steps and has made it a key priority to make sure that our grading system is based on science,” said Gosselin. “We’ll be making a move from subjective visual factors to objective analytical factors.” In the coming months, the Winnipeg-based agency’s grain research laboratory and industry services division will set up a team to undertake that task. The process will involve engaging with affected industry and producer groups. “It’s important to understand that a significant change of this nature has many aspects and will

take significant time to implement,” said Gosselin. Before any change can occur, the eastern and western standards committees will need to be involved. The committees include farmers and representatives from processors, exporters, and government. Medicine Hat producer Scott Lehr sits on the Western Grain Standards Committee as Alberta Wheat’s rep. “The committees work to make sure that the grading system reflects the interests and concerns of all parts of Canada’s grain sector,” said Gosselin. “Constant review is occurring to ensure that the grading system continues to be relevant to the grain sector as a whole and to buyers of Canadian grain.” Any changes will also require money, including the purchase of equipment that can test the falling numbers. “There are some grain companies that have those machines in their elevators,” said Auch. “There is that ability, but like any machine that tests some of this stuff, they’re expensive. But how expensive is it to have farmers’ grain being downgraded because the falling number is fine, but it has visual sprouts or sprouting damage?” Even though any changes would come well after this year’s rainbattered crop is sold, Auch said he is looking ahead. “By putting testing procedures and machines in place in the delivery points, that would be modernizing the system,” he said. “At one time, they probably didn’t have protein testers in the system, but that’s just standard now. And that’s what we’re asking for.” — With files from Allan Dawson

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CATTLE TRADE } from page 1 saying he would pull out of the former and wouldn’t ratify the latter if elected. But according to a transition memo obtained by CNN following the Nov. 8 election, Trump’s advisers have also pinpointed country-of-origin labelling (COOL) as one area for reform, and that could lead to wider basis levels and even greater market volatility for Canadian cattle producers. “We’ve had one of the strongest basis environments in recent history in 2016,” Wasko said at a Battle River Research Group seminar here last month. “Even though we do not like our prices today, thank goodness our basis is as close to the U.S. market as we’ve been in years.” So far this year, the cash-tocash basis (which compares Nebraska prices to Alberta ones after exchange is taken into account) has averaged about -$6.50/cwt for fed cattle, said Wasko. That compares to -$11 to -$15/cwt from 2012-14 when COOL was in place. That gap becomes “more exaggerated” when passed along to the feeder market. This year’s feeder cattle basis has averaged around -$9/cwt, whereas it ranged from -$14 to -$27/cwt between 2012 and 2014. “We saw some real extreme basis levels back in that day,” said Wasko. “You can’t hang it all on COOL, but certainly a portion would have been because of COOL.” And history could wind up repeating itself if Trump revisits COOL, she added. “COOL created extra distance from the U.S. because of all the extra cost. COOL had huge negative impacts on basis levels for feeder cattle and fat cattle.” That’s the last thing Alberta cattle producers need right now, she said. “I think we knew we were coming into a cycle, but I don’t think any of us — myself included — thought we would go as high as we did or come off as fast as we did.” Alberta fed cattle prices have seen a 36 per cent drop from the peak in the spring of 2015, while calf prices have plunged 50 per cent from their peak. “We knew this cycle would be at a higher price level, but certainly, the spike up and then the spike down was not what we would call a typical cycle,” she said. “This has been a tough go.”

A 10-year wait?

And the sharp drop in prices has stalled Canadian cattle herd expansion, she said, adding that the Canadian herd numbers “haven’t really changed” in the past year. “If you think about our peak herd after BSE, when we got up to about 5.5 million beef cows in the country, we’re now down about 1.5 million from that number, at 3.8 million cows to start off this past year,” said Wasko. “When Stats Canada comes out with our January 2017 numbers, I don’t think they’re going to be much different.” There was “a bit of a retention” last year, but that’s probably it for now. “It was the one-year wonder — we did keep some extra heifers in 2015, but I don’t think it was enough to grow the size of our herd,” said Wasko. In contrast, the U.S. cattle herd as grown “significantly” since drought in 2011 and 2012 forced producers to slash herd numbers. “They got to a bottom of 29 million beef cows in 2014, and since then, conditions have been perfect as far as moisture conditions

and pasture conditions,” said Wasko. “And with record prices in the U.S. as well, it’s been an absolutely perfect environment for those who sold off cows in the drought to bring them right on back again. “Since the bottom of that cycle in 2014, they’ve already added more than two million head.” And even sharply lower prices won’t immediately slow that freight train — Wasko expects the U.S. herd to grow by another 700,000 next year. Canadian producers likely won’t be so lucky after “a decade of unprofitability,” she said. “When 2014 and 2015 came, profitability was great — but it was the first time most everybody in the cow business had seen any money in a long, long time,” said Wasko, adding the extra profits were used for things such as rebuilding infrastructure on ranches and repairing battered balance sheets. “So now prices are coming back down again faster than we were hoping, and it would be hard to stand here today and say, ‘Rah, rah, rah, guys, we’re going to grow the herd.’ “Cattle prices are already down again. We missed the cycle.” But Wasko isn’t prepared to say

While Alberta producers used high prices to pay down debt and rebuild infrastructure, their American counterparts added two million cattle, a major reason why calf prices are down by half.   PHOTO: CANADA BEEF that the Canadian cattle herd is never going to grow again. “Hopefully, we’re in a better place by the time the next opportunity for the next cattle cycle comes in — but history says those are 10 years apart,” said Wasko. “The cattle cycle has always been about timing, but we are going to go through a period of lower prices. That needs to be part

of the game plan if you’re planning to grow your herd at this time.” That’s especially true for young farmers just breaking into the business. “With the environment today, with the volatility that’s out there, we need to be using price risk management,” said Wasko, pointing to things such as the Livestock Price Insurance Program, as well

as futures and options, as ways to manage price risk. “There’s too many things outside of what we can control, and young producers can’t weather those kinds of negative hits. “I wouldn’t dive into this business without some kind of risk management process.”

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Jan Slomp wins another term as NFU president Jan Slomp has been re-elected president of the National Farmers Union. Slomp and his partner Marian have been dairy farmers since 1979, first in their native Netherlands and from 1989 to 2015 in Alberta. They are setting up a new farm at Courtenay on Vancouver Island. Dana Penrice of Lacombe was elected youth vicepresident while Ayla Fenton of Kingston, Ont., was acclaimed as youth president and Coral Sproule of Perth, Ont., was acclaimed as women’s president. The National Farmers Union works toward the development of economic and social policies that will maintain the family farm as the primary food-producing unit in Canada. — NFU

Oh Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches Provincial specialist offers his tips for finding the perfect tree for the fast-approaching holiday season Alberta Agriculture and Forestry release


hristmas will soon be here, and picking out that perfect tree is a family ritual full of promise and fun. “Over two million trees are harvested as Christmas trees across Canada each year,” said provincial woodlot extension specialist Toso Bozic. “We have very few Christmas tree growers in Alberta. The eastern provinces, British Columbia, Oregon and Washington state are the major suppliers of Christmas trees to Western Canada.” When it comes to selecting a tree, Bozic says species choice is very important. “The balsam fir tree species is often considered the ‘real’ Christmas tree and many growers grow this species for its special aroma. White spruce and varieties of pine are excellent choices as well.”

Cutting your own tree ensures freshness and can make lasting Christmas memories.   PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

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In Alberta, there are a few growers that offer U-cut Christmas trees. “This is a great opportunity to talk with growers and learn about Christmas tree production. Production involves planting, weed control, pest control, shearing and making these trees perfect for you to buy. Besides the fun of choosing the right tree, getting lost in a sea of Christmas trees, going on a sleigh ride and drinking hot chocolate, getting your tree from a U-cut also supports hard-working Alberta farming families.” Another alternative is getting a tree from Crown land. “To do this, you will need to obtain a permit from an Alberta Government Forestry Office to cut a tree,” said Bozic. (For more info, go to www. and search for ‘christmas tree cutting.’) Cutting your own tree guarantees it’s fresh. When buying one, the test is to grasp a branch between your thumb and forefinger and pull it towards you. “If the tree is fresh, no more than five or 10 needles should come off in your hand, unless it is very cold and dry outside, and then a few more needles may come off. This is a good time to check the fragrance of the tree as well.”

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Winter is a great time to make the farm more safe Taking one or more safety courses could pay invaluable dividends next year for you, your family, and employees Alberta Agriculture and Forestry release


ut farm safety on your agenda for the coming months, says a provincial farm safety specialist. “Winter is a great time to pull out your farm safety plan — or develop one if you haven’t already — and decide what kind of training program your family members and employees should take,” said Blair Takahashi. Some of the courses Takahashi recommends you consider are: • First aid should be a high priority for any farm. It is advisable for all workers to have some sort of first aid training, whether it be farm-specific first aid, emergency first aid, standard first aid or higher. • Equipment operator’s training is particularly important for new and young farm workers. Equipment such as skid steers, loaders, and tractors are powerful and have the potential to severely injure workers. • F armers working with pesticides, ammonia, or in the presence of sour gas will benefit from courses such as pesticide applicators, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), or H2S Alive. Check with your chemical supply dealer for pesticide applicator training in your area. WHMIS training can be accessed online, while H2S courses are available through companies that specialize in oilfield safety courses. • F or those handling chemicals, respirator training (also known as Personal Protective Equipment training) will be beneficial. For anyone working from heights, a fall protection course is recommended. • F or those using horses to tend cattle, a horsemanship or ranch hand course will help. Others to consider are stockman courses and horse/ livestock hauling. Check with local agricultural societies, livestock clubs and organizations for upcoming clinics.

The guide shows how to create and implement a health and safety management system specific to individual farming operations. The guide can be found at www.agriculture. (search for ‘farmsafe’).

• F ire extinguisher training covers the many types of fire extinguishers, and it is a good idea to take this training before you need it. • S a f e t y s y s t e m s t r a i n i n g teaches participants the value of a safety program and how to get started setting one up. There are many courses aimed at different industries — farmers should look for a generic course provided by a private consultant or a reputable post-secondary institution. Alberta Agriculture has recently developed a guide called FarmSafe Alberta — A Safety Planning Guide for Farms and Ranches. The guide shows how to create and implement a health and safety manage-

ment system specific to individual farming operations. The guide can be found at www. (search for ‘farmsafe’). For more information on using the guide or to set up a FarmSafe Alberta workshop in your area, contact Takahashi at 403-388-4030. The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association has several online training courses available at The Saskatchewan Safety Council offers free online training at The course, which takes about three hours to complete, provides a general introduction and overview of health and safety hazards and risks on most farms. — With staff files

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Too dry in some places, too wet in others

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The European Union has experienced some delays in sowing and emergence of winter cereals, but the situation is more favourable than for rapeseed, which has been severely affected by dry weather, says the EU’s crop-monitoring service. The MARS agency said seeding of soft wheat and barley was partly hindered by the dryness in northwestern Europe. In France and Germany, frequent rain in the second half of October benefited dry soils but also forced some farmers to delay sowing to beyond the usual window, with cool temperatures also slowing crop establishment. Abundant rain also slowed field work in Romania, northern Bulgaria and Hungary. — Reuters

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Biofuel mandate and exports may give lift to canola market Canola traders also have great expectations for exports By Jade Markus


here’s a level of uncertainty in the ICE Futures Canada canola market, which investors hope will be clarified by data in coming weeks and months. There are also a number of factors canola is digesting, one Winnipeg-based analyst says, after the market gained $13.70 in the January contract in the week ending Nov. 25. “The first one is getting a better handle on the actual supply situation in Western Canada,” said Jerry Klassen, manager of the Canadian office of Swiss-based GAP SA Grains and Produits. An upcoming Production of Principal Field Crops report, due out Dec. 6 from Statistics Canada, is expected to give a better sense of the amount of canola the market will be working with in coming months. The market is incorporating a risk premium due to uncertainty about available stocks, Klassen said, which may underpin the market in coming sessions. Current projections from Statistics Canada are at about 17 million tonnes. “The second thing, earlier we had the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) announcement in the U.S., and that’s

supportive for bean oil, and therefore it’s supportive for canola,” Klassen said. The announcement — which will require U.S. processors to use record amounts of biofuel in 2017 — provided sudden support in recent sessions. Follow-through buying from sharp gains in Chicago Board of Trade soyoil underpinned canola through the end of the week, but the U.S. vegetable oil closed weaker on Friday, calling into question ideas about how long that market will remain supportive. “The third thing is the exports. I think the trade was anticipating the exports to increase in September, October — we’re still kind of dealing with the old crop, but once we get into November there’s kind of an available new-crop supply and we really see the exports take off,” Klassen said. “I think the trade is really anticipating a big export program for November, December and January.” Ideas that sales will pick up could underpin the market, as exports reported by the Canadian Grain Commission are lagging year-ago levels. Bullish features in the Malaysian palm oil market could also underpin canola in coming sessions, as Klassen said the commodity has seen larger exports and smaller production this year.

Farmer selling pressured the market in recent sessions, as producers were looking to cash in around $11 a bushel, he said, but that interest has now tapered off. “Farmers now want $12 a bushel in the country, so the selling isn’t as strong as it was, say, a week ago,” he said. January CBOT soybeans gained slightly more than 52 cents per bushel in the week ending Nov. 25, as the market also gathered spillover support from soyoil. Fund buying further propped up values on the week. In coming sessions, traders will be looking for strong exports to sustain those

gains, as many market watchers expect current prices will not be able to hold. December CBOT corn gained close to four cents per bushel in the week ending Nov. 25. Analysts largely expect the market to stay rangebound in coming sessions. December CBOT wheat lost close to 12 cents per bushel in the week ending Nov. 25, pressured by technical selling. Jade Markus writes for Commodity News Service Canada, a Winnipeg company specializing in grain and commodity market reporting.

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Most Canadian chickpeas headed for feed market Lower-quality chickpeas are valued among feed crops and are fetching higher prices than the No. 1 grade did two years ago BY PHIL FRANZ-WARKENTIN CNS Canada


ow yields and poor quality have caused Canadian chickpea price quotes to shoot higher. Very little of the crop actually falls under the top grades, however, leaving the bulk of the marketing to take place in the feed sector. “The chickpea harvest has been an unmitigated disaster,” said Colin Young of Midwest Investments at Moose Jaw, Sask. Dryness at seeding time was followed by unprecedented rainfall over the summer, which led to considerable disease issues and stripped away both yields and quality. Then, to add insult to injury, poor harvest weather likely led

  Photo: Thinkstock to about 10 to 20 per cent of the seeded acres being abandoned. Chickpeas grading No. 2 or better are commanding a premium, with prices as high as 65 to 70

cents/lb. quoted from some buyers, according to Young. However, while southern Alberta and the U.S. had relatively good-quality chickpeas, those crops are already spoken for and

Young said “virtually none” of the remaining chickpeas fit the bill. In the 17 years he’s been marketing chickpeas, Young said 2016-17 “is by far the most devastating quality,” with high amounts of mould a particular challenge. Before the harvest, Statistics Canada estimated the chickpea crop at 114,000 tonnes, which would compare with 90,000 tonnes the previous year. However, with the abandoned acres and poor yields, Young estimated the crop may be only 60,000 tonnes, with half to two-thirds of that straight feed. Speaking about his own farm, Young noted the quality ranges from “really awful-looking feed, to quite nice-looking feed.” One silver lining is that the feed market is paying a significant premium over traditional feed prices, with feed prices in the 25-32 cents/ lb. range.

“We’re selling feed chickpeas for a higher price than we were selling No. 1 chickpeas two years ago,” said Young. While high prices usually encourage additional acres, the disappointing 2016 crop may dissuade some planted area in 2017. Young also expected seed shortages would provide a barrier to chickpea acres. “Canada being out of chickpeas is like the corner store being out of milk,” Young added, noting that despite the localized issues, the world market will still be set by prices in the larger-producing countries such as Russia, the U.S., Argentina, India and Australia. While that may be the case, Young said international customers still like Canadian chickpeas and will be ready to buy again when the quality improves.



Oat futures rally to a one-year high catches some by surprise The increase might seem sudden but charts predicted upward movement BY DAVID DROZD AgChieve Corp.


at futures at the CBOT experienced a 40 per cent gain from Sept. 13 to Oct. 28, 2016. The December 2016 oat futures rallied $.69 per bushel (all figures U.S. funds), going from a low of $1.71 to $2.40, a one-year high. The December oat futures contract had been in a major downtrend since it came on the board and started trading at $3.15 per bushel on Dec. 12, 2014, so some market participants may have been surprised by the suddenness of the rally. However, the development of a harami on the CBOT December oat futures candlestick chart on September 27, 2016 alerted technical analysts that the market was about to turn up. Candlestick charting provides an insight into market activity that is not readily apparent with the conventional bar-type charts. When you see a black bar you know the sentiment is bearish. When the bar is white, it is bullish. The harami illustrated in the accompanying chart is quite common, and is a very use-

ful tool in predicting changes in market direction. The Japanese are regarded as the true pioneers of market technical analysis. They began trading forward rice contracts (futures) in 1654 and by the year 1750 developed a relatively sophisticated way to analyze the markets. These same techniques have evolved over nearly 250 years into an amazingly powerful modern-day charting method called candlestick. An advantage in studying candlestick charts is they allow the viewer at a casual glance to spot technical strength and/or weakness by highlighting the relationship between the open and the close for each line (candle). The candlestick method gives you deeper insight by utilizing numerous interpretations for intra-line activity. Hence, the user has a timely advantage in spotting key market turning points for all time frames. The Japanese method of charting is called candlestick because the individual lines resemble candles. The daily line shows the open, high, low and close. The thick part or candle is called the real body and it highlights the range between the open

    CBOT Oat December 2016 Chart as of November 18, 2016

and close. If the close is above the open then the body will be white. When the real body is black this simply means the close was below the open. The lines above and below the real body represent the high and low ranges for the period and are called shadows. The long black body illustrates a bearish period in the market with an opening near the day’s high and close near the day’s low. A white body is the opposite of a black body and shows technical strength with an opening

near the low and a close near the high. The small body represents a tight range between the open and close. Combined with other patterns they can be very significant, such as in the development of a harami. The small body of the harami must be contained by and opposite to the real body preceding it. This pattern indicates the market has entered a point of indecision and a trend change is possible. Shortly thereafter, a short-covering rally ensued. This occurred when the shorts bought back

their positions. As futures moved through key areas of resistance, they uncovered buy stops, which drove futures higher. Shorts exiting the market, place buy stop orders above the market in order to take profit, protect their capital and/or cut losses. This buying frenzy continues until the weak shorts have been flushed out of the market. Declining open interest in a rising market is indicative of a short-covering rally. Total open interest in the CBOT oat futures went from a high of 10,738 contracts on September 28 to a low of 8,332 contracts on November 3, 2016. Oat producers who recognized the harami and the subsequent short-covering rally had the conviction to sit tight and wait for higher oat prices. David Drozd is president and senior market analyst for Winnipegbased Ag-Chieve Corporation. The opinions expressed are those of the writer and are solely intended to assist readers with a better understanding of technical analysis. Visit Ag-Chieve online at for information about grain-marketing advisory services, or call us toll free at 1-888274-3138 for a free consultation.


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Toxins could be in ensiled corn Watch for the presence of mycotoxins when feeding ensiled corn. When the toxins T-2, HT-2 and DON (vomitoxin) are present, cattle will reduce the amount of feed they eat, said provincial veterinary toxicologist Joe Kendall. “However, if you ensile the standing crop with the mycotoxins present, you are mixing good and contaminated feed together so that the cows cannot be selective about what they are eating,” he said. Ingesting mycotoxins can cause blisters in the mouth, hemorrhages in the GI tract, and abortions. It can also suppress the immune system. Prairie Diagnostic Services in Saskatoon offers a $65 feed test. Call 306-966-7316 or email for more info. — AAF


Free workshops on small-flock biosecurity Alberta Agriculture is holding free biosecurity workshops with practical strategies for small flocks. Hands-on activities, producer/owner participation, and guest speakers will discuss common small-flock challenges to help keep multi-generational poultry flocks healthy. Workshops will be held in Red Deer (Peavey Mart Head Office) on Jan. 14 and Whitecourt (Holiday Inn Express) on Jan. 28. To register, email Nichole at or call 780-233-0472. Space is limited to 20 participants. — AAF

Compensation promised for ranches under TB quarantine Ottawa promises financial help while Alberta Beef Producers trying to arrange for feedlots to take in calves BY JENNIFER BLAIR

“I think it will still be some months before we have herds coming off quarantine.”

AF staff


eleaguered ranchers with quarantined herds are getting some relief as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has approved a beef industry plan to allow calves to be sent to feedlots. “We’re working with the CFIA on the conditions and requirements,” said Rich Smith, executive director of Alberta Beef Producers. “Obviously, it would be hard to get feedlots to accept quarantined calves unless they know exactly what is going to be in store for them — particularly what would be the impact on the other cattle in the feedlot. “We’re trying to get those details completed, and once they are, it would be a case of producers and our organization approaching feedlots to see if they would be willing to take these quarantined calves. This will be quite a relief for some of those ranchers who just don’t have the facilities for the calves.” The CFIA began the quarantine in southeastern Alberta after a cow infected with bovine tuberculosis was traced back to a herd near Jenner in late September. At press time, the CFIA said “roughly 50” premises were under quarantine — all but a handful in Alberta. Of those, cattle from 18 premises were in what the CFIA called the “herd” of animals known to have commingled with infected cattle from the herd that had the first confirmed cases of TB. The “herd” numbers about 10,000 cattle and all will be destroyed. “We have determined the degree of contact poses the same risk for all animals with exposure to the six confirmed cases, so we are taking similar control actions,” chief veterinary officer Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said. “This is to be expected.” Nearly all the adult animals in that “herd” have been tested, but calves will be destroyed without testing, the CFIA said. Meat from destroyed animals that are later ruled to have been TB negative will be eligible for food use. At press time, there were six confirmed TB cases, all from the original infected herd, and while the CFIA increased testing in recent weeks, “it will still take several months” to complete the testing, Smith said in an interview Nov. 25. “They’re about a third of the way through the cattle that they need to test, and it’s been a month to get to this point,” he said. “We think they can go a little faster, so hopefully, it won’t take them two more months to get through the remaining two-thirds. But it could.” Some of the tests on live animals have resulted in false positives, so that’s delaying the process, said Smith. “If they have a positive reaction to the live test, they won’t confirm that the animal has TB until they get the results of the tissue culture, and those take eight to 12 weeks,” he said. “I think it will still be some months before we have herds coming off quarantine.”


‘Huge cloud’

But as testing on the roughly 22,000 head of cattle stretches on, the ranchers with quarantined herds are feeling the strain of feeding cattle that they would normally be selling this time of year. “They’re holding up as well as you could expect under the kind of pressure and stress they’re facing,” said Smith. “There’s still a lot of uncertainty for the producers who haven’t been tested yet. You know you have these costs of holding these animals, but you don’t know how long. “You have this huge cloud of uncertainty hanging over you and you don’t know what’s going to happen to your herd.” On Nov. 22, rancher Brad Osadczuk told Parliament’s standing committee on agriculture that his operation is sinking deeper and deeper into debt under the quarantine. One of his herds is the “index” herd with the six confirmed cases. But in total, he has 1,200 cows and about the same number of calves under quarantine. When asked about his financial situation, he pointed to one 400-head herd that was at a feedlot when the quarantine was imposed. “For 400 head, it’s costing me $92,000 a month,” said Osadczuk. “Our bank accounts are frozen. We get paid once a year… We’re overdrawn by hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars for these sizes of operations, and we’re paying interest on that money daily… We owe the bank hundreds of thousands of dollars, and now we go, ‘Oh hey, we need a couple hundred thousand dollars for feed for some cows that, in the end, are going to die.’” Ross White, another affected farmer, had pre-sold calves in early October that were scheduled to be delivered the last week in October and the first week in November. “The quarantine prevented us from marketing our calves resulting in loss of profit — we were forced to renege on our contracts,” said White, who testified via video.

Manitoba’s drawn-out history with bovine tuberculosis suggests there’s a long road ahead to control TB BY JENNIFER PAIGE Staff/Brandon, Man.

Producers receive fair market value for any animals that test positive for the disease and are destroyed, but there is currently no compensation for the costs to feed and maintain the animals while testing is underway. But on Nov. 29, federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay told the House of Commons agriculture committee that aid would be coming for quarantined ranchers, possibly within days. He said a dollar figure for the aid package was still being worked out, and his office said the Alberta government and industry would determine the details of how the aid is to be paid out. In an earlier statement, MacAulay said, “We are committed to compensate these ranchers for the costs they are facing, including interest on their advance payment loans.” That’s good news for the affected ranchers, said Smith. “We’ve been encouraging them to provide compensation through the disaster relief framework — AgriRecovery — and I’m thinking that will be the instrument through which they do provide compensation.” Even so, it will still take weeks to process any AgriRecovery funding, and in the meantime, the quarantined ranches will hopefully be able to send some of their calves to the feedlot, said Smith. “We don’t have control over whether feedlots will do this or not, but with compensation being provided to producers, we’re hoping that that will alleviate the financial burden for producers.” According to Alberta’s Agriculture Financial Services Corp., the province has already begun the “longer-term analysis of whether future AgriRecovery assistance may be available to producers” affected by the bovine TB outbreak. — With files from staff and Ottawa correspondent Alex Binkley

As Alberta begins to feel the repercussions of a confirmed case of bovine tuberculosis, Manitoba looks to close its nearly two-decade-long chapter with live animal TB testing. “As we witness what is happening in Alberta, it really shows how quickly this can take place and how fast it can affect the entire province. We certainly don’t want to go back there,” said Brian Lemon, general manager of the Manitoba Beef Producers. Manitoba has been dealing with TB in the Riding Mountain National Park (RMNP) region since 1991. In 2000, a task force for bovine TB was established to co-ordinate a program to eliminate the disease. This task force includes provincial reps, Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Parks Canada staff as well as members of Manitoba Beef Producers and the Manitoba Wildlife Federation. “We are well into this year’s activities and two of the most significant things from past years are not on the table this year. No. 1, we are not doing any testing of domestic livestock herds and it is the first time in a long, long time,” said Allan Preston, lead co-ordinator of the RMNP TB eradication project. “And secondly, we are not doing any live capture of elk or deer in the core area of the park. We are relying instead on hunter-kill surveillance, so the absence of those two key activities tells you that we are well along the road to our ultimate goal of eradicating the disease.” During the 2015-16 TB eradication program, 39 domestic livestock herds were tested, resulting in 4,300 negative test results. Approximately four herds were put under quarantine as the wet spring made pen conditions unfavourable for testing. Hunter-killed submissions of 162 white-tailed deer, 74 elk, and three moose were all returned negative. Seventy-three mature cow elk were live tested, all returning negative results. Following this clean bill of health, CFIA announced this spring Manitoba would no longer need to undertake live animal testing through the eradication program. “It has been a long, long road for us, but it is not the time to take our foot off the gas and assume we are out of the woods either,” Lemon said. When it comes to cattle, Preston says that as long as slaughter samples

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Quarantined ranches don’t have the facilities to feed the hundreds of calves they expected to sell in the fall, so Alberta Beef Producers is trying to get permission to use — and then find — feedlots willing to take them.  

Manitoba situation shows what Alberta may face

“This also put the buyer in a tough spot and may impact future sales to him. There are many costs that we are forced to incur because of the constraints placed on us by CFIA and the federal government. “Our calves are still on the cow, as we have not been given any direction to when we may be tested and/or when some or all of our cattle will be released from quarantine. We are getting very mixed messages, and the costs continue to rise.”

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Manitoba situation } from page 12 continue to come back negative, the eradication program will not conduct any live animal testing or any ongoing capturing of live animals in the coming years. “On the wildlife side we still need a certain number of hunter-killed samples to make sure we are covering the bases and if we have less than an optimal number of samples coming in, we may have to go back into the park in January/February and capture some elk again at that point,” Preston said. This announcement comes as an enormous relief to the producers who have been dealing with the burden of live animal testing year after year for nearly two decades. But, just as Manitoba’s affected producers began to take a sigh of relief, Alberta is facing its own long journey. Preston said the strain of TB found in Alberta is entirely new to Canada and is said to have Mexican origins. “That information tells us that there is no linkage to the situation around RMNP. Our situation is well in hand, we are quite comfortable with where we sit and I don’t foresee any changes,” Preston said. The more jarring component of the Alberta situation however, may be the two-strike rule that is applied to TB. “If you have one case, the clock starts ticking and if you go through 48 months without another case then the clock starts again. If you have another case come up in that 48-month period, there is the potential for all of Canada to have its TB status downgraded,” Preston said. “So the fact that we have this case in Alberta keeps people on pins and needles until such time that that 48-month period goes by.”

How to get your sheep on the move Understanding sheep behaviour is the key to getting them to go where you want them to BY ALEXIS KIENLEN AF STAFF/EDMONTON


f you want to move a sheep, the worst thing you can do is isolate it, yell at it, and then try to move it from behind. “If you understand animal behaviour, that is 90 per cent of handling — the biggest knowledge gap that we have is true understanding of animal behaviour,” livestockhandling specialist Jennifer Woods said at Farmfair’s Small Ruminant day. The right way is to stand by an animal’s side, stay calm, and work with the animal’s flight zone. Unlike humans, animals are always in the moment — and for prey animals like sheep, even the slightest change in their environment can put them into flee-orfight mode. When threatened, sheep will generally flee. “Nothing has as strong a flocking instinct as a sheep does — they will flee as an entire flock,” said Woods, an animal welfare specialist and sheep producer from Blackie. Understanding flight zones is a basic tool of handling, and by using their ‘fear meter,’ or flight response, a handler can get animals to move where she or he wants. When a handler approaches sheep, they will usually keep on grazing. But when they feel threatened, their heads will pop up and they will start walking away. As soon as they start moving away calmly, the handler has found that particular flock’s flight zone. “The reason they’re staying calm is because they are moving away from you as a cautionary reaction. They are not scared of you yet,” said Woods. “Move towards the animal, and they will turn and move away from you. That’s how you move livestock.”

