Beef Business September 2022

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Contents A Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) Publication

INDUSTRY NEWS 6

Prairie Watersheds Launch Climate Program

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Stock Growers Call for an Investigation into Meat Pricing

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Government Adjusts CAP to Invest New Funds into Agriculture

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Gross Emissions Profile Calculation with Third-Party Verification

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Census of Agriculture 2021 - Farms

Managing Editor: Kori Maki-Adair Tel: 403-680-5239 Email: kmaa@shaw.ca

MARKETS AND TRADE 16

Livestock Marketers of Saskatchewan Directory

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Retail Meat Price Survey

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Weekly Market Charts

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Saskatchewan Feedlot Directory

General Manager: Chad MacPherson Box 4752, Evraz Place, Regina, SK S4P 3Y4 Tel: 306-757-8523 Fax: 306-569-8799 Email: ssga@sasktel.net Website: www.skstockgrowers.com

Agri-business Advertising Sales: Carla Dwernichuk Tel: 306-269-7176 Email: sales@skstockgrowers.com Livestock Advertising Sales: Gordon Stephenson Tel: 403-968-3730 Email: gcstephenson@gmail.com

FEATURES

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Sustainability Starts with Grass Roots: TESA Winners

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Groundwork Laid for Investors to Grow SK’s Processing Sector

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Market Outlook 2022 Fall Run

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SCIENCE AND PRODUCTION

Prairie Conservation Action Plan (PCAP) Manager: Carolyn Gaudet Box 4752, Evraz Place, Regina, SK S4P 3Y4 Tel: 306-352-0472 Fax: 306-569-8799 Email: pcap@sasktel.net

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Active Missing Livestock Files

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Reminder: A Livestock Manifest is a Legal Document

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Diving Deeper into the Soil-Water Connection

ASSOCIATION NEWS, REPORTS AND EVENTS 40

And the 2022 Rangeland Scholarship Goes to...

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SSGA President's Report

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Board Director Profile: Larry Flaig

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SSGA 2022 AGM Resolutions

SSGA reserves the right to refuse advertising and edit manuscripts. Contents of Beef Business may be reproduced with written permission obtained from SSGA's General Manager, and with proper credit given to Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association. Articles submitted may not be the opinion of SSGA. SSGA assumes no responsibility for any actions or decisions taken by any reader from this publication based on any and all information provided. Publications Mail Agreement #40011906 Return undeliverable Canadian addresses (covers only) to: Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association Box 4752, Evraz Place, Regina, SK S4P 3Y4

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Producers Encouraged to Bid on Grassland Restoration

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A Tool for Invasive Species

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Canadian Grasslands Project Update

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Calendar

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Advertiser Index

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Business Directory

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Contributors

Did you know that SSGA is Saskatchewan's oldest agricultural association?

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Kori Maki-Adair Dr. Tammy Nemeth Jason Pollock Blake Weiseth Garth Woods

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INDUSTRY NEWS Prairie Watersheds Launch Climate Program Kori Maki-Adair

This spring, Manitoba Association of Watersheds (MAW) launched the Prairie Watersheds Climate Program (PWCP) in June 2022. The project is supported by Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds (SAW) for delivery in Saskatchewan and Manitoba’s Watershed Districts for delivery in Manitoba. When asked about this new initiative, MAW Executive Director Lynda Nicol said, “The PWCP will provide up to $40 million in financial support, through the On-Farm Climate Action Fund, to producers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan to accelerate their adoption and implementation of on-farm beneficial management practices (BMPs), that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support an ag operation’s efficiency, sustainability and resiliency.” Nicol says the program will offer producers resources to support BMP implementation and provide BMP design recommendations to assist producers with their adoption of new BMPs. In response to the good news, Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association President Garner Deobald was pleased to report, “There are three BMP streams in the program. The first is geared to improve nitrogen management. The second is designed to increase adoption of cover cropping. The third is intended to expand the adoption of rotational grazing. All three streams address ag-related issues and support producers to implement BMPs that result in on-farm gains.” Examples of BMPs that improve nitrogen management include equipment updates for fertilizer or other input applications; soil sampling and analysis; and agronomic services that develop a farm’s soil nutrient management plans. Payment-per-acre to manage the expenses of adopting cover cropping (e.g., purchasing clover or alfalfa seeds

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and equipment), is an example of how the PWCP could help to increase adoption of cover cropping. Agronomic services to develop grazing management plans, interior cross fencing, water system infrastructure, and legume and forage seeds are examples for expanding the adoption of rotational grazing. In relation to eligibility, the PWCP refers to ag producers as the Ultimate Recipients of the program, which directs 85 per cent of the funding to adoption of BMPs and BMP-related educational activities. Ultimate Recipients can apply in SK by contacting SAW, and in MB by contacting their local Watershed District.

RIPARIAN AREAS are ecosystems adjacent to streams, rivers, wetland and lakes where soils and vegetation are strongly influenced by water. They contribute shade, food and shelter for aquatic organisms and are home to many animals the move between land and water such as insects, amphibians and waterfowl. Riparian areas act as a natural sponge soaking up water as it runs off the land, slowly releasing water back into the stream.

One fifth of the world’s population does not have access to safe water.

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Ultimate Recipients (ag producers) can seek registration and offset credits under voluntary offset credit programs for greenhouse gas emissions reductions generated with the support of the PWCP. The ability of ag producers to participate in these markets will be subject to eligibility requirements set up by voluntary offset programs. To learn more about Ultimate Recipient funding, eligibility and to find a program coordinator for your rural municipality, please visit https://manitobawatersheds. org/prairie-watershed-climate-program B

A watershed or catchment basin is the region of land that drains into a specific body of water, such as a river, lake, sea or ocean. It is the entire geographical area characterized by all runoff being conveyed to the same outlet.

QUICK FACTS from saskwatersheds.ca Over 70 per cent of the earth is covered by water, but only three per cent of the earth’s water is fresh water and only 0.3 per cent of the fresh water is usable to humans.

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INDUSTRY NEWS Stock Growers Call for Investigation Into Meat Pricing Kori Maki-Adair

In early July, after its Annual General Meeting was held in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) publicly announced it would be calling on the provincial and federal government to conduct a pricing investigation to address the significant imbalance in cattle and beef pricing markets. “Though each industry sector has its own frustrations, we agree that price transparency and discovery, packer capacity and pricing spread are our biggest joint concerns,” said SSGA President Garner Deobald. The severe drought across the Canadian Prairies has greatly impacted the beef industry. Grass continues to be scarce in several regions, and feed grain and forage prices have doubled from two years ago. The situation has caused a wider availability for cattle ready for slaughter with higher placements in feedlots. Ranchers and feedlots are operating at a loss, forcing many ag businesses to make the difficult decision to reduce their cattle numbers or even exit the business, which is affecting cattle prices through the supply chain as well as domestic and export beef prices.

“Though packer margins have tightened, both packers and retailers are reporting strong profits as consumer demand and willingness to pay higher prices for beef products remains strong. Producers are tired of working so hard for little or no return on investment,” Deobald added with concern. Though the pandemic imposed restrictions on packers to optimize worker safety through work spacing requirements, packers were running at near capacity within months after lockdown was announced. More recently, packers have stopped running extra shifts because they have eliminated the backlog.

“Our goal is to produce safe and nutritious beef for Canadians while maintaining our ranching livelihoods,” Deobald affirmed. “If producers continue to operate at a loss, many will go out of business, which could drive Canada to rely on imported meat. We believe a pricing investigation is the best way to ensure all livestock value chain members remain profitable and all Canadian consumers have economic access to our products. We look forward to working with all stakeholders to make this happen.”B

However, industry members are questioning packers’ strategy, which seems to be limiting the amount of product available at the retail level — keeping boxed beef prices high while allowing fed cattle supplies to build in the countryside, which keeps cattle prices low.

“The reduction in herd numbers could result in more grassland being converted to farmland. Removing the grass cover also eliminates the habitat that species at risk call home and releases carbon sequestered in the soil into the atmosphere as carbon emissions,” said Deobald.

“Limiting supply to drive up prices is changing the face of Canadian agriculture. The packers and retailers know there’s no one else to take their place or profits, so they have control right now,” Deobald explained.

“Many producers and feedlots are feeling challenged by increased costs due to inflation, fuel and record-high feed costs. Our members are sharing their frustrations with us. There is a disconnect between what producers are receiving for their animals and the high prices consumers are paying for beef products. Producers are feeling exploited,” Deobald said.

Beef is considered a protein-rich food staple in many homes. When beef prices rise, many consumers are willing to pay more while some cannot. When food prices for staple items exceed what

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consumers are able to pay, producers and consumers are negatively-impacted.

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INDUSTRY NEWS Government Adjusts CAP to Invest New Funds into Agriculture Kori Maki-Adair

In Saskatoon, in the third week of July, the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Agriculture reached a fiveyear agreement in principle that will direct $500 million in new funds to target sustainability in the agricultural sector. This new investment will replace the existing five-year policy agreement, rename it the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (SCAP), and take effect April 1, 2023. Representing a 25 per cent increase in the cost-shared portion of the partnership, an enhancement of $2 billion more than provided under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, SCAP is designed to support the agriculture and agri-food value chain to continue fueling Canada’s economic engine. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s new and more robust strategy includes improved data sharing, results reporting

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and measurable outcomes that will focus ecological goods and services provided by on sharper objectives such as a 3-5 MT the agricultural sector” is how the federal reduction in greenhouse gas emissions government described the program in its and $250 billion in sector media release. revenues — including Ag contributes almost $95 billion in sector export $135 billion to the Though details have revenues — by 2028. national GDP and is yet to be released, the Ministers said RALP will be responsible for more To enhance economic established on nationallythan two million jobs sustainability and better protect producers from across Canada — that’s consistent principles that climate risk, the five-year one in nine Canadians. meet the specific needs policy in principle will and conditions of each boost the Agri-Stability compensation region. The provinces and territories will rate from 70 to 80 percent and improve administer the program, which will beneficial management practice (BMP) benefit existing programs that respect programs by making them more timely, the RALP guidelines. equitable and easy to understand. In terms of cost-sharing, the Ministers agreed in principle to the $250 million Resilient Agricultural Landscape Program (RALP), which is intended to “support

In addition to market access; food supply chain; trade issues; maximizing Canada’s contribution to global food supply; reducing barriers to international trade; continued on page 10

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INDUSTRY NEWS Government Adjusts CAP cont. from pg. 9 decreasing GHGs (while maintaining found the proper balance between economic and environmental objectives competitiveness); ag labour strategy to ensure our industry remains globallyand regulatory priorities; the Ministers competitive. This balance discussed a Code will be vital as Canada’s Canadian ag exports increased of Conduct for producers seek to provide by $8 billion in one year, grocery retailers the food the world needs. exceeding $82 billion in 2021. and suppliers The improvements which included made to our Business a presentation on the concrete elements Risk Management suite demonstrate of a code by the industry steering our continued commitment to making committee and a follow-up joint request programs more timely, equitable and by the Ministers for industry to present a easier to understand. We look forward to the benefits this partnership will achieve complete code by November 2022. for our industry.” In a related Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister of Agriculture and AgriCanada’s media release, Saskatchewan Food Marie-Claude Bibeau added in Minister of Agriculture David Marit complement, “The path forward leverages affirmed, “As the provincial-territorial regional strengths and diversity to rise co-chair, we are pleased with the to the climate change challenge, support increased funding all parties have Canadian producers, capture new markets committed to today. I believe we have

and meet the expectations of consumers at home and abroad. Our discussions this week, and plans for the future, will build off the great work farmers and processors already do. Our ambitious vision, collaborative spirit and future additional investments will help the sector go even further.” The next annual Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Agriculture meeting will be in Fredericton in July 2023. Let’s see what industry, government and ag consumers can accomplish together by then. B REFERENCES

• Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Agriculture reach a new partnership agreement and inject new funds to support the sector canada.ca/en/agriculture-agri-food/ news/2022/07/federal-provincialand-territorial-ministers-ofagriculture-reach-a-new-partnershipagreement-and-inject-new-funds-tosupport-the-sector.html Annual Meeting of Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Agriculture canada.ca/en/agriculture-agri-food/ news/2022/07/annual-meeting-offederal-provincial-and-territorialministers-of-agriculture.html

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INDUSTRY NEWS Gross Emissions Profile Calculation with Third-Party Verification May Be Required Dr. Tammy Nemeth

Dr. Tammy Nemeth Energy Security Analyst United Kingdom

Canadian livestock producers are under threat like never before. The federal government of Canada is supporting a proposed global baseline Sustainability and Climate-Related financial disclosure standard that has the potential to cut off financing, insurance and markets for livestock producers, if certain targets aren’t met. The implications for Western Canadian livestock producers are staggering. What is this new global standard and what could it mean for Canadian livestock producers?

