In response to numerous calls to the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) Ag-Info Centre about options for alternative use of crops, a new category has been created under hay and pasture listings on the department’s webpage.
Notice from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry: Anthrax detected in northern Alberta
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) has been notified of confirmed cases of anthrax in two separate beef cattle farms in the Fort Vermillion area. Given these findings and recently confirmed cases in Saskatchewan, producers are reminded to be on the look-out for anthrax. The recent hot, dry weather has led to conditions that are favourable for the exposure of livestock to anthrax. A few sporadic cases of anthrax are reported in western Canada nearly every year, typically between the months of July and mid-September, usually following periods of hot weather.
Anthrax is a contagious and infectious soil-borne disease caused by spore-forming bacteria that can infect mammals, primarily herbivores, resulting in the rapid onset of severe disease within a few hours.
Anthrax is a federally reportable and provincially notifiable disease in Alberta. The provincial Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian (OCPV) with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will assist with diagnosing the disease and will work with your private veterinarian to help manage the case.
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today released a list of designated regions in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba where tax deferrals have been authorized for 2015.
The designation allows livestock producers in prescribed drought regions who are facing feed shortages to defer a portion of their 2015 sale proceeds of breeding livestock for one year in order to help replenish that stock in the following year. Proceeds from deferred sales are then included as part of the producer’s income in the next tax year, when those proceeds may be at least partially offset by the cost of replacing their breeding animals.
To defer income, the breeding herd must have been reduced by at least 15%. If this is the case, 30% of income from net sales can then be deferred. In cases where the herd declines by 30 per cent or more, 90% of income from net sales can be deferred. Eligible producers can request the tax deferral when filing their 2015 income tax returns.
The weather this summer hasn’t made sheep farming any easier.
Your area may be one of the fortunate ones. There have been localized storms, downpours and hail in some areas.
Around Edmonton and heading to the north and east, five counties have declared agriculture disasters.
Production in crops, pastures and winter forage crops is a fraction of normal.
Alberta Agriculture & Forestry website has a “Drought Management Checklist”.
There is assorted information for livestock and crops producers to consider as they plan on how to manage Alberta’s weather.
Susan Hosford, Sheep Industry Specialist, A&F
Please read this important notice from the Canadian Sheep Federation about a cost increase for CSIP tags. While increases to producer costs must be avoided when possible, Alberta Lamb Producers recognizes that this change is necessary to implement and administrate required changes to the traceability program.
July 17, 2015 (Ottawa, ON) – The Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) announced today that Canadian Sheep Identification Program (CSIP) fees will increase by $0.05/tag effective September 1, 2015, to $0.23/approved tag. CSIP fees will remain at $0.18/tag until August 31, 2015.
The CSIP fee increase will accommodate the implementation of full traceability in the sheep industry in preparation for regulatory changes expected in the fall of 2016. Additions to the existing national ID program will include movement reporting and tag retirement, with the help of a fully integrated national database.
The Canadian Cooperative Wool Growers collection depot, located at the Valley Vet Clinic in Three Hills AB is no longer accepting wool deliveries. Further arrangements will be made to find a new depot in that area.
If you have any questions, please contact the CCWG office in Lethbridge AB @ 1-800-567-3693.
Reproductive management course with Dr. Lynn Tait - July 24, 2015, Sylvan Lake, AB
Topics covered will include: Replacement management; Male management; Synchronized breeding; Out of season breeding; Reproductive troubleshooting. View contact information and registration form.