If the handler gets too close, the fear meter will hit the red zone and the animals will begin running. Sheep flight zones change depending on how flighty the animals are, how often they have been handled, and the manner in which they were handled. Animals will also have a larger flight zone if they are in an unfamiliar situation. The flightiest sheep in a flock is the animal whose head pops up first. Sheep are also more reactive than some other livestock. “Stay back away from them and you will keep them quieter,” said Woods. “The more predator traits you exhibit, the more high strung your animals will be, and the harder they are to handle.” The point of balance on a sheep is their shoulder. “If you are behind the shoulder, they go forward, and if you are in front of the shoulder, they go backward.” The best way to move sheep is to focus the lead animal. Once that animal moves, the rest of the flock will follow. Don’t move animals from the back, because there are other animals in front of them, and they can’t move, just like a city driver caught in downtown traffic. When moving sheep (or cattle), stay in their line of vision, off to the side. Sheep have a huge range of vision, and can see almost around them but their view is often compromised by the animal’s heavy fleece. One of the strongest stressors on livestock, and sheep in particular, is isolation. “I always tell people that if you need to sort one (animal) out, bring three,” said Woods. “They are going to come out a lot easier than trying to sort out one animal.

Despite their smaller size, sheep can’t be bullied into moving where you want them to go, says livestock-handling specialist Jennifer Woods.   PHOTO: SUPPLIED Just bring them all in and treat the one in the group you need.” Sheep will be upset by aggressive human behaviour, such as yelling, running, and waving arms. Prods can’t be used on sheep, because they can’t feel them through their fleece. And pulling on the fleece can hurt the animal — the leading cause of carcass damage in sheep is from wool pulling. Sheep are not small cattle, said Woods, so they shouldn’t be handled the same way. “One of the worst things you can have for sheep is a cattle guy. They think they (the sheep) are so physically small that they can be moved everywhere. And you shouldn’t do that. That’s a big problem that I see with people who come from the cattle side.”

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If you see your horse choking, call a vet right away The condition in horses refers to the inability to swallow rather than an obstruction of breathing By Carol Shwetz, DVM


henever the term “choke” is used in horses, it refers to an obstruction or blockage in the esophagus. This is very different than the extreme medical emergency of choking in humans, whereby an obstruction of the airway or trachea has occurred. The choking horse can still breathe — but the choking horse cannot swallow. Choke can happen whenever a horse either eats too fast or doesn’t chew its food sufficiently and the feed or hay “plug” becomes lodged in the esophagus after swallowing. Horses that become overly hungry, or are at the bottom of the pecking order, have a tendency to “bolt” or gulp down feed as quickly as possible. As a result feeds such as pellets, dry hay cubes and grains are insufficiently chewed, and perhaps more importantly, insufficiently mixed with adequate amounts of saliva for smooth travel down the esophagus. Horses with poor dentition are also prone to choke as they are unable to properly chew their feedstuffs. Since horses are typically fastidious eaters, rarely is an obstruction due to ingesting a foreign body. Horses are also prone to choke if they are offered feed

too quickly following full recovery from sedation or anesthesia. The presentation of a choking horse varies with the timing of its discovery. Initially a choking horse appears anxious and distressed and will show repeated attempts to swallow, often extending its neck to do so. It may appear to be retching or gagging. As the choke progresses and the horse can no longer swallow the large amounts of saliva it produces, the horse begins to drain or drool large amounts of green frothy and slimy discharge through both the mouth and nostrils. The discharge usually contains food material and is caused by the buildup of saliva and ingested food in front of whatever is causing the obstruction in the esophagus. Sometimes — not always — a lump can be seen and/or felt on the left side of the neck if the obstruction is large enough and located in the upper esophagus. Once a choking horse is recognized it is important to contact a veterinarian immediately. Although a certain percentage of chokes may resolve themselves, the risk of unforgiving complications increases significantly as the choke progresses. Therefore veterinary attention as soon as possible is strongly advised. Upon arrival the veterinarian will assess the nature and degree of the choke. Generally a choking horse is initially sedated

Initially a choking horse appears anxious and distressed and will show repeated attempts to swallow.

to relieve anxiety and lower its head to reduce the risk of inhaling food material. Sedation also helps to relieve the spasms of the esophageal musculature that typically occur around the obstruction. Other anti-spasmolytic medications may be administered as well. A nasogastric tube is then passed through the horse’s nose as a means to identify the location and nature of the obstruction. The nasogastric tube is used as a vehicle to apply gentle pressure and to repeatedly flush warm water at the site of the obstruction, gradually softening and shifting the obstruction into the stomach. Following relief of the obstruction the veterinarian will advise appropriate medications and followup care according

to each individual case. The majority of choke episodes in the horse resolves with simple treatment on farm. The attending veterinarian will address any underlying causes, often recommending dental work or feeding management. On rare occasion further investigation and treatment of a choke may be required. This may involve more aggressive means to relieve a stubborn obstruction and an endoscopic exam to assess any esophageal damage. The main complication associated with choke is aspiration pneumonia. This occurs when saliva and food material is accidentally inhaled down the trachea and into the lungs. If pneumonia is a possibility the horse will be placed on a course of antibiotics. Another complication of choke is the formation of a stricture or narrowing of the esophagus following ulceration and scar tissue at the site of the obstruction. The scar tissue can be difficult to treat and will often be the cause of repeated episodes of choke. While choke is not considered to be an immediately life-threatening situation in horses, early detection and timely treatment are necessary to ensure a successful resolve with minimal complications. Carol Shwetz is a veterinarian focusing on equine practice in Millarville.




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Grow, baby, grow — Drought-hit forage association tax deferral zones named says think big The country’s national forage association says producers can boost yields by a fifth by employing intensive rotational grazing systems Staff


Cedric McLeod, executive director of the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association speaks to attendees at the organization’s national conference in Winnipeg last month.   Photo: Jennifer Paige ple,” said McLeod, who also raises cattle and direct markets beef in New Brunswick. “In canola, they have really pushed the overall yield across Western Canada because they have been able to adopt more intensive management practices. We are looking at the opportunities to do the same,” he said. “So small investments in management (and) pushing 10, 15, 20 per cent greater output from an existing forage acre. Those are the kind of stories we are trying to highlight.” Recent research data shows that’s an obtainable goal, he said. “I absolutely think the 10 to 20 per cent increase in productivity is feasible. The idea is six fences and one water bowl. So taking one continuously grazed pasture, making it seven small paddocks and over the next couple of years, you are going to see that increase.” Or more. Producers who are intensively using rotational graz-


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ing systems are seeing 25 to 30 per cent increases in pasture productivity,” he said. “That is more than double the target. These incremental investments will very quickly take us to 15 per cent and beyond.”

he federal government is offering ranchers in parts of Alberta hit by drought deferrals on their 2016 income tax from breeding livestock sales. The areas include Clearwater, Lethbridge, Mountain View, Red Deer, Rocky View, Vulcan and Wheatland counties; the municipal districts of Bighorn, Foothills, Pincher Creek, Ranchland and Willow Creek; the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass; and the Banff (No. 9) and Kananaskis improvement districts. The tax deferral provisions allow livestock producers in those regions to defer portions of their 2016 sale proceeds of breeding livestock until the next tax year. Producers can request the tax deferral when filing their 2016 income tax returns. The intent is to reduce the tax burden associated with the sale, as the cost of replacing the animals at least partially offsets the deferred income. To be eligible for the deferral, a producer’s breeding herd must have been reduced by at least 15 per cent. If the breeding herd has been reduced by at least 15 per cent, but less than 30 per cent, 30 per cent of income from net sales may be deferred. And when the herd has been reduced by 30 per cent or more, 90 per cent of income from net sales can be deferred. Proceeds from deferred sales are then included as income in the next tax year. If an area qualifies for a drought or excess mois-

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he forage industry needs to take a page from canola’s playbook and focus on boosting yield, says the executive director of the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association. And the way to do that for forages is by showcasing the adoption of high-performance production systems, said Cedric McLeod. “If every pasture, piece of pasture, or piece of native rangeland increased its productivity by 15 per cent with good forage management, we could make some massive impacts environmentally and economically,” said McLeod. That was the underlying focus of the forage association’s annual conference, which was held in Winnipeg last month. “With this conference we really wanted to expose the extension and retail network to core science and give them the opportunities to extend that information to the ground level with the intent of growing the adoption of highperformance forage production systems,” McLeod said. With an industry that is spread across 70 million acres in Canada, McLeod says the forage association is focusing on connecting producers with people who can tell them about the latest advancements in forage production. “When you are touching this many acres, it takes a lot of infrastructure to get information down to the ground level, and what we are trying to do is provide a forum where we can bring together the seed sector, machinery companies, fertilizer providers, ag retail and then link them with our provincial organizations so that we can move the sector forward as a whole.” The association has also taken “a hard look at the canola exam-

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Tokyo hit by first November snow in 54 years

El Niño cast shadow over southern Africa

Tokyo on Thursday was hit by its first November snow in 54 years, slowing rush hour trains as residents slogged to work wearing heavy coats and boots in a city far more accustomed to earthquakes than to snow. The last time snow fell in November, John Kennedy was U.S. president and Bob Dylan had just released his debut album. Average highs at this time of year are 14 C and 20 C is not uncommon. Though Tokyo, which is on roughly the same latitude as Raleigh, North Carolina, does see snow at least once a year, it usually falls in January or February and rarely accumulates for long. — Reuters

Although El Niño is over, the humanitarian needs resulting from the drought in southern Africa remain huge, and are still deepening, says a new Oxfam report. With the next harvests not due until March or April, the agency is urging governments and donors to provide food and other assistance. Farmers desperately need seeds and fertilizers if they are to take advantage of predicted rains and produce better harvests next year, the report said. The drought in southern Africa is the worst in 35 years. An estimated 41 million people will need assistance before the next harvests in spring, and 28 million of them urgently need help now, Oxfam said. — Staff

It wasn’t just warm in November — it was ridiculously warm The usual flow of arctic air into the Prairies never materialized and that allowed temperatures to stay well above normal


These well-aboveaverage temperatures are not just confined to the Prairies, but extend well north into the Canadian Arctic, with November temperature anomalies running from 6 C to 12 C above average.


don’t know about you, but this has been one mixedup fall when it comes to the weather. And not just across the Prairies, but across much of North America — heck, you could even say the world. Where to start? Locally, this fall and especially November, has been ridiculously warm.  While there have only been a few record highs set this month, it has been the remarkable lack of cold air that has been the real story. With only a couple of days left in the month as I write this article, and no sign of significant cold air moving in, it is looking like November 2016 will go down in the record books as the warmest November on record. Here is a quick summary of the mean monthly temperatures to Nov. 25, the difference from average (anomaly), and the current November records for the major centres across the Prairies. As you can see, it is looking like nearly every major centre in both Manitoba and Saskatchewan will easily break their November records.  In Alberta, while it has been very warm, some colder temperatures during the third week of November prevented any chance of breaking monthly temperature records. These well-above-average temperatures are not just confined to the Prairies, but extend well north into the Canadian Arctic, with November temperature anomalies running from 6 C to 12 C above average. This lack of significant cold air is playing havoc with the forecasts. The weather models are based on what the climate should normally do at any given time of the year.  This means that they tend to be a little biased towards average conditions. Normally we wouldn’t notice this, but when the atmosphere is dramatically different from average this bias tends to show up.  What this basically means is the weather models are having a hard time figuring things out as they keep

Precipitation data for the Prairies is still running late. This image shows the departures from the 1981-2010 average for sea ice extent in millions of square kilometres across the Arctic (blue), Antarctic (green) and combined Arctic plus Antarctic (orange) for the year 2016, up to Nov. 17. Total global sea ice extent is more than 4.2 million square kilometres below average.   Graphic: Zachary Labe Data: National Snow and Ice Data Center      temperature records

City Winnipeg Brandon Dauphin Regina Saskatoon  Calgary Edmonton Peace River

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trying to bring in cold air that just isn’t there. As I stated earlier, it has not just been our region that has seen some unusual weather. In the tropics, Hurricane Otto came ashore in Central America on Nov. 24, and in the process broke several records. Otto is the only hurricane to directly hit any part of Costa Rica. Otto was also the latest land falling Atlantic hurricane, and the latest-ever Category 2 Atlantic hurricane. Going from the tropics to the poles, we see more unusual

Anomaly Record 8.5 C 1.3 C 1923 8.2 C 0.4 C 1941 8.6 C 0.8 C 1981 8.1 C 0.8 C 1949 8.9 C 0.7 C 1949 6.0 C 4.9 C 1949 6.7 C 4.2 C 1917 6.3 C 1.3 C 1949

weather and weather-related items. For several years now we have been hearing about the low ice levels in the Arctic and this year is no different. After setting a record low in October, ice growth in November has been fairly slow, with an actual decrease in ice occurring during the middle of the month. Currently, ice coverage is running around nine million square kilometres, which is well over two standard deviations below the average of just over 11 million square kilometres. While this alone should be

newsworthy, over the last few years people like to brush this off and point to the Antarctic and how much ice is there. Well, this year things are a little different in the oceans around our southern pole. Antarctic sea ice extent dropped below average in September of this year and is now running well below two standard deviations below average. The two ice systems are totally separate from each other and there is no scientific evidence connecting them. While the Arctic has shown a steady decline in ice coverage over the last 25 or so years, the Antarctic has seen little change or even a slight increase in ice coverage. The fact that both are experiencing record-low ice amounts could be just a coincidence of the weather, or it may be the first signs of global warming starting to impact the southern pole in a different way. Nevertheless, when we combine these two record lows together we get a truly remarkable low in global ice coverage. The current ice anomaly

is about 4.25 million square kilometres, which is a remarkable eight standard deviations below the average. It will be interesting to watch to see what happens over the next several months. Finally, for those of you who want cold and snow, then you have to go to Eurasia.  This region has seen record snows early in winter with places such as Stockholm breaking its oneday November snowfall record (with 39 centimetres of snow on Nov. 9). To the east, across Siberia the temperatures have been below average, with the region seeing the greatest snow extent leading into November in more than two decades. What is interesting about this is that some research indicates that early and large snow cover across Siberia can often lead to cold conditions in late December and January across North America, especially eastern regions. Now we will wait and see if the lack of cold weather will continue — or will the Siberian cold eventually push our way? Daniel Bezte is a teacher by profession with a BA (Hon.) in geography, specializing in climatology, from the U of W. He operates a computerized weather station near Birds Hill Park. Contact him with your questions and comments at



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erle Good has a new piece of estate planning advice for Canadian producers: “Create a damn shareholder’s loan.” “This isn’t a new idea, but it isn’t done as frequently as it should be,” said the farm business management expert. “This strategy allows us to do a lot of neat things that we never could do before as families with intergenerational transfers.” Good explained this strategy at an Alberta Canola ‘Powering Your Profits’ event here last month, using an example from an operation in Manitoba he worked with. In that instance, the older generation had $5 million in land, livestock, and machinery and shared that business — let’s call it Farm Inc. — with their son. But the parents were winding down and wanted to create a taxfree retirement pension. So they created a new company. “We’re going to take $3 million of preferred shares and transfer it to a new company,” said Good. “We haven’t moved any assets — all I’ve done is move $3 million of preferred shares to this new company that Mom and Dad own. “The son still gets to work on the same land base, the same cows, the same machinery. We’re not stripping assets out.” Farm Inc. is now worth $2 million, and the son has 100 per cent operating control over it. The new company — let’s call that one NewCo — is worth $3 million, and

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Merle Good has found a new way to pass on the farm that minimizes taxes and risk — but make sure you talk to a tax specialist first, said the farm business management expert.  PHOTO: JENNIFER BLAIR the parents share operating control and ownership of it. “As a parent, do I feel more comfortable bringing my son or my daughter in to a smaller business or to a bigger business?” said Good. “If I have everything I own in one company, I’m not going to give him much control over that company very quickly. Everything I own is in that business. As parents, we want to transfer the equity down, but we also want to control it.” Giving the son control over a smaller piece of the business is good

for the parents, but it’s also good for the son. “If I move $3 million over to NewCo, is he excited about working Farm Inc.? Yes, because he may have a bigger say in a smaller piece than a smaller say in a bigger piece,” said Good. Shareholder loans are also good for a tax-free retirement pension, but that’s where things get tricky. The parents sold NewCo $2 million in personal land, creating a $2-million shareholder’s loan. “Most of the time, I would say

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you have to sell your land to the company you and your son own together (Farm Inc.) to get your shareholder’s loan, but that makes the farming corporation even bigger,” said Good. “If you want to create a shareholder’s loan, don’t necessarily consider selling land to a company that you already own with a son or daughter. Think about doing this strategy instead. “You’re selling personally owned land to your own personally owned company, not to the jointly owned company. With that, we’ve created a $2-million shareholder’s loan.”

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anada’s agricultural business risk management tools need an overhaul under the next policy framework, says the president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. Plummeting participation rates are sign of producer frustration, Ron Bonnett said a recent Winnipeg conference. His has made numerous recommendations for the upcoming Growing Forward 3 program, eh said. “One of the other things that we are asking for is restoring AgInvest to the levels it was at previously,” he said. The CFA wants the fundingapplication process to be more clear and the rules consistently applied. “What we are suggesting is having clearly identified criteria for the programming and hav-

ing a process and timelines with accountability,” Bonnett said. His organization has also been exploring what a producer payment security program might look like. “We are trying to see if there are ways we can put insurance policies in place to protect accounts payable,” he said. “We are hearing more from some industries that this is becoming an issue for them.” The organization also wants research focused on key objectives. “There is a whole series of issues within that strategic investments column that we are looking at. Everything from environmental sustainability to responding to consumers needs.” The next version of Growing Forward also need to be aimed

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farmer would have $2 million in taxable income. But the income tax act allows farmers to transfer that land in exchange for shares — not cash — which then creates a shareholder’s loan. “Because land qualifies for a deduction exemption, I can sell the land to my company, and it owes me $2 million,” said Good. “And because I qualify for the capital gains exemption, it wipes out my personal tax no different than if I sold the land to my neighbour. Now the company owes me $2 million, and because I’ve used my capital gains deduction, it’s tax free.” That way, the parents are able to take equity as shares and convert it to an intercorporate loan, so “they’re a creditor, not a shareholder.” The son still has access to $5 million in assets, but he owes his parents $3 million as a tax-free intercorporate loan. “If you own shares, you have no security. So we’re converting equity into an intercorporate loan, which I can secure against the assets, plus sell personal land to NewCo,” said Good. “I want to sell my land to myself, but my new company has no cash. It’s not farming, so how do I get the money? I get the money by moving my $3 million in equity out of the jointly owned corporation and creating an intercorporate loan, which is a tax-free loan. “Dad’s taking $3 million in equity and saying, ‘Hey, instead of me being a shareholder, I’ll become a creditor.’ The only way to do that is by creating a new corporation. That’s an intercorporate loan.” Good summarized the strategy this way: “I moved $3 million across to NewCo and I sold $2 million in personal land to it. Farm Inc. owes NewCo $3 million, which gets the $3 million tax free, and I created a $2-million shareholder’s loan by utilizing my $2-million capital gains exemption because I sold my own land to my own company,” he said, adding the $2 million acts as a sort of tax-free pension. “That is neat.”

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Shareholder’s loans also create an “off-farm asset for intergenerational wealth transfers,” said Good. “I can leave a shareholder’s loan to a child who’s not farming,” he said, adding he is “violently” opposed to leaving farm shares to an off-farm child. “It doesn’t work. If you have kids who are not involved in the active part of the business, I will not ever recommend that parents leave shares to them,” he said. In their will, the parents would likely leave their shares to their son and the shareholder’s loan to their off-farm children — in this case, their daughters. “We can agree on terms, that Farm Inc. pays NewCo so many dollars a year that the son can live with,” he said. “What’s nice about that is we have a repayment term — maybe it’s $50,000 a year that the farm can afford. “The shares go to the son. The girls aren’t part of the business, but they get their money on the shareholder’s loan tax free, say $50,000 a year over 20 years.” If you’re considering going down this route, you’ll likely want to consult with a tax adviser, said Good, because as far as he knows, this isn’t done very frequently. “No one — in all the years I’ve worked with accountants and lawyers — has ever thought of creating intercorporate loans between companies you own yourself.”



Getting to know you — CN reaches out to farmers Railway says it wants to build bridges, but farmers and CN don’t see eye to eye on many issues BY ALLAN DAWSON Staff/Vancouver


rairie farm leaders praised CN Rail for agreeing to meet here last month to discuss ways to improve Western Canada’s grain-handling and transportation system. “I was impressed with the openness of CN,” said Dan Mazier, president of Keystone Agricultural Producers, Manitoba’s largest farm group. “I think they were genuine today.” Mazier and reps from the Alberta Federation of Agriculture, Canadian Federation of Agriculture, and Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan — along with a reporter — took part in the two-day event. It included a visit to Cargill’s grain export terminal, a tour of the port, and a meeting with Canadian Grain Commission officials. “The (grain) transportation file has been on people’s mind since 2013-14 and we really haven’t had a chance to talk to the railways and hear their side of the story,” Mazier said. Doug MacDonald, CN’s vicepresident of bulk commodities, was peppered with farmers’ questions and quickly abandoned his prepared presentation. Did you cut locomotives in 2013? No, that was the other railway. What went wrong? Record cold and a record crop. Didn’t the grain companies warn you about a monster crop? Not until the end of September, which was too late. (When asked to respond, the Western Grain Elevator Association disputed this, saying a verbal warning was given in June 2013. This year’s warning was in writing.)

CN Rail official Doug MacDonald met with a group of Prairie farmers at the Port of Vancouver last month to discuss ways to improve the grain-handling and transportation system.   PHOTO: ALLAN DAWSON “As producers, inefficiencies between the railroads and grain companies is what costs us money because we pay the demurrage on it,” Moose Jaw farmer Terry Anthony told MacDonald. “We’d like to see you guys fine-tune your end of it a little better and it looks like you’ve started doing that.” There have been improvements, but disruptions can still happen, MacDonald said. He explained CN’s new contract system, which includes a version of ‘reciprocal penalties.’ Under the program launched in May, CN is offering 72 per cent of its car supply — about 5,500 cars a week in the fall and 4,000 in the dead of winter — to companies to contract. Contracting ensures a shipper will get a car in a specified week or the railways pay a $100-acar penalty. Grain companies pay the same fine if they don’t take the car within a specified week. About 50 per cent of available cars are being contracted weekly, MacDonald said. Cars that aren’t contracted go back to the spot market pool. If spot orders exceed supply they are divided up equally. “So if I can only supply 90 per

cent of the cars for the remaining orders everyone gets 90 per cent of what they asked for,” MacDonald said.

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Some farmers were puzzled. Had CN given the grain companies the reciprocal penalties it wants legislated into service-level agreements? No, said Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the elevator association, which represents the major grain companies. Once the car is spotted, grain companies are still subject to railway penalties if the car isn’t loaded or unloaded during a specified time. But the railways are not penalized if they fail to deliver that car to a port terminal during a specified time. “Overall, the introduction of reciprocal penalties on the part of railways is just that — an introduction,” Sobkowich said. “There is a long way to go for the relationship to be truly balanced.” Meanwhile, MacDonald complained the maximum revenue entitlement — which caps the total revenue the railways receive for moving grain — doesn’t fairly compensate the railways, Mac-

Donald said. Under an agreement signed with Ottawa in 2007, the railways use cars for free but have to maintain them and replace ones that are worn out. When the latter happens, the revenue cap is adjusted accordingly, says the Canadian Transportation Agency. But CN says “the revenue cap formula does not assure adequate compensation.” Currently the benefit is split between the railways — a flaw many, including most farm groups, agree needs fixing. Following the meeting, Mazier hadn’t changed his mind in favour of keeping the revenue cap. “It is a rates governor, so the railways can’t take the rates and all of a sudden jack them right up,” he said. “What it does is offer stability to the freight market in Canada.” According to MacDonald CN also isn’t properly compensated for interswitching, a measure intended to encourage competition by allowing one railway to move grain off of a competitor’s line. But again, the Canadian Transportation Agency says the railways are properly compensated. Meanwhile, CN is having a good year. “Our job is to try to do what we can to get as much revenue as we can under that (revenue cap) system,” MacDonald said. CN’s second quarter net income of $858 million, is down slightly from $886 million during the same period last year. In 2015, CN had an operating ratio of 58.2 per cent — “one of the lowest operating ratios among Class 1 railroads.” It was even better during this year’s second quarter at 54.5 per cent.

Who will pay for new grain cars? BY ALLAN DAWSON Staff/Vancouver

One thing most farmers and the railways agree on is the current fleet of aging grain hopper cars needs to be replaced soon. Most cars are close to the end of their 50-year lifespan and about 400 are retired every year, CN official Doug MacDonald told a group of visiting farmers. That’s backed up by a study done by the Canadian Canola Growers Association that says “the remnants of 3,600 federal hopper cars bought in the mid-1970s” will be retired in a decade. That would reduce the rail hopper fleet to about 4,300 cars, with “virtually all” of those slated to be retired by 2035. That raises questions about how to replace them, and more importantly, who will pay? The answer to the latter is almost certainly farmers — even if railways, car-leasing companies or grain companies buy the cars, the $100,000-percar cost will be passed back to farmers through freight charges. “Do we want CN to own these cars?” asked Alberta producer Humphrey Bannock (who is also vice-president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture) after meeting with CN officials. “If you don’t have grain cars it doesn’t matter how many people or locomotives you have. You can’t move the grain.” “Maybe farmers should own them,” added Alberta Federation of Agriculture president Lynn Jacobson. Whoever owns the cars needs to be compensated, MacDonald said. If it’s the railways, the maximum revenue entitlement, which regulates railway earnings from shipping grain, must be adjusted, he said. If it’s farmers or grain companies, the rates charged to ship grain should be reduced. However, MacDonald added, farmers might be willing to take a lesser return so long as they gain enough through lower freight charges and better service. There are currently about 22,000 cars, with just over half publicly owned.

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He also noted that there’s a need for public involvement in this area, to ensure it happens. “Investments in transformational innovation are intended to create a novel product or service, and thus are inherently more risky for all stakeholders within the agrifood value chain,” Cherewyk said. He also said these type of goals are closely linked to the next policy framework themes of risk management, environmental sustainability, climate change, as well as value-added agriculture and agrifood processing. For example, a focus on sustainable food would include human health, environmental health, and economic health. “Nutritious food can deliver health outcomes,” he said. “Nutritious food can also deliver environmental outcomes through reformulation and by keying on dietary footprints. Nutritious and sustainable food can deliver economic outcomes by recognizing the need for all players in the agrifood system to be profitable while also ensuring affordable food for consumers.” Canada also needs to push hard for a fix for the issue of maximum residue limits, he said. National and international agencies working on this issue aren’t co-ordinating their work while countries such as China and India are ignoring international standards to set their own limits. Finally, transportation performance should be an important part of GF3, said Cherewyk. Canada’s agri-food sector exports to more than 150 countries and all of its customers in all of those countries want to know that they’ll get the quality and quantity they ordered delivered on time, he said. “Reliable transportation remains a top priority,” he said. “To fully utilize market access and new trade opportunities, Canada must remain focused on continuous improvement in domestic transportation.”


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A look at G3’s proposed new state-of-the-art Vancouver terminal A spiral track would allow trains to arrive on site, ease congestion elsewhere, and unload intact before returning to the Prairies BY ALLAN DAWSON Staff/Vancouver


3’s proposed Vancouver grain terminal will be the most efficient in North America and maybe the world, Doug MacDonald told Prairie farm leaders touring the port last month. CN’s vice-president of bulk commodities made the comment as the group’s boat cruised by the Lynnterm break bulk terminal on the north shore of Burrard Inlet, where G3 hopes to erect a state-ofthe-art facility. The farmers, members of the Alberta Federation of Agriculture, the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, and Manitoba’s Keystone Agricultural Producers, were in Vancouver to meet with CN Rail to discuss improvements to grain transportation. The farmers also visited Cargill’s grain terminal and toured the port courtesy of CN and the Port of Vancouver. The 60-acre site G3 has selected east of Cargill’s grain terminal is mostly empty now, but if a terminal is built it will have almost 200,000 tonnes of grain storage and a loop track able to accommodate three 134-car trains. The trains will only stop to let G3 staff take over from CN crews, Brett Malkoske, G3’s vice-president of business development and communications, said in a phone interview. “What that allows — and the railways really like it of course — we can clear the congestion off the north shore (rail line),” Malkoske said. “We can bring in those trains and house them directly on site and keep it intact the entire time.” G3’s terminal is designed to unload 134 cars in 10 hours. Assuming 90 tonnes per car that’s 1,206 tonnes per hour. “Our whole model translates back to our new facilities in the country,”

A rendering of what G3’s proposed Vancouver grain terminal on the north shore of Burrard Inlet will look like.   PHOTO: G3 he said. “It’s about throughput. It’s about moving things faster, not having them sit longer.” G3’s four new country terminals — two in Manitoba and two in Saskatchewan — also have loop tracks and those trains move continuously at very low speed while loading grain. “We’ve loaded the train as quickly as 11 hours, but we are probably averaging in the neighbourhood of say in 14 to 16 hours, which is still very fast,” Malkoske said. Typically the railways want trains filled in 24 hours. “Our goal is to turn the trains as fast as we can,” he said. “The more fluid we keep our system — and again it takes some co-ordination with the farmers and the railroads — the more grain we can handle, the more options we can provide for our customers in terms of markets for their products.” G3 will have more space than

some of its Vancouver competitors, but it’s still tight. A similarly designed terminal at Longview, Washington sits on 200 acres of land, he said. “We are very, very proud of what our engineers have done (with the plans),” Malkoske said. G3’s proposed Vancouver terminal received most of the necessary permits in May. But there are still many details to work out. Malkoske declined to say how much the terminal would cost, but left no doubt it will be expensive, describing it as a “mega project.” “There’s just a heck of a lot of detail to take care of and a lot of moving parts that we need to very carefully manage here to make sure that the project, if we decide to go ahead, will be a successful one,” he said. While G3 is excited about its proposed terminal, it’s still not a done deal. “As you can probably appreci-

ate with something of this magnitude, with this complexity, there are an awful lot of details with various stakeholders that need to be ironed out,” Malkoske said. “We are in the process of doing that. Until we are through that process there is really no way of saying whether or not we actually have a legitimate project here. We will work our way through the details. Assuming that we can get it to a positive conclusion we are quite confident at that point we could receive the go-ahead from our board. “Hopefully in the not-too-distant future we can bring this across the finish line.” And if the terminal is built will it be the most efficient in North America? “We certainly believe what we have on paper, and should we proceed with the project, we would be very proud to put it up against any other facility that exists today on the West Coast of Canada,” Malkoske

said. “The types of efficiency that we are designing for are world class, there’s no doubt about it.” G3’s board consists of its owners — Bunge Canada, SALIC Canada Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company and the Farmers’ Equity Trust. Farmers who have delivered grain to G3 and its predecessor, the Canadian Wheat Board, since Aug. 1, 2013 earn equity by receiving units in the trust. The trust owns 499,900 Class B shares in G3. G3 bought 50.1 per cent of government-owned wheat board for $250.5 million July 31, 2015 leaving the Farmers’ Equity Trust with 49.9 per cent. However, since then G3 has received additional Class A shares, reducing the percentage owned by Farmers’ Equity Trust, the Farmers’ Equity Trust website says.

