We hope the fall run treated you well and your 2016 ended with a satisfying bang of the gavel. Start your new year with the first  issue of Winter Rations,  the January newsletter for the Livestock Marketers of Saskatchewan.

Below are the details for the upcoming Annual General Meeting at the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference along with an update on our Student Outreach Project and coming webinars.

Warm wishes for a successful 2017,

Adele Buettner
Executive Director, Livestock Marketers of Saskatchewan
In This Issue

Free Webinars

The Beef Cattle Research Council hosts a series of free monthly webinars related to beef production and the Canadian cattle industry. 

Livestock Handling Practices for Marketing Centre Staff
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LMS Annual General Meeting & SBIC
The  Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference will be held at Evraz Place in Regina from January 24 - 26, 2017. 

The LMS Annual General Meeting is closed to members only and will take place at  9:00 am on January 26th at the Ramada Inn in Regina, SK.

LMS 2016 Annual Report

New Logo 
Introducing the new Livestock Marketers of Saskatchewan Logo. If your organization uses our logo in marketing materials or on your website, please contact the office and we will send you new image files.
Student Outreach Project
LMS and the Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association are engaged in a partnership to promote careers in the cattle sector to high school and university students.
Careers in the Cattle Industry Information Session
LMS and SCA are hosting another Careers in the Cattle Sector Info Session on Tuesday, January 17th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM in the Agriculture Students Lounge at the University of Saskatchewan. Due to the success of our last session and in line with feedback we received with the students, we have invited the  following industry representatives to talk to the students about their careers, current and summer positions within their organizations, and their educations:
  • Shae Jameson and Alan Jackson of JGL Cattle - Livestock order buying
  • Stewart Stone, Heartland Livestock Services - Auction market management
  • Dr. John McKinnon, Beef Research Chair in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources - Beef research and academia
  • Tim Armstrong of NewLife Mills - Feed production and sales
  • Shannon Borden of Cattle Care - Animal health and nutrition
  • Dr. Victor Kernaleguen, Gateway Veterinary Services - Veterinarian services and large animal health
  • Dr. Greg Penner, Associate Professor and Centennial Enhancement Chair in Ruminant Nutritional Physiology Department of Animal and Poultry Science - Ruminant nutrition and research
They will then stay and answer questions from the students over free beer and pizza.  This is a great opportunity to network with potential future employees!
If you have any questions, or would like to join us at the session, please contact Serra in the LMS office at 306-933-4404 or office@agribiz.ca.
February 7 - 9, 2017
Moose Jaw, SK

To register for the Feedlot Management School and view a full agenda,  click here.

LMS is working with Dr. John McKinnon to organize a field trip to a Saskatchewan feedlot for the students of his Intensive Management of Beef Cattle course. Stay tuned for more details!
"Have you Herd?" New Marketing Mini-Webinars
We are in the process of putting together a series of 10 minute video segments for LMS members and their customers. The "Have you Herd?" series of short 'webinars' will cover a variety of topics related to cattle marketing and market business.

These monthly opinion segments will start in February and be hosted by industry experts. W e are looking for suggestions of topics you would be interested in seeing covered related to auction market business (accounting, regulations, human resources, etc), livestock markets, heard health, traceability, and others.

Sign up to receive updates and a schedule of the "Have you Herd?" webinars.
If you have any suggestions for topics you'd like to see covered or would be willing to host a training session, please contact the  LMS Office.
BCRCWebBeef Cattle Research Council Webinars
The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) hosts a series of webinars thanks to their expert volunteers and the Knowledge Dissemination and Technology Transfer project funded by the National Check-off and Canada's Beef Science Cluster.

Learn about a variety of production topics from leading industry specialists in the comfort of your own home or office. You just need a high-speed internet connection and a cup of coffee. 

For more information on their webinars and other resources check out beefresearch.ca.

Webinar schedule and topics:
Kathy Larson - Research Economist at Western Beef Development Centre
How much does it pay to vaccinate your cow herd? Are some vaccines more economical than others? Are some vaccines more effective than others? Join this webinar to discuss the answers to these questions, as well as some of the best practices for vaccinating your herd. 

Threats & opportunities for the beef industry related to climate change - January 31, 2017
What do scientists predict in terms of weather patterns across Canada in the future? How might climate change impact forage and cattle production? Join this webinar to learn what is known and unknown about climate change, and how our industry can prepare for harmful and beneficial impacts on water, feed supply, disease carrying pests, transportation, beef processing and more.

Making forage mixtures work for you - February 15, 2017
Forage mixtures are a great way to maximize energy:protein yield with forage yield and animal gain. Join this webinar to learn about what forages may work well together in your pastures, and how you can improve pastures that are under-performing.

Managing internal parasites - March 28, 2017
Internal parasites are a serious cost to the Canadian beef industry. In this webinar, Dr. Gilleard will discuss current issues in parasite management including how to achieve sustainable parasite control as parasites become more resistant to available treatments.

Managing native seeded forages - April 6, 2017
Join this webinar to learn about strategies to help establish and maintain native forages for high yields and animal performance.

The BCRC webinar schedule is subject to change without notice.
Subscribe to the BCRC Blog for notices on upcoming BCRC webinars!

Registration is recommended.
If you are interested in submitting a sponsored article for the May 2017 Newsletter, please contact the LMS office at office@agribiz.ca or 306-933-4404