Climate-related portion of the proposed standard, meat processing facilities (under mandated Scope 3 emissions reporting), will have to account for the emissions embedded in the animals they purchase. This means that livestock producers will have to calculate their gross emissions profile so that those purchasing the animals can include that in their accounting.

There are several problems with the entire concept of requesting this type of information. First, the Aqueduct data is outdated and not based on the detailed local data from regional and provincial authorities. Each province has strict local regulations concerning water use; this important context is lost when asking for a gross percentage number based on questionable data.

However, in requesting gross emissions, livestock producers will not be able to take into account the carbon sequestration that occurs from their agricultural operations. The financial institutions and large processors will also likely require third-party verification of the livestock producers’ emissions accounting — another costly burden on small producers.

Furthermore, ranch land tends to be more arid: areas largely unsuitable for crop production tend to host cattle raising but may show up as “High or Extremely High Risk” water stress areas.

In the industry-specific portion of the new standard (using the controversial World Resources Institute Water Risk Atlas tool, Aqueduct), meat processing facilities will be required to identify and quantify what percentage of their animals is sourced from regions with “High or Extremely High Baseline Water Stress.”

In addition, an examination of that data shows that large portions of Southern Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta fall within “High to Extremely High Risk” water stress areas, with potentially disastrous implications for Western Canadian ranchers.

This data also does not take into account variations in soil quality that hold water differently.

The International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation (IFRS) has drafted a global baseline of Sustainability and Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) disclosures. Canada has agreed to support and implement the final version, and has created the Canadian Sustainability Standards Board to do so. The new standard is meant to be used by banks, insurers and investors, and cover the entire economy — including the meat, poultry and dairy industry. The target at the moment is large meat processors, but the type of information required (i.e., mandatory Scope 3 emissions reporting and water stress data), will make its way down to individual livestock growers with potentially-devastating effects. In the general Sustainability and 12

World Resources Institute Water Risk Atlas tool, Aqueduct (screen capture of Saskatchewan without provincial borders)

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INDUSTRY NEWS For context, almost none of Ontario and Quebec are in water stress areas. It is clear that this type of information — a gross percentage number without context — could be misinterpreted by banks, insurers, investors and the companies that must comply with this standard.

farmer may not only be obliged to report a complete gross emissions profile to both the meat processor and the bank, and have it verified by a third party, but the livestock or grain may be excluded from purchase altogether because it originates in a so-called water stress area.

How this might work in practice is that a meat processor could find itself being given percentage limits by its bank, insurers or investors regarding how much livestock or grain it can purchase from “High or Extremely High Risk” water stress areas.

These regulations may also be enacted directly between a bank or an insurer and a producer.

Thus, a Western Canadian rancher or

Western Canadian agriculture could be hit hard by this, at the same time that the federal government is attempting to limit fertilizer emissions. Although the period of comment on this new proposed global

standard has ended, several Canadian livestock organizations have submitted their concerns. It will be important to keep these issues and concerns in mind when IFRS releases its final version by the end of this year and Canada gears up to implement it. Canada does not have to accept all elements of the proposed standard, but it will have to accept them, unless a case can be made not to do so. At the moment, the Canadian Sustainability Standards Board can be contacted by visiting www.frascanada.ca/en/cssb.B

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INDUSTRY NEWS Census of Agriculture 2021 - Farms Terry Bedard

important because census data are used by:

Terry Bedard Research Economist, Economics and Analytics Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

The results of Statistics Canada’s 2021 Census of Agriculture were released on May 11, 2022. Starting in 1921, the Census of Agriculture was carried out every 10 years, until 1951. Since then, it has been carried out every five years. The release is

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Farm operators to formulate production, marketing and investment decisions;

Agricultural producer groups to inform their members about industry trends and developments, to put the viewpoint of operators before legislators and the Canadian public, and to defend their interests in international trade negotiations;

Governments to make policy decisions concerning agricultural credit, crop insurance, farm support, transportation, market services and international trade;

Statistics Canada to produce annual estimates between censuses for the agriculture sector;

Businesses to market products and services and to make production and investment decisions;

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Academics to conduct research on the agriculture sector; and

The media to portray the agriculture sector to the broader Canadian public.

While farm operators may be challenged at the timing of the census (in May, during seeding), this allows the Census of Agriculture (CEAG) to work concurrently with the Census of Population, and save millions of taxpayer dollars during the collection process. Through the course of several articles, we plan to share with you some of the data from the census that we hope you will find interesting and informative. We start with an overview of what farms in Saskatchewan look like. In May 2021, there were a total of 34,128 farms in the province. Since 1996, a census farm has been defined as an agricultural operation that produces at least

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INDUSTRY NEWS one agricultural product intended for sale. In 2021, the definition of a farm changed, now being defined as an agricultural operation that produces at least one agricultural product intended for sale and reports revenues or expenses for tax purposes. The number of farms in Saskatchewan again declined, continuing a trend that began in 1941. However, the percentage decrease in Saskatchewan (1.1 per cent) was lower between 2016 and 2021, than it was between 2011 and 2016 (6.6 per cent). Because the farm definition changed, previous years are not directly comparable, but the trend of fewer farms continues. Some analysts have suggested that smaller and medium-sized farms are being squeezed out by larger farms. Saskatchewan’s 2021 Census of Agriculture data would suggest that both smaller (under 240 acres), and larger farms (over 3,520 acres), are growing in numbers — while many of the farm sizes in between are decreasing in number. Additionally, looking at the

number of farms by operating revenue shows that farms reporting less than $10,000 a year and farms reporting more than $750,000 increased the most. In 2016, the average size of a Saskatchewan farm was 1,766 acres — with an average of 1,345 cultivated acres. Cultivated acres are equal to the total area of crop land plus summer fallow plus tame or seeded pasture acres. Saskatchewan has the largest average farm size in Canada at 1,766 acres, followed by Alberta at 1,184 acres and Manitoba at 1,177 acres. The average farm size in all other provinces is less than 500 acres. The number of farms reporting natural land for pasture dropped to 13,231 from 14,157, in 2016. The number of acres of natural pasture increased from 11.3 million acres in 2016, to 11.5 million acres in 2021. Wait, how does natural land for pasture increase? It is likely that the amount of “naturalized” area has increased. This means areas have become idle but tend to be dominated by invasive grasses rather than native grasses. While one can return

land to its native state, it is time-consuming and expensive and rarely done. More farms consist of rented land. In 2021, Saskatchewan accounted for 41 per cent of all rented land in Canada, down from 42 per cent in 2016. Between 2016 and 2021, the amount of farm area rented from others (not government) rose 2.6 per cent to 20.4 million acres. At the peak in 1996, 46 per cent of Saskatchewan farms reported having paid labour. In the 2021 Census of Agriculture, 17 per cent of farms reported having paid labour. Saskatchewan has the lowest average number of employees per farm at 3.5, up from 2.8 in the 2016 Census of Agriculture. Ontario has the highest average number of paid workers per farm at 9.5. While there are fewer employees in Saskatchewan, the number of full-time and part-time employees has increased, while the number of seasonal workers dropped by more than half. Next article: Census of Agriculture Data on Farm Operators B

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JGL JGLLivestock Livestock Order Buyer/Assembly Station Order Buyer/Assembly Station Contact: Jeff Contact: BillJameson Jameson RRRR 280 Hwy #1#1 West, Box 4040 280 Hwy West, Box MOOSE JAW SK SK S6HS6H 4N74N7 MOOSE JAW, Ph: 306-692-4911 Ph: 306-692-4911 office@jglcattle.com office@jglcattle.com www.jglcattle.com www.jglcattle.com Johnstone JohnstoneAuction AuctionMart MartLtd. Ltd. Auction Market Auction Market Contact: Scott && Wayne Johnstone Contact: Scott Wayne Johnstone Box 818 Box 818 MOOSE JAW SK SK S6H S6H 4P5 4P5 MOOSE JAW, Ph: 306-693-4715 Ph: 306-693-4715 info@johnstoneauction.ca info@johnstoneauction.ca www.johnstoneauction.ca www.johnstoneauction.ca

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MARKETS AND TRADE RETAIL MEAT PRICE SURVEY as of August 25, 2022 ($/lb)

SUPERSTORE Ground beef - lean

$

Cross rib roast Rib roast

SOBEYS

CO-OP

5.00

$

5.49

$

$

*

$

$

15.02

Outside round roast

$

Inside round roast

SAVE-ON-FOODS 5.48

$

5.32

7.99

$

8.35

$

*

$ 18.86

$

11.91

$

19.55

9.01

$

*

$

6.44

$

7.00

$

10.01

$

6.99

$

7.44

$

11.00

Ribeye steak

$

19.63

$

27.79

$

19.03

Round steak

$

10.01

$

4.49

$

7.93

$

9.50

Sirloin steak

$

12.51

$

13.89

$

6.94

$

13.00

T-bone steak

$

17.33

$

19.85

$

29.74

$

16.05

Tenderloin

$ 28.05

$ 23.82

$

31.27

$ 33.05

$ 20.05

*These items were not in the display case on this date.

All ca�le everywhere will get some kind of a bid no ma�er what type of hodge podge group they are in: 1. Mixed quan�ty (300 pounds from light to heavy) 2. Mixed quality 3. Mixed breeds 4. Growthy & non-growthy Whoever buys them will make great money sor�ng them up and marke�ng them properly. There is no free lunch. If you want top dollar the ca�le need to be professionally sorted and sold by compe��ve bid. No excep�ons. Why take one offer? It might cost 3-4 cents per pound to get that done right, but it pays back 7 to 10 cents a pound. “Professional” means some one who knows ca�le and knows the orders. Good quality oats always sell for more money than the kind that has already been through the horse!

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MARKETS AND TRADE SK Weekly Average Price Heifers 500-600 lbs

SK Weekly Average Price Steers 500-600 lbs 2022

205.00

2021

195.00 185.00

2020

175.00

265.00 Price per hundred weight

2020

225.00 215.00 Wk 1 Wk 4 Wk 7 Wk 10 Wk 13 Wk 16 Wk 19 Wk 22 Wk 25 Wk 28 Wk 31 Wk 34 Wk 37 Wk 40 Wk 43 Wk 46 Wk 49 Wk 52

Wk 1 Wk 4 Wk 7 Wk 10 Wk 13 Wk 16 Wk 19 Wk 22 Wk 25 Wk 28 Wk 31 Wk 34 Wk 37 Wk 40 Wk 43 Wk 46 Wk 49 Wk 52

120.00

165.00

2022

155.00 2021

145.00 135.00

2020

125.00 115.00

Price per hundred weight

175.00 Price per hundred weight

2021

235.00

Source: CanFax

AB Fed Steer Prices

185.00

Alberta Weekly D1 & D2 Cows 2022

110.00 100.00

2021

90.00 80.00

2020

70.00 60.00

Source: CanFax

Weekly Canadian Dollar Weekly Canadian Dollar

0.84

Source: CanFax

Wk 1 Wk 4 Wk 7 Wk 10 Wk 13 Wk 16 Wk 19 Wk 22 Wk 25 Wk 28 Wk 31 Wk 34 Wk 37 Wk 40 Wk 43 Wk 46 Wk 49 Wk 52

Wk 1 Wk 4 Wk 7 Wk 10 Wk 13 Wk 16 Wk 19 Wk 22 Wk 25 Wk 28 Wk 31 Wk 34 Wk 37 Wk 40 Wk 43 Wk 46 Wk 49 Wk 52

105.00

Source: CanFax Source: CanFax

Lethbridge Barley Price 490

0.83

2022

0.81

2021

0.80 0.79 0.78

5 yr avg 20172021

0.77 0.76 0.75

2019

440

Price per tonne

0.82

CDN $ - US terms

245.00

205.00

165.00

390

2020

340 2021

290 240

Wk 52

Wk 49

Wk 46

Wk 43

Wk 40

Wk 37

Wk 34

Wk 31

Wk 28

Wk 25

Wk 22

Wk 19

Wk 16

Wk 13

Wk 10

Wk 7

Wk 4

190 Wk 1

0.74

2022

255.00

Source: Bank of Canada

Wk 1 Wk 4 Wk 7 Wk 10 Wk 13 Wk 16 Wk 19 Wk 22 Wk 25 Wk 28 Wk 31 Wk 34 Wk 37 Wk 40 Wk 43 Wk 46 Wk 49 Wk 52