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Ritchie Bros. buys Saskatchewan’s Kramer Auctions The North Battleford auction firm’s chiefs will join Ritchie

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ne of the Prairies’ major farm auction houses has become part of the world’s biggest industrial auction firm. Vancouver-based Ritchie Bros. recently announced it has bought Kramer Auctions of North Battleford, Sask. for an undisclosed sum. The company, set up in 1949 by the late Eiling Kramer, today runs about 75 on-farm dispersal auctions, four on-site consignment equipment auctions and eight bison auctions per year across the three Prairie provinces. Kramer moved over $60 million of agricultural equipment, real estate and other assets in the 12 months ending Sept. 30, Ritchie Bros. said. Kramer also operates as a licensed real estate brokerage and conducts auctions for farmland as well as residential, commercial, recreational and lake properties. Company president/general manager Neil Kramer and three other principals have all joined Ritchie Bros. and will continue overseeing auctions on the Prairies under the Kramer Auctions brand, Ritchie Bros. said. Ritchie said it plans to keep the Kramer brand “for the immediate future,” given the “deep customer relationships and significant brand equity associated with the Kramer Auctions name.” “We’ve respected the growth and interest Ritchie Bros. has developed in the agricultural space over the last 15 years,” Neil Kramer said in a news release. Kramer’s principals, he said, “believe we can offer our customers even greater value by blending our expertise of seamless farm auctions with Ritchie Bros.’ leading technology and reach of international bidders.” Ritchie Bros., which like Kramer conducts unreserved auctions, started at Kelowna, B.C. in 1958 and now bills itself as the world’s largest industrial auctioneer and one of the world’s biggest sellers of used equipment for the farm, construction, transportation and resource sectors, among others.

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ealth Canada plans to phase out the use of the neonic pesticide imidacloprid in three to five years and conduct special reviews of clothianidin and thiamethoxam, two other popular neonics. Officials said the department is concerned about the risk the pesticides “may pose to aquatic invertebrates, including insects, as they are being detected frequently in aquatic environments.” Consultations on the imidacloprid phase-out will be held in parallel with a joint review by the Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Environmental Protection Agency on the impact of neonics on pollinators. It’s scheduled to be finished in 2017. Fiona Cook, executive director of Grain Growers of Canada, said her organization plans to study the potential impact of the phase-out and the availability of substitutes as they plan their comments for the 90-day review process. “Grain farmers across Canada utilize many crop protection products, based on what is most suitable for their environment and needs,” she said. “They work hard to follow all recommended guidelines and adapt when those change.” She pointed out the review did not find any risks to human health when imidacloprid is used as indicated. “Growers have extensive and varied on-farm environmental risk mitigation practices which are constantly being adapted as they work towards improved soil, water and environment,” she said. Mark Brock, chairman of Grain Farmers of Ontario, said his group accepts Health Canada’s sciencebased decision on imidacloprid. “Its loss will have an impact on grain farmers but it’s the lesserused product of the three,” he said. “We need to focus on preserving the other two.” He said GFO will participate in the consultations on the three-year phase-out, which could be extended to five years in cases where no alternative is available. The group will

While neonicotinoids were linked to bee deaths in Ontario in 2013, imidacloprid is being phased out because it lingers in aquatic environments.   PHOTO: THINKSTOCK look for ways to retain the use of the product. Health Canada noted neonics “have been approved in Canada for many years and replaced older pesticides that had much greater risks to health and the environment.” Corn and soybean growers plant neonic-coated seeds to prevent damage by wireworms and other pests in the soil. Neonic dust from corn planting in Ontario in 2013 is blamed for a drop in the provincial bee population. Mitigation measures ordered by the Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency in 2014 have reduced bee deaths by up to 80 per cent. Health Canada officials said imidacloprid does not present an unacceptable risk to bees. However, its continued current use was not sustainable because “levels of this pesticide that are being found in waterways and aquatic environments are harmful to aquatic insects, such as mayflies and midges, which are important food sources for fish, birds and other animals.” It posted a draft risk assessment of the neonic on its website for public comment by late February. The department plans “a multistakeholder forum that would dis-

The CFIA says the imidacloprid phaseout will happen in conjuction with a joint review of pollinator health with other regulatory agencies

cuss any proposals for potential alternative mitigation strategies.” The special reviews of clothiandin and thiamethoxam “will examine any potential risks these pesticides may pose to aquatic invertebrates, including insects, as they are also being detected frequently in aquatic environments.” Health Canada has determined that concentrations of imidacloprid in surface water can range from non-detectable to, in some rare cases, levels as high as 11.9 parts per

billion. Scientific evidence indicates that levels above 0.041 parts per billion are a concern. To date, there has been no indication that neonicotinoids pose a risk to human health, including from exposure through drinking water or food, when used according to current label directions. Health Canada said its scientists routinely re-examine pesticides that are registered in Canada to ensure they continue to be safe for humans and the environment. Meanwhile environmental groups praised the Health Canada action, but Équiterre and the David Suzuki Foundation said the proposed timeline is unacceptable. “Other jurisdictions have acted decisively, like France’s ban on all neonicotinoids that will come into effect in 2018,” said Nadine Bachand, project manager at Équiterre. Research demonstrates that integrated pest management and other best practices are currently available to eliminate the need for those pesticides to manage pests on crops, she said. “Neonicotinoids are used prophylactically in corn and soy crops, through seed coating, irrespective of whether the farmer actually has a pest problem in their field.”













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he province is conducting its latest survey on the cost of production for beekeeping in Alberta. “The main purpose of the 2016 Beekeeping Cost of Production Survey is to monitor the current costs and returns of beekeeping in Alberta,” said Emmanuel Laate, senior crop economist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “We have periodically monitored the beekeeping industry in Alberta since the early 1970s. The last cost of production study was completed in 2013 with 2011 data.”

There are three key benefits for those participating in the survey. “First, participants will receive a free customized business analysis report of their operation,” said Laate. “This report, which details the production costs and returns on a per-unit basis (dollar per hive or dollar per pound of honey produced), can help them to make profitable management decisions.” Second, participants will be helping develop an up-to-date economic benchmark report on beekeeping in Alberta. They can also compare their operation’s performance to their ‘peers in the province’ to identify areas of their own operation where they can

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averages of operations that are grouped by region, size, and type or management practice,” said Laate,

noting all personal identifiers are removed from the published data. Third, new beekeepers can use the information to increase their understanding of what the costs and returns are for the various beekeeping enterprises. “They can see the regional differences in costs and returns for beekeeping operations across the province.” Laate has sent letters to selected beekeepers inviting them to participate. On-farm interviews will be conducted between Dec. 1 and March 15. For more information regarding this study, call Emmanuel Laate at 780-422-4054. The study is funded by Growing Forward 2.

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Farmers exempt from new off-road helmet rules Province requiring helmets on public land because there are so many ATV-related injuries and fatalities Staff

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armers and ranchers at work will be exempt from a proposed new law requiring off-highway vehicle users to wear helmets while operating on public land in Alberta. Amendments to Alberta’s Traffic Safety Act will require recreational users of allterrain vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles, and other such off-highway vehicles to wear helmets on public land. But the amendments wouldn’t require the use of helmets for farming and ranching work, the province said. Certain provisions in the Occupational Health and Safety Code call for workers who ride off-highway vehicles to wear helmets, but farm and

ranch work would continue to be exempt. The proposed amendments would also specifically exempt private property — which is land owned by the operator of the offhighway vehicle, or land owned by someone who has given permission to the operator to ride there. The proposed amendments would also allow for future exemptions to be made via regulations, the province said — for example, for operators of OHVs fitted with rollover protection structures and seatbelts. The province saw 185 fatalities from ATVrelated injuries between 2002 and 2013. Of those, the province said, nearly 80 per cent involved people not wearing helmets. The province estimates almost 6,000 people go to an emergency room each year because of an ATV-related injury.

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U.S. ups 2017 biofuels requirements The U.S. government has announced finalized targets for biofuel use for next year, requiring that energy companies blend 19.28 billion U.S. gallons of renewables into the nation’s fuel supply. That compares with the total 18.8 billion gallons proposed in May and would be up six per cent from this year’s 18.11 billion gallons. The Environmental Protection Agency set the target for conventional biofuel, or ethanol, at 15 billion gallons and the advanced biofuel target at 4.28 billion gallons for 2017. The agency set the mandate for biomass-based diesel at 2.1 billion gallons for 2018. The increase to 15 billion gallons for the conventional biofuels target marked a victory for the U.S. ethanol industry, after years of battling regulators to increase the mandates to levels laid out by Congress in 2007. President Barack Obama’s administration pulled back on the targets in recent years due to what it saw as marketplace challenges. — Reuters

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Fertilizer maker PotashCorp said it is reducing jobs and output at one Saskatchewan mine and temporarily curtailing production at two others as the sector struggles with weak prices. The company said it would cut production at its Cory potash mine, just west of Saskatoon, to 800,000 million tonnes a year from 1.4 million. Potash will also curtail production for six weeks at its Lanigan mine starting in January and for 12 weeks at Allan, Sask. starting in February. The changes come after potash prices fell to decade lows this year due to excessive global capacity, although they have recently improved. The production cuts will allow the company to best use output from its lowest-cost mines, the company said in a statement. Pending regulatory approval, the company is merging with rival Agrium, which also runs a Saskatchewan potash mine near Vanscoy, about 20 kilometres southwest of the Cory site. — Reuters



Fusarium levels may be the worst on record Downgrading could cost Prairie farmers $1 billion in lost revenue, and hurt Canada’s reputation with buyers BY ALLAN DAWSON Staff/Ottawa


his was one of the worst years ever for fusarium head blight in western Canadian spring wheat — a sobering backdrop to the 8th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight, held here last month. More than 200 scientists from Canada, the U.S., Germany, England, Australia, Switzerland and beyond reviewed the latest research into fusarium head blight, a yield- and quality-robbing fungal disease. “The 2016 western Canadian wheat harvest is potentially the worst on record for fusarium head blight (FHB) damage and DON (deoxynivalenol, a mycotoxin) levels in many crop districts,” Canadian National Millers Association president Gordon Harrison told the meeting. “Fusarium damage is 1.5 to five times more than experienced in recent years.” The U.S. suggests flour contain no more DON than one part per million and some millers and food processors may demand less. “A significant portion of the (Canada Western Amber) durum (CWAD) wheat harvest (used to make pasta) may be unmarketable as milling grade,” Harrison said. No. 2 and 3 Canada Western Red Spring wheat (CWRS) — Canada’s top bread-making wheat — also has high levels of DON, he said. Downgrading could cost Prairie farmers $1 billion in lost revenue, Harrison estimated. Presumably some of those losses will be offset by crop insurance payments and some farmers might be eligible for aid under AgriStability. Still it’s a huge economic hit, and not just for farmers, but grain companies that will have less wheat to sell and disappointed customers with long memories. “The predominant degrading factor this year is fusarium,” said Tom Graefenhan, the Canadian Grain Commission’s microbiology program manager. “I think it is important not to panic. We continue to work on the issues in a co-ordinated and dedicated way.” Durum wheat, which is more susceptible to FHB than other spring wheats, has been hard hit in southwestern Saskatchewan, where FHB isn’t usually a problem because of drier weather. Based on preliminary data collected from the grain commission’s harvest sample survey, about 40 per cent of the durum wheat still making food grade has been downgraded due to FHB and 25 per cent has been downgraded to below food grade. The data shows the percentage of fusarium-damaged kernels (FDK) — a measure of disease severity — hit a new high in Saskatchewan in 2016. The severity in Manitoba and Alberta wasn’t as bad as several previous years (see graph).

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However, FHB is wider spread in all three provinces than ever before and the trend line is rising. The combination of more disease — and in many areas greater damage within fields — is making it harder for grain companies

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Widespread fusarium head blight damage could cost western Canadian wheat growers an estimated $1 billion, Gordon Harrison, president of the Canadian National Millers Association, told a fusarium conference. to find good wheat to blend with heavier-damaged lots, Graefenhan said. “It is probably the biggest challenge we’ve had in wheat supply in 21 years of contracting,” said Bob Beard, cereal development director for Warburtons, the United Kingdom’s biggest baker. “You cannot use wheat that is over specification (for DON). We are lucky to be working with our farmers and the companies we are and have been able to secure additional supplies to make good the shortfall. But in some areas 60 per cent of our program is not usable, which mirrors probably what you’re seeing elsewhere on the Prairies.” Warburtons imports around 190,000 tonnes of high-quality, identity-preserved spring wheat from Western Canada annually to blend with a similar volume of U.K. wheat to make bread. While Warburtons expects to get enough western Canadian wheat to meet its needs in 201617, it will be tight, Beard said. “It’s not all bad. There are some regions where some of our farmers have growing surplus and we have taken that surplus gladly. But in other areas it has been decimated.” FHB’s spread is worrisome, Harrison said. His member mills need about three million tonnes of domestically produced wheat annually.

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More FHB will require more testing and increased costs for millers, he said. Harrison also noted DON hasn’t caused an adverse health problem in Canada in 25 years, and he doesn’t expect any now. Canada’s grading system uses fusarium-damaged kernels (FDK) as a proxy for DON, but Harrison said since the traditional correlation between the two no longer exists grades should be based on DON levels instead of FDK. Sheryl Tittlemier, the grain commission’s grain safety program manager, says correlation still exists, but given the concerns the agency will investigate further. The Alberta Wheat Commission recently suggested grades be based on DON levels, which would require testing at the elevator. Grain exporters are doing some of that now, as well as testing a portion of loaded cars “to avoid surprises,” said Rhyl Doyle, Paterson Global Foods’ director of export trading. More testing is a good idea, University of Minnesota plant pathologist Ruth Dill-Macky told the meeting, as food markets decrease their tolerance for mycotoxins. “I think that is going to necessitate us implementing high-speed mycotoxin testing at sales points

in order to segregate grain lots in years when we do have lots of fusarium head blight so we can keep the toxins, as best we can, out of grain streams and not be commingling lots that may have different levels of toxin in them,” she said. FHB is on the rise because of the weather (the disease thrives under warm, moist conditions), increased corn production (corn also produces FHB) and more conservation tillage (FHB persists in wheat residue).

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Farmers can’t control the weather and corn and reduced tillage aren’t going away, she said. But there are things farmers can do to manage FHB with an integrated approach. It starts with encouraging farmers to grow wheats that are more FHB tolerant. “Eliminating susceptible cultivars is really key to preventing this disease from gaining traction,” Dill-Macky said. “And while we can make incredible strides in developing germplasm that has resistance, it’s important for us to remember that there are still varieties out there that are moderately susceptible or more susceptible and it is actually very important for us to find ways to discourage growers from having those, or discourage wheat breeders from releasing those varieties, so we can have varieties

that are resistant or moderately resistant on the vast majority of acreage.” Farmers also have better fungicides to control FHB, including Prosaro, Caramba and Proline. But they must apply them at the right time — within seven days of flowering, using 20 gallons of water per acre to get good coverage. Dill-Macky recommended spraying in the evening or morning so dew can help get the product on the wheat heads. Farmers also need to know some of those fungicides also contain strobilurins, which control leaf spots, but can increase DON levels, even when applied pre-heading. Plant breeders and molecular scientists are searching hard for new forms of FHB resistance. The more resistant a variety is the less FHB will be able to colonize its residue, she said. A wide range of transgenic genes have and are being tested but “we haven’t seen the silver bullet and I don’t think that is really going to happen. However, increased regulation is making it harder to field test genetically modified wheat.” “I think we have some potential to make progress in this area if we aren’t challenged... by the legal side of doing things,” DillMacky said.



Grading changes in fababeans, chickpeas and wheat Alterations are aimed to improve food safety and overall quality STAFF


s of Aug. 1, 2017, all grades of fababeans and chickpeas grown in Western Canada will have an ergot tolerance of 0.05 per cent. A similar change comes into effect for eastern Canadian fababeans a month earlier. While ergot is a cereal disease and does not occur in these crops, cross-contamination can occur during handling. Adding a tolerance for ergot in fababeans and chickpeas will help guarantee the safety of Canadian grain. A tolerance of 0.05 per cent is consistent with the other pulses in the Official Grain Grading Guide. The tolerance for grasshopper and army worm damage in No. 3 Canada Western Red Spring, No. 3 Canada Western Hard White Spring and No. 3 Canada Northern Hard Red wheat will be tightened from eight per cent to six per cent, also effective Aug. 1,

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2017. The tolerance for grasshopper and army worm damage was tightened after research showed that eight per cent grasshopper and army worm damage can impact end-use functionality. These changes are based on recommendations made to the Canadian Grain Commission by the Eastern Standards Committee and the Western Standards Committee at their meetings in November. The Canadian Grain Commission also reiterated its commitment to continuing to evaluate new technologies for objectively assessing grain for factors such as deoxynivalenol (DON). Following the recommendations of the Eastern Standards Committee and the Western Standards Committee, the Canadian Grain Commission has adopted new standard samples, which are the samples against which crops are compared for official grading, for: • Soybeans, No. 1 Canada Yellow • Peas, No. 1 Canada Yellow • Peas, No. 2 Canada Yellow • Peas, No. 2 Canada Green Following the recommendations of the Western Standards Committee, the Canadian Grain Commission has adopted new mildew guides for: • Wheat, No. 1 Canada Western Red Spring • Wheat, No. 2 Canada Western Red Spring • Wheat, No. 3 Canada Western Red Spring • Wheat, No. 1 Canada Western Amber durum • Wheat, No. 2 Canada Western Amber durum • Wheat, No. 3 Canada Western Amber durum • Wheat, No. 1 Canada Western Red Winter • Wheat, No. 2 Canada Western Red Winter The new standard samples and guide samples took effect Nov. 15, 2016. Standard samples and guide samples previously adopted for other grades and grains will continue to be used.

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China will remain key Canadian soybean market Recent trade mission suggests demand for food and feed soybeans will continue to grow in that country BY ALEX BINKLEY AF contributor


hina is going to be an important and growing market for all types of Canadian soybeans for the foreseeable future. Soy Canada says it was told loud and clear during a recent trade mission to China that both food and feed soybeans will continue to be in demand. China is Canada’s largest export market, consuming about 28 per cent of the soy-

beans shipped abroad. Exports of beans and soy products hit 1.2 million tonnes, worth $588 million in 2015. “The market continues to grow starting at zero 20 years ago,” Jim Everson, Soy Canada’s executive director, said. “They buy beans from both Eastern and Western Canada.” Soy Canada participated in the early-November trade mission led by Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay. “We expect exports of both commodity and food-grade soybeans to the region to increase,”

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Beyond the soup, yellow peas show promise Adding yellow pea flour to recognized products like instant noodles can help improve nutritional value BY SHANNON VANRAES

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he phrase “eat your peas” is about to take on a whole new meaning. Researchers in Winnipeg are finding ways to add yellow pea flour to food products consumers are starting to view as unhealthy — such as breads, instant noodles, pasta and breakfast cereal — to give them a healthy kick. With funding from Pulse Canada and the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Council, the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) has taken on the challenge. “The whole purpose of the project is to take a look at using pulse ingredients as a very nutritious way to improve food products that are under pressure right now in the food industry,” said Heather Hill, project manager for pulse flour milling and food applications at Cigi. “So we are looking at using yellow pea flour to improve the protein, the fibre, micronutrients and even the glycemic response of different food products.” Building on four years of previous Cigi research, Hill is now working to refine milling methods and find ways to increase the nutritional value of foods like instant noodles, extruded snacks and breakfast cereal. One goal is to replace carbohydrates with protein. “Here in Canada we are seeing there is not really a lot of consumption of yellow peas, which

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is unfortunate, because they are such a healthy crop,” said Hill. “Protein is really important to consumers, especially when looking at things like breakfast cereals, so we’re incorporating yellow pea flour and yellow pea semolina into breakfast cereal formulations — this is really helping to boost up that protein content and protein really makes you feel full throughout the day, so it’s really important to get that nutrition and that nutrient into your food product early in the morning.” By adding 60 per cent yellow pea flour to a “Corn Pop”-style breakfast cereal, researchers at

Cigi have created a product with nearly 16 per cent protein. The average breakfast cereal only has about 3.5 per cent protein. Hill said they are now working to fine-tune taste, texture, size, colour and aerosol structure in the cereal. “We were really interested to look at how even the milling process might affect some of the quality attributes of the breakfast cereal,” she said, explaining that they’ve found treating yellow peas with heat prior to milling helps reduce the “pea taste” in the final product. As well, some products have an

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Wild birds aren’t the main avian flu threat — it’s biosecurity gaps Poultry producers need to be especially vigilant in fall as that’s when the disease is most prevalent in wild populations BY ALEX BINKLEY AF contributor


t turns out birds have a flu season, too. After years of studying the role of wild birds in outbreaks of avian influenza in domestic poultry flocks, one of Canada’s top public sector veterinarians says the bottom line is farmers need to be especially vigilant in autumn. “The main message from our research is for farmers to maintain good biosecurity measures in the fall when the birds are migrating,” said John Pasick, national veterinary science authority for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. “Pay close attention to every detail during that time because domestic flocks have little natural immunity to diseases.” Even when there is no direct contact between wild and farmed

birds, the weather or even small rodents can spread diseases carried by wild birds into poultry, he said. In one case in Saskatchewan, pond water transmitted an infectious disease. Pasick has worked as a veterinary virologist with CFIA and Agriculture Canada for 24 years, including 18 years at the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease in Winnipeg. He was a World Organization for Animal Health Reference Laboratory expert for avian influenza and classical swine fever. A turning point was an outbreak of avian influenza in B.C. in 2004 that gained national attention because it came just a year after BSE was found in Canada, he said. Since then, researchers have been compiling data on disease outbreaks — including questioning farmers whose flocks were affected — and tracking migration patterns of wild birds.

Wild birds typically carry ‘low-path’ versions of avian flu, but once inside a poultry barn, the disease can become highly pathological and spread rapidly.   PHOTO: THINKSTOCK One of their key findings is that breakdowns in biosecurity are a frequent contributor to the incident. Basically what happens is a low-pathological disease in wild birds mutates into a highpathological outbreak in farmed

flocks kept indoors, said Pasick. (Backyard poultry flocks are less affected by diseases from wild birds because they are more diverse in age.) Every outbreak in Canada is closely studied and scientists are working with their U.S. coun-

terparts to better understand transmission patterns and what causes a low-pathological disease in the wild to become much deadlier in poultry flocks. It’s a global problem and waterfowl receive special attention from researchers, said Pasick.

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Alberta Agriculture is sponsoring two-day farm transition and succession workshops in January and February. “The January session will be led by the Alberta Business Family Institute,” said provincial farm business management specialist Dean Dyck. “Topics include gathering information, evaluating financial needs, designing a succession and estate plan, and family communication.” Day 2 in February will feature a local accountant, lawyer and financial planner. The workshops will be held in Lethbridge, Airdrie, Lacombe, Camrose, Vermilion, Westlock, and Grande Prairie. To register, call 1-800-387-6030. — AAF

Pound for pound, what is the best firewood? Actually, they’re all the same. “The main variation between different species is the tree density, which means they have different calorific values (amounts of heat) per volume of wood,” said bioenergy/agroforestry specialist Toso Bozic. “A cubic foot of air-dried white birch weighs about 16 kilograms, while the same volume of white spruce weighs about 11 kilograms.” The other difference is coniferous species such as pine and spruce contain more resin and that can create creosote buildup. To avoid creosote buildup, ensure there is enough oxygen so the wood is completely burned. — AAF

Building public trust is a job for everyone HEARTLAND Be open and honest, and don’t forget that listening is part of true conversations, says communications expert Kim McConnell BY JENNIFER PAIGE Staff


hen it comes to building public trust, the message needs to come from every player in the agriculture and food value chain. “We need a co-ordinated approach when it comes to building trust with consumers because fragmentation reduces our strength, reduces our efficiency and reduces our effectiveness,” said Kim McConnell, founder and former CEO of Calgary-headquartered AdFarm, one of the largest agricultural marketing communications firms in North America. McConnell spoke to attendees at the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association’s national conference last month about how agriculture needs to develop better communication with the public in order to build trust in the industry and its products. “We have a challenge here in front of us,” McConnell said. “Less than one per cent of North America’s population is on the farm. They don’t know us and we don’t know them. Consumers think big is evil and technology is scary.” So where do you start when trying to do your part in building consumer trust? Have conversations with family and friends about what you do on your operations every day, and then take your story to a wider audience, said McConnell. “Getting involved in your value chains — as farmers, as industry

Get involved and keep the conversation real, Kim McConnell urged attendees at Canadian Forage and Grassland Association’s recent conference in Winnipeg.   PHOTO: JENNIFER PAIGE players and as an association — is vital. Then we need to tell our story. We need to learn from other industries, like forestry, that have been investing in public trust. What was their advice to us? To take this seriously, work as a whole and start now, before it’s too late.” It’s important the agriculture industry has a trustworthy assurance system that can demonstrate the operational procedures that are in place and then communicate that to the consumer. “If we don’t tell anyone about the good things we are doing,

it won’t make any difference,” McConnell said. “We need to have a communication program that supports us and we must do all of this on a foundation of transparency.” When it comes to communicating what you are doing on your operation, McConnell suggested being as honest as you can be, talk about what you know, and don’t shy away from controversial issues because in most cases, that is the information the public needs to hear the most. “When we are speaking up about our industry we need to be

positive, know who you are really talking to, what their concerns are and be able to address those concerns,” he said. “Talk about what you know and use your own farm or experiences to provide some easy-to-understand examples with common language, not just ag lingo. “We need to speak up and invite discussions. The fact that you don’t know all the answers don’t worry about that. Say, ‘I don’t know, let me find the answer.’ Don’t BS, never guess or generalize — that is the only way to truly begin to build trust.”

And don’t tell a consumer all of the details of what you do on your operation. Instead, have a conversation around their concerns. “Remember, it’s a two-way street here,” McConnell said. “Communicating is more than just telling the consumer our story. It is also about listening to the consumer and tangibly demonstrating trust building.” Organizations need to make sure their industry partners know all about the sector’s story. “Make sure your colleagues in the value chain understand your story and the contributions that you make. Make sure your story is provided to these amplifier groups that can take your story to the consumer and educate audiences.” That’s one of the goals of the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association, said executive director Cedric MacLeod, and part of the reason why the organization brought McConnell in to speak. “We have a fantastic story to tell, we have heard this throughout the entire conference,” said MacLeod. “What we haven’t done is gather up those stories and put them in a cohesive package that the rest of the value chain can pick up and spread through their networks. So that will be a major focus for us moving forward. “It is important for us to be an active part of the value chain and play our role. It is not just one group that is going to lead this charge, it needs to be everyone pulling their weight.”

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Manitoba farmers warned to watch for Palmer amaranth The herbicide-resistant version of the invasive weed is a ‘game changer’ if it gets into your fields NDSU release




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orth Dakota extension personnel are warning farmers on that side of the border of the arrival of the invasive weed Palmer amaranth. The North Dakota Department of Agriculture and North Dakota State University Extension Service are advising farmers to scout new conservation plantings for Palmer amaranth, a very aggressive weed that has plagued cropland production in the U.S. South and Midwest. Palmer amaranth is a type of pigweed that has devastated crops in many states. In some areas, herbicide costs have more than doubled, while producers have not obtained complete control of the weed. In Iowa, Minnesota and other states, Palmer amaranth recently has been found in many counties where native seed mixes used for pollinator or wildlife habitats inadvertently contained Palmer amaranth seed. In Georgia, most cotton acres have to be hand-weeded because the weed no longer can be controlled with glyphosate. “Landowners are encouraged to check their fields and contact the North Dakota Department of Agriculture or NDSU Extension Service if a plant is suspected to be Palmer amaranth,” said Brian Jenks, North Central Research Extension Center weed scientist. “The plant should be growing and identifiable prior to hard frosts.” Palmer amaranth has several unique characteristics that make it hard to control. In optimum conditions, Palmer amaranth has a rapid growth rate, and can grow two to three inches per day and reach six to eight feet tall. One plant can produce up to one million seeds. While most weeds have a short emergence window in the spring, Palmer amaranth can emerge

throughout the growing season. One of the most troubling characteristics is that it is very prone to developing resistance to herbicides. Some populations are known to be resistant to at least five different herbicide modes of action, including glyphosate.

Palmer amaranth has several unique characteristics that make it hard to control.

Palmer amaranth’s distinguishing characteristics are: • I t has very little hair on the leaves and stem, compared with redroot pigweed. • The petioles are typically as long or longer than the leaf blade. • I t is dioecious, meaning it has separate male and female plants. • T he female plants have spiny bracts at the leaf axils. • Flowering heads are unbranched and one to two feet long. • The heads of the female plant are sharp (spiny) to the touch, while the male heads are soft. Given the history of Palmer amaranth in other locations, learning to identify it so new infestations can be controlled is important for farmers and agronomists, Jenks says. “This weed is a game changer and will be controlled only by a zero-tolerance policy,” he adds. “Landowners should confirm that any purchased seed does not contain Palmer amaranth.” For more information on Palmer amaranth, including how to identify it, go to https://www.

