By Fadi Didi
Agribition in Regina showcases top Canadian herd Genetics.
Cattlemen are always looking at improving their herd genetics for more productivity.
International visitors had a chance recently to see the best of the best in Canadian cattle genetics recently at Agribition in Regina.
Adrian de la Garza visited the show in the late 80s where he bought some Canadian genetics to take home.
De la Garza is president of the Cattlemen's Association in Monterrey, Mexico and was interested in Simmental and Charolais genetics.
He notes while the climate may be different, we work our ranches in a similar way and the animals do well.
Cop farmers rolled into Saskatoon this week for a chance to plan their growth in 2017.
The Western Canadian Crop Production Show kicked off yesterday at Prairieland Park and runs until January 12th in conjunction with Crop Production Week.
The event brings together farmers from Saskatchewan, neighbouring provinces and around the world to discuss plans for the upcoming year.
Kevin Hursh, a Saskatchewan farmer and agriculture journalist involved with the event, says the theme of this year's event will be disease control.
The president of Beef Farmers of Ontario says producers in the province are facing many challenges.
Matt Bowman says the problems start with low prices. Producers are getting 50 per cent less for their products now that than they were a year ago.
Bowman says one of the many reasons for the low prices is an increase in beef production by the Americans.
He adds the lower prices producers get never seem to translate into lower prices for consumers.
A Donald Trump advisor and president of the U-S trade association Western Growers says farmers shouldn't fear the president-elect.
Tom Nassif says he isn't privy to the details of Trump's immigration policy.
But Nassif says he's recommended that Trump allow farmworkers to stay in the U-S by putting immigrants in the country illegally on a period of probation.
He says it would apply to illegals who are otherwise law-abiding residents, and that the probation should include conditions that they pay taxes, learn English and obey all laws.