Price per hundred weight

215.00

Source: CanFax

For more information visit www.canfax.ca

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Alphabetical BY LOCATION

SASKATCHEWAN FEEDLOT DIRECTORY

Shur-Livestock Exporting & Trucking Lot Capacity 800 Contact: Norm Shurygalo Box 308 BIENFAIT SK S0C 0M0 Ph: (306) 388-2329 Cell: (306) 421-3482 shur01@sasktel.net

L-7 Feeders Lot Capacity 2,500 Contact: Chad & Crystal Ross Box 1087 ESTEVAN SK S4A 2H7 Ph: (306) 421-6346 chadross@xplornet.ca

Smith Ranch Lot Capacity 1,500 Contact: Terry Smith Box 64 MENDHAM SK S0N 1P0 Ph: (306) 628-7742 terrysmith7742@gmail.com

P Cross Ranch Contact: Garrett Poletz Box 1834 BIGGAR SK S0L 2M0 Ph: (306) 948-8057 pcrossranch@outlook.com

Red Coat Cattle Feeders Inc. Lot Capacity 18,500 Contact: Kevin Antworth Box 86 HAZENMORE SK S0N 1C0 Ph: (306) 264-3844 info@rccf.ca

20/20 Ranching Contact: Ryan Vandenhurk PO Box 300 MIDALE SK Ph: (306) 421-0825 2020ranching@gmail.com

Flotre Feeders Lot Capacity 1,000 Contact: George Flotre Box 21 BULYEA SK S0G 0L0 Ph: (306) 725-4510 Cell: (306) 725-8292 gjflotre@gmail.com Bar JB Ranch Ltd. Lot Capacity 6,000 Contact: Eric Buyer Box 40 CARNDUFF SK S0C 0S0 Ph: (306) 717-8905 www.barjbranchltd.com Ceylon Gap Feeders Inc. Lot Capacity 20,000 Contact: Luis Medina Cortez Box 128 CEYLON SK S0C 0T0 Ph: (306) 454-2250 luis@ceylongapfeeders.com Facebook: Ceylon Gap Feeders Living Sky Beef Lot Capacity 1,500 Contact: Ryan Thompson Box 263 CEYLON SK S0C 0T0 Ph: (306) 815-7401 Duckworth Ranches Inc. Lot Capacity 2,500 Contact: Gerry Duckworth Box 37 COURVAL SK S0H 1A0 Ph: (306) 630-8760 Burntout Creek Ranch Lot Capacity 4,000 Contact: Jordan Kowal Box 36 CROOKED RIVER SK S0E 0R0 Ph: (306) 873-0129 jordanfkowal@gmail.com

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Tee Two Land & Cattle Co. Lot Capacity 2,500 Contact: Duane Thompson Box 285 KELLIHER SK S0A 1V0 Ph: (306) 795-7277 teetwo@xplornet.com Pound-Maker Agventures Ltd. Lot Capacity 28,500 Contact: Brad Welter Box 519 LANIGAN SK S0N 1C0 Ph: (306) 365-4281 pma@pound-maker.ca www.pound-maker.ca Sunny Slope Cattle Ltd. Lot Capacity 2,500 Contact: Don Bowyer Box 1744 MAPLE CREEK SK S0N 1N0 Ph: (306) 662-2901 Cell: (306) 741-4375 don@sunnyslopecattle.com sunnyslopecattle.com Hi-Lite Custom Feedlot Lot Capacity 5,000 Contact: Dan and Jeff Stevenson 6-4, R.R. 1 MELFORT SK S0E 1A0 Ph: (306) 752-3665 danny.hi.lite@yourlink.ca Dietrich Farms Ltd. Lot Capacity 2,200 Contact: Jim Dietrich Box 68 MENDHAM SK S0N 1P0 Ph: (306) 628-4249 Cell: (306) 628-7170 jdietrich@sasktel.net

Buffalo Plains Cattle Co. Lot Capacity 25,000 Contact: Phil Lynn Box 674 MOOSE JAW SK S6H 4P4 Ph: (306) 624-2381 M & T Feedlot Lot Capacity 3,500 Contact: Greg Thompson Box 336 MOOSE JAW SK S6H 4N9 Ph: (306) 694-5314 Cell: (306) 631-7413 Top Gun Feeders Lot Capacity 10,000 Contact: Derek Lawton MOOSE JAW SK Ph: (780) 712-0763 derek@titanlivestock.com Excellerator Genetics Lot Capacity 4,000 Contact: Ron Dietrich Box 116 MOOSOMIN SK S0G 3N0 Ph: (306) 435-9381 excellerator@sasktel.net www.excelleratorgenetics.com Westwood Land & Cattle Co. Lot Capacity 10,000 Contact: Kevin Woods Box 6 MOOSOMIN SK S0G 3N0 Ph: (306) 435-2102 Cell: (306) 435-7313 or (306) 435-3711 Bluestone Stock Farms Lot Capacity 500 Contact: Jason & Karla Hicks Box 265 MORTLACH SK S0H 3E0 Ph: (306) 355-2265 Cell: (306) 630-7466 bluestone@sasktel.net www.bluestonestockfarms.com

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FEATURE Sustainability Starts with Grass Roots: TESA Winners Build Their Operation from the Soil up Jeff Gaye

Gerald and Patti Anhorn are the winners of the Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA) for Saskatchewan this year. Their care of their land, using native and tame pasturelands in harmony with water conservation and wildlife ecosystems, goes a long way to reinforce the simple notion that good stewardship equals productive ranching. The Anhorns have operated Windy Ridge Ranching near Elrose since 1999. They noticed the previous owner had run his grass conservatively. “When we bought the ranch, we were so impressed with the shape it was in,” Patti said. “We decided that we wanted to try and work it that way and maintain it and improve it in whatever way we could. Because anytime you get anything, you kind of start there and try to make it better and leave it better.”

The ranch is located on the northern slopes of the Coteau Hills — with little or no natural shelter from the wind. The average precipitation is approximately 12 to 14 inches, annually. There are some water springs on the land, but most of the natural water sources rely heavily on runoff and manufactured dams. When the Anhorns started operating the ranch, it was mostly native grass. They felt that seeding tame grasses alongside the native would be beneficial for the operation. “Not long after we came here, we kind of lucked out and we were able to buy some environmentally-sensitive land that had been built up years ago,” Patti said. They acquired 2,200 acres of that marginal land. Over the years, they cropped the land, leaving all the residue they could, and eventually started swath grazing their cattle on it to improve the soil. Finally, they seeded it to perennial cover.

Then they developed water sites where they could, and employed fencing and cross-fencing. The ranch is now 4,200 acres of native grasslands and 4,000 acres of seeded perennial cover and cultivated land. Patti says having the tame grass allows them to keep the cattle off of the native grass until fall. “It makes more habitat areas for wildlife, but it also allowed us to defer grazing on our native grass until usually the end of August or September, which really helps the health of our native grass,” she said. “But it’s also great for the wildlife, because it leaves it undisturbed at critical nesting times for birds and when everything’s having their babies. Nobody’s out there bothering them.” Windy Ridge provides habitat for seven known vascular plants and 18 known vertebrate animal species at risk. Sprague’s Pipit, Chestnut-collared Longspur, Baird’s Sparrow, Ferruginous

The Anhorns at home on the ranch on the northern slopes of the Coteau Hills

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FEATURE Hawk, Loggerhead Shrike, Thick-Billed Longspur and Burrowing Owl all live on the ranch. Other wildlife includes white tail and mule deer, moose, elk, hawks, coyotes, foxes, gophers, badgers and sharp-tailed grouse. Besides being nice to have around, the abundant wildlife shows the ecosystem is working in balance. “Everything has its place. There’s always a reason why this thing exists and that thing exists. We all kind of work together. It’s like the cows help keep the grass healthy and the bugs help keep the soil healthy,” Patti said. They have had to put up with some goodnatured ribbing from other ranchers when they get together at weaning or branding time. Patti said, “We get teased all the time, like ‘you guys should get some cows here!’ One guy was kidding with me, he said ‘what is this, a game preserve or what?’” “We have to do what we feel works,” Gerald explained. “I hope people can see the value in it. If nothing else, they can see the health of the grass.” The Anhorns’ grazing strategy is a key part of maintaining the grass health. Seeded pastures are divided into fields of 80 to 160 acres, and the cattle are turned onto them in a rapid grazing rotation. The native grass is stockpiled for fall grazing — the animals are moved onto native fields in September. One native field is rested for a full year of each rotation. In the meantime, the Anhorns had to develop water sites. They have added five dugouts to the property and laid shallow pipelining to feed troughs. They have also developed springs and drilled a new well. Most of the water projects were done through the Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (FRWIP) and Saskatchewan Watershed Authority.

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The pipelines feeding the troughs are gravity-fed, where possible, and many of the pumps are solar-powered. The pipelines are primarily fed by a remote generator. In addition, the Anhorns use cellular cameras at watering sites so they can monitor the sites without having to drive all over the ranch. “We’ve done a lot of cross-fencing and water development, even on our native grass, because we had very limited water supplies on the native ranges,” Gerald said. “So we were getting a lot of overgrazing in areas where the water was because of the nature of cows. They’re not going to walk any further than they have to walk.” By developing different water sites and forcing the animals to different areas that weren’t getting grazed so heavily, the Anhorns managed to improve the undergrazed parts of the fields. “There were areas that really weren’t healthy because they never got grazed,” Gerald added. “The grass was really old and grey and not nutritious anymore. So by doing those kinds of things, it improved the overall quality of the grass everywhere. It all came back really lush.” Gerald and Patti run 400 mother cows, mostly commercial black Angus with some Hereford bulls mixed in. “Normally, we have about 400 mother cows and then we feed half of our calves,” Patti said. “We feed them over winter, background them, and then we grass them and sell them in the in the fall.” Both Gerald and Patti are involved in producer associations. Gerald is a lifetime member of SSGA and has been involved in Monet Pasture management for years. The two of them keep their knowledge of ranching practices and techniques up-to-date. That means taking care of the soil and the grass. Patti says the wildlife ecology

they have nurtured extends beyond the vertebrates to the insects that promote soil health, and healthy soil is the key to good grass. Gerald and Patti agree that their grass is their most important resource. “You can buy and sell cattle any day, but if you don’t have grass, you can’t have cattle; so, you’ve got to manage it,” Gerald said. “We are into our third year now of a really serious drought. We’ve had two inches of rain here this year and not a lot more last year. If we didn’t do all the things we do with cross-fencing, rotational grazing and that kind of stuff, we would have had to destock. Up to this point, we have not had to do that. Our grass is not how we would like to see it, but it is still in very reasonable shape.” Like other TESA winners, the Anhorns agree that sustainability means being able to sustain the operation — the ranch has to make money. Patti said the stewardship of the land is the key to a sustainable beef operation. She hopes they are able to demonstrate that to other producers and some members of the public that have a lot of wrong ideas about livestock production. Their TESA win might help. “We were so honoured to be nominated and then to win it,” Patti said. “I guess it feels like a pat on the back that somebody recognized what we’ve been trying to do here is important. “It just feels good to be recognized and have somebody notice what you’re doing is successful. It works.”B

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FEATURE Groundwork Laid for Investors to Grow SK’s Processing Sector Kori Maki-Adair

To attract and secure their investment in a business venture, investors want access to a range of facts and logistical details that will help to inform their decision-making. Investors are most willing to enter into a market they know and understand. They want to be able to assemble strong leadership teams that will help to ensure smooth-running operations. They want unique opportunities with high growth potential, scalability and adaptability for the short and long term. They want demonstrations of consumer interest — local, national and global — with the components to craft a detailed marketing strategy that addresses distribution channels and market visibility. They want investment transparency: labour resources and availability; startup, operational and expansion costs; the challenges they would be facing; and the necessary data to craft a plan to overcome them. So, when Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Agriculture set a goal in the provincial growth plan of doubling livestock processing capacity by 2030, SSGA’s membership decided to find ways to support that goal. “Catching the attention of start-up investors to a business venture is a necessity,” said SSGA President Garner Deobald. “They want the essential components to build an optimistic, longterm vision with a realistic, measurable plan to achieve it.” In the livestock industry, that means determining if there is sufficient cattle inventory and beef market supply and demand, and understanding the necessary requirements and specifications to launch a processing plant.