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U.S. grain exports slide after Trump win batters Mexican peso Lower peso means higher cost for Mexican buyers of U.S. grain By Karl Plume CHICAGO/Reuters


exican demand for U.S. grain imports has slumped along with the country’s sinking peso as buyers withdrew from the market amid soaring costs in the week since Donald Trump won the presidential election, traders and industry analysts said. Corn prices in pesos jumped more than 10 per cent overnight for the top U.S. customer as the surprise election result sent the currency plunging to an all-time low against the dollar, they said. “People are just waiting for the dust to settle and trying to get a better feel of where the currency markets are going,” said a U.S. corn exporter who asked not to be named. Trading desk phones that were ringing

Record stocks to keep food prices low in 2017 — Rabobank Record-high stocks should keep world food prices low during 2017 even as inflation starts to rise in many developed economies, says agribusiness bank Rabobank. Staple food commodities such as wheat, corn and soybeans are being stored in record volumes, keeping a lid on the prices which are expected to be paid to farmers next year. Rising global demand should, however, stem a three-year decline in prices, the bank said. “The global population is growing and prosperity is rising, fuelling the switch to more expensive meat and dairy-rich diets. In our view global food prices should in the main hold up, even if farmers are braced for little or no commodity price growth during the year,” said Stefan Vogel, Rabobank’s head of agricommodity markets. But much could depend on China, which has huge stocks of many commodities including corn, wheat and soybeans. “The most striking wild card in this is China... Any decision by China’s policy-makers to begin selling down these reserves would have a profound effect on world markets as Chinese imports would decline,” Vogel said. — Reuters

regularly before the election went quiet in the days that followed, he said. Data showing lower sales to Mexico is likely in upcoming weekly reports, trade sources said, noting the immediate postelection reports would show a flurry of buying to beat the peso drop. Mexico bought 709,261 tonnes of U.S. corn in the week prior to the election, three times the average volume over the preceding month, USDA data showed. Traders said it remained too soon to gauge how longer-term trade patterns could shift, but stressed that Mexico has few other options for grain and will continue to be largely reliant on its northern neighbour. “As a country, we are short about 10 million tonnes of corn or more every year. We don’t see many imports other than U.S. corn and I don’t see how that can change,” said an importer at a corn mill in Mexico,

who asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak with media. Cheap rail freight and zero-duty imports typically make U.S. corn much less expensive than grain hauled in bulk ocean vessels from South America or Europe. Producers of tortillas and other cornbased products will initially absorb the higher cost of grain, but would likely pass it along to consumers if the peso remains weak, he said. Trump has expressed a desire to rip up or renegotiate trade agreements including the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, which lowers barriers on trade between Mexico and the United States. Mexico is the top U.S. market for corn and pork, and a major buyer of U.S. wheat and soybeans. The country surpassed Japan in U.S. corn imports last season and its purchases this year are already 44 per cent ahead of the same time in 2015.

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Poultry and milk imports fire up processor-producer spat Ingredient pricing disagreement wasn’t causing any sparks in recent times but it was always in the background BY ALEX BINKLEY AF contributor


ood processors and supplymanaged farmers are upset with each other again, over border controls for ingredients. Consultations launched by Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay on contentious agrifood border issues brought the old dispute back into public view. The minister said the consultations will examine potential changes to the Duties Relief and the Import for Re-Export programs. As well, the federal government is looking for ways to improve inventory reporting to better track the level of imports. Chicken Farmers of Canada has pressed the government to more strictly monitor imports of broiler meat deliberately mislabelled as spent fowl, while Dairy Farmers of Canada is concerned about shipments of diafiltered milk, produced in the U.S., to circumvent Canadian limits on milk imports. However, Food Processors of Canada (FPC) says those problems are a matter of border enforcement not the operation of the duties program. It says the issue that needs to be dealt with

  pHOTO: thINKSTOCK is the failure of the farm groups to provide processors with ingredients that will enable them to be internationally competitive. It has been voicing this complaint for years. “Manufacturers would rather buy Canadian dairy and poultry, but producers are uninterested in supporting our export ambitions,” says the letter signed by FPC president Christopher Kyte. The duties program “allows all manufacturers to purchase

inputs at the lowest possible prices and to export finished products at the best prices.” CFC chairman David Janzen disagrees. “Our farmers and processors have been afflicted by leakages in the market that have been occurring for many years now, meaning they face uncertainty in their own production, and consumers face uncertainty in the safety of their food,” he said. “We are hopeful that a mean-

ingful consultation process will result in changes benefiting the chicken sector in Canada.” MacAulay has promised action on the issue for months. No timeline was attached to the consultations, but they’re expected to continue into the new year. While proclaiming the government’s strong support for supply management, MacAulay announced the government wants to address the concerns of import predictability and effective border controls for supplymanaged commodities. It also wants to ensure that Canadian processors that use dairy and poultry inputs can remain competitive in export markets. The Duties Relief Program enables qualified companies to import goods without paying duties, as long as they later export the goods. Earlier this year, Canada Border Services Agency verifications found that five participants in the Duties Relief Program were passing off spent fowl as chicken broiler meat and suspended their import permits. Chicken Farmers says the duties program administered by the Canadian Border Services Agency “was not designed for agriculture goods and does not provide adequate safeguards.”

Analyst sees big rise in Ukraine’s 2017 rapeseed crop Ukraine’s rapeseed harvest is likely to rise to as much as 1.7 million tonnes next year from around 1.2 million tonnes this year thanks to a larger sowing area, analyst UkrAgroConsult said Nov. 21. Poor weather last autumn and this spring reduced the area sown for the 2016 rapeseed harvest to around 450,000 hectares from about 670,000 hectares in 2015. “Weather conditions were quite favourable for winter rapeseed planting, more than 85 per cent of its area was seeded within the optimum time,” the consultancy said in a statement. It said the 2017 rapeseed area could rise to 844,000 hectares. “In view of the present state of winter rapeseed in Ukraine, we currently forecast the 2017 harvest within a range of 1.4 million to 1.7 million tonnes,” it added. Ukraine exports most of its rapeseed harvest, mostly to European countries. — Reuters


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AMR challenge prompts new strategy One researcher says it’s better to give the immune system a fighting chance BY ALEX BINKLEY

“Bacteria are very clever when they encounter something attempting to stop them.”

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t may be better to knock disease down, instead of out. That’s the heart of a new strategy to treat bacterial diseases in humans and animals, curbing their virulence rather than using antibiotics to wipe out the bacteria that causes them, and possibly contributing to the mushrooming challenge of antimicrobial resistance, or AMR. The goal is to prevent bacteria from developing resistance to medicines, says Natalie Strynadka, a biochemistry professor at the University of British Columbia and part of a team working under the auspices of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. “Bacteria are very clever when they encounter something attempting to stop them,” she said, adding that with enough exposure to medicines, it’s inevitable bacteria will develop AMR. “The best strategy is to reduce any use of antimicrobials in humans or animals. The less you use, the better off we’ll be in the long term.” Treatments would enable the human or animal to become healthy enough to recover from the disease without using antimicrobials. Researchers are also looking for weak spots in resistant bacteria that might be exploited by tweaking medicines,

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Bacteria like this Streptobacillus caught on film through microphotography, are extremely good at evading control measures and developing resistance.   PHOTO: THINKSTOCK she said. She also said there needs to be more collaboration among government, drug makers, the medical community, veterinarians and farmers on combating antimicrobial resistance. While the livestock industry in Canada has worked to reduce its use of class one and two medicines, the most important to

Ross scholarship winners chosen T wo Ontario producers are this year’s winners of the Robert L. Ross Memorial Scholarship, allowing them to attend the CTEAM program. CTEAM stands for Canadian Total Excellence in Agricultural Management and is managed by Agri-Food Management Excellence. During the program, farmers learn detailed financial, marketing and human relations management skills, using their own operation as a case study. Ross was instrumental in establishing the CTEAM program. Peter Jennen of Thamesville and Scott Thom of Denfield will each receive $8,250 to be applied towards tuition and travel expenses. Applications for the next set of scholarships are due in September 2017 — for details see — AME release

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New edition of classic Alberta cookbook on sale H ardy farm-style recipes are the focus of Meals in the Field, a new cookbook from United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative. Recipes were submitted throughout the summer by UFA members, customers, agents and employees. The 184-page cookbook is also a modern version of UFA’s original cookbook, first published in 1928

announced proposals from animal health and livestock groups. They include ending own-use imports by farmers of livestock drugs from the United States, requiring veterinary supervision of all prescription medicines used on farms and ending growth promotional claims. Last month, Health Minister Jane Philpott announced that Canada is contributing $9 million to a World Health Organization project to develop a comprehensive global approach to combating the problem. The Public Health Agency says antimicrobial resistance is one of the most serious public health threats to the treatment of infectious diseases worldwide. If action is not taken now, annual worldwide human deaths due to antimicrobial resistance could reach an estimated 10 million by 2050, overtaking deaths due to diabetes and cancer combined.

by the United Farm Women of Alberta. That book went through nine editions and eventually sold over 125,000 copies. The new edition includes recipes from the original cookbook. It can be purchased at the coop’s petroleum agencies, farm and ranch supply stores and the UFA Calgary support office (seventh floor reception) for $20. — UFA release

humans, no farmer wants to let his or her animals or poultry suffer needlessly when treatment is available, she noted. “We have to acknowledge that it’s more expensive to raise livestock without using antimicrobials,” said Strynadka. Most agri-food groups expect Health Canada will implement previously


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Produce sector needs help with CFIA changes Low margins in the industry leave little capacity to cover rising research costs if an existing formula is scrapped BY ALEX BINKLEY AF contributor


weeping regulatory changes at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and limited funds for research are among the challenges facing fruit and vegetable growers, says Ron Lemaire, president of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association. “The foundation for Canada’s fresh produce supply chain is made up of approximately 25,000 small-, medium- and large-size farms that produce vegetables, fruits and potatoes,” he told the Commons agriculture committee. “The produce industry is one of narrow margins with little bandwidth to absorb rising costs. “It’s critical to the sustainability of the industry that research and innovation enable the industry to increase its productivity and reduce costs.”

Canadian vegetable growers say they need to meet changing demand for new crops like sweet potato and bok choy.  PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

There are fears within the industry that the research funding model of 75 per cent government and 25 per cent industry funding could be terminated by the federal and provincial governments. “There is little ability in our industry to increase the dollars devoted to these research projects at this time,” said Lemaire. “A decrease in the ratio of the government contribution for research projects will only have an effect of decreasing the number of projects overall.” With the introduction of regulations to implement the Safe Food for Canadian Act imminent, the agri-food industry is looking for support “to meet the new requirements being delivered in the coming years,” Lemaire said.



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“Given the substantial investment that our federal and provincial governments will be making under this framework, it is important to ensure that the regulatory burdens are not counterproductive to our efforts. A responsive, sciencebased regulatory framework that allows for the timely approval of new ingredients, product and processes, is essential.” The industry also has international market access concerns for fresh produce because of the non-tariff barriers related to food safety or plant health it faces. “Industry alone cannot meet the requirements of foreign governments in these areas.” As well, pest-management products being used in other countries are being deregistered here and without new plantprotection tools, it’ll be “hard for our growers to be competitive,” he said. He said that in 2013, the fresh fruit and vegetable sector supported over 147,000 jobs, created $11.4 billion in real GDP and contributed $1.3 billion in personal income tax and $840 million in corporate taxes.



Humans raised dairy animals for longer than thought It appears our link to milk-producing animals dates back to the onset of agriculture STAFF


team of scientists and archeologists has discovered widespread evidence of prehistoric milk production in southern Europe. The study, a collaboration between the U.K.’s University of York, the University of Bristol, and France’s Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, uncovered evidence that humans have been utilizing milk and dairy products across the northern Mediterranean region from the onset of agriculture — some 9,000 years ago. The importance of meat and dairy production in the Neolithic Mediterranean area remains a topic of debate, with previous research showing that the attraction for milk may have been a driving force for the domestication of cud-chewing animals like cows, goats and sheep.

This study combined evidence of the presence of milk and carcass fats in more than 500 pottery vessels together with an examination of the ages at death of domesticated animals excavated from 82 sites dating from the seventh- to fifth-millennia BC. The findings show varying intensities of dairying and non-dairying activities in the northern Mediterranean region, with the slaughter profiles of the animals mirroring the fats detected in cooking pots. Cynthianne Spiteri, who conducted the residue analysis as part of her PhD at the University of York’s department of archeology, said: “At the onset of food production in the northern Mediterranean region, milk was an important resource to these early farming communities.” The research and locations where evidence was found may help explain why human populations exhibit varying degrees of lactose tolerance.

Olymel acquires Alberta hog-farming operation Pinnacle Farms deal commits supply to Olymel’s Red Deer plant and will mean more finishing in Alberta Staff


ork and poultry processor Olymel has tightened the links in the hog supply chain for its Alberta pork plant by buying supplier Pinnacle Farms. Olymel, the meat-packing arm of Quebec’s La Coop federee, bought Standardbased Pinnacle, including all its hog inventory, for an undisclosed sum. Olymel has set a goal of producing more than 1.5 million hogs annually in Western Canada by 2020, said CEO Rejean Nadeau. Pinnacle has 30 employees and its assets include highhealth sow barns, nursery barns, finishing barns, and a quarantine barn. Olymel said it will also lease finishing farms near Medicine Hat. “Pinnacle has been supplying finishing hogs to Olymel for more than four years, so our two companies have had time to get to know one another,” said Pinnacle director Ron Arnason. The deal, he said, “opens the door to the company’s further development, and will enable it to serve new markets.”

Olymel has acquired hot supplier Pinnacle Farms of Standard as part of its ongoing effort to expand production in Western Canada.   PHOTO:

According to Pinnacle’s business partner, Verus Swine Management Services of Calgary, Pinnacle’s high-health capacity includes two 3,000head sow barns, 20,000 nursery spaces, and 10,500 finishing spaces, built in 2000. Olymel said the deal will increase its available sow count in Western Canada to 52,000 and will also allow it to

deliver 100,000 more hogs per year to its processing plant at Red Deer. Those pigs, Olymel said, were previously sold as isoweans and feeders to other buyers in Alberta and the U.S. To turn the additional pigs into market hogs, Olymel will also need 30,000 contract finishing spaces through “new or existing capacity” in Alberta.

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Dairying appears to have existed from the dawn of human agriculture.   PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

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aura Bodell got a chance to see agriculture from a new perspective when she won a scholarship to attend the Commonwealth Agriculture Conference in Singapore this fall. “I had a particular interest in attending this conference since I’m chair of the International Agricultural Business Centre during Farmfair,” said Bodell. The Sherwood Park resident, who has a background in the beef industry, also runs Bella Spur Innovative Media, a company that provides communication services to agricultural and rural businesses. It was her first trip to Asia, and gave her a perspective you don’t get in a country where farming is increasingly a million-dollar enterprise. “One of the things that I learned was that only 30 per cent of the world’s food production is produced by modern agriculture in developed countries — 70 per cent is grown by small holders in developing countries,” she said. “I thought it (modern production) was a much larger percentage, so that was an interesting stat for me.” Bodell and Clayton Schafers, an accountant from Edmonton involved with the Canadian Finals Rodeo, both won scholarships from Northlands and conference hosts, the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth. Northlands will play host to the next conference in November 2018 during Farmfair. One of the highlights for Bodell was attending the Next Generation summit pre-conference, which brought together about 70 participants under the age of 40 from a variety of Commonwealth countries. Participants all had connections to their local agricultural shows. The Next Generation’s initiative has a knowledge-sharing and information exchange programs, and further exposes members to global agriculture. Last year, several members toured farms in Papua New Guinea, and ended up doing some on-the-fly agricultural extension work.


Clayton Schafers, Laura Gadowsky (deputy president of the Royal Agricultural Society), Heather Shewchuk of Northlands, and Laura Bodell in Singapore.   PHOTO: SUPPLIED “They stopped at a farm that had had their sweet potatoes hailed out, and taught the guy how to silage it so he could feed his livestock,” said Bodell. “I hadn’t considered the opportunity to do extension in agriculture in developing countries; to go and assist with learning. Something as simple as teaching them to silage a crop that has failed makes all the difference to their bottom line at the end of the day or their ability to feed their family.” The Commonwealth Agricultural Conference, which drew about 250 participants, also gave Bodell a chance to learn about initiatives being undertaken by agricultural societies around the world. The National Western Stock Show in Denver, has revitalized itself by partnering with the municipal government and Colorado State University to rebuild its centre as a year-round agricultural education facility. The agricultural society in Brisbane, Australia, partnered with an urban developer and has a parkade that can be converted into cattle barns for shows. “I think there are some really innovative things going on to keep agriculture at the forefront in urban centres,” said Bodell. “This is something that is at the forefront of discussions for both Edmonton and Calgary right now.”

“Something as simple as teaching them to silage a crop that has failed makes all the difference to their bottom line at the end of the day or their ability to feed their family.” Laura Bodell

Participants also toured an organic vegetable producer, Singapore’s first urban farming rooftop project, and a goat farm that incorporated water treatment and waste recycling. A special highlight for Bodell was getting to hear Princess Anne, who is president of the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth. “She’s funny and well educated on agriculture and asks intelligent questions,” said Bodell. “If you were a speaker, you had to present to Princess Anne and then field her questions afterward. She was really incredible.” The society, founded in 1957

by Prince Philip, is the only organization representing agriculture across the Commonwealth. It is a confederation of more than 50 national and regional agricultural show societies, agricultural associations and research bodies working in 24 Commonwealth countries. The Singapore conference was also attended by Northlands representatives Stacy Felkar, Heather Shewchuk, and Laura Gadowsky, now the deputy president of the Royal Agricultural Society for the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth Agriculture Conference is held every two years.

Dec. 6: Environmental Farm Plan and Growing Forward 2 Workshop, Seniors Centre, Hines Creek (also Dec. 8 in Eaglesham). Contact: Jen 780-835-6799 ext. 3 Dec. 6-7: Farming Smarter Conference, Medicine Hat Lodge, Medicine Hat. Contact: Jamie Puchinger 403-317-0022 Dec. 6-8: Farm Forum, Telus Conference Centre, Calgary. Contact: Erin Chmiel 403-3438288 Dec. 8: Getting Into Retail Workshop, Lacombe Provincial Building, Lacombe. Contact: Mark Shand 403-948-8507 Dec. 12: Marketing Essentials: Introduction to Marketing, Provincial Building, Stony Plain. Contact: Cindy Cuthbert 780-5385287 Dec. 13: Generating Electricity From the Sun, Killam Recreation Centre, Killam. Contact: Eric 587876-3121 Dec. 14-15: Hedging Commodity Marketing Course, Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, Nisku. Contact: Rick Taillieu 780-678-6167 2017 Jan. 9 and Feb. 6: Transition Planning Workshops for Farm and Ranch Families; 1715 Mayor Magrath Dr., Lethbridge (also Jan. 10/Feb. 7 in Airdrie; Jan. 11/ Feb. 8 in Lacombe; Jan. 12/Feb. 14 in Camrose; Jan. 16/Feb. 13 in Vermilion; Jan. 17/Feb. 14 in Westlock; and Jan. 18/Feb. 16 in Grande Prairie). Contact: Ag-Info Centre 1-800-387-6030 Jan. 13-15: 35th Anniversary Alberta Horse Conference, Sherwood Park Conference and Community Centre, Sherwood Park Conference and Community Centre. Contact: Horse Industry Association of Alberta 403-4205949 Jan. 14: Keeping Your Small Flock Healthy, Peavey Mart Head Office, Red Deer (also Jan. 28 in Whitecourt). Contact: Dr. Chunu Mainali 780-415-9624

Forage champion Doug Wray receives national award


Doug Wray

rricana rancher and longterm forage advocate Doug Wray is the winner of the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association’s 2016 Leadership Award. “Wray is committed to continued education about grassland and forages,” the association said in a news release. “He travels extensively locally and abroad to observe grassland, forage and livestock management; and frequently shares his innovative approaches at con-

ferences and to share his experiences.” Wray and wife Linda run 225plus cows; background and grass their calves; and raise their own replacements with yearlings going to a custom lot. Over the years, they developed year-round grazing strategies such as rotational grazing, early grass varieties, stockpiled grass, bale grazing, swath grazing, and the right mix of livestock. In addition to serving on the board of the Foothills For-

age Co-op Association and the Alberta Forage Council, Wray was a driving force in the formation of the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association and served as its chair from 2010 to 2015. In addition, he has been involved with numerous organizations and conferences, including the CCA/ARECA National Grazing Mentor Program; the Western Canadian Grazing Conference; the Alberta Forage Variety Selection Committee;

the Western Forage Beef Group Producer Advisory Committee; the Expert Committee on Forages; the Canadian Forum on Forages and Rangelands; and the Canadian Beef Value Chain Roundtable. Earlier this year he was the recipient of the 2016 Alberta Forage Industry Network Leadership Award. The Leadership Award was established in 2012 to recognize and encourage leadership in the forage and grassland sector. — CFGA



Next edition of Cattlemen’s Young Leaders underway


lbertans make up more than half of this year’s crop of mentors and mentees in the 2016-17 Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program. The program, which began as a pilot in Alberta six years ago, matches 16 young people between the ages of 18 and 35 with experienced members of the beef sector. A selection committee matches mentors who can offer both guidance and industryspecific training that meets the interests and goals of the mentees. There are two streams in the program. The professional mentorship program is for young people just starting their careers in a beef-related profession. The industry leader mentorship is tailored to active beef producers who exhibit leadership potential and are interested in roles such as sitting on a provincial or national beef board. The program begins with mentees working with their mentors to develop a “road map” that sets out the goals they want to achieve during the year. Mentees are also given $2,000 for attending industry conferences and events. The 2016-17 mentors and mentees are: Graeme Finn (Madden) and Mel Hermanson (Hussar); Ryan Copithorne (Jumping Pound) and Madelaine Knodel (Seven Persons); Ryan Kasko (Lethbridge) and Jesse Williams (Hanna); Brenna Grant (Calgary) and Mona Howe (Empress); Leighton Kolk (Iron Springs) and Luke Marshall (Innisfail);

Deborah Wilson (Edmonton) and Grayden Kay (Lloydminster); Jeff and Lyndsay Smith (Taber) and Wilco van Meijl (Brandon, Man.); Carol Kitchen (Calgary) and KristyLayne Carr (La Broquerie, Man.); Darren Bevans (Raymond) and Kylie McRae (Forget, Sask.); Dr. Tom Smylie (Johnstown, Ont.) and Becky Tees (Cochrane); John Sullivan (Dunlap, Iowa) and Katie Songer (Sylvan Lake); Ryder Lee (Regina) and Jessica Sperber (Rimbey); Tim Hardman (Washington, D.C.) and Nicole Viste (Hanna); Hon. Ed Fast (Abbotsford, B.C.) and Ryan Scorgie (Kamloops, B.C.); Marty Seymour (Regina) and Roxanne Olynyk (Regina); Matthew Heneliak (Norwich, Ont.) and Jason Hurst (Guelph, Ont.). More than 80 young people have participated in the program. Applications for the 2017-18 program will open in January (for more information go to www.


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hanks to a $650,000 donation from Agrium, Agriculture for Life is undertaking its largest safety initiative — the Rural and Farm Safety Mobile Unit. The unit is a trailer with educational displays, and will be taken to rural schools, communities, fairs, and other events around North America to educate, encourage and promote farm safety to students and farm families. It will be used to highlight many hazards faced on the farm such as large equipment, water, grain, overhead power lines and underground infrastructure. It will also provide educational information around mitigating these and other risks. The unit will be designed so its content can be tailored to various audiences and expanded as needed. Digital applications will be utilized and allow for content sharing with like-minded organizations around the world.  “Farm safety is a priority for us at Agrium, and we are proud to work with Ag for Life and provide $650,000 capital funding for




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The Rural and Farm Safety Mobile Unit will highlight hazards on the farm and how to mitigate those risks.   PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: AG FOR LIFE the development of this Mobile Safety Unit,” said Leslie O’Donoghue, Agrium’s executive vice-president for corporate development and strategy and chief risk officer. The goal is to have the mobile safety unit on the road and attending events by September 2017. Ag for Life is currently seeking matched operational funding from additional sponsors in order to maximize program reach.

small-scale farmers for changing climate patterns through the adoption of conservation agriculture. “Our work at the Foodgrains Bank continues to be dominated by the needs of the Syrian refugees, that’s an ongoing disaster, which continues to occupy a lot of our attention, but we’re very glad that the supplies and the food that we provided for people who were struggling with drought in Africa has been useful,” said John Longhurst, the Foodgrains Bank’s director of resources and public engagement. “They now have rain, so it sounds like they are going to have a harvest again, so we got a lot of people through that tough time.” — Staff

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he federal government is renewing its partnership with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, promising $125 million to the organization over the next five years. In 2015-16, the Foodgrains Bank provided $43 million in assistance to roughly one million people in 40 countries through its extensive network of members and local partners. This funding will also support targeted nutritional interventions, such as specialized nutritional foods for pregnant and nursing mothers, as well as young children. Recent work has included helping people cope with drought in Africa and preparing

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If the flow starts to slow, contact a water well contractor Routine maintenance can extend the life of the well on your farm and ensure good water quality

Installing a larger pump can be a recipe for well failure Overpumping can lead to silt in water, plugged fixtures, biofouling, and even permanent aquifer damage Alberta Agriculture and Forestry release


The website has videos, fact sheets, and other resources on water wells.   PHOTO: Alberta Environment and Parks

Alberta Environment and Parks release


here’s no predicting how long a well will last. “Some wells can last for a very long time. I have worked on wells that are so old they quit making the parts for them in 1929,” said Rene Arts, a water well contractor from Westlock. “These aren’t the norm, but I still keep a stock of supplies on hand specifically to service these older wells.” If you notice a dramatic change in your water quality or a significant change in the flow rate of your well, you should contact a licensed well water contractor to determine what is causing the problem and what can be done about it. Common causes of well deterioration include mineral encrustation, sand pro-

duction, and biofouling. In all three cases, well deterioration occurs both to the well screen and casing, along with the surrounding formation itself. “If it’s a broken part, such as a pump, you can generally fix the problem,” said Arts. “If it’s a hole in the steel casing and it is 100 feet down, you likely have to replace the well.” If a new well needs to be drilled, choose a licensed contractor who has experience in your area and knows the local geology. There is no simple, short answer as to how long a water well will continue to produce an acceptable quantity of water of good quality. Routine maintenance can extend the life of your well and understanding your well can help you detect changes in water quality before it becomes a more serious problem.

“These aren’t the norm, but I still keep a stock of supplies on hand specifically to service these older wells.”

hen farm and acreage owners need more water, it is not uncommon for them to get more by installing a larger pump. While this is often done in an effort to save money, overpumping a well can be a very costly mistake. “Overpumping is one of the leading causes of premature well failure,” said provincial water specialist Dan Benson. “Unfortunately, we run into this situation all too often.” Overpumping can lead to premature well failure, but can also cause other issues. One is more sand and silt in the water, which reduces water quality and plugs up pump and plumbing fixtures. Overpumping can also lower the water in the well to the point where more air is drawn, and this promotes the growth of aerobic bacteria which can biofoul a well. In the worst-case scenario, you can create a low-pressure zone around the well, which can cause a cone of depression around it and cause permanent damage to the aquifer. When a well is drilled, a pump test is required that will provide information to the driller for determining a sustainable pumping rate. The driller will also recommend an optimal depth for pump placement. The online Alberta Water Well Information Database contains

“Overpumping is one of the leading causes of premature well failure.” Dan Benson

records of individual water well drilling reports and chemical analysis reports and can be used as a resource when you’re not sure where your original drilling report is. (It can be found at www.aep. — search for ‘well water database.’) “It’s important to understand how to read the drilling report,” said Benson. “Sometimes people will mistake the rate of pumping during the pump test for the recommended pump rate and that can be a problem.” It is up to the licensed well driller and the well owner to ensure that the pump is sized correctly so it cannot pull water faster than the rate at which the aquifer is capable of transmitting water. It is also a good idea to regularly monitor your well to identify any changes in both the static and pumping water levels. If you have a low-producing well, you can restrict the flow by installing a cistern or storage tank, along with a flow control valve, to prevent overpumping during times of peak consumption.

Rene Arts a water well contractor from Westlock

For information on topics such as well maintenance, how well systems work, and how groundwater affects them, go to www. The fall series of Working Well workshops is just ending, but you can request one for your area by calling 310-3773 or emailing ESRD.Info-Centre@

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$54,000 2010 New Holland 94C Header, 36 feet 710316

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CALL 2014 C238 Tracked Skid Steer Loader

2010 NH 36’ 94C, draper header . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $54,000 2011 NH 94C, 36’ DK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $49,000 MacDon 974, flex header 36’ CNH adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SOLD 2013 MacDon D65, 30’ draper table set up for CNH combine . . . . . . . . . . SOLD



2012 Boomer 50 Compact Tractor, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $28,000 NH TC 18, compact hydro, 4WD, 60 belly mount deck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7,200 1996 Agco Allis 6690, 3192 hrs, ldr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SOLD 1981 Versatile 875, 7600 hrs, Excellent rubber. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $22,500


$282,500 2011 New Holland SP365 Sprayer, 1600 gal, 120’, Comes with 3 yr, 3000hr power train warranty

2011 MacDon M150, c/w 30,D60 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In 2013 MacDon M155, c/w 25, or 30, D65 header . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In 2003 MacDon 9352, 30’ DBL, 2800 hrs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $42,800 MacDon 4952i, C/W 30’ header . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SOLD MacDon 2940, C/W 30’ header. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $48,000 2012 MacDon M105, c/w 30’ D65 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $125,000 (2) MacDon M200, c/w R80 disc header and D60 30’ header . . . . . . Coming In

$23,500 2003 Case RBX562 Round Baler




2011 NH SP365F, 1600 gal, 120’, Auto Steer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $282,500

SOLD $Call 2013 New Holland CR8090, 940hrs, MUST SEE! 804483


2002 NH 688, 10000 bales. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $14,500 2011 NH BR7090, 9700 bales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $21,000 CIH DCX131, 13’ pull type disk mower conditioner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $16,900 CIH RBX562, round baler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $23,500


Kongskilde grain vac,. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Call 2002 Supreme 900T, TMR feed wagon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $39,000 United Utility trailer tilt deck 2 #7000 lb axles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SOLD


2010 Agrex Maxi, 10 tonne fert spreader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $35,000 2015 NH ST830, 62’ cultivator as new 9” spacing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Call Flexi Coil 3450, var rate air cart TBH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $38,000 2000 New Holland P2070, precision drill 50’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming In NH/Flexi-Coil SC430, tow behind air tank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $45,000 New Holland P1050, tow behind air tank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coming in Salford 5129, 29’High speed Disc completely rebuilt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $99,900

We are seeking an



SOLD $Call 2013 MacDon D65 Header, 30’ Combine Header 805239


to sell farm equipment and provide customer service as a representative of Vanee Farm Centre.

