Canadian ranchers brace for long, lean winter after droughts, soaring feed costs

Canadian ranchers brace for long, lean winter after droughts, soaring feed costs

Oct 27, 2023 | 6:44am
It could be a long, lean winter in cattle country as drought-ravaged western Canadian ranchers struggle to secure feed to get their livestock through the cold months. Near the town of Eastend in the southwest corner of Saskatchewan, Jocelyn Wasko and her husband Travis have spent much of the summer and fall preparing. They’ve worked hard […]

Sask producers can cut roadside hay after July 8

Jul 7, 2022 | 2:21pm

  The Saskatchewan government says anyone can cut and bale roadside hay after Friday, July 8th, without permission from the nearby landowner. That’s as long as mowing and salvage operations have not already started. Minister Jeremy Cockrill says the annual hay salvage and mowing provides many benefits for producers and motorists. Cutting grass along provincial […]

Mennonite Disaster Service releases final details on Hay West Program

May 24, 2022 | 1:56pm

The Mennonite Disaster Service has released final details on its Hay West program. The program provided surplus hay from Ontario to drought-stricken prairie producers last fall and during the winter. The Mennonite Disaster Service says 56 producers in Saskatchewan received hay support. Ike Epp of the Disaster Service Saskatchewan unit says its great that producers […]

Mennonite Disaster Service updates hay donations to Sask. from Ontario

Jan 5, 2022 | 4:59am

The Mennonite Disaster Service update says 26 truck loads of hay have been delivered to drought-stricken Saskatchewan in the past few months. The vice chair of the disaster service in Saskatchewan, Ike Epp, says so far, 31 transport trailer loads have been donated by Ontario farmers to the Mennonite Haywest program. He hopes more are […]

Sask Stock Growers welcome additional federal drought aid

Dec 15, 2021 | 2:50pm

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association welcomes more federal support for moving hay to the drought-stricken prairies. Federal Agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau has promised an additional 3 million dollars to move hay from Eastern Canada to the prairies under the Canadian Federation of Agriculture HayWest program. Stock Growers general manager Chad MacPherson says the additional funding […]

Mennonite Disaster Service to deliver hay to drought-stricken Saskatchewan producers

Sep 10, 2021 | 10:02am

  The Mennonite Disaster Service has launched a Hay West program to deliver hay to drought-stricken farmers in Saskatchewan. The chair of the Mennonite Disaster Service in Ontario, Nick Hamm, says its payback time. He says nine years ago farmers in Saskatchewan sent hay to drought-stricken livestock producers in Ontario through Mennonite Disaster Service Canada. […]

Canadian Federation Agriculture spearheads Haywest program

Aug 20, 2021 | 5:10am

Details are coming together for this year’s version of the “Hay West” program, as farmers on the Prairies face a severe hay shortage due to drought. The First Vice-President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Keith Currie, says his group has been working on the project for about five weeks now. He says the hay […]

As demand for hay increases, producers are being warned of purchasing scams

Aug 6, 2021 | 4:27am

Some Saskatchewan producers have fell victim to a scam while trying to purchase hay. Certain ads for hay have asked for payment prior to the owner seeing the hay or having confirmed delivery. Garth Woods with Livestock Services Saskatchewan says with feed being at a premium, it’s not shocking it’s become a target for scammers. […]

Sask. producers can salvage hay in provincial highway ditches

Jul 10, 2020 | 5:04am

The Saskatchewan government is reminding producers they can begin salvaging hay in provincial highway ditches. Highways Minister Greg Ottenbreit says hay can be mowed any time during the spring or summer months. Beginning Thursday, anyone can cut and bale hay in provincial highway ditches without permission from the property owner, as long as no operations […]

Sask drought area continues to shrink

Jul 25, 2019 | 1:23pm

  The latest Saskatchewan crop report says crops continue to advance with many areas receiving rainfall this past week. Provincial crops analyst Cory Jacob says rainfall ranged from a trace to 83 millimeters in Sonningdale, 90 kilometers northwest of Saskatoon. He says Glenavon in the southeast and Swift Current in the southwest had 38 millimeters […]