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What number and type of cattle would be available for a new plant? Which plant size would have the lowest risk for success? Who would compete for those supplies? What kind of capital, operating expenses and operational requirements would be required?

According to your report, there is likely an annual slaughter cow availability in Saskatchewan of about 125,000 to 150,000 head or about 2,000 to 3,000 head per week, which should make the province appealing to new investment in the packing industry.

Aware that finding the answers to these questions would lay the groundwork for investors to grow Saskatchewan’s processing sector, SSGA’s board and general manager engaged two highly-credible, well-experienced and extensively-networked ag-industry consultants to do exactly that.

Willie Van Solkema: There is a lot of talk regarding the primary livestock sector getting involved in meat processing; mainly, because margin is garnered by the packer rather than ranchers and feeders. I think cattle producers would be interested in our report because it will add to their understanding of the complexities involved in meat processing.

“On top of managing the effects of extreme drought and unaffordable feed costs by trending sideways in terms of herd size,” though the Saskatchewan share of the Canadian herd has grown notably in the last three years, Garner Deobald said, “Saskatchewan producers are experiencing long waits for transportation availability, paying high costs for it, and then receiving reduced revenue due to shrinkage from the long hauls to other provinces where the large packers are. For these reasons, our board resolved to commission Willie Van Solkema and Kevin Grier to complete an environmental scan that would lay the groundwork for potential investors to grow the processing sector within the province.” Since Van Solkema and Grier concluded their research and submitted their final report Opportunities & Challenges for Growing Saskatchewan’s Beef Processing Sector in July 2022, Beef Business invited them to share their perspectives on the highlights of their findings. Beef Business: Thank you both for agreeing to participate in this interview, which we hope will explain the importance of this project to the range of stakeholders that comprise our readership, including: producers, consumers, government and potential investors.

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Beef Business: How could this research be used to attract investors in a new packing facility? Willie Van Solkema: An existing investor — an owner of a new processing plant — asked me when the final report would be available because he’s interested in talking to his associates about getting a plant up and running. He wants to help his investor community understand the business climate before they invest in it. The industry is monetarily-intense. The report explains what we’re up against. Kevin Grier: It could be used as a first step to draw attention to the merits and opportunities that lie in Saskatchewan. It is work that is needed to be completed by anyone who is considering Saskatchewan as a place to harvest cattle. Now, with this report in hand, those people could move to the next phase of location and business planning. Beef Business: Are there any questions that still need to be answered or facts that need to be determined in order to attract the attention of potential investors in a new plant? Willie Van Solkema: We discuss four types of processing in the report: cows, SEPTEMBER 2022


FEATURE packer when there are greater numbers of cattle available. Will the cost of construction go down in a few years? That’s an important consideration. Estimating the time needed (for investor relations, planning and construction), if a project were initiated now, a plant could be operational within three to five years.

Kevin Grier is a respected and connected market analyst and economic researcher with a more than two-decade focus is on the meat, poultry, livestock and grocery product sectors.

fed cattle, bison and custom processing. What our project does not answer for potential investors is which size and type of processing would be best for them. We describe the livestock available in Saskatchewan, and the investor must choose what would work best for them based on their expertise. They have to decide on their investor group, target market and what kind of livestock they want to process. Saskatchewan cattle are a part of a longestablished, mature supply chain. Any new facility would have to compete with longestablished feeders and packers in both Alberta and south of the border. Investors would also need to review labour availability and living accommodations, which would influence where they decide to build.

As a side note, a plant that is now being designed to handle approximately 350 head per day could be operational in Neudorf, sooner. Beef Business: Where would you recommend a new packing facility to be built? Willie Van Solkema: I’m partial to more urban areas than rural. We identified the Moose Jaw-Regina corridor and the Yorkton area as good options in the report because of their proximity to city infrastructure and access to transportation lanes. They are both located on major highways which would help to move product to market. Both areas have existing food processing companies — which I like, because there’s an opportunity to work with these

The challenge now lies in the cattle cycle, which is in a downturn. Reduced supply will go against the packing industry. I would prefer to enter the market as a

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companies as they are not competitors. This means a new plant could have a labour and material supply strategy that could be shared. For example: Having a multiparty deal with a local plastic packaging company that would involve higher volumes of product to access lower prices. continued on page 26

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Beef Business: In your opinion, when would be the best time for a new plant to be planned, built and launched? Willie Van Solkema: Realistically, it should have happened three to five years ago because the margin has been extremely good. Three years ago, there was the old XL beef plant that would have been available to retro-fit into an up-todate beef processing plant, which would reduce start-up costs for investors.

Willie Van Solkema has a long history of senior and executive management experience in the Canadian beef packing industry, including: • Canada Packers - Winnipeg and Calgary • Retail Ready Foods - Calgary and Toronto • Cargill Foods - High River and Wichita • XL Foods - Calgary • JBS Foods Canada - Calgary • Willie now works with the meat industry through his consulting firm, WVS Consulting.

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FEATURE Processing Sector cont. from pg. 25 The more business you have with them, the more willing transport companies are to negotiate better rates for delivery. Reducing overhead improves competitive advantage. Beef Business: In your opinion, what are the most interesting, significant or unexpected findings in your research? Willie Van Solkema: Nothing was unexpected. When examining the opportunities and challenges presented in our report, we can see this topic and project may have had better success at attracting investors three years ago. Kevin Grier: I was surprised to see, that even with a relatively-small plant that we were envisioning, that it would need to compete across the prairies and internationally. That is, Saskatchewan is a very small beef market, and even a small plant would need to set its sights much farther. Beef Business: With decades of professional experience, specifically in livestock processing and ag project consulting, how would you describe the current situation for new investors? Willie Van Solkema: There hasn’t been a lot of change in beef processing in the past 35 years, except in terms of technological advancements. In the report, we discuss moving track restrainer systems, fully-automated loading and removal equipment for hide pulling, water spray systems, blast freezer areas, rapid chilling systems, cryovac equipment, retractable benches for splitting and hot-water pasteurizers which support processing efficiencies, enhance safety and alleviate labour requirements. Larger plants have implemented automated boxed storage auto-box, seal and store beef. The only labour required is for loading the beef onto transport trucks for delivery to retailers.

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More work needs to be done to explore how advancements in technology can be used by smaller plants to give them a better chance at competing with the larger plants in Alberta. Kevin Grier: It will be a highlycompetitive market for cattle, especially so, given the declining herd. Beef Business: What are the next steps for this research? Willie Van Solkema: We need to get the report out in our networks so that other stakeholders can review it, distribute it and discuss the next steps. Everyone has a vested interest. Garner Deobald: The project team gathered and presented compelling evidence that Saskatchewan has a notable potential for a federally-inspected cattle harvest operation that could process 500 to 1,000 head per day. Using this report’s data along with the right technology, labour resources, marketing plan and distribution channels, investors in a new plant would be prepared to compete with out-of-province packing facilities for Saskatchewan cattle inventory and beef retail markets.

States. And, we intend to work with Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture to:

• Highlight existing government-based regulatory and financial incentives,

• Identify the best locations to build a new plant,

• Consult with packing industry

executives to discuss the results of this project, and

• Help arrange a fact-finding mission

with prospective investors to attend meat equipment exhibitions and visit new packing plants in Europe to spur on ideas that optimize processing efficiencies.

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FEATURE Market Outlook 2022 Fall Run Kori Maki-Adair

Drought and the Russian invasion of Ukraine have affected feed costs across the country, impacting the profitability of beef producers and feedlots across North America — especially in Western Canada. Confirming our hopes for the 2022 growing season, nature delivered the much-needed precipitation to our prairie soils in late spring, which brightened the market outlook for the third and fourth quarters. To support livestock value chain members to assess business risk and make strategic decisions that maximize their operations’ profitability, Beef Business interviewed Canfax Executive Director Brenna Grant to share her analysis and projections for 2022’s fall run. Beef Business: Thank you for sharing your subject matter expertise with us, Brenna. Before your outlook for 2022’s fall run, please set the scene for our readers by providing some context for your forecast. Brenna Grant: The last two and a half years have been difficult for all sectors of the supply chain, starting with the

demand shock of restrictions back in March 2020, which shifted food sales from foodservice to retail. Beef was probably less impacted than pork or poultry, which relied on foodservice for carcass utilization — think all you can eat wing night. The surge in demand at retail occurred not just in Canada, but internationally, as consumers found their food dollar went a lot further at retail. This was followed by the supply shock of plant closures, and the subsequent backlog, as Canadian packers prioritized fed cattle to get through the numbers. Beef Business: What have you observed in the beef market more recently? Brenna Grant: Over the last two years, as restrictions have been lifted, the foodservice sector has recovered somewhat. The drought last summer and surge in feed costs have challenged producer margins, but it appears that things are finally turning a corner.

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Rain in June has significantly improved the feed outlook for this fall. While there are regions that remain dry, availability of feed has improved, although it remains tight. Beef Business: What is your market outlook for fall run? Brenna Grant: Cattle supplies are projected to tighten in the second half of 2022 and into 2023 across North America. The Unites States cow herd peaked in 2019 and is down six per cent. The smaller calf crop this fall is expected to see strong competition to fill pens. Feeder prices have also been supported by lower feed prices which have come down since the end of June. As cost of gain has dropped, projected calf prices off the live cattle futures have significantly improved. Saskatchewan 500 to 600 pound steer prices are currently trading between $230-258/cwt averaging around $238-240/cwt. Beef Business: If the cost of gain returns to more normal ranges, how high do you think calf prices could go? Brenna Grant: While this spring, it had looked like prices would seasonally decline over the fall run, the strong futures market and lower feed prices could result in the fall market having a counterseasonal rally to $240-260/cwt (based on Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s projections for the 2022-2023 crop year). Stronger calf prices would be welcomed by cow-calf producers who have had higher costs. However, it should be remembered that the feedlots have gone through several months of negative margins, on a cash basis. As United States experiences higher feed costs with drought, it may dampen feeder prices stateside and encourage feeders to move north.

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FEATURE Relative feed costs will be watched closely this fall as the barley and corn harvests progress. Barley is currently trading at harvest low, but it will rise. Managing feed costs will continue to be a high priority for feedlots and producers over the next year, as potential for higher prices remains a key risk. Moving forward, tighter supplies in North America are expected to strengthen cattle prices in 2023. Beef Business: Since the next two years look positive, when do you expect prices to peak on this round? Brenna Grant: It’s hard to say when pricing will peak — part of that answer is about the fall market in terms of supplies coming forward and the fact that we’re looking at a seasonal rally. Prices will be the strongest when feed prices are the lowest. As soon as prices start to rise again, we’ll start to see pressure on the feeder market. Since we’re going into a tighter supply situation in North America, we’re looking for when supply is going to be the tightest, which is usually two years after the market bottoms out and the herd begins to be rebuilt again. Heifer retention is not occurring right now. The United States’ market is in strong liquidation due to drought. We need stronger prices on beef to grow the herd in order to see prices reliably-strong again. Beef Business: What do you think is driving higher prices for all classes of live cattle? Brenna Grant: A combination of strong domestic and global demand for beef is driving higher prices for all classes of live cattle. Beef Business: There’s a seasonality to ground beef, with a ramping up to Canada Day. Typically, consumer demand starts to increase around Mother’s Day, and continue through Father’s Day, then crest at Canada Day. However, over the past

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year, there seems to be a steady demand regardless of season. What are your thoughts on this demand plateau? Brenna Grant: That’s absolutely true over the last year and a bit. We have seen high and steady prices for ground beef and lean trim, which will continue as we see food inflation in general. Consumers are switching down from higher priced cuts to ground beef to ensure beef is on the plate. Beef prices have been remarkably strong at retail — even, in light of increased slaughter across the border. Beer Business: How will beef stack up against chicken and pork? Brenna Grant: We monitor price spreads at retail. In the first quarter, there were higher prices for beef, which adjusted back down in the second quarter. Now, in the third quarter, beef prices are back in line with historical-level pork prices. But beef prices remaining relatively stronger than poultry, which means the price for beef is still quite strong. Beef Business: What is your point of view on beef exports? Brenna Grant: Canadian beef exports are extremely strong in volume and value. Last year, we saw the international consumer was willing to pay more than the domestic consumer. This year, international consumers are also willing to pay more for beef. The question is: who is going to be willing to continue to pay strong prices? Beef Business: Thank you for sharing your expert analysis, Brenna. We hope the answer to that question is: EVERYONE. B

Brenna Grant Executive Director Canfax and Canfax Research Services Canfax is Canada’s source of cattle market information. Canfax Research Services (CRS) provides the Canadian beef industry with comprehensive statistical and market information on the domestic and global beef trends. Economic analyses are utilized for marketing, research, policy and investment decisions supporting strategies, business plans and performance measurement. Brenna grew up in Southwest Saskatchewan on a cow-calf, yearling grasser operation that her family still operates. She received a BA in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters in Applied Economics from Montana State University. She is currently the Chair of the Statistics Canada Agriculture and Food Advisory Committee and Chairs the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef’s Climate Science Committee. CRS provides project and data management for the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) National Beef Sustainability Assessment.