New Holland SpeedRower 240 Windrower / Swather, Exc condition, must see! Includes NEW 36’ NH 436HB Header

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$Call 2012 New Holland CR8090 Combine, 1533hrs

“Southern Alberta’s New Holland Dealer since 1967” 510 – 36th. Street, North, Lethbridge, AB

Farm Centre Inc.

PHONE: (403) 327-1100 ALBERTA TOLL FREE: 1-800-565-0592 EMAIL:

JOHN BEYER JAKE PETERS Cell: 403-380-0488

Cell: 403-654-3243



USED FARM EQUIPMENT *For commercial use only. Offer subject to credit qualification and approval by CNH Industrial Capital Canada Ltd. See your New Holland dealer for details and eligibility requirements. CNH Industrial Capital Canada Ltd. standard terms and conditions will apply. Depending on model, a down payment may be required. Offer good through December 31, 2016, at participating New Holland dealers in Canada. Offer subject to change. Taxes, freight, set-up, delivery, additional options or attachments not included in price. © 2016 CNH Industrial Capital America LLC. All rights reserved. New Holland Agriculture is a trademark registered in the United States and many other countries, owned by or licensed to CNH Industrial N.V., its subsidiaries or affiliates. CNH Industrial Capital and New Holland Construction are trademarks in the United States and many other countries, owned by or licensed to CNH Industrial N.V., its subsidiaries or affiliates.




2009 Bourgault 3310, 65’, 10” ..... $128,000 2011 Bourgault 3310, 65’, 10” ..... $138,000 2010 Bourgault 3310, 75’, 12” ....... $95,000 2013 Bourgault 3320, 76’, 12” ..... $169,000 2013 Bourgault 3320, 75’, 12” ..... $139,000 2013 Bourgault 3710, 50’, 10” ..... $189,000 2002 Bourgault 5710, 47’, 10” ....... $49,900 2008 Bourgault 5710, 64’, 10” ....... $89,000 1997 Bourgault 5710, 54’, 9.8” ...... $38,000 1998 Bourgault 5710, 54’, 9.8” ...... $38,000 2003 Flexi-Coil 5000/3450, 57’, 9” . $89,000 2000 Flexi-Coil 6000/3450, 40’, 10”, Piller Openers ............ $115,000 2010 Flexi-Coil P2060, 60’, 10”...... $68,000 2011 NH P2070, 70’, 10” ............... $85,000 2008 NH SD550, 70’, 10” ............... $59,000 2008 CIH 700, 70’, 12” ................... $29,500 2007 CIH 700, 70’, 10” ................... $28,000

2005 Haybuster 2650 ..................... $14,900 2008 Miller A75............................ $139,500

2004 CIHRBX562, 12,600 Bales ... $13,800 2005 NH BR780, ........................... $13,500 2003 NH BR780, ........................... $11,800 2006 NH BR780A, ......................... $14,500 2010 NH BR7090 ........................... $29,500

2015 NH CX8080 , 135 Thr Hrs ... $419,000 2015 NH CX8080, 135 Thr Hrs ..... $419,000 2012 NH CX8080, 1037/748 hrs .. $278,000 2010 NH CX8080, 1875/1348 hrs $249,800 2010 NH CX8080, 1755/1237 hrs $249,800 2010 NH CX8080, 1722/1240 hrs $249,800 2009 NH CX8080, 1858/1430 hrs $215,000 2011 NH CX8080, 1072/854 hrs .. $258,000 2010 NH CX8080, 1000/900 hrs .. $228,000 2012 NH CR8090, 1144/917 hrs . $289,000 2012 NH CR8090, 1314/1041 hrs $299,000 2004 NH CX860, 2688/2035 hrs .. $119,000 2004 NH CX860, 3685/2869 hrs .... $98,000 2006 NH CX860, 2545/1895 hrs .. $118,000 1997 NH TX66, 3754/2781 hrs ....... $28,500 1998 NH TX66, 2796/2188 hrs ....... $48,000 1996 NH TR98, 2931/2211 hrs....... $39,000 1997 NH TR98, 2740/1934 hrs....... $38,000 1997 NH TR98, 2391/1622 hrs....... $39,000 2008 NH CR9070, 2279/1562 hrs $228,000 2010 NH CR9070, 1622/1199 hrs $179,500 2007 NH CR9070, 948/780 hrs .... $198,000 2007 NH CR9070, 1710/1253 hrs $179,000 2008 NH CR9070, 1434/1023 hrs $189,500 2008 NH CR9070, 1489/1020 hrs $195,000 2009 NH CR9070, 1597/1208 Hrs $179,000 2010 NH CR9070, 1300/1153 hrs $198,000 2010 NH CR9070, 1616/1190 hrs $189,000 2007 NH CR9070 ......................... $148,500 2009 NH CR9080, 1347/980 hrs .. $249,000 2011 NH CR9090, 1087/837 Hrs $299,000 2012 NH CR9090, 868/632hrs ..... $339,000 2012 NH CR9090, 811/576 hrs .... $369,000 2005 NH CR970, 2459/1821 hrs .. $138,000 2006 NH CR970, 1861/1300 hrs .. $149,000 2006 NH CR970, 1495/1159 hrs .. $178,000 2006 NH CR970, 1547/1219 hrs .. $159,000 2015 NH CR9.90E, 430/309 hrs ... $519,000 2015 NH CR9.90E, 366/268 hrs ... $529,000 2000 CIH8010, 1728/1322 hrs ..... $189,000 2013 JD S680, 933/653 hrs.......... $387,000 2007 JD 9860STS, 1627/1161 hrs$208,000



2007 Leon 4000 STX425- Frameless$13,800 2011 Leon Q5000 STX Quad ......... $30,000 2007 Q4000 6 way TJ450 .............. $19,500 2013 Leon Q5000, ......................... $33,000 2012 Leon Q5000, Versatile 500 .... $19,500 2002 Bobcat S185.......................... $23,500

2007 Bourgault 6000 ...................... $25,800 2013 Salford I-2141, 41’ ................ $99,000 2014 Salford I-4141, 41’ .............. $115,000 2015 Salford I-4160, 60’ ............... $178,000 2010 Salford 570 RTS, 30’ ............. $68,000 1994 Degelman 7000, 50’ .............. $17,500

2012 NH H7460 .............................. $33,500 2014 NH T9.645, 963 hrs, Tracks/PTO/2 Pumps ............... $385,000 1999 MF 670 ,16’ Hay Head .......... $10,000 2014 NH T9.645, 681 hrs, SPRAYER Tracks/PTO/2 Pumps ............... $398,000 1993 Flexi-Coil S65, ........................ $7,900 2012 NH T9.615, 2706 hrs ........... $259,000

AIR TANK/CART 2010 Bourgault 6700, Tow Behind Conveyor, 3 meters ...... $118,000 2013 Bourgault L6550 .................. $115,000 2013 Bourgault L6550 .................. $115,000 2013 Bourgault L6550 .................. $115,000 2008 Bourgault 6550 ...................... $89,000 2012 Bourgault 6450, .................. $115,000 2012 Bourgault 6350, Tow Behind . $58,000 1995 Flexi-Coil 5000/1330 ............. $28,000 2015 Bourgault L7800 .................. $251,800 2011 NH P1070, Tow Behind ......... $98,000 2010 Case IH 3430 ......................... $45,000 Bourgault 3225, ............................. $13,500 2010 CIH 3430 ............................... $45,000 2008 CIH 3430 ............................... $39,500 2007 CIH 3430 ............................... $35,000 1996 Bourgault 4300 ...................... $13,800


2002 Cattlelac 330, ....................... $18,500 2012 NH SP240 ........................... $258,000 2003 Bale King 3100, RH discharge $9,800 2009 Rogator 1084, 3160 hrs....... $159,000 2003 Lucknow 285 ......................... $12,800 2011 JD 4830, 1820 hrs ............... $218,000



2001 Brandt 1390, ........................... $9,000 2011 MacDon D60, 35’ .................. $34,000 2014 NH SR200/440HB ............... $169,000 2011 NuVision 6395, 95’ Telescoping ................................ $19,500 1999 NH 994, 25’ ........................... $15,000


2011 MacDon M150, 35’ .............. $118,000

2010 MacDon M150, 950 Hrs ..... $109,500 2010 Honeybee, HB30, Gleaner adaptor, 30’ ................................ $49,500 2010 MacDon M150, 2053/1440 hrs ............................ $85,000 1999 Honeybee SP36, 36’ ............. $29,000 2010 MacDon M150, 35’, 2007 Honeybee SP36 .................... $29,800 1848/1213 hrs ............................ $85,000 2013 Honeybee HP30 .................... $48,000 2012 MF 9740, .............................. $98,000 1994 Honeybee SP30, .................... $9,800 2003 Premier 2952, 2098 Hrs......... $48,000 2009 NH 88C, 42’ ........................... $68,000 1998 MacDon 960, ........................... $9,500 2001 NH 94C .................................. $29,000 1998 MacDon 960, 25’ ..................... $9,500

2006 NH 94C .................................. $29,500 2013 MacDon M155/D6540, 520 hrs ..................................... $138,000 2008 NH 94C .................................. $29,500 2010 NH 94C, 30 CX/CR ................ $36,500 2007 NH HW325, 1200hrs ............. $58,000 2003 NH 94C, 30 CX/CR ................ $29,500 1999 MacDon 9300 ........................ $28,000 2011 JD 630D, 30’.......................... $58,000 2014 NH SR200............................ $175,000 2012 JD 635D, 35’.......................... $68,000 2013 MacDon M105, 170 Hrs ..... $138,000 1998 MacDon 960, ........................ $25,000


1998 MacDon 871 TX Adaptor ......... $6,000 1995 Ford 8240 .............................. $35,000 2010 MF 5100-35, ......................... $58,000 2012 Case IH U105 ........................ $59,000 2009 NH 94C, 36 CX/CR ................ $39,500 2012 NH T7.170 ........................... $109,000 2008 NH 94C-36, .......................... $49,500 2011 NH T7.170 - LDR, 2005 hrs . $119,000 2003 NH 94C-36, .......................... $39,500 2011 NH T7.270 AutoCommand - LDR, 2360 hrs ........................ $178,000 1999 NH 994-30, ........................... $29,500 2009 NH TV6070 - LDR, Eng 1998 NH 994-36, ........................... $19,000 Hrs: 4660 ................................... $95,000 1995 NH SP25 ................................ $15,000 2010 NH T7040 ............................ $129,000 1997 Westward 9030........................ $4,000 2011 Versatile 305, 1800 hrs ........ $149,500


2010 Kubota BX1860 ....................... $9,000

2004 NH 1475, Toung only ............... $6,500 2008 Kubota B2320 c/w loader & mower ................... $12,500 2006 NH 1475, .............................. $21,500 2002 NH 1475, Toung only ............... $2,000


1995 NH 2216, ................................ $7,500 2009 CIH STX535Q, 3103 hrs ...... $278,000 1995 NH 2216, ................................ $9,500 2014 NH T9.615, 1263 hrs ........... $338,000

2003 Flexi-Coil S67, ...................... $19,500 2002 NH TJ450, 9000 hrs ............ $138,000 2008 NH SF115, ............................ $24,900 2012 Versatile 500 ........................ $285,000


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Alberta Farmer Express The Western Producer

WANTED: SK. DEALER LICENCE plates: 1921, 1924; SK D plates: 1933, 1934 and 1935; SK DR plates: 1945, 1946 1950 1954, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959 and 1960. Ph 306-638-7655, Chamberlain, SK.

Available at:

Webb’s Crop Services Ltd. Vermillion, AB


WIRELESS DRIVEWAY ALARMS, calving barn cameras, backup cameras for RVs, trucks and combines, etc. Home and shop video surveillance. View from any computer or Smart phone. Free shipping. Call 403-616-6610, Calgary, AB.

JD TRACTORS: JD 70 diesel, JD R, JD 830, JD AR, and JD M. All running. Call 780-871-4300, Lloydminster, SK.

REMOTE CONTROL TRAILER CHUTE openers can save you time, energy and keep you safe this seeding season. FM remote controls provide maximum range and instant response while high torque drives operate the toughest of chutes. Easy installation. Kramble Industries, call 306-933-2655, Saskatoon, SK. or visit us online at:

ALLISON TRANSMISSIONS Service, Sales and Parts. Exchange or custom rebuilds available. Competitive warranty. Spectrum Industrial Automatics Ltd., 1-877-321-7732. NEW WILSON AND CASTLETONS: 44’ tridem, 3 hopper, 2 hopper and 36’ tandem; 2014 Wilson Super B; 2010 Lode-King alum/, with alum. budds, lift axles, Michel’s WRECKING LATE MODEL TRUCKS: 1/2, chute openers; 2005 Lode-King Super B; 2 3/4, 1 tons, 4x4’s, vans, SUV’s. Cummins, older tridems; 2003 Doepker Super B, Chev and Ford diesel motors. Jasper Auto clean; Michel’s auger and chute openers. Parts, 1-800-294-4784 or 1-800-294-0687. Ron Brown Imp. 306-493-9393. DL #905231. VS TRUCK WORKS Inc. Parting out GM 1/2 and 1 ton trucks. Call 403-972-3879, 1996 MIDLAND 24’ tandem pup, stiff pole, completely rebuilt, new paint and brakes, Alsask, SK. like new, $18,500. Merv 306-276-7518, WRECKING TRUCKS: All makes all 306-767-2616, leave message, Arborfield, models. Need parts? Call 306-821-0260 SK. DL #906768. or email: Wrecking Dodge, Chev, GMC, Ford and PRAIRIE SANDBLASTING & PAINTING. others. Lots of 4x4 stuff, 1/2 ton - 3 ton, Trailer overhauls and repairs, alum. slopes buses etc. and some cars. We ship by bus, and trailer repairs, tarps, insurance claims, and trailer sales. Epoxy paint. Agriculture mail, Loomis, Purolator. Lloydminster, SK. and commercial. Satisfaction guaranteed. SASKATOON TRUCK PARTS CENTRE 306-744-7930, Saltcoats, SK. Ltd. North Corman Industrial Park. New and used parts available for 3 ton trucks all the way up to highway tractors, for every make and model, no part too big or small. Our shop specializes in custom NORMS SANDBLASTING & PAINT, 40 rebuilt differentials/transmissions and years body and paint experience. We do clutch installations. Engines are available, metal and fiberglass repairs and integral to both gas and diesel. Re-sale units are on daycab conversions. Sandblasting and the lot ready to go. We buy wrecks for paint to trailers, trucks and heavy equip. parts, and sell for wrecks! For more info. Endura primers and topcoats. A one stop call 306-668-5675 or 1-800-667-3023. shop. Norm 306-272-4407, Foam Lake SK. DL #914394

WRECKING VOLVO TRUCKS: Misc. axles and parts. Also tandem trailer suspension INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER stationary axles. Call 306-539-4642, Regina, SK. eng., 3-6 HP, blacksmith forge, most units in vg. cond. 306-342-4968, Glaslyn, SK. SOUTHSIDE AUTO WRECKERS located in Weyburn, SK. 306-842-2641. Used car parts, light truck to semi-truck parts. We HARVEST OVER? Need some toys? JD M, buy scrap iron and non-ferrous metals. A, AR, and IHC W6. Good tin, average rubber, Will take antique firearms on trade. TRUCK PARTS: 1/2 to 3 ton, new and Hugh, 306-463-7756, Kindersley, SK. used. We ship anywhere. Contact Phoenix Auto, 1-877-585-2300, Lucky Lake, SK. 1937 COCKSHUTT 10’ tiller combine disc ONE OF SASK’s largest inventory of used seeder, including seed boxes, all on steel, heavy truck parts. 3 ton tandem diesel moexc. cond. Call 306-259-4430, Young, SK. tors and transmissions and differentials for all makes! Can-Am Truck Export Ltd., FERGUSON TEA20, good tin, runs, needs 1-800-938-3323. work, c/w TE parts tractor, $1800. Call TRUCK BONEYARD INC. Specializing in 306-682-3272, Humboldt, SK. obsolete parts, all makes. Trucks bought for wrecking. 306-771-2295, Balgonie, SK. VILLAGE MERCANTILE ANTIQUE MALL: Purveyors of all manner of antiques. Appraisals, estate sales, buying and selling, tractors, collectibles, trucks, cars and bikes. If you would like us to come check out your treasures, give the Prairie Picker a call! 780-845-9167, Wainwright, AB. WANTED: TRACTOR MANUALS, sales brochures, tractor catalogs. 306-373-8012, Saskatoon, SK.


Advertising Deadline THURSDAY NOON (2 weeks prior) WINNIPEG OFFICE Alberta Farmer Express 1666 Dublin Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3H 0H1 Toll-Free in Canada 1-800-665-1362 FAX 204-954-1422 Mailing Address: Box 9800, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3K7 CAUTION The Alberta Farmer Express, while assuming no responsibility for advertisements appearing in its columns, exercises the greatest care in an endeavor to restrict advertising to wholly reliable firms or individuals. However, please do not send money to a Manitoba Co-operator box number. Buyers are advised to request shipment C.O.D. when ordering from an unknown advertiser, thus minimizing the chance of fraud and eliminating the necessity of a refund where the goods have already been sold. AGREEMENT • The publisher reserves the right to refuse any or all advertising for any reason stated or unstated. • Advertisers requesting publication of either display or classified advertisements agree that should the advertisement be omitted from the issue ordered for whatever reason, the Alberta Farmer Express shall not be held liable. It is also agreed that in the event of an error appearing in the published advertisement, the Alberta Farmer Express accepts no liability beyond the amount paid for that portion of the advertisement in which the error appears or affects. Claims for adjustment are limited to errors appearing in the first insertion only. • While every endeavor will be made to forward box number replies as soon as possible, we accept no liability in respect to loss or damage alleged to a rise through either failure or delay in forwarding such replies, however caused, whether by negligence or otherwise.

2015 AHV LODE-KING aluminum Super B hoppers, extra light pkg., round stainless fenders, current safety, excellent 11Rx22.5 tires w/alum. wheels, exc. cond., no air lift or elec. tarps. 8 sets avail., $98,000 each. Call 1-866-236-4028, Calgary, AB.

100 MISC. SEMI TRAILER FLATDECKS/ stepdecks, $2,500 to $30,000. 20 heavy lowbeds, $10,000 to $70,000. Tankers, end dumps. 306-222-2413, Saskatoon, SK. TRI-HAUL SELF-UNLOADING ROUND bale movers: 8’ to 29’ lengths, 6-18 bales. Also exc. for feeding cattle in the field, 4 bales at time with a pickup. 1-800-505-9208. PRECISION TRAILERS: Gooseneck and bumper hitch. You’ve seen the rest, now own the best. Hoffart Services, Odessa, SK. 306-957-2033

2017 RAM CUMMINS diesel Dually Crew SLT 4x4, $60,775. Call 1-800-667-4414, Wynyard, SK. 2016 RAM 3500 Laramie, 6.7L Cummins, leveled wheels and tires. Show stopper! 306-525-6700 Auto Gallery Subaru, Regina SK. DL #917632. 2016 FORD F350 XLT, diesel, loaded, remote start, save thousands! 306-525-6700 Auto Gallery Subaru, Regina SK. Visit online: DL #917632.

2016 CHEV SILVARADO LTZ, cooled seats, Nav, divers alert pkg, PST paid. 306-525-6700 Auto Gallery Subaru, Regina 2004 PETERBILT 330, tandem axle, C&C, SK. DL #917632. long WB, Cat dsl., 10 spd trans, AC, low 2015 YUKON DENALI, 4x4, 7 passenger, miles, alum. wheels, $26,900, w/new B&H immaculate, save big! 306-525-6700, Auto $48,900. K&L Equipment and Auto. Ph Gallery Subaru, Regina SK. Visit on-line: Ladimer, 306-795-7779 Ituna. DL#910885 DL #917632. ALLISON AUTOMATIC TRUCKS: Several 2015 RAM LARAMIE 3500, 6.7L dsl, 4x4 trucks with auto trans. available with C&C crew, EcoBoost, all options, don’t miss out! or grain or gravel box. Starting at $19,900. 306-525-6700, Auto Gallery Subaru, Regi- K&L Equipment, 306-795-7779, Ituna, SK. DL #910885. na SK. DL #917632. 2015 FORD F150, Platinum, crew 4x4, EcoBoost, all options, don’t miss out! 306-525-6700, Auto Gallery Subaru, Regi- 2004 MACK TANDEM AXLE dump truck, na SK. DL #917632. fresh AB. safety, low kms, very clean, good condition. Call 780-983-0936, Clyde, AB. NEW CANUCK GRAVEL TRAILERS: 1999 Arne’s tridem end dump, clean; 1996 IH 9400, 60 Detroit, 10 spd, 16’ gravel box, alum rims. Ron Brown Imp. 306-493-9393, DL 905231

2016 FEATHERLITE 8127, #GC141286, $24,900 7’ wide, 2 center gates. In stock. Call 1-866-346-3148 or shop online 24/7 at:

GRASSLAND TRAILERS QUALITY PRODUCTS AT WHOLESALE PRICES. 20’ steel stock, starting at $13,550 up to 8’ width available; 25’ Duralite alum. at $25,250; Krogerman bale bed at $11,000. Glen 306-640-8034, 306-266-2016, Wood WRECKING SEMI-TRUCKS, lots of parts. Mountain, SK. or email 2007 GMC 2500 Duramax, extended cab, Call Yellowhead Traders. 306-896-2882, shortbox, 4x4, 164,000 kms, 2nd owner, Churchbridge, SK. very nice condition, $22,000 + GST. Call Larry 306-221-4563, Perdue, SK. 2002 10’x30’ WELLSITE trailer, propane pig, A/C, bedroom with bunk beds, Fresh 2015 RAM LARAMIE Eco diesel Crew. PST SCHOOL BUSES: 20 to 66 passenger, CVIP, $35,800. Stk #UV1026. On Track paid, $46,900. 1-800-667-4414, Wynyard, SK. 1991 to 2007, $2300 and up. 16 buses in Company Inc. 780-672-6868, Camrose, AB stock! Call Phoenix Auto, Lucky Lake, SK. 2005 10’x30’ national wellsite trailer, pro2006 CHEV 2500 Duramax, 4 door, 4x4, 1-877-585-2300. DL #320074. pane pig, A/C, bath w/shower, W&D, mi- 196,500 kms, exc. cond., asking $21,000. crowave, stove, fridge, $48,575. On Track 306-338-2841, 306-327-7959, Wadena SK Company Inc. 780-672-6868, Camrose, AB 2015 HYUNDAI ELANTRA GL, loads of factory warranty, sleek and sporty, only 1 left! 306-525-6700 Auto Gallery Subaru, Regina SK. DL #917632. 2015 NISSAN MICRA, excellent city car, loaded, like new. Call 306-525-6700 Auto Gallery Subaru, Regina SK. Visit our website: DL #917632. 2014 VERA NOTE SL, PST paid! 360 camera, Nav and much more! 306-525-6700 Auto Gallery Subaru, Regina SK. Visit online: DL #917632. 2014 KIA OPTIMA LX, loaded, alloy wheels, unbeatable value! 306-525-6700 Auto Gallery Subaru, Regina SK. Visit online: DL #917632. 2015 NISSAN ALTIMA, fuel efficient, loaded. A must see! Call 306-525-6700 Auto Gallery Subaru, Regina SK. Visit: DL #917632. 2015 KIA SOUL EX, heated seats, back up camera, alloy wheels, low kms. 306-525-6700 Auto Gallery Subaru, Regina SK. DL #917632. 2015 KIA RONDO LX, versatile, loaded with features. 306-525-6700 Auto Gallery Subaru, Regina SK. DL #917632. 2009 CHRYSLER 300, 4 door, loaded, 213,000 kms, exc., $7000. 306-682-0747, 306-231-5679, Humboldt, SK. 1996 GRAND MARQUIS LS, Command Start, 2 sets of tires on rims, great shape, $3000. Call 306-642-8751, Assiniboia, SK.

EISSES GRAIN TRAILER Rental & Sales. Super B grain trailers for rent by the day, week or month. Contact Henry at 403-782-3333, Lacombe, AB.

2002 IH 2600 w/IH 320 HP eng., 10 spd., 221,000 kms., new 20’ BH&T, excellent rubber, very good, $49,500; 2009 MACK CH613, MP8 Mack eng., 430 HP, 10 spd., AutoShift, 463,000 kms., excellent shape, new 20’ box, A/T/C, $73,500; 2009 IH TRANSTAR 8600 w/Cummins eng 10 spd., AutoShift, new 20’ BH&T, 742,000 kms., exc tires, real good shape, $69,500; 2007 IH 9200, ISX Cummins, 430 HP, AutoShift, alum. wheels, new 20’ BH&T, fully loaded, 1 million kms., real nice, $67,500; 2009 MACK CH613, 430 HP Mack, 10 spd., AutoShift, new 20’ BH&T, alum. wheels, 1.4 million kms., has bearing roll done, nice shape, $69,500; 2007 KENWORTH T600, C13 Cat, 425 HP, 13 spd., AutoShift, new 20’ BH&T, alum. wheels, new paint, 1.0 million kms. Excellent truck, $71,500; 1996 MIDLAND 24’ tandem pup grain trailer, stiff pole, completely rebuilt, new paint and brakes, excellent shape, $18,500; 1985 FORD L9000, Cummins, 10 spd., 20’ BH&T that’s been totally rebuilt, new paint, exc tires, $28,500; 1999 IH 4700 S/A w/17’ steel flat deck, 230,000 kms., IH diesel, 10 spd., good tires, $19,500; 1998 FREIGHTLINER tractor, C60 Detroit, 430 HP, 13 spd., alum. wheels, sleeper, good rubber, $17,500; 2005 IH 9200 tractor, ISX Cummins, 430 HP, 13 spd., alum wheels, flat top sleeper, good rubber, $22,500. All trucks Sask safetied. Trades considered. All reasonable offers considered. Contact Merv at 306-276-7518 (house) or 306-767-2616 (cell), Arborfield, SK. DL #906768.

TRAILTECH TRAILER: 22’, two 7000 lb axles, bumper hitch, hi boy, low boy, beaver tails and tilt, elec. overhydraulics, winch 2007 WESTERN STAR 4900SA tri-drive, C15 Cat, 550 HP, 18 spd., full lockers, new and picker, bolt rims. Call 403-346-7178. 24’ CIM B&H. 306-270-6399, Saskatoon, FLAMAN PINTLE HITCH SP Forage Harves- SK. DL#316542. tor trailer. Can be used for hauling combines, tractors, etc., $19,500. 3- 2007 MACKS, 10 spd. Eaton auto, new 20’ CIM B&H, fresh Sask. safeties. Call 780-367-2483, 780-208-1125, Willingdon 306-270-6399, Saskatoon, SK. NEW NEW 2017 STEPDECK beavertail, DL#316542. 48’ tandem axle, flip ramps, $31,900. WarREMOTE CONTROL ENDGATE AND ranty. Call 306-563-8765, Canora, SK. hoist systems can save you time, energy TRI-AXLE LOW BED, 50 ton, Beaver tail, and keep you safe this seeding season. flip neck, 2 pins, 9’ wide, flip outs, new Give Kramble Industries a call at safety, $24,000. 306-940-6835, Sask. 306-933-2655, Saskatoon, SK. or visit us BELLY DUMP GRAVEL TRAILER, tandem online at: axle, load close w/air, Sask. safetied, 2009 FREIGHTLINER, 10 spd., Eaton Auto$15,000. 306-940-6835, Prince Albert, SK. Shift w/clutch, DD15 Detroit w/20’ BH&T; 2008 tandem IH 7600, Cummins, 10 spd., TRAILERS: BELLY DUMP, end dump, vans, new BH&T; 2004 Pete 330 S/A, Cat Allison flatdecks, lowbed, tankers, dropdecks, auto. w/new 16’ BH&T. Ron Brown Imp. beavertails. 306-563-8765, Canora, SK. 306-493-9393, DL 905231 TOPGUN TRAILER SALES “For those who 2007 IHC 9400, ISX Cummins, 435 HP, demand the best.” PRECISION AND pre-emission 10 spd., 20’ CIM BH&T, safeAGASSIZ TRAILERS (flatdecks, end tied, $47,900; 2006 Kenworth T800 C13 dumps, enclosed cargo). 1-855-255-0199, Cat, 13 spd., jakes, lockers, 20’ BH&T, Moose Jaw, SK. safetied, $34,900. Cudworth, SK., call BEHNKE DROP DECK semi style and 306-256-3569, 306-230-4393. DL 917908 pintle hitch sprayer trailers. Air ride, AUTOSHIFT TRUCKS AVAILABLE: Boxed tandem and tridems. Contact SK: tandems and tractor units. Contact David 306-398-8000; AB: 403-350-0336. 306-887-2094, 306-864-7055, Kinistino, 53’ AND 48’ tridem, tandem stepdecks, SK. DL #327784. w/wo sprayer cradles; 53’, 48’ and 28’ 1992 PETERBILT, 425 Cat, 18 spd., 20’ tridem, tandem highboys, all steel and BH&T, excellent condition, $60,000 OBO. combos. Super B Highboys; Tandem and 306-561-0210, Davidson, SK. S/A converter w/drop hitch; 53’-28’ van trailers and Kentucky moving van; Pintle 2009 MACK, 460 HP, AutoShift trans., hitch tandem flatdeck; Aluminum tankers. new BH&T, real nice shape, $71,500; 2007 Ron Brown Imp. 306-493-9393, Delisle, Kenworth, C13 425 HP Cat, AutoShift SK. DL #905231. trans., 13 spd., new 20’ BH&T, $71,500; 24’ GOOSENECK 3-8,000 lb. axles, $7890; 2002 IHC 1654, 350 HP IH engine, 10 spd. Bumper pull tandem lowboys: 18’, 14,000 trans., new 20’ BH&T, 220,000 kms, lbs., $4450; 16’, 10,000 lbs., $3390; 16’, $49,500; 1990 Kenworth T600, 450 HP 7000 lbs., $2975. Factory direct. Detroit, 10 spd., alum. front wheels, good tires, pulls good w/1996 36’ Cancade 2 888-792-6283. hopper grain trailer, nice shape, $35,000. CARGO TRAILER 27’, white, like new, Trades accepted. Merv at 306-276-7518, $7800. Call 306-642-8751, Assiniboia, SK. 306-767-2616, Arborfield, SK DL #906768

2012 IHC TRANSSTAR, low pro, Max 300 HP diesel Allison auto trans, loaded cab, 13’ Armstrong landscape dump, $39,900. 2007 FORD F550 4x4, 6L diesel, 7 spd. std., loaded cab, 14’ Armstrong landscape dump, 54,000 orig. kms, $29,900. Trades considered. K&L Equipment and Auto. Ladimer, 306-795-7779, Ituna DL#910885

2006 FREIGHTLINER 455 HP Detroit, 10 spd., 400,000 kms, fresh safety, $24,900. Cam-Don Motors, 306-237-4212, Perdue.

2002 INTERNATIONAL 4700 sanitation truck, side load, IH 466, RH/LH drive, air brakes, Haul-All receptacle, $17,900. 1-888-278-4905 1999 IH 4700, SA, flatdeck w/17’ steel flatdeck, 11x22.5 tires, 230,000 kms, 444 IH dsl., 10 spd., safetied, real good shape, $19,500; 1994 GMC Topkick tandem w/24’ flatdeck, 563,000 kms, 3116 Cat diesel, 10 spd., 11x22.5 tires, real good shape, $21,500. Call Merv 306-276-7518, 306-767-2616, Arborfield, SK. DL 906768. 2007 CHEV C6500, 2 WD, Duramax dsl., 7 spd. trans, 20’ flatdeck w/winches, only 152,000 kms, $21,900. 2008 Dodge 3500, 2 WD, Hemi gas engine, auto trans, 16’ flatdeck, 178,000 kms, $16,900 OBO. 2001 STERLING 9500, tandem water truck, 4500 gal. tank, C12 Cat, 13 spd., Bowie pump, $22,900; 1998 FREIGHTLINER FL80, tandem water truck, Allison trans, 3200 gal. water tank w/Honda GX160 pump, 293,000 kms, $21,900. Trades considered. K&L Equipment and Auto. Ph. Ladimer, 306-795-7779, Ituna, SK. DL#910885.

2014 IMPREZA SPORT, boxer engine, segment inclusive AWD, sunroof, much more! 306-525-6700 Auto Gallery Subaru, Regina SK. DL #917632. 2015 FORD EDGE, EcoBoost, AWD, great cargo space, excellent cond 306-525-6700 Auto Gallery Subaru, Regina SK. Visit online: DL #917632. 2015 NISSAN ROGUE SV, push button start, back up cam, power htd seats, AWD. 306-525-6700 Auto Gallery Subaru, Regina SK. DL #917632. 2014 SUBARU LEGACY Touring, full-time AWD, 5 star crash rating, 306-525-6700 Auto Gallery Subaru, Regina SK. Visit: DL #917632.

2009 and 2011 VOLVO VNL’s, heavy spec., loaded. Super low kms. Farmer owned. Premium condition, $71,000/ea. Westlock, AB. 780-206-1234. 2008 KENWORTH W900 c/w 565 Cummins, 18 speed, 46 rears, studio bunk, very clean. Call 780-983-0936, Clyde, AB.

2015 CROSSTREK TOURING, AWD, 5 star crash rating, best retained value. 306-525-6700, Auto Gallery Subaru, Regina SK. DL #917632.

2015 KIA SPORTAGE LX, AWD, alloy wheels, great value! 306-525-6700 Auto Gallery Subaru, Regina SK. Visit on-line: 2005 PETE 378, pre-emission, C15 Cat, DL #917632. 18 spd., full lockups, flat-top, winch, safetied, $37,500. 306-563-8765, Canora, SK. T800 KENWORTHS ALL HEAVY SPECS 18 spd., full lockers, 2008, 2007 w/bunks. Also daycab 2009, new trans. and clutch; 2009 KW T660, new ISX Cummins, tranny, and clutch, 18 spd., lockers; 2008 IH daycab Lonestars ISX Cummins, 46 diff., 3-way lockers; 2008 Western Star 10 spd. auto. w/clutch; 2008 IH 9900 daycab, ISX Cummins, 18 spd., lockers, 290,000 kms; 2007 Pete 379, daycab and bunk; 2013 IH 5900i, 42” bunk, 46 diff., 4-way lock, 18 spd., 390,000 kms; 2006 Pete 378, Cat 18 spd., 46 diff., 4-way locks w/roo-bar bumper; 2007 IH 9200, daycab, ISX 435, 13 spd; 1996 Kenworth T800, 475 Cat, 13 spd, rebuilt diffs and tranny. Ron Brown Implements, Delisle, SK., 306-493-9393. DL #905231. SANDBLASTING AND PAINTING of heavy trucks, trailers and equipment. Please call for details. Can-Am Truck Export Ltd., 1-800-938-3323, Delisle, SK.

2013 FORD ESCAPE SEL, leather, Nav., heated seats, 80,000 kms, very good cond, $19,900. Sask tax paid. Cam-Don Motors Ltd., 306-237-4212, Perdue, SK. 2016 JEEP CHEROKEE North 4x4 75th Anniversary, $32,136. Call 1-800-667-4414, Wynyard, SK.

KIA SEDONA, rear heat and air, 8 passenger, great SUV styling. Call 306-525-6700 Auto Gallery Subaru, Regina SK. Visit: DL #917632.

WANTED: LEAFCUTTER BEES, loose sell or 2010 IH PROSTAR, 500HP, Cummins, 18 in foam blocks for own production, not a spd., 46 rears, new drivers, Jake/3-way broker. Mike at 403-501-1565. Brooks, AB. lockers, fresh safety, $52,900. Cam-Don Motors Ltd., 306-237-4212, Perdue, SK. 2005 IHC 9200 daycab tractor, Cummins ISX 400 HP, 13 spd. trans, 40,000 rears, 967,000 kms, needs paint, $13,900 OBO. 42”-52” USED CONVEYOR BELTING for K&L Equipment and Auto. Ph. Ladimer, cattle feeders and livestock processing areas. 306-795-7779, Ituna, SK. DL #910885.



LOOKING FOR WORK horse and cow savvy, have modern equipment experience, clean abstract. Ranch or farm posting. Call 780-836-6151.

FARMERS AND BUSINESS PERSONS need financial help? Go to: or phone 306-757-1997, 315 Victoria Ave., Regina, SK.

Go public with an ad in the Alberta Farmer Express classifieds. Phone 1-800-665-1362.


ROUGH LUMBER: 2x6, 2x8, 2x10, 1” boards, windbreak slabs, 4x4, 6x6, 8x8, all in stock. Custom sizes on order. Log siding, cove siding, lap siding, shiplap, 1” and 2” tongue and groove. V&R Sawing, 306-232-5488, Rosthern, SK.

CONTINUOUS METAL ROOFING, no exposed screws to leak or metal overlaps. Ideal for lower slope roofs, rinks, churches, pig barns, commercial, arch rib building and residential roofing; also available in Snap Lock. 306-435-8008, Wapella, SK.

We also specialize in: agricultural complaints of any nature; Crop ins. appeals; Spray drift; Chemical failure; Residual herbicide; Custom operator issues; Equip. malfunctions. Licensed Agrologist on Staff. For assistance and compensation call

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REGULATION DUGOUTS: 120x60x14’, $2000; 160x60x14’, $2950; 180x60x14’, $3450; 200x60x14’, $3950; Larger sizes available. Travel incl. in Sask. Gov’t grants available. 306-222-8054, Saskatoon, SK.

$21,000 SKIDSTEER DEAL! Choice: JD 325 or Case 465 Series 3. Both 2700 hrs., MULCHING- TREES, BRUSH, Stumps. CAH, new tires, 2007. 306-940-6835. Call today 306-933-2950. Visit us at: SKIDSTEER: 2008 CASE 465 Series III, BRUSH MULCHING. The fast, effective cab, heat, new tires, 2700 hrs., $21,000. way to clear land. Four season service, Call 306-940-6835, Prince Albert, SK. competitive rates, 275 HP unit, also avail. trackhoe with thumb, multiple bucket at- BOMBARDIER SNOWCAT GROOMER, tachments. Bury rock and brush piles and BR275, 8.3 Cummins, 9’ Mogul Master fence line clearing. Borysiuk Contracting drag, $31,000. 306-563-8765, Canora, SK. Inc., Prince Albert, SK., ANGLE DOZER w/TILT for a D7G. Also 306-960-3804. straight dozer w/tilt; Brush rake to fit D6R CUSTOM LIQUID MANURE hauling, 3 and JD 850. 306-238-4411, Goodsoil, SK. tanks available. Contact George in Hague, SK. 306-227-5757.

NEUFELD ENT. CORRAL CLEANING, payloader, Bobcat with rubber tracks and vertical beater spreaders. Phone DEBTS, BILLS AND charge accounts too 306-220-5013, 306-467-5013, Hague, SK. high? Need to resolve prior to spring? Call us to develop a professional mediation plan, resolution plan or restructuring plan. Call toll free 1-888-577-2020. FARM/CORPORATE PROJECTS. Call A.L. Management Group for all your borrowing and lease requirements. 306-790-2020, Regina, SK.

FARM CHEMICAL/ SEED COMPLAINTS We also specialize in: agricultural complaints of any nature; Crop ins. appeals; Spray drift; Chemical failure; Residual herbicide; Custom operator issues; Equip. malfunction. Ph. Back-Track Investigations RECLAMATION CONTRACTORS: Bigham COMMERCIAL GRADE Wind and weather 1-866-882-4779 for assistance and 3 and 4 leg mechanical trip 3 pt. hitch shelter buildings available in widths from compensation. Paratills in stock; parts for Bigham and Tye 20’ to 90’. Prices starting at $2495. If you Paratills. Call Kelloughs: 1-888-500-2646. have bought an auction building and need to upgrade to more durable material or KELLO DISC BLADES and bearings: 22” to parts we can help. Located in Yorkton. 42” notched. Parts: oilbath and greaseable Contact Paul at 306-641-5464 or Ladimer bearings to service all makes of heavy con306-795-7779. struction discs. Call: 1-888-500-2646, Red Deer, AB.

INDEPENDENT AUTO REPAIR business for sale in Regina; Hotel and restaurant on Hwy. #48; 160 acres near Regina with yard and business opportunity; SW SK. restaurant, lounge incl, 15 room motel; Vanguard bar and grill, incl. 3 bdrm. home; Milestone hotel for sale. Brian Tiefenbach, 306-536-3269, Colliers Int., Regina, SK. Any Gravel On Your Acreage?

Gravel Mapping: We find & assess gravel resources on farm acreage (in W. Can since 2001) Ken @ 403-815-1482

DIAMOND CANVAS SHELTERS, sizes ranging from 15’ wide to 120’ wide, any length. Call Bill 780-986-5548, Leduc, AB. PRE-ENGINEERED STEEL BUILDINGS for all your agricultural, equestrian, industrial, shop or storage needs. Call 306-249-2355 for a free quote. Montana Construction HORNOI LEASING NEW and used 20’ and 40’ sea cans for sale or rent. Call Saskatoon. 306-757-2828, Regina, SK. BEHLEN STEEL BUILDINGS, quonsets, convex and rigid frame straight walls, SHIPPING CONTAINERS FOR SALE. 20’grain tanks, metal cladding, farm- com- 53’, delivery/ rental/ storage available. For mercial. Construction and concrete crews. inventory and prices call: 306-262-2899, Guaranteed workmanship. Call your Saska- Saskatoon, SK. toon and Northwest Behlen Distributor, Janzen Steel Buildings, 306-242-7767, CONTAINERS FOR SALE OR RENT: All sizes. Now in stock: 50 used, 53’ steel and Osler, SK. insulated SS. 306-861-1102, Radville, SK. POLE BARNS, WOODSTEEL packages, hog, chicken and dairy barns. Construction and concrete crews available. Mel or Scott, MR Steel Construction, 306-978-0315, Hague, SK.

WINTER BOOKING DISCOUNTS ON STEEL farm buildings. Order your steel farm building now before prices increase, and do not pay until spring. Factory direct steel buildings built to suit your operation. Call Prairie Steel now to lock in your price for winter fabrication - we offer sizes and options. Leasing options HYDRAULIC SCRAPERS: LEVER 60, 70, all Contact us at 1-888-398-7150 80, and 435, 4 to 30 yd. available. Rebuilt available. or email for years of trouble-free service. Lever Holdings Inc. 306-682-3332 Muenster, SK. STEEL FARM BUILDINGS INSTALLED! 50x100x20 for $80,100; 60x100x20 for ROAD GRADERS CONVERTED to pull $92,960; 70x100x20 for $106,120; behind large 4 WD tractors, 14’ and 16’ 80x100x20 for $119,280. All prices include blade widths avail. 306-682-3367, CWK 2 walk doors, 5 windows, 1 bi-fold door Ent. Humboldt, SK. (30’x18’) and set- up on piles. Taxes extra. Some exceptions may apply. Call Prairie 19.5L-24 TOP TRUST new industrial Steel 1-888-398-7150, Clavet, SK. Email to tires, 12 ply, tubeless, $599. 1-888-278-4905. 100’x200’x22’ Steel Farm Building. Ready for set-up on your farm today. Foundation 13.00x24 TOP TRUST New industrial specs can be supplied. Includes 26 gauge tires, 16 ply, tubeless, $436. ext. sheeting and trims, $153,900 plus 1-888-278-4905. tax. Add doors and insulation as needed. Other sizes available. 1-888-398-7150 or email HYDRAULIC PULL SCRAPERS 10 to 25 yds., exc. cond.; Loader and scraper tires, custom conversions available. Looking for Cat cable scrapers. Quick Drain Sales Ltd., 306-231-7318, 306-682-4520 Muenster SK

LANDMASTER DOZER- LEASE TO OWN Zero Down, Semi-annual Payments, Lease Term Of Up To 72 Months. PD14, $35,500; PD18, $39,500. Sask.- Neil, 306-231-8300, Alta.- Gord, 780-913-7353.

BEE BUSINESS. Turnkey operation. Second generation bee farmer looking to retire. Vehicles, bee equipment, honey plant, buildings, etc. Perfect opportunity for young family. Near beautiful northern town of Carrot River, SK. 306-332-7422, 306-768-2628.

CLIFF’S USED CRAWLER PARTS. Some 3126 CAT ENGINE, rebuilt, 250 HP, older Cats, IH and Allis Chalmers. $14,985 exchange. Call James at On Track 780-755-2295, Edgerton, AB. Company Inc. 780-672-6868, Camrose, AB

YEAR END TAX SALE! D.B. EQUIPMENT for all your bucket lifts, scissor lifts, telehandlers, and skidsteer needs. Sale on for tax purposes! 403-396-7078, Medicine Hat, AB.

2010 JOHN DEERE 624J wheel loader, 5000 hrs., excellent condition, Q/A. Call 780-983-0936, Westlock, AB.

AFAB INDUSTRIES POST frame buildings. For the customer that prefers quality. 1-888-816-AFAB (2322), Rocanville, SK. 2008 MOD FIELD office complex, 16 units, EQUIPMENT HAULING. Serving Western 12x60. Can be sold in 4, 8 or 16 units. 90 offices total. Call 780-983-0936, Clyde, AB. Canada and Northwest USA. Call Harvey at EXCAVATOR ATTACHMENTS IN STOCK. 1-877-824-3010 or cell 403-795-1872. WBM/CAT/CWS. Western Heavy Equip- CHIEF WESTLAND AND CARADON BIN Vandenberg Hay Farms Ltd., Nobleford AB. ment, 306-981-3475, Prince Albert, SK. extensions, sheets, stiffeners, etc. Now Email: available. Call Bill, 780-986-5548, Leduc, SKIDSTEER ATTACHMENTS: Buckets, rock AB. ANDRES TRUCKING. Hauling equipment, buckets, grapples, weld-on plates, hyd. aubins, livestock, towing. Canada/USA. Call gers, brush cutters and more large stock. BROCK (BUTLER) GRAIN BIN PARTS or text 306-736-3454, South East, SK. Top quality equipment, quality welding and accessories available at Rosler Conand sales. Call Darcy at 306-731-3009, struction. 306-933-0033, Saskatoon, SK. LONG LAKE TRUCKING, two units, custom 306-731-8195, Craven, SK. LIFETIME LID OPENERS. We are a stockhay hauling. Call 306-567-7100, Imperial, ing dealer for Boundary Trail Lifetime Lid SK. 1973 CAT 930 loader, 2 yard bucket, new Openers, 18” to 39”. Rosler Construction pins and bushings, $15,000. Call 2000 Inc., 306-933-0033, Saskatoon, SK. 306-524-4960, Semans, SK. CUSTOM GRAIN BIN MOVING, all types up to 22’ diameter. 10% spring discount. JIM’S TUB GRINDING, H-1100 Haybuster 2003 JD 700H LGP, full canopy, screens, Accurate estimates. Sheldon’s Hauling, with 400 HP, serving Saskatchewan. Call new UC, bushings, 6-way blade, mint! 306-961-9699, Prince Albert, SK. 306-334-2232, 306-332-7332, Balcarres. 780-755-2115, 780-842-7836 Edgerton AB USED, REBUILT or NEW engines. Specializing in Cummins, have all makes, large inventory of parts, re-powering is our specialty. 1-877-557-3797, Ponoka, AB.

Find out why half our patients are happy Western Canadian farmers Stem cells from your own fat and bone marrow for arthritis of joints and low back / neck pain Affordable alternative to surgery without the down time Hundreds of Western Canadian farmers treated Located in Park City, Utah close to the Salt Lake City airport. (435) 604-0438

KEHO/ GRAIN GUARD/ OPI STORMAX. For sales and service east central SK. and MB., call Gerald Shymko, Calder, SK., 306-742-4445 or toll free 1-888-674-5346.

BATCO CONVEYORS, new and used, grain augers and SP kits. Delivery and leasing available. 1-866-746-2666. NEW BATCO 2075 w/electric drive kit. Retail $36,500. Blow-out Special, $28,500. 306-648-3622, Gravelbourg, SK. BUILD YOUR OWN conveyors, 6”, 7”, 8” and 10” end units available; Transfer conveyors and bag conveyors or will custom build. Call for prices. Master Industries Inc. Phone 1-866-567-3101, Loreburn, SK.

STEEL CLADDING SALE: New Grade A 29 gauge white-white metal cladding 3/4” high rib cut to your length for only .75¢/sq.ft. All accessories, fasteners and flashings are available. Call Prairie Steel in Clavet, SK., 1-888-398-7150, or email

2004 CAT D7R-XR Series II angle dozer, full canopy and ripper. 780-983-0936, Westlock, AB.


KEHO/ GRAIN GUARD Aeration Sales and Service. R.J. Electric, Avonlea, SK. Call 306-868-2199 or cell 306-868-7738.

DIESEL ENGINES, OVERHAUL kits and parts for most makes. Cat, CIH, Cummins, Detroit, Mack. M&M Equipment Ltd., Parts and Service phone: 306-543-8377, fax: 306-543-2111, Regina, SK. 290 CUMMINS, 350 Detroit, 671 Detroit, Series 60 cores. 306-539-4642, Regina, SK WANTED DIESEL CORES: ISX and N14 POLY GRAIN BINS, 40 to 150 bu. for grain Cummins, C15 Cats, Detroits Ddec 3, 4, cleaning, feed, fertilizer and left over treatDD15. Can-Am Truck 1-800-938-3323. ed seed. 306-258-4422, Vonda, SK. 3406B, N14, SERIES 60, running engines and parts. Call Yellowhead Traders, BOOK NOW, TAKE DELIVERY, DON’T 306-896-2882, Churchbridge, SK. PAY UNTIL NOVEMBER, 2017. Top quality MERIDIAN bins. All prices include: skid, ladders to ground, manhole, set-up and delivery within set radius. Meridian Hopper combos: 3500 bushel, $10,450. SPECIAL: 5000 bu., $13,990. We manufactor superior quality hoppers and steel floors for all makes and sizes. Know what you are investing in. Call and find out why our product quality and price well exceeds the competition. We also stock replacement lids for all makes and models of bins. Leasing available. Hoffart Services Inc., 306-957-2033, Odessa, SK.

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780-895-2241 FARM AND INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICAL motor sales, service and parts. Also sale of, and repairs to, all makes and sizes of pumps and phase converters, etc. Tisdale Motor Rewinding 1984 Ltd., 306-873-2881, fax 306-873-4788, 1005A111th Ave., Tisdale, SK. Website:

SPECIAL! 4WD 2008 Ag-Chem 8244, airflow bed, 70’ booms, $69,500. 2009 AgChem 8204, 2-bin, $73,500. USD prices. 406-466-5356. Choteau, MT. View website

2011 4520 1-bin, 70’ booms, $145,000; 22010 Case 4520’s, 70’ booms: 3-bin, 3100 hrs., $168,000; SPECIAL- 2010 Case 4520, 1-bin, 5100 hrs., $98,500; 22007 Case 4520’s, 3-bin, 70’ booms, 3300 hrs., AutoSteer, $134,000 and $98,000; 2006 Case 4510, AutoSteer, FlexAir 70’ booms, 7400 hrs., $77,000; 2005 Case 4520 w/70’ FlexAir, 4000 hrs., $78,000; 2004 Case 4010, 80’ SPRAYER, 7000 hrs., $58,000; 2- 2004 Loral AirMax 1000s, 70’ booms, immaculate, $76,000 and $93,000; 2006 2-bin AgChem, 70’ booms, $58,000; 2002 KBH Semi tender, self-contained, $32,000; 2009 and 2012 Merritt semi belt tender, self contained, $32,000 and $42,000; 2- 24 ton Wilmar tender beds, $17,500 ea; 2012 Wilmar Rangler 4560, 780 hrs., $28,500; 2009 Rangler, 2400 hrs, $23,500; 1974 10,000 gal. NH3 transport, $38,500; 18,000 gal. NH3 holding tank, $34,500. USD prices. 406-466-5356, Choteau, MT.

REMOTE CONTROL SWING AUGER movers, trailer chute openers, endgate and hoist systems, wireless full bin alarms, swing belt movers, wireless TractorCams, motorized utility carts. All shipped directly FOR ALL YOUR grain storage, hopper to you. Safety, convenience, reliability. cone and steel floor requirements contact: Kramble Industries at 306-933-2655, Kevin’s Custom Ag in Nipawin, SK. Toll Saskatoon, SK. or free: 1-888-304-2837. AUGERS: NEW and USED: Wheatheart, GRAIN BIN SERVICES. Concrete, turnkey Westfield, Westeel augers; Auger SP kits; installation, remodel, repair. We specialize Batco conveyors; Wheatheart post poundin large diameter setup and wind damage ers. Good prices, leasing available. Call repair. Call Quadra Development Corp., 1-866-746-2666. 1-800-249-2708, or SAKUNDIAK 8x1400, Onan, Wheatheart SP kit and clutch, used very little. 306-493-9393, Delisle, SK. 20’ AND 40’ SEA CONTAINERS, for sale 2012 CONVEY-ALL TCHSS 1045 conin Calgary, AB. Phone 403-226-1722, veyor, 10”x45’, stainless steel w/Flave con1-866-517-8335. veyor and skid mount wet kit, $19,800. BOND SEA CONTAINERS. New, used and 1-888-278-4905 modified sea containers. All sizes avail. Buy, rent or lease. Call Bond today NEW MERIDIAN AUGERS with motor, 306-373-2236, or visit clutch, reversing gearbox and lights. HD8-39, $15,350; HD8-59, $17,250; TL10-39, $16,995; HD10-59, $18,995. 306-648-3622, Gravelbourg, SK. MERIDIAN AUGERS IN STOCK: swings, truck loading, Meridian SP movers. Call Hoffart Services Inc., Odessa, SK., 306-957-2033. MERIDIAN GRAIN AUGERS available with self-propelled mover kits and bin sweeps. Call Kevin’s Custom Ag in Nipawin, SK. Toll free 1-888-304-2837.

C7 INDUSTRIAL CAT engine fits 950 loader, factory rebuild. Sold with warranty, BEAVER CONTAINER SYSTEMS, new $21,885 exchange. On Track Company Inc. and used sea containers, all sizes. CUSTOM COLOR SORTING chickpeas to at 780-672-6868, Camrose, AB. mustard. Cert. organic and conventional. 306-220-1278, Saskatoon and Regina, SK. 306-741-3177, Swift Current, SK. C12 CAT ENGINE, MBL: 435 HP, rebuilt. 20’ TO 53’ CONTAINERS. New, used and Drop in. Sold with warranty, $24,885. Call modified. Available Winnipeg, MB; Regina DUAL SCREEN ROTARY grain cleaners, James at On Track Company Inc. at and Saskatoon, SK. great for pulse crops, best selection in Western Canada. 306-946-7923, Young SK 780-672-6868, Camrose, AB. 306-933-0436.



MACDON HEADERS!! Lots available! 35’, 40’ & 45’. D60’s, D65’s, FD70’s in stock now 1-888-278-4905 MACDON CA20/CA25 and HONEYBEE flex or rigid adapters and completion kits, plenty in stock. We want your trade! 1-888-278-4905. REPAIR BENT BROKEN combine headers, Pickup and delivery available. Call 306-640-2270, Lafleche, SK.

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RECONDITIONED COMBINE HEADERS. RIGID and flex, most makes and sizes; also header transports. Ed Lorenz, 306-344-4811, Paradise Hill, SK. or website: PICKUP REEL PARTS WAREHOUSE: MacDon, UII, JD, Hart Carter, CNH, AGCO. We distribute parts for all PU reels. Call 1-888-278-4905.

PUMPS, PRESSURE WASHERS, Honda/Koshin pumps, 1-1/2” to 4”, Landa pressure washers, steam washers, parts washers. M&M Equip. Ltd. Parts & Service, Regina, SK. 306-543-8377, fax 306-543-2111.


2 MONOCHROMATIC COLOUR Sorters. Ideal for removing Ergot from cereal grains. Each machine mounted in an insulated container, c/w air compressor and wiring. Satake AlphaScan II, Hi Flow 160. Machine #2- Delta I-IC/CCD-5. Both machines capacity- 500-700 bu./hr. Lars 306-937-2575, 306-441-0242 BattlefordSK

2000 CASE/IH 2388 w/1015 header, $65,000; 2004 2388 w/2015 PU header, $115,000; 2006 2388 w/2015 PU header, $130,000; 2009 7088 w/2016 PU header, $180,000. A.E. Chicoine Farm Equipment, 306-449-2255, Storthoaks, SK.

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MEDICINE HAT TRACTOR Salvage Inc. Specializing in new, used, and rebuilt agricultural and construction parts. Buying all sorts of ag and construction equipment for dismantling. Call today 1-877-527-7278, Medicine Hat, AB.

DRYAIR GRAIN DRYING SYSTEM. 1.2 million BTU boiler on propane, mounted on trailer. Also 4 large heat coil radiators on wheels. Large quantity of hose w/quick couplers. Shedded, exc. cond., used very little, $42,500. Phone 306-873-9221 or 306-323-2099, Archerwill, SK.

AGRA PARTS PLUS, parting older tracCAT COMBINE PARTS Salvaging 670, tors, tillage, seeding, haying, along w/oth590, 580R, 485, 480, 470, 460R. New addi- er Ag equipment. 3 miles NW of Battle- HEAVY DUTY WHEEL DOLLY. Change your tions regularly. Call 1-888-278-4905. ford, SK. off #16 Hwy. Ph: 306-445-6769. sprayer tires in less than an hour! Over 100 units sold last 12 months. Perfect tool for safely and quickly moving or changing 2011 CLAAS LEXION 760, 700 sep. hrs., LOEFFELHOLZ TRACTOR AND COMBINE large wheels/tires, $1,499. 403-892-3303, fully loaded, $265,000 CAD OBO; 2010 Salvage, Cudworth, SK., 306-256-7107. Carmangay, AB. Lexion 590, fully loaded, 500 sep. hrs., We sell new, used and remanufactured MORIDGE 400 BUSHEL batch grain dryer, $220,000 CAD OBO. All exc. cond., used parts for most farm tractors and combines. with canola screens, good condition, only in small grains; 2000 Lexion 480, $2200. Call 306-795-7618, Ituna, SK. $27,000 CAD OBO. Call 218-779-1710, COMB-TRAC SALVAGE. We sell new and 3 PTH sprayer. Call Glen Bottineau, ND. used parts for most makes of tractors, WANTED: 306-266-2016, Wood combines, balers, mixmills and swathers. 306-640-8034, Mountain, SK. or email Phone 306-997-2209, 1-877-318-2221, Borden, SK. 2009 NH 9070, 1793/1474 hrs, Intelli- We buy machinery. View II display, Y&M, remote sieve adjust, elec. stonetrap, duals, diff. lock, long auger, PSD, deluxe chopper, chaff spreader, SMITH’S TRACTOR WRECKING. Huge c/w 76-C 14’ Swathmaster PU plus 2003 inventory new and used tractor parts. NH 94-C 36’ draper header, fore/aft, split 1-888-676-4847. PU reel, single knife drive, gauge wheels, transport, all stored inside, $210,000 OB0. G.S. TRACTOR SALVAGE, JD tractors Call 780-608-9290, Strome, AB. Get the latest ag news only. Call 306-497-3535, Blaine Lake, SK.