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SCIENCE AND PRODUCTION Active Missing Livestock Files As of September 1, 2022

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SCIENCE AND PRODUCTION Reminder: A Livestock Manifest is a Legal Document Chief Executive Officer Jason Pollock Livestock Services of Saskatchewan

then inspects the cattle. This is necessary to ensure that we are providing the industry with what they need from the inspection program. You may also get a call from LSS, from time to time, to verify information (address, phone number etc.), on the manifest to ensure its accuracy. I am guilty of providing some poorly handwritten manifests to Inspectors over the years. Chief Executive Officer Jason Pollock Livestock Services of Saskatchewan

The Livestock Inspection and Transportation Regulations continue to require that, before transporting livestock, the owner or their designated agent shall complete and have in their possession a livestock manifest. The manifest is, when completed and used for commercial purposes, a legal document and form of contract. Many producers do not understand this aspect of the manifest and that the information provided on the manifest is critical. As the industry moves to a more digital age and one of databases and directories that can be cross-referenced and searched for information, the manifest provides a significant amount of data points to which consignors and buyers need to pay attention. Livestock Services of Saskatchewan (LSS) is committed to the industry and the desire for good data to be available and to be used as appropriate for the industry’s benefit. If you do not fill out your manifest correctly, or need to add data or appropriate signatures, the LSS Inspector may ask you to complete the manifest fully prior to the inspection. In the regular course of their duties, the Inspector first inspects the manifest and 34

For your reference, the manifest must include:

• The owner’s and the contributor’s

full address, rural municipality (RM) and telephone number;

• The number of animals and their destination;

• The animals’ descriptions and brands; and

• The signature of the owner or the owner’s designated agent.

NOTE: Optional information to include on the manifest is the Premises Identification (PID) of origin and destination. Any additional information required by the Humane Transport Regulations may also be recorded on the manifest for the owner’s records. A properly completed manifest identifies the owner of the livestock, directs the proceeds of the sale, helps to prevent livestock theft and ensures accuracy of processing payments. It also facilitates future movement reporting, transfer of care, Humane Transport Regulations and other industry requirements as they are developed. We live in a data-driven world and our response has been to use existing tools (at our disposal), to make the data

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collection and required processes for reporting (as they are developed), as simple and unobtrusive as possible for the producer. If you have questions or require any assistance with the manifest, please do not hesitate to contact your local Inspector for help. We are here to facilitate commerce and uphold legislative requirements for the benefit of the industry. That last point is an excellent segue into an update on the past fiscal year of operations for LSS. The 2021-2022 financial year was a successful one for LSS due to the increased number of inspections from drought-forced sales and cattle moving to be fed for winter, which resulted in a positive excess of revenue over expenses of $497,292. While this has a nice short-term benefit to LSS, the concern is for the future, as inventories are sold off and the overall retraction of the cow herd negativelyaffects inspection numbers. As inspection numbers decline and inflation places unmitigated pressure on LSS expenditures, the prospect of a fee increase is something that the industry and LSS will need to wrestle with in the future. The inspection process provides a clear, positive return for the industry and a critical safeguard to all owners of livestock across the province. I am pleased to present the following value analysis to you on the past year of operations. VALUE ANALYSIS 2021-2022 LSS maintains an objective analysis of the services provided and their measurable and perceived value to the livestock industry of Saskatchewan. Efforts in diligence and consistency in SEPTEMBER 2022


SCIENCE AND PRODUCTION Cost to Saskatchewan Livestock Industry Revenue collected on 1,821,337 head

$4,967,529

Commission paid to livestock dealers for remitting inspection fees

($43,599) $4,923,930

Quantitative Benefits to the Saskatchewan Livestock Industry Proceeds redirected to rightful owner on 3,539 head

$4,954,600

Stray animal identification of 174 head

$385,000

Reported missing or stolen livestock totaling 361 head

$505,400

Cattle/proceeds withheld for clearance of 7,644 head

$10,701,600

Approximate value of legislated use documents supplied (manifests, permits, etc.)

$85,000 $16,631,600

Measured Benefit to the Saskatchewan Livestock Industry Qualitative Benefits to the Saskatchewan Livestock Industry LSS Inspection and Movement Database utilized by Ministry of Agriculture / Canadian Food Inspection Agency

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Security provided to credit institutions allowing producers access to affordable credit

$$$$

Licensing administration and security held in trust by 124 Dealers and 293 Agents

$$$$

Management of the Provincial Brand Registry (11,001 Registered Brands)

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Net Measured Value to the Livestock Industry $11,707,670

Derived from formula calculations of measurable benefits less fees levied

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SCIENCE AND PRODUCTION Livestock Manifest cont. from pg. 35 communication are paying dividends in the form of improved compliance by producers/transporters in general. NOTE: An estimated average value of $1,400 per head is used below for cost/value reporting and a calculation of $2.75 per head revenue for all livestock inspected. The net operational revenue will not reconcile exactly with the attached financial statement. LSS is owned by the five major livestock groups in Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) plays an important role in providing input and oversight to the strategic goals and objectives of the organization. LSS appreciates the continued support and input of SSGA. As our industry changes and adapts to the everincreasing data-driven world, we are confident with leadership, like that provided by SSGA, and LSS's other owners, that we are capable of meeting all future challenges and opportunities. B

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SCIENCE AND PRODUCTION Diving Deeper into the Soil-Water Connection Blake Weiseth

2) Annual grain crop (flax in 2021) with post-harvest residue incorporation (R): A shallow tillage operation following harvest to incorporate crop residue into the surface soil layer; 3) Annual grain crop (flax in 2021) with variable-rate fertilizer application (F): Application rates of phosphorus and nitrogen altered throughout the treatment area as prescribed for each soil management zone; and Blake Weiseth MSc, PAg Applied Research Lead Glacier FarmMedia Discovery Farm

In my previous article appearing in the March 2022 issue, I introduced a project which is evaluating the impact that various agricultural management practices have on influencing water and nutrient use efficiency. The central hypothesis of my PhD research is that the agronomic and environmental performance of a given management practice is a function of interactions among the 4Rs of Nutrient Stewardship (i.e., the Right Source, the Right Rate, the Right Time, and the Right Place); how these 4Rs are applied at the individual farm level; and localized soil and landscape characteristics.

4) Annual forage species in a polycropping mixture (P): Species composition of hps Hairy Vetch (30 per cent), hps Crimson Clover (25 per cent), hps Tillage Radish (25 per cent), and hps Turnips (20 per cent). Regarding agronomic performance, straw yield of all treatments is shown in Figure 1, along with grain yield for the treatments seeded to flax. Not surprisingly, straw yield and phosphorus uptake was significantly higher in the forage polycropping treatment compared to the flax treatments. The question of environmental performance was examined following harvest of all treatments, through tracing the flow of phosphorus through the

Agronomic performance is largely defined as crop yield and nutrient uptake, while environmental performance is predominantly evaluated by the mitigation of nutrient losses in runoff water.

soil, water and plant system. Notably, concentration of soluble reactive inorganic phosphorus (SRPi) in snowmelt runoff water was measured in spring of 2022 both under controlled laboratory conditions during a snowmelt simulation experiment as well as in situ in the field. For the snowmelt simulation, soil slabs were removed from six locations in a transect across each experimental unit, targeting three unique landform complex locations in the field including upslope, midslope and lowslope. During removal of these slabs, care was taken to ensure that the original structure of the surface (0-5 centimetre) soil was retained. The slabs were then frozen at their antecedent soil moisture condition. For the snowmelt simulation, the soil slabs were set at an angle to reflect their original slope as positioned in the field, and a predetermined mass of snow was added to the soil surface and allowed to melt. Finally, runoff water was collected, and SRPi concentration was determined. A picture of the apparatus used for the snowmelt runoff simulation is shown in Figure 2. Concentration of SRPi measured in snowmelt runoff water from the simulation experiment is shown for

To account for a diverse range of cropping systems and management practices employed on the Canadian Prairies, this study consists of four treatments as follows. A brief description is provided for each treatment along with the abbreviation by which it will be referred in the following figures. 1) Control (C): Annual grain crop (flax in 2021) with fixed fertilizer application rate and no post-harvest residue incorporation. 38

Figure 1. Grain and straw yield by treatment

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SCIENCE AND PRODUCTION all treatments in Figure 3. First, we can see a reduction in SRPi losses from implementation of all treatments evaluated relative to the control. Further, SRPi losses in snowmelt runoff water were least from the annual forage polycropping treatment, signaling the positive environmental performance of this treatment. Despite the forage polycropping treatment taking up significant phosphorus from the soil and substantial crop residue being left on the soil surface leading into winter, loss risk of dissolved phosphorus appears to be low in the first year of this study relative to the other treatments examined. However, in interpreting the fertilizer-use efficiency of this treatment, it is important to consider the difference in fertilizer application rates among all treatments. For example, given the cropping and management system represented in each treatment, total phosphorus applied at seeding was 52.0 kg P2O5 ha-1 for the control and crop residue management treatments, 46.8 kg P2O5 ha-1 for the variable-rate fertilizer application treatment, and 27.6 kg P2O5 ha-1 for the forage polycropping treatment.

The second year of this study is currently underway at Discovery Farm Langham, with wheat as the annual grain crop and the same mix of species evaluated in the forage polycropping treatment. Agronomic and environmental performance will continue to be evaluated using the same methods noted above, among others, and results will be compared to what was observed in the first year. Before closing this chapter on the soilwater connection, one preliminary observation from the second year of this project is that weed control can be a challenge for the annual forage polycropping treatment, especially when salt-tolerant weeds persist in saline areas of the field. In another study currently underway at Discovery Farm Langham, we are seeing promising results of various perennial forage species establishing well on salt-affected soil and competing against salt-tolerant weeds. I would encourage the interested reader to check out the Salinity Project on our website at www.discoveryfarm.ca to learn more. B

Figure 2. Snow addition to soil slab with container to catch runoff water (foreground) and wooden shim used to manipulate slope angle (background) Figure 3. SRPi concentration in simulated snowmelt runoff water by treatment

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ASSOCIATION NEWS AND REPORTS And the 2022 Rangeland Scholarship Goes to... Kori Maki-Adair

Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association’s (SSGA) Rangeland Scholarship is an annual $1,000 scholarship established in 1995 through donations by members matched by Saskatchewan Environment Fish and Wildlife Development Fund. Leadership skills, community involvement and academics are all important considerations for this scholarship. This year, SSGA is honouring Madison McNeil with the award. Madison was born and raised in Alameda, Saskatchewan, which is a 40-minute drive east from Estevan and a two and half hour drive southeast from Regina. Situated in an area that is abundant with grain, oil and water, Alameda is Spanish for “grove” — even though, there wasn’t any wood there when British settlers began arriving in 1882. As a result, early building construction relied on sod and field stones, which are plentiful in the environment, thanks to the area’s vast rangelands. According to TripAdvisor, Alameda has many places to see, ways to wander and signature experiences. It’s a mix of the charming, modern, tried and true. It’s the home of the Grant Devine Dam, Alameda Fishing Derby, Moose Creek Regional Park and host of the Alameda Agricultural Society Fair and 4-H show and sale, which helped groom Madison’s early passion for the animal agri-food industry. “Being raised in a rural setting, on a ranch, is where I find my peace. I like to come back and reflect on life — especially with the cows,” Madison expressed at start of her interview with Beef Business in late August. She says her family, home and community give her good grounding, strong roots and the freedom to explore nature, animals and how all things rely on one another for support to grow and prosper. Aligning her words and actions with her principles, like SSGA’s values of