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NOW SALVAGING GLEANER S77, low hrs., duals, cab, tons of good parts. Call us! FRONTIER SB1309 SNOWBLOWER, 8’10” 1-888-278-4905. wide, never used. Will consider equipment CONVEYAIR GRAIN VACS, parts, accestrade. Ph 403-362-1897, Rolling Hills, AB. sories. Call Bill 780-986-5548, Leduc, AB. WANTED: NICE R72 Gleaner w/Cummins engine. Call 701-340-5061, Minot, ND.

s670/680/690 JD Combine low hrs 4730 JD sprayer, 100 ft. 854 Rogator sP sprayer, complete with JD auto steer, swath pro special 450 CIH Quadtrac with big pump 554 Rogator sprayer sP 4840 JD 2WD, low hours, new tires

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JD 1820, 61’ air drill, 10” spacing, Atom WANTED: CAB DOOR for Case/IH 1070 Jet paired row boots, 4” pneumatic pack- tractor. Call 306-781-2775, Kronau, SK. ers, NH3 Raven controller, sectional, JD 1910 430 cart, var. rate, 3 meters, $49,000. 306-743-7622, Langenburg, SK. 2013 CIH Steiger 600 Quad, 1850 hrs, 6 hyd outlets, 36” tracks, diff lock, $453.900. South Country Equipment, 306-842-4686, Weyburn, SK

2007 CHALLENGER MT765B track, 3268 hrs., 320 HP, 4 SCV’s, AutoGuidance, $172,900. South Country Equipment, 306-721-5050, Regina, SK FALL DISCOUNTS on new and used rollers, all sizes. Leasing and delivery available. 403-580-6889, Bow Island, AB. GANDY AIR SPREAD 5424, fert., grass and chem. spreader, mtd. on 50’ Flexi-Coil harrow drawbar, good tine harrows, new hoses and clamps 306-642-5740 Assiniboia SK

2- 2006 JD 9760 STS, bullet rotor 615 WANTED: JD 7810 c/w FEL & 3-PTH; SP PU, various work orders, 1 owner, 2200 or PTO bale wagon; JD or IHC end wheel sep. hrs., w/wo HoneyBee 30’ straight cut drills. Small square baler. 403-394-4401. headers, field ready, $95,000 each OBO, choice. Call 780-221-3980, Leduc, AB. HARD TO FIND! John Deere 346 square 1990 JD 9500, 4100 eng. hrs., 912 PU baler, nice shape, $5500 OBO. header, many new parts, harvest ready, 780-888-7152, Lougheed, AB. $27,500 OBO; JD 930 rigid header with hyd. adjustable reel, good condition, $5000 OBO. 306-946-7928, Watrous, SK. NEW 2014 MD PW7 w/16’ Swathmaster JD 2005 4895, 30’ HoneyBee header, to fit JD STS/S series, $24,900. dual canvas drives, near new UII reel, 1 1-888-278-4905. owner, $45,000 OBO. 780-221-3980. 2008 9770 STS, dual wheels w/2010 615 PICKUP REEL PARTS WAREHOUSE: PU header, $195,000. A.E. Chicoine Farm MacDon, UII, JD, Hart Carter, CNH, AGCO. Equipment, 306-449-2255, Storthoaks, SK. We distribute parts for all PU reels. Call 2013 JD S690, 503 sep. hrs., var. stream 1-888-278-4905. rotor, manual fold top, GS3 command centre, premium cab, ProDrive trans., small wire concave, w/PU header, $325,000 OBO; 2630, GPS receiver, AutoTrac, also available. Call 306-869-7629, Radville, SK. WANTED FOR PARTS: NH 1475 haybine and NH BR780 round baler. Call 2000 JOHN DEERE 9650, walker, fine cut 306-395-2668, 306-681-7610, Chaplin, SK. chopper, long auger, shedded, $39,000. Call 306-524-4960, Semans, SK.

2012 9510R, 960 hrs, PS, 17’ 6-way blade, premium cab, 9030 lb. cast, ext. warranty, too many extras to list, $370,000 OBO. 780-808-3141, Lloydminster, AB.

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HEAVY HARROWS YEAR END CLEARANCE! 2016 Morris 70’, 26”x9/16” tine; 2014 50’ Morris, 26”/9/16” tine, 800 acres, looks like new. Cash finance or lease. Cam-Don Motors Ltd., 306-237-4212, Perdue, SK.

JD 6420 PREMIUM, 6100 hrs., w/640 loader and grapple, 2 hydraulics, 3rd w/joystick control, new rubber, very good condition, $55,000 OBO. 780-871-8111, Lloydminster, AB.

JD 7810, MFWD, LHR, JD 840 loader, 2010 8370 VR TBT cart, w/third tank, Top- grapple fork, joystick, shedded, very clean Con monitor, $72,900. Cam-Don Motors, tractor. Call 780-674-5516, 780-305-7152, Barrhead, AB. 306-237-4212, Perdue, SK. 2004 FLEXI-COIL 2340 TBH, very good, JD 8440, PTO, 5800 orig. hrs., quad $14,900. Call Cam-Don Motors Ltd., trans, premium condition, $26,000 OBO. Call 403-823-1894, Drumheller, AB. 306-237-4212, Perdue, SK.

2010 JD 9870 STS, loaded, 4 WD, only 480 sep./ 600 eng. hrs, $269,000 CAD OBO. 218-779-1710, Bottineau, ND. 1994 1688, 4300 eng. hrs., newer sieves, rails, feeder house, and bushings, $20,000 OBO. 306-220-1533, Saskatoon, SK.

1992 37’ CASE/IH 5600 HD cultivator, w/Degelman mounted 4-row harrows, $25,000. A.E. Chicoine Farm Equipment, 306-449-2255, Storthoaks, SK.

MOON HEAVY HAUL pulling air drills/ air seeders, packer bars, Alberta and Sask. 30 1995 CASE 9270, 6400 hrs., 4 hyds. w/one years experience. Call Bob Davidson, return line, 12 spd. trans. set up for OutDrumheller, AB. 403-823-0746. Back AutoSteer, 5520/85R42 tires, new fronts fall 2014, new back tires fall 2015, 2003 BOURGAULT 5710 29’ air drill, DS, recently serviced, $65,000 OBO. Ph/text Stealth paired row openers, 9.8” spacing, Dwayne at 306-662-8532, Fox Valley, SK. 4300 tank, $60,000 OBO. 780-771-2155, 780-404-1212, Wandering River, AB. 1998 CIH STEIGER 9390, 425 HP, approx. 6500 hrs., 850 Trellberg duals, 24 spd., vg 1993 FLEXI-COIL 5000, 33’, 12” spacing, cond., $89,000. 306-948-7223, Biggar, SK. steel packers, DS, Dutch paired row openers, 1720 TBH tank, $16,500. LIZARD CREEK REPAIR and Tractor. We buy 90 and 94 Series Case, 2 WD, FWA 306-739-2442, Moosomin, SK. tractors for parts and rebuilding. Also have 2002 BOURGAULT 5710 47’, 10” spacing, rebuilt tractors and parts for sale. MRB’s, Dickey John autorate, c/w 2320 306-784-7841, Herbert, SK. w/3rd tank, seeds 220 acres of canola per 2014 CIH 600 QuadTrac, luxury cab, diff fill, $42,000. 306-873-8301, Tisdale, SK. lock, 1000PTO,36” tracks, $407,900. 2010 65’ 3310 BOURGAULT Paralink, 12” South Country Equipment, 306-842-4686, spacing, mid row shank banding, double Weyburn, SK shoot, rear hitch, tandem axles, low acres, $145,000. 2002 49’ Morris Maxim air drill, 2012 JD 9560R, 2916 hrs, 18F,6R power12” spacing, w/7240 Morris grain cart, shift, hi-flow hyds, 520/85R46, $383,400. $52,000. A.E. Chicoine Farm Equipment, South Country Equipment, 306-842-4686, Weyburn, SK 306-449-2255, Storthoaks, SK.

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VW MFG. Carbide Drill Points and Openers for air drills. New super slim paired row opener VW32RPR. Full orders qualify for nearly Free, or FREE shipping. Phone 403-528-3350.

2007 7010 Case/IH, dual wheels, w/2016 TRIPLE B WRECKING, wrecking tractors, header, $170,000. Call A.E. Chicoine Farm combines, cults., drills, swathers, mixmills. etc. We buy equipment. 306-246-4260, Equipment, 306-449-2255, Storthoaks, SK. 306-441-0655, Richard, SK.

2004 NH CR970 for salvage, running WESTERN GRAIN DRYER, mfg. of grain eng., tons of good parts. Call dryers w/auto. drying/moisture control. 1-888-606-6362. Updates to Vertec roof, tiers, moisture control. Economic designed dryers avail. 1-888-288-6857.

JD 9400, 9420, 9520, 8970 JD 9860, 9760, 9750, 9650, 9600 JD 9430, 9530, 9630 Case sTX 375, 425, 430, 450, 480, 500, 530 CIH 8010-2388, 2188 combine CIH 435Q, 535Q, 450Q, 550Q, 600Q pto avail. JD 4710, 4720, 4730, 4830, 4920, 4930 SP sprayers JD 9770 & 9870 w/CM & duals CIH 3185, 3230, 3330, 4430, 4420 sprayers

JD 8440, PTO, 5800 orig. hrs., quad trans, premium condition, call Call 403-823-1894, Drumheller, AB.

HEAVY DUTY DISCER 25’, in good shape. 780-853-2031, 780-581-4035, Vermilion, JD 4010, c/w FEL, new tires, batteries and injectors, very clean. Call 403-823-1894, AB. Drumheller, AB. COMPACTED SUBSOIL ISSUES? Avoid JD 7710 MFWD, with 740 loader, LHR, “band-aid” solutions. Since 1984. Call Rick premium condition, 20.8x38 tires. Call 403-350-6088, anytime. 403-823-1894, Drumheller, AB. KELLO-BILT 8’ to 20’ offset discs w/24” 2008 JD 9630, 4 WD, 2925 hrs., 800 duals, to 36” notched blades; Kello-Bilt 24’ to 38’ fresh Greenlight, excellent condition. Call tandem wing discs w/26” and 28” notched 306-741-2649, Pennant, SK. blades and oilbath bearings. Red Deer, AB. NICE 2010 JD 9630, 4WD, original Call: 1-888-500-2646. er, 2500 hrs., fully loaded, big hyd. pump, WANTED: USED OLDER tandem disc 16’ 5 remotes, 800 duals, all updates done, to 22’. Ph/text 306-946-7738, Watrous, SK best offer. Don 306-948-6059, Biggar, SK.

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1990 JD 4755 tractor, 2 WD, quad range, 1000 PTO, approx. 6900 hrs., $37,500. Call 306-948-7223, Biggar, SK. 2012 JD 9560R tractor, duals, 1988 hrs., $356,000. Nelson Motors & Equipment, 1-888-508-4406. 2012 JD 9560R tractor, duals, 1816 hrs., $356,000. Nelson Motors & Equipment, 1-888-508-4406. 2012 JD 9560R, duals, PTO, 2085 hours, $368,000. Nelson Motors & Equipment, 1-888-508-4406. 2012 JD 9560R, triples, PTO, 1992 hrs., $369,000. Nelson Motors & Equipment, 1-888-508-4406. 2012 JD 9560R tractor, duals, 1709 hrs., $356,900. Nelson Motors & Equipment, 1-888-508-4406. 1997 JD 9400 tractor, duals, 6000 hours, $117,900. Nelson Motors & Equipment, 1-888-508-4406. 2008 JD 9530 tractor, duals, 3178 hours., $231,900. Nelson Motors & Equipment, 1-888-508-4406. 2012 JD 9560R tractor, duals, 1685 hrs., $352,000. Nelson Motors & Equipment, 1-888-508-4406. 2008 JD 9430 tractor, duals, 2520 hrs., $214,900. Nelson Motors & Equipment, 1-888-508-4406. 2012 JD 9560R, duals, PTO, 2085 hours, $368,000. Nelson Motors & Equipment, 1-888-508-4406. 1997 JD 7410 MFWD, loader, 9200 hours, $59,900. Nelson Motors & Equipment, 1-888-508-4406. 1996 JD 7800 MFWD, loader, 11,845 hrs., $59,500. Nelson Motors & Equipment, 1-888-508-4406. 2012 JD 7200R MFWD, IVT, 2226 hours, $186,900. Nelson Motors & Equipment, 1-888-508-4406. 2013 JD 6170R MFWD, loader, 1500 hrs, $184,000. Nelson Motors & Equipment, 1-888-508-4406. 2012 JD 6210R, MFWD, loader, 826 hrs., $184,000. Nelson Motors & Equipment, 1-888-508-4406. 2012 JD 9560R, duals, PTO, 2539 hours, $356,000. Nelson Motors & Equipment, 1-888-508-4406. 2012 JD 9560R, duals, PTO, 2246 hours, $355,900. Nelson Motors & Equipment, 1-888-508-4406. 2013 JD 9560R tractor duals, 1954 hrs, $373,000. Nelson Motors & Equipment, 1-888-508-4406. 1980 JD 4440, 2 WD, loader, 7188 hours, $33,500. Nelson Motors & Equipment, 1-888-508-4406. 2015 JD 9620R, duals, PTO, 669 hrs., $554,000. Nelson Motors & Equipment, 1-888-508-4406. 2012 JD 9510RT, 1660 hrs, Greenstar, JDLink, 36” tracks, AJ Hitch, $391,900. South Country Equipment, 306-424-2212, Montnartre, SK 2012 JD 9560R, 2916 hrs, 18F,6R powershift, hi-flow hyds, 520/85R46, $383,400. South Country Equipment, 306-424-2212, Montnartre, SK

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2011 JD 9630T, 2486 hrs., 36” tracks, 5 hyd. outlets, front idler weights, deluxe comfort, $313,900. South Country Equipment, 306-842-4686, Weyburn, SK 2012 JD 9560R, 1369 hrs , JDLink, hi-flow hyd system, 800/70R38, $400,100. South Country Equipment, 306-721-5050, Regina, SK FOUR 2015 JD9570R, 526 hrs up , Command View cab, JDLink, 800/70R38, $536,900 up. South Country Equipment, 2009 T9060, CUMMINS, AutoSteer, 800 duals, 3990 hours, $211,000. Cam-Don 306-354-2411, Mossbank, SK Motors, 306-237-4212, Perdue, SK. 2015 JD9520R, 1130 hrs, 800/70R38, 2013 NH T9.670, 1620 hrs, 36” tracks, premium cab, leather pkg, $513,000. Nav controller, diff lock, 6 hyd outlets, South Country Equipment, 306-354-2411, $433,700. South Country Equipment, Mossbank, SK 306-354-2411, Mossbank, SK 2014 JD 9560RT, 701 hrs, 36” tracks, Greenstar, JDLink, tow cable, $483,500. South Country Equipment, 306-746-2110, Raymore, SK 2013 JD 7280R, 2058 hrs., 700/70R38 w/Degelman 5900 12” blade, JD Link, $279,900. South Country Equipment, 306-692-2371, Moose Jaw, SK 2004 JD 9250T, 4198 hrs., deluxe cab, 2600 Greenstar AutoTrac, 36” tracks, 460/85R38, $159,900. South Country Equipment, 306-642-3366, Assiniboia, SK. 2014 JD 6125R, MFWD, 1397 hrs., w/H340 loader, bucket and grapple, 460/85R38, $148,400. South Country Equipment, 306-721-5050, Regina, SK. 2009 JD 7830 MFWD, 3821 hrs., AutoTrac, 520/85R42, Command View cab, $143,900. South Country Equipment, 306-721-5050, Regina, SK. TWO 2015 JD 6140M, 1200+ hrs., MFWD w/H360 loader, bucket and grapple, $169,800. South Country Equipment, 306-345-2411, Mossbank, SK. 2015 JD 7210R, 1190 hrs., MFWD, JDLink, Command View cab, 710/70R38, $253,300. South Country Equipment, 306-692-2371, Moose Jaw, SK 2015 JD 6150M, 1300 hrs., deluxe cab, MFWD, c/wH360 loader, bucket and grapple, $183,100. South Country Equipment, 306-692-2371, Moose Jaw, SK TWO 2015 JD 6125M, MFWD, 534 hrs.+, 520/70R38 w/H340 loader, $157,500 and up. South Country Equipment, 306-345-2411, Mossbank, SK. 1981 JOHN DEERE 8640, 4WD, 8300 hours, good condition, $18,500. Call 306-739-2442, Moosomin, SK. 2004 JD 7520, MFWD, quad shift, LHR, 3 PTH, 741 SL loader, grapple, good tires, 9086 hrs, $70,000 OBO. 306-869-3113, Radville, SK

2011 B3000, MFWD, 246 hrs., 30 HP dsl., 3 range hydro. trans., deluxe cab, CAH, PS, 3 PTH, mid and rear hyd. in dependant PTO, joystick loader lever, includes 63” Kubota snowblower ($5700 value w/all options), always shedded. Mint! $22,900. Cudworth, SK. call 306-256-3569, 306-230-4393.

2006 FLEXI-COIL 5000 HD 51’, 10” spacing, 5” rubber packers, single shoot, $28,000; NH 359 mixmill, PBF, new tires, $3500; 2001 Bourgault 5440 dual fan, air seeder hopper, $33,000. 403-665-2341, Craigmyle, AB.

Farming is enough of a gamble, advertise in 2013 DEGELMAN 5700 blade, 12’, mounts the Alberta Farmer Express classified secfor JD 6150R; 2013 Degelman 5700 blade, tion. It’s a sure thing. 1-800-665-1362. 12’, mounts for NH T7.185, $11,500 ea. 2013 VERSATILE 450 PS, PTO, deluxe cab, 780-679-7795, Camrose, AB. leather seat, AutoSteer, 790 hrs., very good condition, $289,000. Call Cam-Don DEGELMAN 5900 14’ 6-Way dozer blade, Motors Ltd., 306-237-4212, Perdue, SK. c/w silage extension and brackets, to fit STAINLESS STEEL LIQUID FERTILIZER JD 8000 series tractor, $13,900 OBO. storage tanks for transporting/storing Looking for a hand around the farm? Place a 780-877-2191, Bashaw, AB. 1600-50,000 gallons. Call 306-960-3000. help wanted ad in the classifieds. Call 1-800665-1362. 12’ DEGELMAN 45/5700 4-Way dozer FLAX STRAW BUNCHER and land levelers. blade, QA, $15,000; HLA snow wing dozer Building now, taking orders. Don’t delay, blade, trip cutting edge, $17,000. Wander- call now! 306-957-4279, Odessa, SK. ing River AB 780-771-2155, 780-404-1212 ODESSA ROCKPICKER SALES: New DeLEON 606 FEL with 6’ bucket, $3200. gelman equipment, land rollers, Strawmaster, rockpickers, protill, dozer blades. Call306-960-3000, St. Louis, SK. 306-957-4403, 306-536-5097, Odessa, SK.

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NH 1060 tbt air cart, Dual 20.8 x 38 tires, No monitor, used 1 season, as new .........$79,500 25’ Hesston PT Swather ......................................................................................$3,000 25’ 725 CIH (MacDon) PT Swather ....................................................................$3,000 40’ Morris 3100 Hoe Drills, mover and hitch .......................................................$10,000 946 Versatile Ford Tractor, 5,000 hrs, 24.5 x 32 D .............................................$50,000 560 Hesston Round Baler, 1,000 PTO ................................................................. $5,500 660 NH Round Baler, 540 pto, nice shape ...............................................................$5,500 60’ S82 Flexicoil Harrow Draw Bar, Nice shape ..................................................$5,250 44’ 820 F.C. Deep Till Air Seeder, harrows ...............................................................CALL 2320 F.C. TBH Air Tank, complete with 320 - 3rd tank .................................................CALL 40’ 340 F.C. Chisel Plow & 75 Packer Bar, P30’s ..........................................$27,500 41’ Flexicoil 300 B Chisel Plow, 3 bar harrows ...................................................$12,500 100’ 65XL Flexicoil Sprayer, complete with windguards, elec. end nozzles single tips, auto rate, excellent condition ...........................................$12,500 29’ 225 DOW Kello- Bilt Tandem Disc, 28” smooth front & rear blades, 10.5” spacing, oil, bath bearings, as new ................................................................. $60,000 47’ 820 Flexicoil Chisel Plow, 4 bar harrow, low mileage......................................$67,500 2009 GMC Topkick 20 ft. Grain Truck, automatic, silage gate, air ride suspension,approx. 7,000 kms................................... $105,000 New E-Kay 7”, 8”, 9”Bin Sweeps available..........................................................CALL 8-46’ Meridian Grain Auger 27 HP Kholer, E-Kay mover, belt tightner, power stearing, lights, no spill hopper, as new ............................................................$12,800 10”-50’ Sakundiak Hydraulic Swung Auger......................................................$1,750 8” Wheat Heart Transfer Auger ..........................................................................$1,250 New Outback MAX & STX Guidance & mapping..................................................... In Stock New Outback E-Drive, TC ..................................................................................... In Stock New Outback E-Drive X, c/w free E turns.............................................................. In Stock New Outback S-Lite guidance .............................................................................$1,250 New Outback VSI Steering Wheel Kits.............................................................. In Stock Used Outback E-Drive Hyd. kits ............................................................................... $500 **Outback GPS Systems, E-Kay Custom Augers, Movers, Clutches, Bin Sweeps & Crop Dividers, Kohler, Robin Subaru & Generac Engines, Headsight Harvesting Solutions, Greentronics Sprayer Auto Boom Height, Kello-Bilt Discs**

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WANTED: USED, BURNT, old or ugly trac- 1309’ 7 Tower T&L pivot, c/w both pumps, tors. Newer models too! Smith’s Tractor dsl. motor and large fuel tank. Consider Wrecking, 1-888-676-4847. equip trade. 403-362-1897 Rolling Hills AB WANTED: NH BALE WAGONS & retrievers, any condition. Farm Equipment Finding Service, P.O. Box 1363, Polson, MT 59860. 406-883-2118.

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JD 4045 DF 150, Berkley pump w/clutch, 10 Kw gen. on skids w/300 gal. fuel tank on stand; 4045 DF 150, Cornell pump, w/clutch, T&L hyd. pump on skid, c/w 1800 gal. fuel tank. Will consider equipment trade. 403-362-1897, Rolling Hills AB WESTERN IRRIGATION: CADMAN Dealer. Fall discounts. Full line of new and used equipment. 1 cadman 4000S wide body big gun, like new; Also aluminum pipe, pumps and motors. If we don’t have it, we will get it for you! Call 306-867-9461, 306-867-7037, Outlook, SK.

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MULCHING- TREES, BRUSH, Stumps. Call today 306-933-2950. Visit us at: GUARANTEED PRESSURE TREATED fence posts, lumber slabs and rails. Call Lehner Wood Preservers Ltd., ask for Ron SPRUCE FOR SALE!! Beautiful locally grown trees. Plan ahead and renew your 306-763-4232, Prince Albert, SK. shelterbelt or landscape a new yardsite, get the year round protection you need. We sell on farm near Didsbury, AB. or deliver anywhere in Western Canada. 6 - 12’ spruce available. Now taking spring orders while supplies last. Phone 403-586-8733 or visit:

16’ PEELED RAILS, 2-3” $7.50 ea., 125 per bundle; 3-4” $9.25 ea., 100 per bundle; 4-5” $11 each, 75 per bundle. Vermette Wood Preservers, 1-800-667-0094, Spruce Home, SK

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BOX 217 ERSKINE AB T0C 1G0 email: JOHNSTON/FERTILE VALLEY Black Angus Female Sale: December 15th, 2016 at Heartland Livestock, Swift Current, SK. 125 bred females, sell mostly AI to calve March through May. View the cow herd on-line: David and Dennis Johnston 306-856-4726, Conquest, SK.

QUALITY HERD FOR SALE: 165 mostly Simmental cross. Red, Tan and Black cows, ranging from 1st calvers to mature cows, bred Simmental or Charolais; 40 heifers, mostly Simmental cross, bred Limousin. Start calving March 3rd, 2016. Call BLACK ANGUS BULLS, two year olds, se- 306-210-8497, Tramping Lake, SK. men tested, guaranteed breeders. Delivery available. 306-287-3900, 306-287-8006, RANCH RAISED ONE IRON UNIFORM Englefeld, SK. HEIFERS. Black Angus and BBF, bred June 17 to low birth bulls, full vaccination, askSELLING: BLACK ANGUS BULLS. Wayside ing $1800 each. Chanig Ranch, Angus, Henry and Bernie Jungwirth, 306-478-2658, Mankota, SK. 306-256-3607, Cudworth, SK. JL LIVESTOCK FALL FEMALE SALE on December 13, 2016. Offering: 200 PB heifers and 200 commercial heifers. Sired by Density, Net Worth, and Final Answer. AI’d to Final Answer, Angus Valley, and JL Preferred. Call 306-736-7393 or 306-736-8698, Peebles, SK.

BRED HEIFERS: Approx. 200 big, strong top of the line, one iron Simmental and Simmental Red Angus cross, bred Red or Black Angus. Exposed May 24th, 2016. Full vaccination program plus Ivomec. Contact 3J Simmental Farms, 306-325-4622 or 306-327-8005, Lintlaw, SK.

SOUTH VIEW RANCH has Black and Red Angus 2 year old bulls. Ceylon, SK. Call Shane 306-869-8074, Keith 306-454-2730.

H. S. KNILL TRANSPORT, est. 1933, specializing in purebred livestock transportation. Providing weekly pick up and delivery service across Canada/USA and Mexico. Gooseneck service available in Ontario, Quebec and USA. US and Canada customs HARMONY NATURAL BISON buying finbonded carrier. Call 1-877-442-3106, fax ished up to $6.25/lb HHW; Culls up to 519-442-1122, or 60 BRED COWS FOR SALE: Charolais Sim$5.25/lb HHW; Feeders up to $4.75/lb WALLENSTEIN WOOD PROCESSOR # 830. mental cross. Call 403-652-7253, High 155 King Edward St., Paris, ON. N3L 0A1. 1 man machine for cutting, splitting and LW. Call/text 306-736-3454, SE Sask. River, AB. piling, 50 hrs. 403-346-7178, Red Deer, AB BUYING: CULL COWS, herdsire bulls, Stretch your advertising dollars! Place an ad yearlings and calves. Phone Elk Valley in the classifieds. Our friendly staff is waiting BLOCKED SEASONED JACK Pine firewood Ranches, 780-846-2980, Kitscoty, AB. for your call. 1-800-665-1362. and wood chips for sale. Lehner Wood Pre25 BRED HEIFERS bred Hereford. February servers Ltd., 306-763-4232, Prince Albert, BRED HEIFERS FOR SALE, 77 Plains, 11 calving, balance due March/April. ExcelSK. Will deliver. Self-unloading trailer. Wood cross. The top herd bull is from lent group. Registration papers available. Wolverine Bison sired to the yearling re- Call Duncan or Jeff Lees at: 306-455-2619 serve Grand Champion bull in Denver in or 306-577-1375, Arcola, SK. 2016. This is an impressive group of heifers ready to go this fall. Bulls may be purchased as well. Come view any time, or call Blair 306-231-9980, Plunkett, SK. FRESH AND SPRINGING heifers for sale. 20-25 COWS AND ONE 2 year old bull. Cows and quota needed. We buy all classNothing over 13 years of age. Downsizing. es of slaughter cattle-beef and dairy. R&F Available beginning of December. Offers. Livestock Inc. Bryce Fisher, Warman, SK. Phone 306-239-2298, cell 306-221-2620. Marvin 306-929-2775, Prince Albert, SK.

BLOCKED AND SEASONED FIREWOOD: $180 per 160 ft.≥ cord; bags $80 (includes refundable deposit for bag). Bundles of 4’-5’ or 6.5’ also available. Vermette Wood Preservers 1-800-667-0094, Spruce Home.

WANTED: ALL KINDS of bison from yearlings to old bulls. Also cow/calf pairs. Ph Kevin at 306-429-2029, Glenavon, SK. BIG ISLAND LOWLINES Premier Breeder. Selling custom designed packages. Name your price and we will put a package together for you. Fullblood/percentage Lowline, embryos, semen. Black/Red carrier. Darrell 780-486-7553, Edmonton, AB.

JACK PINE FIREWOOD: split and blocked in mini bulk bags $100/bag. Other lengths RAVINE DRIVE CATTLE CO. has purebred open heifer calves, bred heifers and available. 306-277-4660, Ridgedale, SK. bred cows for sale. Also a prospect steer and prospect heifer calves. Our herd is based primarily on top quality SAV genetics! Call 780-367-2483, 780-208-1125, Willingdon, AB. PUREBRED BLACK ANGUS long yearling bulls, replacement heifers, AI service. Meadow Ridge Enterprises, 306-373-9140 BEV’S FISH & SEAFOOD LTD., buy di- or 306-270-6628, Saskatoon, SK. rect, fresh fish: Pickerel, Northern Pike, Whitefish and Lake Trout. Seafood also available. Phone toll free 1-877-434-7477, BIRCHAM RANCH BRED HEIFERS: 210- Top Cut 1st cross Black Brockle face; 306-763-8277, Prince Albert, SK. 45- 3/4 Angus Black and Black Brockle face and 25 top cut first cross Black Simm cross Black Angus heifers, bred Black Angus. Bred June 10th to Aug 6th. All vaccinations. Will deliver. Selling at the Rock NEW AND USED PTO generators. Diesel Solid Bred Heifer Sale on December 12th, and natural gas sets available as well. Call 2016. Heartland Livestock, Swift Current, 1-888-300-3535, Airdrie, AB. SK. Call Wayne Bircham, 306-662-7940. EX-GOVERNMENT STAND-BY UNITS: 12V92 w/400 KW, 600 volts, 388 hrs, $25,000; 12V92 w/400 KW, 600 volts, 419 hrs, $25,000; 12V92 w/400 KW, 600 volts, 638 hrs, $25,000; 16V92 w/500 KW, 600 volts, 700 hrs, $25,000; 16V92 w/800 KW, 600 volts, 700 hrs, $30,000; KT450 Cummins w/250 KW, $15,000. Can-Am Truck Export Ltd, 1-800-938-3323, Delisle, SK.

TUBING FROM 1-1/4” to 3-1/2”. Sucker rod 3/4”, 7/8” and 1”. Line pipe and Casing also available. Phone 1-800-661-7858 or 780-842-5705, Wainwright, AB. USED PIPE FOR SALE- All kinds of drill pipe, perfect for building panels and corrals. Info. call 403-652-6041, Nanton, AB. We know that farming is enough of a gamble so if you want to sell it fast place your ad in the Alberta Farmer Express classifieds. It’s a Sure Thing. Call our toll-free number today. We have friendly staff ready to help. 1-800-665-1362.

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27 ANGUS HEIFERS bred Wagyu. Bull turned out June 15th, taken out August 3rd. Call 403-644-2247, Standard, AB.

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BRED HEIFERS: 75 Red and Black Angus; 25 Hereford. Excellent ranch raised females. Bred to top quality bulls. Call Dean at 780-855-2580, New Norway, AB.

GRAIN PROCESSING: 16” Sven rollermill, 10 HP, quick release, 6’ cross auger, 2 leg, overhead processed grain tank, all wiring, asking $7500. 306-862-4849, Aylsham, SK.

FREESTANDING PANELS: 30’ windbreak panels; 6-bar 24’ and 30’ panels; 10’, 20’ and 30’ feed troughs; Bale shredder bunks; Silage bunks; Feeder panels; HD bale feeders; All metal 16’ and 24’ calf shelters. Will HORSE COLLARS, all sizes, steel and alu- custom build. 306-424-2094, Kendal, SK. minum horseshoes. We ship anywhere. Keddie’s, 1-800-390-6924 or GREG’S WELDING: Freestanding 30’ 5 bar panels, all 2-7/8” drill stem construction, $470; 24’x5.5’ panels, 2-7/8” pipe with 51” sucker rods, $350; 24’x6’ panels, 2-7/8” pipe with 6- 1” rods, $375; 30’ 2 or 3 bar windbreak panels c/w lumber. Gates and double hinges avail. on all panels. Belting troughs for grain or silage. Calf shelters. FLOCK REDUCTION: Kathadin ewes for Del. avail. 306-768-8555, Carrot River, SK. sale. Call 780-658-2415, Vegreville, AB.

SUNGOLD SPECIALTY MEATS. We want your lambs. Have you got finished (fat) lambs or feeder lambs for sale? Call Rick at: 403-894-9449 or Cathy at: 1-800-363-6602 for terms and pricing. SELLING LAMBS AND GOATS? Why take one price from one buyer? Expose your lambs and goats to a competitive market. Beaver Hill Auctions, Tofield, AB. Sales every Monday, trucks hauling from SK, BC, AB. Call: 780-662-9384.

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ATTENTION ELK PRODUCERS: If you have elk to supply to market, please give 2008 MOD FIELD office complex, 16 units, AWAPCO a call. $10 per kilo. Hot hanging. 12x60. Can be sold in 4, 8 or 16 units. 90 offices total. Call 780-983-0936, Clyde, AB. Call 780-980-7589,

2014 HIGHLINE BALE PRO CFR651, with chopper and grain tank, processed 1000 bales, asking $27,000. Call 306-397-2653, 306-441-2663, Edam, SK.

RED ANGUS BULLS, two year olds, semen tested, guaranteed breeders. Delivery available. 306-287-3900, 306-287-8006, Englefeld, SK.

BISON WANTED - Canadian Prairie Bison is looking to contract grain finished bison, SOUTH VIEW RANCH has Red and Black as well as calves and yearlings for growing Angus 2 year old bulls. Ceylon, SK. Call markets. Contact Roger Provencher at Shane 306-869-8074, Keith 306-454-2730. 306-468-2316,

QH SORREL GELDING from Doc O’Lena and Pistol, cutting horse, broke requires experienced rider; Paint gelding, brown and white, 15 HH, well started, ride and drive; Arabian sorrel mare, started. 780-853-2031 780-581-4035 Vermilion AB

STEEL VIEW MFG. Self-standing panels, windbreaks, silage/hay bunks, feeder panels, sucker rod fence posts. Custom orders. Call Shane 306-493-2300, Delisle, SK. PAYSEN LIVESTOCK EQUIPMENT INC. We manufacture an extensive line of cattle handling and feeding equipment including squeeze chutes, adj. width alleys, crowding tubs, calf tip tables, maternity pens, gates and panels, bale feeders, Bison equipment, Texas gates, steel water troughs, rodeo equipment and garbage incinerators. Distributors for El-Toro electric branders and twine cutters. Our squeeze chutes and headgates are now avail. with a neck extender. Ph 306-796-4508, email: Web:

WANT THE ORGANIC ADVANTAGE? Contact an organic Agrologist at Pro-Cert for information on organic farming: prospects, transition, barriers, benefits, certification and marketing. Call 306-382-1299, Saskatoon, SK. or

WANTED: ORGANIC LENTILS, peas and chickpeas. Stonehenge Organics, Assiniboia, SK., 306-640-8600, 306-640-8437. TRADE AND EXPORT CANADA BUYING all grades of organic grains. Fast payment and pick up. Call 306-433-4700.

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75 SECOND AND THIRD Black and Red Angus young bred cows. Call 306-773-1049 or 306-741-6513, Swift Current, SK. TOP CUT ONE iron bred heifers. 15 Hereford/Char., 7 Hereford/Red Simmental bred June 13 to July 27th. Proven low BW Hereford bulls. Total herd health. Phone Donald Banford 306-295-7333, or call Will Banford 306-295-7807, Eastend, SK. GOOD QUALITY BRED HEIFERS. Red Angus, Red Angus cross Hereford and Red Angus cross Simmental. Bred Red Angus. Ferguson Stock Farm Ltd., 306-895-4825, Paynton, SK. 44 TOPCUT ONE IRON Red Angus cross bred heifers, AI’d to low birthweight Red Angus bull, very impressive group of heifers. Call 306-937-2880 or 306-441-5010 Battleford, SK. 50 BLACK AND 10 BWF bred heifers bred to easy calving Black Angus bulls, turned out July 1st. Ph 306-493-2969, Delisle, SK.






MEDALLION HOMES 1-800-249-3969 Immediate delivery: New 16’ and 20’ modular homes; Also used 14’ and 16’ homes. Now available: Lake homes. Medallion Homes, 306-764-2121, Prince Albert, SK.

BLACK GREYHOUND CROSS male dog, 18 month old for sale, $200. Call 403-227-2387, Innisfail, AB.

5 REG. MALE Border Collie pups, Ken McKenzie’s sire Hanfarian Cap (IMT), dam by Thad Buckler’s Beacons Moss (now in Quebec), ready to go December 4th. Ph 780-305-1499, Rycroft, AB. PUREBRED BORDER COLLIE pups. From good working and personable parents. Contact 306-553-2213, Swift Current, SK. RED HEELER PUPS: 2 females, 2 months old, ready to go with first shots, asking $500. Call 306-725-4510, Bulyea, SK.

LOG HOMES AND CABINS, sidings, paneling, decking. Fir and Hemlock flooring, timbers, special orders. Phone Rouck Bros., Lumby, BC. 1-800-960-3388.

FARMLAND AND YARD SITE, RM of Prince Albert #461 (Hamlet of MacDowall, SK). 406.12 acres. 1975 mobile home. Nicely treed yard - great building site. 8 Westeel grain bins (10,000 bu.), barn, outbuildings. Power, NG, phone, well, city water runs by property. $497,000 OBO. 306-922-3104, email:

RM DOUGLAS- 6 quarters high assessed J&H HOMES: Western Canada’s most farmland, 1800 sq. ft. house, quonset, and trusted RTM Home Builder since 1969. 30,000 bushel grain storage. MLS 584933; RM MEETING LAKE- 1 quarter grassland View at 306-652-5322 fenced. MLS 588573. Great Plains Realty Inc. contact Mike Janostin at 306-481-5574, or SEVERAL QUALITY LAND packages for sale. Please check out our website at Regina, SK. FARMLAND FOR SALE BY TENDER: Approx FARMLAND FOR RENT. Wascana Centre 10 miles East of Viking, AB. The following Authority in Regina has a property are offered for sale by tender subject to available for agricultural crop use. The the encumbrances and interests as are re- land consists of 400 tillable acres of previcorded on the existing Certificate of Titles. ously cropped land immediately east of SE 16-48-11-W4, 155.4 acres, approx. the Trans Canada Bypass and is located (130 crop land and 25.4 slough/native immediately south, east and north of the land); NW 16-48-11-W4, 160 acres (ap- Sask. Polytechnic Campus. The legal land prox. 140 crop and 20 slough/native); NE descriptions are: 5-17-19-W2 and Plan 16-48-11-W4, 155.7 (approx. 90 tame Health Centre, Block C, Lot PTS of 5, 6, grass, 65.7 slough/native). All have newer 8-17-19 W2. The Authority is prepared to 4 wire fence. For more info. 780-777-5227 enter into a multi-year agreement for this (leave message). Bids will be considered property commencing in Dec. 2016. If you on the total package or by individual quar- are interested, please contact Michelle ter section. The highest and/or any bid Paetsch at: phone 306-347-1829 or email will not necessarily be accepted. If the Expressions successful bidder does not complete the of interest are being accepted until the purchase after the acceptance of the ten- date: December 15, 2016 for this property. der, the deposit shall be forfeited. Cheques from unsuccessful bidders shall 160 ACRES near Regina with yard and be returned to them. Tenders in sealed en- business opportunity; 15 acres w/large velopes marked ‘Camp Lake Lands’ must character home, plus 2nd home on properbe received by 11:00 AM on Dec. 19, 2016 ty within 35 miles of Regina or Weyburn in the office of Nickerson, Roberts, Holin- on Hwy. #35; 160 acres w/large home, 3 ski & Mercer, 608-10th St, Wainwright, AB, car heated garage, large shop, horse barn, T9W 1E2, accompanied by a certified plenty of water, 20 min. NE of Regina.; cheque or bank draft in the amount of 10 Near Pilot Butte, 80 acre development percent of the value of the bid payable in land; 90+ acres, Hwy. #11, 7 mi. North of trust to Nickerson, Roberts, Holinski & Saskatoon, development; RM Perdue, 2 quarters W. of Saskatoon on Hwy #14; 2 Mercer, Barristers and Solicitors. miles East of Balgonie Hwy. #1, 145 acre development land. Brian Tiefenbach 306-536-3269, Colliers Int., Regina, SK. 255 ACRES IN RM of Cote #271: Approx. 160 acres seeded to cereal crop, balance in tame hay. Close to Duck Mountain Provincial Park. Municipal water pipeline runs through property. Located approx. 8 miles from Kamsack, SK. $1693/acre. E-mail:

RM OF MAYFIELD No. 406. Approx 950 acres due to 10 acres out for acreage. 324 acres of cultivated grain land. Approx 626 acres of natural pasture and prairie wool pasture and spring feed pasture water. 2.5 miles south of Maymont on 376. Fenced with 3 wires and treated post. What a property!! Overlooking the North Saskatchewan River and the River Valley. Excellent big game hunting in the area white tail deer, moose and geese. MLS® YUMA, AZ. HOME for sale: 3 bdrm, 2 591593. For further info or to view call baths, w/solar system, pool, att. garage Lloyd Ledinski/Elaine Elder, Re/Max of the and RV garage, fully furnished. For more Battlefords, 306-446-8800, 306-441-0512. info. call 403-871-2441 or 928-503-5344. RM CANWOOD #494- $990,000. 1202 acres good pasture w/Little Shell River running thru it. Approx. 660 acres cult. tame hay and the balance main natural and bush pasture. Fairly good fence, also the seller has done some gravel test holes. What was found is very interesting on approx. 400 acres. The buyers would responsible for their own testing. As well, there is some spruce timber. MLS®574209. Info. call Lloyd Ledinski, Re/Max of the Battlefords, 306-446-8800, 306-441-0512. DOUBLE RV LOT for sale, Yuma, AZ. With OF TENDER of: RV support building - washer/dryer, toilet, NOTICE NE-36-39-28-W2; LSD 11 and 12 of shower etc. 403-871-2441, 928-503-5344. NW-12-40-28-W2; NW-01-40-28-W2; SE-36-39-28-W2; DWEIN TRASK REALTY INC. Quality SW-01-40-28-W2; homes in small towns currently available SE-12-40-28-W2, RM of Grant. All bids to within 45 minutes of Saskatoon. Ideal for be in writing by registered mail or delivretirement, fixed income or seasonal living ered personally to the Selling Officer in a situations. Health services, shopping, sealed envelope before 4 PM on Dec. 14, schools and sport facilities are in these 2016. Each bid shall be accompanied by a towns or very close commute. For more cheque in the amount of 10% of the bid. info. go to or Within 15 days of the opening of bids, the please call Dwein 306-221-1035, Amanda successful bidder shall provide either: (a) The balance of the purchase price; or (b) 306-221-5675 or Victoria 306-270-9740. Payment of a sum equal to the difference LOG AND TIMBER HOMES, Saskatoon, between the balance of the purchase price SK. Visit or and any mortgage financing, together with an unconditional and unequivocal letter of call 306-222-6558. commitment from a recognized financial TIMBER FRAMES, LOG STRUCTURES institution to finance within 15 days of the and Vertical Log Cabins. Log home refin- confirmation of sale, the successful bidishing and chinking. Certified Log Builder der’s purchase of the land for the price with 38 years experience. Log & Timber stated in the bid. If the successful bidder Works, Delisle, SK., 306-717-5161, Email does not complete the purchase on the Website at terms and within the time specified, the deposit shall be forfeited. The land shall be sold subject to taxes as accrue due after Dec. 31/16. The highest or any bid may not necessarily be accepted. Selling Officer: David Hnatyshyn (assistant Heidi), MODULAR HOME CLEARANCE!! Immediate Hnatyshyn Gough, #601, 402- 21st delivery for all 16’, 20’ and 22’ wide SRI Street E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0C3, ph: showhomes in stock. 1-855-358-0808. 306-653-5150, fax: 306-652-5859, email:

LAND AUCTION, Stoney Run Cattle Corp., Thursday, December 22, 2016, Days Inn, Estevan, SK., 7:00 PM. Join Mack Auction Company, Dec. 22 for your chance to own 6 quarter sections of prime grass and hay land in RM of Enniskillen #3. There is unlimited potential for this land with the close proximity of The Ceres Northgate Terminal, a multi-commodity logistics center strategically located on the Canada/US border in SE Sask! The tame hay, native grass, water sources and perimeter barb wire fences are in exc. condition. 1. NW-8-1-3-W2 RM#3, FVA 64,800. 160 acres tame hay and native grass, partially fenced. 2016 taxes $380.28. 2. NE-8-1-3-W2 RM#3, FVA 58,200. 160 acres tame hay and native grass, partially fenced, shallow dugout. 2016 taxes $341.55. 3. SW-8-1-3-W2 RM#3, FVA 80,600. 160 acres tame hay, partially fenced, dugout. 2016 taxes $473.00. 4. SE-8-1-3-W2 RM#3, FVA 67,800. 160 acres tame hay, partially fenced, dugout. 2016 taxes $397.88. 5. NW-1-1-3-W2 RM#3, FVA 49,000. 160 acres native grass, partially fenced. 2016 taxes $234.13. 6. NE-1-1-3-W2 RM#3, FVA 48,100. 160 acres native grass, partially fenced, dugout. Direct access to Hwy 9, located adjacent to Ceres Commodity Logistics Hub. 2016 taxes $230.29. Visit for sale bill and photos. Join us on Facebook and Twitter. Mack Auction Co., your land Auctioneers. 306-421-2928 or 306-487-7815. PL #311962. RM OF ROSEMOUNT #378: Starter farm/ranch! Older 1 3/4 storey character home approx 2000 sq. ft. Heated detached garage, quonset, open front shelter, corrals, bins. 186 acres of land. (70 cultivated remainder pasture and yard site). NW 36-36-16 and part of SW 36-36-16 W3 $349,000. For more info. phone Duane Neufeldt, RE/MAX Saskatoon - Biggar 306-948-8055. RM OF GLENSIDE 377: Prime ranching opportunity! 1296 sq. ft. bungalow built in 1988. Detached garage, metal shop/riding arena, horse barn and newer corrals. 308 total acres of land. (Both native and tame grass, cross fenced into many paddocks). SE 04-40-14 W3 and SE 33-39-14 W3. $499,000. For more info. phone Duane Neufeldt, RE/MAX Saskatoon - Biggar 306-948-8055.

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CERTIFIED CDC CALVI. Phone Grant at Greenshields Seeds, 306-746-7336, 306-524-4339, Semans, SK

MUSTARD SEED! We can supply you with new cert. treated or untreated seed. We can upgrade your low grade mustard. Ackerman Ag Services, 306-638-2282, Chamberlain, SK.

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BUYING: ALFALFA SEED and all types of grass seed. Call Gary at Waterhouse Seeds, 306-874-5684, Naicam, SK.

GRAIN LAND TO RENT, 35 mile radius of Rouleau, SK. Call 306-776-2600 or email: FARMLAND NE SK(Clemenceau) 4 quarters plus 36 acre riverside parcel w/5 bdrm. home. Featuring: bins on concrete with direct hit on railroad cars, 40 acres of mostly mature spruce timber, 2 farmyards- 1 bordering Etomami River and 50 miles of provincial forest, excellent elk hunting and other big game and goose. 580 acres cult. Full line of farm equipment and sawmill also available Reg Hertz, 306-865-7469.

TOP QUALITY ALFALFA, variety of grasses and custom blends, farmer to farmer. Gary Waterhouse 306-874-5684, Naicam, SK.

LOOKING FOR OLD and new crop soybeans FOB Western Canada. Licence and bonded grain company. Call, email, text Now for 2016 TUSCANY XTE 40 AX, #GCHH8907, competitive pricing at the farm! Market $269,900. AMVIC Lic. Dealer. Call Place Commodities Ltd, accurate real time 1-866-346-3148 or shop online 24/7 at: marketing. 403-394-1711; 403-315-3930 Round up the cash! Advertise your unwanted equipment in the Alberta Farmer Express classifieds.

RM RUSSELL. 3400 acres. For more details please go check out our website at Regina, SK.

WANTED HEATED CANOLA. No broker involved. Sell direct to crushing plant. Cash on delivery or pickup. 306-228-7306 or 306-228-7325, Unity, SK.

WHY NOT KEEP MARKETING SIMPLE? MULCHING- TREES, BRUSH, Stumps. RENTAL: REGINA, SK. Dec.27-Mar.9. Like You are selling feed grains. We are Call today 306-933-2950. Visit us at: new bungalow w/garage. Utilities and buying feed grains. Also buying chicksnow removal included. 306-585-6382. peas, lentils and golden flax. Fast payment, with prompt pickup, true price discovery. Call Jim Beusekom, Allen Pirness, We know that farming is enough of a gamble David Lea, Vera Buziak or Matt Beusekom so if you want to sell it fast place your ad in at Market Place Commodities Ltd., Leththe Alberta Farmer Express classifieds. It’s a ELIAS SCALES MFG., several different bridge, AB. Phone 1-866-512-1711. Email Sure Thing. Call our toll-free number today. ways to weigh bales and livestock; Plat- or We have friendly staff ready to help. 1-800- form scales for industrial use as well, non665-1362. electric, no balances or cables (no weigh VAN RAAY PASKAL Farms in Iron Springs like it). Shipping arranged. 306-445-2111, area is looking for Feed Barley. Put more $$$ in your pocket and sell direct to us North Battleford, SK. with no brokerage fee. Call 403-732-5641. WANTED: OFF-GRADE PULSES, oil seeds and cereals. All organic cereals and specialty crops. Prairie Wide Grain, Saskatoon, SK., 306-230-8101, 306-716-2297. WANTED: FEED BARLEY Buffalo Plains Cattle Company is looking to purchase barley. For pricing and delivery dates, call Kristen 306-624-2381, Bethune, SK. WANTED: FEED GRAIN, barley, wheat, peas, green or damaged canola. Phone Gary 306-823-4493, Neilburg, SK. CREEP FEED RATION, oats and barley mix, 10,000 bu., very clean, no weeds. 306-642-5812, 306-642-8344, Scout Lake

RM OF BIGGAR, BIGGAR, $580,000. This acreage has 9.8 acres with a 3 bdrm, 2 bath home with a double attached garage. This home has been 90% renovated inside and outside over the past 2 years. 32x50 heated shop with 3 bays. Back yard has 60x100’ metal clad pole shed, 33x66 steel quonset, and 30x75 wood straight wall older shed. Excellent location, 8 miles north and 3 miles west of Biggar, SK. MLS®586422. Wally Lorenz, Realtor, Re/Max of the Battlefords, 306-843-7898.

LACKAWANNA PRODUCTS CORP. Buyers and sellers of all types of feed grain and grain by-products. Call 306-862-2723, Nipawin, SK.

ROUND ALFALFA/ALFALFA GRASS solid core greenfeed 5x6 JD hay bales for sale. Call 306-237-4582, Perdue, SK.

DWEIN TRASK REALTY INC. Very good selection of acreage building sites currently available within 5 min. to 45 minutes of Saskatoon. Sizes range from 10 acres to 160 acres and most have reasonably close utilities. Resale acreages are available as well. Call Dwein 306-221-1035, Amanda 306-221-5675 or Victoria 306-270-9740. TOP QUALITY CERTIFIED #1 CDC CopePics and details at land, AC Metcalfe, Newdale. Frederick Seeds, 306-287-3977, Watson, SK.

EXCELLENT QUALITY CERTIFIED #1 CS Camden, Summit, CDC Minstrel, CDC Ruffian, CDC Orrin. Frederick Seeds, 2007 OKANAGAN ECLIPSE 28.5’ 5th 306-287-3977, Watson, SK. wheel, bunk beds, big shower, winter pkg., low mileage, Mumby hitch, $25,000. Call 780-221-3980, Leduc, AB.

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ALFALFA 3x4 SQUARES, 2nd and 3rd cut; Feed tests avail; Triticale greenfeed bales. 403-501-9307, 403-362-6682, Tilley, AB. MIXED ALFALFA HAY, big round bales, no rain. Boyle, AB. area. 780-525-2482, 780-519-7544. 400 BROME/ALFALFA 6x6 round hay bales, .04¢ per lb., no rain. 306-634-7920, 306-421-1753, Estevan, SK. 280 FIRST CUT alfalfa mix, 70% alfalfa, 30% mix grass, avg. 1450 lbs, $52.50/bale or $75/ton; 600 greenfeed barley alfalfa mix, avg. 1550 lbs., no rain, $57.50/bale or $75/ton; 238 2nd cut alfalfa, avg. 1650 lbs, no rain, $82.50/bale or $100/ton. Call Dwayne at 306-662-8532, Fox Valley, SK.

ROUND BALE PICKING and hauling, small or large loads. Travel anywhere. Also hay EXCELLENT QUALITY CERTIFIED #1 for sale. 306-382-0785, Vanscoy, SK. Cardale, CDC Utmost, CDC Plentiful, Muchmore, AAC Elie, AAC Connery, AAC 2250 BALES: alfalfa, alfalfa grass, slough Brandon, Elgin ND. Frederick Seeds, hay, little to no rain, netwrapped. Baled w/JD 569, 1175-1300 lbs., 3¢-5¢ lb., 306-287-3977, Watson, SK. volume discount. Call 306-867-7716, 306-867-8249, Outlook, SK. CERTIFIED AAC BRANDON, AAC Jatharia Grant, Greenshields Seeds, 306-746-7336, 500 GOOD TO EXCELLENT 1st cut 1500 306-524-4339, Semans, SK. lb. brome/alfalfa netwrapped round bales, 3.5¢/lbs.; 800 exc. 2nd cut 1500 lbs., .5¢/lbs. 306-834-7204, Kerrobert, SK. Go public with an ad in the Alberta Farmer Express classifieds. Phone 1-800-665-1362. 600 ALFALFA/ GRASS mixed hard core round bales, 1335 lbs., no rain, excellent cow or horse feed, .5¢/lbs. 306-834-2809 or 306-834-7252, Kerrobert, SK. TOP QUALITY CERTIFIED alfalfa and grass GOOD QUALITY HAY put up dry without seed. Call Gary or Janice Waterhouse rain. 400 big square bales, 3x4x8. 306-874-5684, Naicam, SK. 306-364-4700, 306-320-1041, Leroy, SK.



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CERT. #1 CDC IMPULSE CL red lentil. Highest yielding Clearfield red lentil Call 306-465-2525, 306-861-5679 Hansen Seeds, Yellow Grass SK. SHAVINGS: Cattle Feedlot/horse/poultry CERTIFIED CDC MARBLE, dark speckled bedding. Bulk pricing and delivery lentils. Call Grant, Greenshields Seeds, available. Vermette Wood Preservers, 306-746-7336, 306-524-4339, Semans, SK Spruce Home, SK. 1-800-667-0094. Email View ROUND ALFALFA BALES, approx. 1300 lbs. for sale. 306-799-4305, Briercrest, SK. CERTIFIED CDC AMARILLO, CDC Limerick, CDC Greenwater, CDC Mosaic. Call GREEN FEED OAT bales, 1500 lbs., Grant, Greenshields Seeds, 306-746-7336, $50/bale; Oat straw bales, $20/bale. 306-524-4339, Semans, SK 306-699-7150, McLean, SK.



ROUND ALFALFA/ GRASS MIXED and BUYING SPRING THRASHED CANOLA green feed, hard core, 5x6. 306-736-2445 and grain “On Farm Pickup” Westcan Feed or 306-577-7351, Kipling, SK. & Grain, 1-877-250-5252.


CUSTOM BALE HAULING. Will haul large HEATED/DAMAGED PEAS, squares or round. Phone 306-567-7199, BUYING FLAX & GRAIN “On Farm Pickup”. Westcan Kenaston, SK. Feed & Grain, 1-877-250-5252. LONG LAKE TRUCKING, two units, custom hay hauling. Call 306-567-7100, Imperial, SK. TOP QUALITY HAY for sale, shedded, can POLY TANKS: 15 to 10,000 gal.; Bladder deliver, 306-501-9204 ask for Paul. Belle tanks from 220 to 88,000 gallon; Water and liquid fertilizer; Fuel tanks, single and Plain Colony, Belle Plain, SK. double wall; Truck and storage, gas or dsl. ROUND NET WRAPPED Alfalfa/Brome Wilke Sales, 306-586-5711, Regina, SK. bales. No rain. Approx 1500 lbs., 4¢/lb. 306-482-7492, Carnduff, SK. 3 - 1000 GALLON PROPANE tanks. 2 are c/w trailers; and 1 - 500 gal. propane tank. 8000 SMALL SQUARE alfalfa/grass mix Call for details 306-287-8062, Watson, SK. bales, no rain, 60-70 lbs., $5/bale; 30 round green oat bales, 1200 lbs., $50/bale. Call 306-421-6310, Arcola, SK.

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1000 ROUND 5x6 bales. Grass/legume grass, unthreshed barley and straw. Excel- TARPCO, SHUR-LOK, MICHEL’S sales, lent to average quality. Priced accordingly. service, installations, repairs. Canadian company. We carry aeration socks. We We know that farming is enough of a gamble Contact Ed 306-563-6261, Gorlitz, SK. now carry electric chute openers for grain so if you want to sell it fast place your ad in the trailer hoppers. 1-866-663-0000. Alberta Farmer Express classifieds. It’s a Sure Thing. Call our toll-free number today. We have friendly staff ready to help. 1-800-665-1362. 12% COW AND CALF PELLETS/BACK- SHUR-LOK TRUCK TARPS and replacement GROUNDING PELLETS. Cramer Livestock tarps for all makes of trucks. Alan, Nutrition, Swift Current, SK., Doug at 306-723-4967, 306-726-7808, Cupar, SK. 306-520-3553,

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ADVANCED PURE WATER: EcoSmarte dealer. For the newest technology, now available in Canada. No salts. No chemicals. Pure water. No expensive upkeep. EXPERIENCED LIVE-IN CAREGIVER with 306-867-9461, 306-867-7037, Outlook, SK over 12 yrs experience, is looking to care Stretch your advertising dollars! Place an ad in for a senior. Please call 306-551-7300. the classifieds. Our friendly staff is waiting for your call. 1-800-665-1362.

MR. TIRE CORP. For all your semi and half ton tire needs call Mylo 306-921-6555 Serving all of Saskatchewan.

HELPER WANTED ON mixed farm. Steady job for right person. Room and board avail. 403-631-2373, 403-994-0581, Olds, AB.

20.8x42 CLAMP-ON DUALS with rods and spacers, for triples, taken off 9370 Case tractor, $6500. Ph. A.E. Chicoine Farm Equipment, 306-449-2255, Storthoaks, SK.

GOOD USED TRUCK TIRES: 700/8.25/ 900/1000/1100x20s; 11R22.5/11R24.5; 9R17.5, matched sets available. Pricing FEED GRAIN WANTED! Also buying light, from $90. K&L Equipment and Auto. Ph tough or offgrade grains. “On Farm Pickup” Ladimer, 306-795-7779, Ituna, SK; Chris Westcan Feed & Grain, 1-877-250-5252. at 306-537-2027, Regina, SK.

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KORNUM WELL DRILLING, farm, cottage and acreage wells, test holes, well rehabilitation, witching. PVC/SS construction, ex- HELP NEEDED TO calve 80 cows, starting pert workmanship and fair pricing. 50% March 1st. Room and board provided. government grant now available. Indian 403-652-7253, High River, AB. Head, SK., 306-541-7210 or 306-695-2061 RANCH HAND NEEDED calving, horse and farming experience. Needs to be able to work alone and with others. Housing supPlease send resumes with references U-DRIVE TRACTOR TRAILER Training, plied. 30 years experience. Day, 1 and 2 week to upgrading programs for Class 1A, 3A and air brakes. One on one driving instructions. WANTED FARM LABOURER for livestock operation. 306-795-2710, Goodeve, SK. 306-786-6600, Yorkton, SK.

LARGE YEARLING COW/Calf Operation has available a full-time position including family home. Qualifications include: A background in herd health, operation and maintenance of modern equipment, Class 1 and welding experience an asset. Wages and benefits negotiable. Horses not needed. Scott, 306-536-2157, Indian Head, SK.

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SLEIGH DRIVERS NEEDED for winter season in Lake Louise, AB. Must have horse experience preferably driving horses but not necessary. Must have great people skills and work well with others. Housing supplied. Please send resumes with references to

COTTON PICKER OPERATORS John Deere 7760 Round Bale Cotton Picker Operators are required for immediate start in Moree NSW Australia! Successful applicants will have previous experience in JD7760 or Current John Deere Header, have mechanical skills for pre-season maintenance and be prepared to travel throughout the season as required. Further positions will be available for experienced operators from February for a 3-4 month season.

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