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Madison McNeil Rangeland Scholarship 2022

honesty and integrity, Madison earned the Rangeland Scholarship through her unmatched ability to express how her hands-on experience and unwavering commitment to Saskatchewan agriculture meet the award’s eligibility requirements. Heading into the final year of her undergraduate degree at University of Saskatchewan, Madison has complemented her program requirements as a student research assistant, university rangeland team member and holistic management member. She has learned through holistic management how to increase forage yield per acre by integrating cover crops into corn winter grazing crops, and observed crops resulting from direct seeding desiccated grass in a pasture through field studies in a grazing tour. She has examined multi-species crop rotation for benefitting the surrounding ecosystem in a regenerative agriculture tour. She has hands-on experience utilizing and maintaining solar fencing equipment and watering systems; performing herd health checks for illness, injury and signs of labour; tagging calves, administering vaccines and treating sick animals; practising low-stress cattle sorting and herd movement; and implementing rotational grazing and paddock corn

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When identifying her objectives for her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Madison affirmed, “This program is preparing me for a career serving the animal agri-food industry. It is encouraging me to develop innovative solutions to the challenges posed by a growing world population, a finite amount of farmland and changing climate conditions. I am learning sustainable and economical farming practices for our future.” Her application and transcripts confirm that, as an Animal Science major, she is learning practices for feeding, breeding and management of domestic animals that are of agricultural significance. Her core classes include animal physiology, genetics, nutrition, feed processing, animal behaviour and welfare, vaccines, sustainable production systems and management, pasture management, forage production and even marketing. Those records also indicate that her minor in Rangeland Resources is teaching her the nature of ecosystems, the processes associated with energy flow and material cycling within them, and the effects humans exert on ecosystems in Western Canada. The courses supporting this part of her program are focused on rangeland inventory, monitoring, evaluation, plantsoil interactions, invasive species, carbon storage and nutrient cycling. “I am broadening my knowledge on various aspects of what the ag industry needs because I want to help address the issues and change the frameworks of the many misconceptions about agriculture. I want to educate the public as an advocate for industry,” she said with the heart of a true Saskatchewan livestock and land steward pureblood. Now in the home stretch of a four-year degree, Madison is thinking about her career options as she completes the final

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steps ahead of graduate studies. “Rangelands are a vital, yet endangered component of our Canadian landscape. Many agriculture sectors, mainly the beef industry, rely heavily upon the health of these landscapes,” she expressed with concern. “My parents and grandparents are my biggest inspiration. They are family and farm-focused, and hard-working people. They make me want to do better for myself and the people around us. They motivate me to help and do all I can to improve the world.” With that goal in mind, Madison is working towards a master’s degree, focusing her research on the necessity of grazing ruminants for the health of rangelands. During that time, she intends to continue developing her personal cow

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herd while improving the productivity of her animals and the surrounding land in the most sustainable way. In line with SSGA’s position on environmental stewardship, Madison concluded this interview by saying, “Each sector of the ag industry is interconnected, which highlights the importance of continually improving our practices to ensure its prosperity in the future — and it’s why my career goal is to help portray the importance of the animal production industry for the well-being of the environment and to our society.” SSGA is proud to support Madison McNeil as she embarks on the next phase of her education, experience and contribution to Canada’s greatest renewable resource — agriculture. B

Madison McNeil behind the wheel on the family ranch in Alameda, SK

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ASSOCIATION NEWS AND REPORTS A Report from Garner Deobald President, Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association in attendance. It is a very important issue for the industry and one that needs to be promoted and supported as we move forward. We need to recognize there are opportunities that we can foster and advance for the betterment of the industry. We also recognize there are challenges, but with planning and working together, we can overcome them.

President Garner Deobald Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association

It’s the time of year again, when it certainly feels like the change of season is upon us; daylight hours are dwindling and the smell of late summer is in the air. Spring and summer provided a diverse range of weather events for producers, creating challenges for many depending on location. Too wet, too dry and everything in between have been the norm for 2022. As a province, we are better off than last year, but definitely, there are areas that are desperately dry and not much better off than a year ago. SSGA will advocate for these ranchers and farmers and work to identify these regions; hopefully, finding ways to help through these challenging times. We held our 109th Annual General Meeting & Convention in Assiniboia from June 5-7, 2022. It was an overwhelming success with strong attendance from across the province. The Convention had a great lineup of speakers covering a wide range of subject matter. The Opportunities & Challenges for Growing Saskatchewan’s Livestock Processing Sector research presentation by Willie Van Solkema caught the attention of everyone

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In July, we put a call out to the provincial and federal government asking for an investigation into meat pricing. Price discovery, price transparency, competitive bidding and the price spread have been a huge concern for grassroots producers. Almost-daily calls from ranchers and farmers dealing with the lack of profitability and risk of not being viable have driven the discussion. We know what consumers are paying and we know what trickles back down to the farm gate.

Market reports are giving us reason for cautious optimism with early sales of yearlings and calves bringing a nice premium compared to the last few years. Reports and updates from CanFax and CattleFax (United States), are showing strong markets due to supply tightening. The drought, in United States and parts of Canada, continues to drive the reduction in cow numbers which will result in fewer calves and feeders for the next few years. In closing, I want to thank SSGA Past President Kelcy Elford for his work and dedication to this great organization — it’s very much appreciated. I would also like to thank SSGA General Manager Chad MacPherson and the staff for their continued hard work, along with the board of directors that give so freely of their time.

I greatly appreciate the support from consumers who are buying beef at high retail values. There is risk in pushing retail prices higher which, at some point, will result in driving consumers away from the beef counter.

Before I conclude this report, I want to express a special thank you to all SSGA members for your continued support. If you’re not a member yet, please consider joining this great organization by investing in a membership.

I understand how a free and open market system works; so, it’s important to note that our request is not for any type of government support. What we want is a fair and open investigation that would provide us with a clear understanding of where the buck stops. This isn’t the first time a pricing investigation has taken place; so, it’s reasonable to request one.

I’d also like encourage all producers to reach out to us with any questions, comments and concerns. We need and appreciate feedback, so we can do the best job as an advocate and voice for our industry.

In fact, SSGA’s call for a meat pricing investigation stirred up a lot of interest and support. Media of all stripes, cattle producers and their industry organizations contacted us from across the country asking for more information. Consumers were also stepping up to voice their support for this initiative.

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Wishing everyone a safe and productive harvest,

Garner

Garner Deobald

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ASSOCIATION NEWS AND REPORTS Board Director Profile: Larry Flaig Kori Maki-Adair

Larry and Ann Flaig at home on their ranch on the south side of 12 Mile Lake, SK

The coming year marks Larry and Ann Flaig’s two-decade milestone at their ranch, located on the south side of 12 Mile Lake, the Flaig’s property is 43.5 kilometres southwest of Assiniboia or 19.3 kilometres northeast of Wood Mountain, whichever you prefer envisioning. “The land was new to us in 2003 when Ann and I bought it and moved from Maple Creek. I worked for Prairie Farms Rehabilitation Administration at that time, and until 2007, when Ann and I started full-time ranching. We work on the operation together,” said Larry Flaig. The property has native and tame grasses with brush-line coulees that go into the lake. When they purchased it outright 20 years ago, there was a substantial amount of cropland which they’ve since seeded back into tame and native grasses — all except a small portion that the Flaigs have rented out as farmland. Larry admits he likes to do everything on horseback. The only tracks he likes to find on his grassland are from animals. “Our interest is in raising cattle. We are a small cow-calf operation and we sell some calves in the fall. Depending on feed

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supply, we sell some in spring. The last few years haven’t allowed for that. We’ve been trying to maintain our cow herd because of the challenges around feed supply,” Larry said about their current operation.

“The first challenge is the weather, over which no one has control,” he said and offered the second in the form of a question, “Do we get a fair price for what we do?”

“We’ve have built our operation from scratch with sweat equity, planning and that kind of thing. It was a fixer-upper when we bought it, and we’re far from done. Whether it’s the water supply, corral, grass, hayfields, fences or handling system, we’re always looking for ways to improve it,” he added. “We enjoy working on it.”

He explained with an example of another commodity, “When we go to buy something, the seller tells us what we’re going to pay. As a cattle producer, when I sell my animals, the buyer tells me what they’re going to pay. I look at a package of coffee, and right on there it says ‘fair trade,’ so we know the buyer isn’t taking advantage of the coffee grower. Do we see that on our packages of meat? No, we don’t. So, is a cattle producer getting paid a fair share of the profit that’s being made on that product — or, what that product is actually worth?”

When asked for three words to describe the Flaig duo’s approach to life, family and business, Larry considered the request and responded with his personal philosophy. “One thing that we live by, and I don’t know if this is what you’re looking for, is: Don’t love anything that doesn’t love you back. We love one another, our land and animals and they love us right back,” he said. Since Larry Flaig was recently elected Zone 3 Chair on Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association’s (SSGA) Board of Directors at the organization’s Annual General Meeting in June 2022, Beef Business asked him about cowboy politics. “SSGA is a collective voice for the people. It’s an industry group without any hotshots or braggarts. SSGA’s board and members work together with the same vision and values. Together, we can tell people with a united conviction that we look after our animals, one another, wildlife and the land. Individually, we can’t do that. In this group, we can and we do,” Larry said with a nod of quiet confidence. He says there are two ever-present challenges and concerns facing the livestock industry today.

Larry knows the future is unpredictable in the ag industry. “Groups of people chastise us for what we do. We grow food. They say cows are destroying the environment. As individuals, we try to be ready for that kind of thing, yet I never feel prepared for those attacks. Fortunately, SSGA is always upfront and primed to respond. I’d like to see that continue. At SSGA, we take on the issues because we know they won’t go away on their own,” Larry concluded about his membership and role on SSGA’s board of directors. He wanted to finish this interview with one more important point: “I like what I do.” Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association warmly welcomes Larry Flaig to its board of directors and looks forward to achieving many more milestones with the help of his down-to-earth perspective, continuing commitment to the agricultural sector and appreciation for the rancher’s way of life.B

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ASSOCIATION NEWS AND REPORTS SSGA 2022 AGM RESOLUTIONS

Resolution #1 WHEREAS the Farm Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (FRWIP) approval process is slow and inefficient; and WHEREAS time is of the essence for timely project approvals during times of drought; BE IT RESOLVED that Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) lobby the Government of Saskatchewan to reduce red tape and expedite the approval process at critical times. Carried Resolution #2 WHEREAS the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP) covers noninsurable losses; and WHEREAS producers with more than $2 million in gross revenue are ineligible for PDAP assistance; BE IT RESOLVED that SSGA lobby the Government of Saskatchewan and Canada to eliminate the $2 million eligibility cap for PDAP claims. Carried Resolution #3 WHEREAS having affordable energy is critical for heating homes in rural Saskatchewan; and WHEREAS the cost of installing natural gas is exorbitant; BE IT RESOLVED that SSGA lobby the provincial government to have SaskEnergy provide rural residents the option to access, install or upgrade natural gas at a cost no greater than $7,500. Carried Resolution #5 WHEREAS stockpiling forage is a recognized grazing management practice; and 44

WHEREAS stockpiled forage has monetary value to livestock producers; and WHEREAS damage to stockpiled forage is not recognized under the SCIC wildlife damage program; BE IT RESOLVED that SSGA lobby the Government of Saskatchewan and Canada to include damage to stockpiled forage as an eligible loss under the Wildlife Damage Program. Carried Resolution #6 WHEREAS investment in the expansion of water infrastructure and storage helps to improve agriculture’s resiliency to drought; and WHEREAS the Government of Saskatchewan modified Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (FRWIP) funding caps and cost share percentages in response to last year’s drought; BE IT RESOLVED that SSGA lobby the Government of Saskatchewan to make the enhancements to FRWIP permanent. Carried Resolution #7 WHEREAS irrigation increases the productivity of agriculture land; and WHEREAS Saskatchewan has existing potential for irrigation expansion; BE IT RESOLVED that SSGA lobby federal and provincial governments for increased irrigation projects and usage in Saskatchewan. Carried Resolution #8 WHEREAS cost is a significant barrier to starting a new agricultural operation or expanding an existing one; and WHEREAS several Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) programs require $50,000 in gross revenue to qualify; BE IT RESOLVED that SSGA lobby the Government of Saskatchewan and Canada to review the minimum gross revenue

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eligibility threshold to qualify for CAP programming. Carried Resolution #9 WHEREAS the Humane Transport Regulations came into full force in February 2021; and WHEREAS the Humane Transport Regulations now require a Transport of Care (TOC) document for all deliveries of uncompromised cattle; and WHEREAS the administrative burden induced by (TOC) is unjustifiable given the excellent animal welfare outcomes in short haul cattle deliveries; BE IT RESOLVED that SSGA lobby the Government of Saskatchewan and Canada to fund the ongoing printing cost of the TOC document that Livestock Services of Saskatchewan has developed. Carried Resolution #10 WHEREAS Health Canada is proposing Front of Package Labelling for ground beef; and WHEREAS the proposed labelling regulation would require ground beef sold at retail to carry a high in saturated fat warning label; and WHEREAS ground beef is a nutrient dense protein that contributes zinc, iron, vitamin B12 and other essential nutrients that Canadian consumers need in their diets; and WHEREAS the potential trade implications that this labelling could initiate; BE IT RESOLVED that SSGA lobby all levels of government to defeat this proposal regulation and disallow it from being published in Canada Gazette 2. Resolution #11

Carried

WHEREAS Johne’s disease is a production limiting disease of cattle, sheep and goats; and

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ASSOCIATION NEWS AND REPORTS WHEREAS the Johne’s Disease Surveillance Program (JDSP) has been well-received and utilized by livestock producers; BE IT RESOLVED that SSGA lobby the Government of Saskatchewan for the continuation of the JDSP in the Next Policy Framework. Resolution #12

Carried

WHEREAS irrigation projects are very important to the livestock sector, especially in times of drought; BE IT RESOLVED that SSGA lobby both levels of government to make it easier to have projects put in place in a timely manner. Carried Resolution #15 WHEREAS the federal government has recently announced additional proposed firearm restrictions; and WHEREAS firearms are a valuable tool for livestock producers; BE IT RESOLVED that SSGA lobby the Government of Canada in opposition of the new firearm restrictions. Carried

BE IT RESOLVED that SSGA lobby the Government of Saskatchewan and Canada for compensation to cover for the loss of production. Carried Resolution #18 WHEREAS cost of production information is critical for on farm decision-making on an individual farm and industry basis; BE IT RESOLVED that SSGA lobby the Government of Saskatchewan to financially support the cost of production network. Carried Resolution #19 WHEREAS grasslands are under pressure to convert to annually cropping; and WHEREAS grasslands provide significant ecological benefits to society including carbon capture, biodiversity and wildlife habitat; BE IT RESOLVED that SSGA lobby the Government of Saskatchewan and Canada to develop programming to value the ecological goods and services that grasslands provide. Carried

Resolution #20 WHEREAS the Government of Saskatchewan has set a goal of growing livestock cash receipts to $1.8 billion by 2030; and WHEREAS discretionary use hinders investment in the livestock sector; BE IT RESOLVED that SSGA lobby the Government of Saskatchewan to remove discretionary use from Rural Municipality (RM) control. Carried Resolution #21 WHEREAS the 2021 drought was widespread and severe; and WHEREAS cashflow is currently tight for livestock producers; BE IT RESOLVED that SSGA lobby the Government of Saskatchewan and Canada to offer a long-term, low-interest loan to help livestock producers rebuild their breeding herds. Carried

Resolution #16 WHEREAS the Saskatchewan ValueAdded Agriculture Incentive (SVAI) provides tax incentives for capital investment in new and expanded valueadded agriculture facilities; and WHEREAS SVAI has a $10 million minimum capital investment; BE IT RESOLVED that SSGA lobby the Government of Saskatchewan to lower the minimum investment for livestock processing facilities. Carried Resolution #17 WHEREAS the Richardson’s Ground Squirrel (RGS) population has increased exponentially; and WHEREAS the RGS causes immense damage to forage crops and severe soil degradation;

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STEWARDSHIP Producers Encouraged to Bid on Grassland Restoration Tom Harrison

Saskatchewan Stock Growers Foundation (SSGF) has been awarded $2 million to deliver a “reverse auction” for native grassland restoration from Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Nature Based Solutions Fund. The project will extend over five years. So what does that mean for producers? Producers who are thinking about seeding land back to grass have a unique opportunity. Not only can they receive assistance, but they can contribute to putting a value on the true cost of restoration for conservation purposes. Given the commodity prices that exist, it’s understandable that it can be challenging for agriculture producers to convert cropland back to perennial cover. But from a conservation standpoint, one of the best ways to create more wildlife habitat is not only to restore land into perennial cover but also to use native plant species. Converting cropland back into perennial cover can also sequester and store a significant amount of carbon. Through this project, lands, which have the potential to create more habitat and sequester and store more carbon, will be selected and prioritized. There will be a focus on evaluating areas that create more connectivity to existing grasslands or create larger blocks of grassland — especially lands that are close to critical habitat for species at risk.

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SSGF will be looking for producers that are interested in converting cropland to perennial grasslands using native seed. It is important that the restoration fits into the viability of the agricultural operation. Those producers who express an interest in the project will be asked:

To submit a bid on what they think it is worth to them to restore grasslands,

How long they would be willing to retain it as perennial cover, and

If they would prefer an agreement or an easement placed on the land.

Saskatchewan, South of the Divide Conservation Action Program and Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association. Saskatchewan Stock Growers Foundation is a registered charity that focuses on recognizing the role of agricultural producers in the conservation of grasslands and highlighting the benefits of retaining grasslands in Saskatchewan. For more information, please contact: Tom Harrison PAg Program Manager prairiecloudscape@sasktel.net 306-530-1385 B

Bidders will need to think carefully about their costs of the conversion to grassland and construct bids accordingly. Through an analysis of all the bids and the allocated program budget, a standardized price will be developed to pay for an indexed value of restoration. Once restoration activities actually begin on the various properties, monitoring for carbon sequestration and the creation of wildlife habitat will also take place. Ideally, this program should be able to contribute to biodiversity and carbon sequestration and storage, and also compensate the producer at a competitive rate. Our partners include Green Analytics, University of Alberta, University of

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STEWARDSHIP A Tool for Invasive Species Carolyn Gaudet

incurred by invasive species in North America were around $26 billion USD per year in the 2010s, which was also likely an underestimation of actual costs due to their conservative approach. The agricultural industry was most impacted by invasive species, incurring damages costing $527.07 billion USD between 1960 and 2017. Carolyn Gaudet, MSc Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan Manager Controlling Invasive Species Invasive species are non-native species whose introduction causes, or is likely to cause, damage to ecosystem services and reduce habitat for wildlife as well as decrease property value and agricultural productivity. A few research groups have attempted to estimate the cost of damages caused by invasive species, as well as the costs associated with managing them. A group from Rutgers University, led by Robert Crystal-Ornelas, determined that costs

Leafy Spurge large Leafy Spurge is aggressive in undisturbed areas, like pastures and roadsides. Spurge infestations increase due to the large taproot (up to one metre), the milky-white sap found in all parts of the plant prevents grazing by many animals, and seeds being ejected form the plant when they are ripe. It may be best to adopt a strategy of “early detection and eradication” of new infestations. Photo © ND Parks and Recreation Department 50

Reducing the Impact The best way to reduce the impact of invasive species is to limit their introduction. Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre (SCDC) Invasive Species Coordinator Beryl Wait says, “When it comes to invasive species, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” To prevent the spread of invasive species in agricultural areas, whether in natural areas or cropland, it’s important to clean your gear, like boots, tires, machinery or ATVs, before moving from one location to another. The next best thing is to treat new introductions before they become a major issue. In order to do that, you may need to learn about invasive species so that you can identify them and report where they’ve occurred to reduce the chances of it becoming a full invasion. Wait mentions, “Documenting where species are found can lead to the application of management actions and strategies to prevent establishment and further spread of an invasive species. The earlier a species is detected and dealt with generally means its overall impact is reduced in terms of negative impacts, control cost and effort.” Mapping Programs and Apps Mapping programs or apps for plant identification can help facilitate early detection and rapid response. The iMapInvasives platform has been available in Saskatchewan since 2012 and is managed by Saskatchewan Conservation

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Red Lily Beetle Original The Red Lily Beetle is an invasive species, originally from Europe and Asia, that can completely destroy healthy lily plants. Both native lilies and ornamental varieties are susceptible to infestations by this beetle. Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre is partnering with South Saskatchewan Lily Society to manage information about Red Lily Beetle distribution. Photo © Vernon Hyde Data Centre. iMapInvasives is an online, interactive invasive species mapping tool that stores information about invasive species detections, treatments and the records of past searches. Anyone can use iMapInvasives, though it is aimed at land managers and owners, including rural municipalities, community pastures, urban areas, conservation organizations or government agencies. Members of the general public that are concerned about invasive species are encouraged to use it as well. To report an invasive plant species location, you will need to apply for a free iMapInvasives user account. There is also a map display option where you can view maps of invasive species that have been reported to the site, as well as a number of tools such as forms and templates to help land managers record, track and manage their invasive species occurrences. Land managers can upload their data and manage it by producing custom maps and

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STEWARDSHIP reports, as well as explore existing data to determine if there are any invasive species surrounding their property of which they need to be aware. “Early detection and response can prevent species from gaining a foothold from which they establish themselves and spread,” says Wait.

be found on the Saskatchewan Forage Council website at www.saskforage.ca. Although identification and prevention aren’t the only way to battle the invasive species problem, they should be the first steps to reduce the spread and long-term cost of controlling an infestation. For a the list of Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan’s recent funders, please visit our website: www.pcap-sk. org/about/supporters B REFERENCES

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NeoBiota Learn more about iMapInvasives at biodiversity.sk.ca/invasives.htm iNaturalist is another useful option. iNaturalist is a citizen science platform where individuals can record and share their observations. It’s great if you are new to plant or invasive species identification because you can upload a photo of any living thing and iNaturalist will help identify the species. Better yet, other users can view your observations and verify the identification or make another suggestion. iNaturalist is a great platform for anyone interested in nature, and it requires no training to use. More information Saskatchewan Invasive Species Council (SISC) is a non-profit association of professionals from federal, provincial, municipal governments, industry and non-government organizations. The Council’s mandate includes increasing awareness and understanding of invasive species issues, and encouraging action to detect, prevent and manage invasive species. If a low-tech approach is preferred to learn about invasive species, they also have a lot of information on invasive species in the form of factsheets, image links and more on their website at www.saskinvasives. ca. Saskatchewan Forage Council has also updated the Saskatchewan Invasive Plant Species Identification Guide, which can

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STEWARDSHIP Canadian Grasslands Project Update Tom Harrison

Saskatchewan Stock Growers Foundation (SSGF) has been in existence for about two years now and has been focusing on implementing the Canadian Grasslands Project with funding from Weston Family Foundation. Now that the project implementation is underway, SSGF is planning to provide regular updates in Beef Business. SSGF objectives were to negotiate and implement conservation agreements and term conservation easements with ranchers that own and or manage native grasslands in Southwest Saskatchewan to achieve environmental outcomes and contribute to producer viability. Since the start of the Canadian Grasslands Project, SSGF has achieved a number of objectives. With thanks to Bob McLean and board feedback, SSGF is nearing completion on their Term Conservation Easement strategy. The major piece left is to determine the value paid to producers for various lengths of term conservation easements. A couple of studies are underway that will provide valuable feedback on easement valuation.

A number of ranches have been interested in the process of determining the value paid for a term conservation easements and have been a part of the process. Fair Market Valuations were completed at eight ranches. These ranches all had lands designated as critical habitat for greater sage grouse and other species at risk. SSGF, in partnership with RealAgriculture, also launched a video highlighting conservation easements followed by a discussion with a number of producers and experts with experience with conservation easements. Producers have to think carefully about the restrictions and value of conservation easements, as we all know, easements are legally-tied to the land title and can influence the value of the land. Conservation agreements, which are not tied to the land title, are also a tool being used for grassland conservation. SSGF and one of its primary partners, South of the Divide Conservation Action Program (SODCAP), have negotiated 15 conservation agreements impacting 150,000 acres of native grasslands, antelope migration routes and riparian areas in Southwest Saskatchewan.

Frenchman River Valley is home to all of the critical habitat for the Greater Sage Grouse in Saskatchewan. All of the critical habitat is on native grasslands. (Photo by Kaitlyn Harrison)

Two ranchers SSGF partnered with, Gerald and Patti Anhorn, were nominated for and awarded The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA). They also represented Saskatchewan at the national competition. They have proven to be excellent spokespeople for both the livestock industry and environmental stewardship. As part of the project funded by Weston Family Foundation, SSGF said they would demonstrate the value of biodiversity associated with ranch-managed grasslands. This summer we collected

Understanding the relationship between grassland conservation and biodiversity involves gathering information on insects, birds and vegetation. The Malaise Tents, pictured here, are one method of collecting insects on the grasslands. (Photo by Kaitlyn Harrison)

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Welcoming new SSGF staff Marika Sherman (above) and Mindy Hockley (below) Creating safe migration corridors for pronghorn antelope is an important part of grassland conservation. (Photo by Kaitlyn Harrison)

data on birds, insects and vegetation at 28 points associated with seven ranches thanks to Birds Canada, Canadian Wildlife Federation, SODCAP and University of Carlton for the collection and analysis of the data. Next year, we will expand the collection of data to include soil organic carbon in partnership with SODCAP’s Living Lab project and board member Dr. Carmen Carlyle with University of Alberta. The analysis of data will help us understand the relationships amongst biodiversity, carbon sequestration and ranch management. This past summer, SSGF was approached by a number of folks interested in our project and grassland management. We have hosted and offered tours of various sites to Weston Family Foundation, Canadian Geographic magazine and independent journalists. Additional tours are being planned.

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SSGF has created a database to input data on conservation agreements and, at the same time, allow producers with conservation agreements to see password-protected information about their specific agreements and projects. SSGA Programs and Policy Manager Lexi Macza has been playing an important role in entering the information into the database, which SSGF greatly appreciates. SSGF is proud to announce that additional funding has been secured from Environment and Climate Canada’s Nature Based Solutions and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Great Plains Grasslands Project. The additional funding has meant that additional capacity is required. SSGF is pleased to announce the hiring of two new employees that will bring the much-needed capacity to our program delivery. Mindy Hockley of Fir Mountain and Marika Sherman of Regina will assist in the delivery of programming for SSGF.

SSGF is always looking to partner with producers. If you are interested in discussing any of our programming opportunities, please contact: Tom Harrison PAg Project Manager prairiecloudscape@sasktel.net 306-530-1385 Marika Sherman marikacameron@gmail.com 250-719-4242 Mindy Hockley mindyhockley@gmail.com 306-861-2688 B

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September 21

Feed Testing to Improve Herd Health & Feed Management

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September 27

SK Ministry of Ag Beef Fall Webinar Series: Locking in a Profit Webinar

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October 1

Ladies of the Fall Speckle Park Sale

Ardrossan, AB

October 4

SK Ministry of Ag Beef Fall Webinar Series: Market Outlook Webinar

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October 11

SK Ministry of Ag Beef Fall Webinar Series: Vaccinations Throughout the Year Webinar

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October 14

Beef Business November 2022 Advertising Deadline

October 18

SK Ministry of Ag Beef Fall Webinar Series: Avoiding Winter Feeding Issues & Alternative Feeds

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October 22

Double C Red Angus Herd Reduction Sale

Moose Jaw, SK

October 25-26

Public Trust Summit

Toronto, ON

October 28-29

Saskatchewan Charolais Association Edam Fall Fair

Edam, SK

November 14-15

MFGA Regenerative AG Conference

Brandon, MB

November 15-16

Transboundary Grassland Workshop

Medicine Hat, AB

November 28 - December 3

Canadian Western Agribition

Regina, SK

December 13-15

Western Canada Soil Health Conference

Edmonton, AB

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SSGA BOARD OF DIRECTORS THE EXECUTIVE

DIRECTORS AT LARGE

Garner Deobald President Hodgeville, SK

Phone: 306- 677-7777

Jeff Yorga 1st Vice President Flintoft, SK

Phone: 306-531-5717

Kelly Williamson 2nd Vice President Pambrun, SK

Phone: 306-582-7774

Chay Anderson Finance Chair Fir Mountain, SK

Phone: 306-640-7087

Kelcy Elford Past President Caron, SK

Phone: 306-690-5305

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Chay Anderson, Fir Mountain, SK Keith Day, Lacadena, SK Gerry Delorme, Assiniboia, SK Calvin Gavelin, McCord, SK Adrienne Hanson, Langbank, SK Joe Gilchrist, Maple Creek, SK Kelly Lightfoot, Assiniboia, SK Murray Linthicum, Glentwoth, SK Miles McNeil, Alameda, SK Rob Selke, Morse, SK Lee Sexton, Hanley, SK Kelly Williamson, Pambrun, SK

ZONE CHAIR DIRECTORS Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5 Zone 6 Zone 7 Zone 12 -

Henry McCarthy, Wawota, SK Karen McKim, Milestone, SK Larry Flaig, Assiniboia, SK Brad Howe, Empress, AB Aaron Huber, Lipton, SK Brent Griffin, Elbow, SK Darcy Moen, Kyle, SK Rod Gamble, Pambrun, SK

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306-739-2205 306-436-4616 306-266-2070 306-661-0409 306-331-0097 306-854-2050 306-962-3944 306-582-2077

AFFILIATE DIRECTORS

Garner Deobald - SK Charolais Affiliate Gord Ell - SaskMilk Affiliate Kyron Manske - SK Simmental Affiliate Marlene Monvoisin - SK Angus Affiliate Rob O'Connor - SK Hereford Affiliate Ray Rintoul - SK Shorthorn Affiliate Gord Schroeder - SK Sheep Affiliate Ian Thackeray - Man-Sask Gelbvieh Affiliate Jeff Yorga - SK Limousin Affiliate

APPOINTED DIRECTOR

Dr. Andy Acton - Veterinary Advisor, Ogema, SK

SASKATCHEWAN CCA DIRECTORS Ryan Beierbach, Whitewood, SK Lynn Grant, Val Marie, SK Philip Lynn, Marquis, SK Reg Schellenberg, Beechy, SK Duane Thompson, Kelliher, SK

306-677-2589 306-535-1922 306-267-7530 306-648-8200 306-550-4890 306-917-7805 306-933-5582 306-861-7687 306-531-5717

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SEPTEMBER 2022


ADVERTISER INDEX Allen Leigh Apollo Machine & Products Ltd. ArcRite Welding Bannerlane Horned Herefords Beef Smart Consulting Bud Williams Callicrate Banders Canadian Cattle Identification Agency Cargill Animal Nutrition Cows in Control Cowtown Livestock Exchange Inc. Crocus Feeding Solutions Double C Red Angus Ducks Unlimited Edward Jones Frostfree Nosepumps GemGuard Head for the Hills Shorthorn Hi-Hog Farm & Ranch Equipment John Brown Farms

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Johnstone Auction Mart

56

Kramer Trailer Sales

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Ladies of the Fall Speckle Park Sale Lallemand Animal Nutrition Linthicum Ranch Ltd. Manitoba Livestock Cash Advance Manitou Maine-Anjou Man Sask Gelbvieh Association Maple Creek Seed Supply Masterfeeds Milligan Biofuels MNP N.M. McMahon CPA New Vision Agro New-Life Mills Nick's Service Ltd. Norheim Ranching OLS Tubs Performance Seed Perlich Bros. Auction Mart

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Proveta Nutrition Ltd. Quick Look Back Ranchland Livestock Supplies Rock Block Saskatchewan Angus Association Saskatchewan Charolais Association Saskatchewan Livestock Finance Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture SASKTIP Inc. Sheppard Realty SweetPro Premium Supplements Target Cattle Concepts Union Forage Vetoquinol Weyburn Livestock Exchange Willow Mills Ltd. Young Dale Angus Young's Equipment

2 57 56 56 31,56 7 13 30,41 36 58 19 51 36 17,37 18 35,56 58 59

Invites all entries for our continued photo contest: We want to view ag through YOUR lens!

How to enter: •

Email your photos to ssgacommunications@sasktel.net with the subject line: Photo Contest

Include your name, mailing address and the location the image was taken

Please insure the photo is high resolution and clear quality for full page printing

Set your camera to HIGH QUALITY and start tapping! Phone graphic courtesy of: freepik.com

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Wayne or Scott Johnstone Box 818, Moose Jaw, SK 306-693-4715 (Bus) Fax 306-691-6650

SASKATCHEWAN

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ASSOCIATION

306-537-1518

office @saskatchewanangus.com cdnangus.ca/saskatchewan-angus-association

COWCAM

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Cam

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Rations, supplements & minerals Call Bruce at 306-229-0302 Locally sourced grains & commodities Call Wes at 306-229-5206 www.willowmills.com

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Specializing in solar powered water troughs Custom Chutes | Hay & Bunk Feeders | Custom Livestock Equipment

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Tyler Knibbs

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Financial Advisor .

461 King Street Unit 3 Estevan, SK S4A 1K6 306-634-4870 www.edwardjones.com

THEROCKBLOCK.NET

Call John @ (306) 662-8098

Find us on facebook Member – Canadian Investor Protection Fund

Linthicum Ranch Ltd. Open replacement and bred heifers for sale. Black/black baldy heifers. Murray & Jan Linthicum (306) 266-4377

Glentworth, SK 56

HEAD FOR THE HILLS SHORTHORNS

• AgriInvest and AgriStability • Financial Statement and Tax Preparation • Bookkeeping and Payroll • Tax Planning and Consulting • CRA Assistance • Estate and Trust 604 Government Road South, Weyburn SK S4H 2B4 PH: 306.842.5344 | FX: 306.842.5345 McMahon@McMahonCPA.ca

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Consigning to On Target sale Cattle also for sale by private treaty Dr. Christine Ewert Hill | Dr. Clarke Hill christine.ewert@gmail.com (306) 452-7867 (C) • (306) 452-3803 (H) Box 31, Redvers, SK S0C 2H0

SEPTEMBER 2022


Celebrating 50 years of Gelbvieh in Canada

MANAGE RISK We’ll help you get the best return for your livestock. Contact: Man-Sask Gelbvieh President Ian Thackeray at 306-861-7687

Phone 403-775-7534 www.cowsincontrol.com

JOHN SMORODEN

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CAMERA SYSTEMS FOR FARM & RANCH

Animal Nutrition

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1.800.661.9929

We have your hauling needs covered. Check out our website to see what we have in stock or call 1-306-445-5000 and we can discuss your trailer needs. Custom orders available!

WWW.CARGILL.COM

Financing & Leasing

GOOSENECK, BUMPER PULLS

Manufacturers of Livestock Feeds

ORDER DESK

10029 Marquis Ave., North Battleford, SK

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MAPLE CREEK SEED SUPPLY

NEW VISION AGRO Box 479 Hague, SK S0K 1X0

NATIVE GRASS SEED FOR SASKATCHEWAN Pricing on all Perennial Forages

Raystock Holdings Ltd. Ray McDougald

Text or Call 306-662-7636 rmcdougald@xplornet.ca

PH: (306) 225-2226 FX: (306) 225-2063

email: newvisionagro@sasktel.net www.newvisionagro.com

Dealer & Distributor For: - Jay-Lor Vertical Feed Mixers - Masterfeeds - Cargill Rite Now Minerals - Baler twine, netwrap, silage bunker, covers, plastic wrap, Grain Bags

Machine & Products Ltd.

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Helen Finucane phone: 306-584-2773 cell: 306-537-2648 Carlyle, SK

Annual February Sale Two year old bulls & bred heifers

Farm & Ranch Real Estate. It’s what we do. 3287 Quance Street, Regina, SK

Rob & Joanne Bannerman, Livelong, SK Home: 306 845 2764 Cell: 306 845 7790

We have new books:

OFFICE 306.352.1866 CELL 306.530.8035 sheppardrealty.ca

Manitou

Smile and Mean it: the Bud & Eunice Williams Story

Maine-Anjou Bulls

Stockdogs: Partners and Friends

garysandygraham@gmail.com Marsden, SK | 306.830.0883

(since 1970)

We raise the real Maine-Anjou cattle!

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manitoumaineanjou.ca

CT

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Regular Sales every Tuesday @ 10:00 a.m. Locally Owned & Operated Call for info on Presort & Other Sales Phone 306-662-2648 Toll Free: 1-800-239-5933

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Between now and December 31st, 2022 active Members of the SSGA will receive a $1,250 Young’s Equipment Gift Card for Parts and/ or Service at any Young’s Equipment location with the purchase of any of the following new units: - Case IH MFD Loader Tractor (60-185 HP) - Case IH RB565 Round Baler - NDE Vertical Mixer - Highline *NEW* BP60 series Bale Pro® In addition to that, we will donate $250 per unit sold to the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association to support their formidable cause.


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