Friday, December 13, 2019

SSGA Welcomes Successful Negotiation of USMCA

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) welcomes the successful completion of negotiations of the new modernized trade agreement with the United States and Mexico. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) replaces the former North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Trade between the North American countries is extremely important for the Canadian economy. The U.S. is Canada’s largest trading partner with exports to the U.S. totaling $420.6 billion in products in 2017, while trade with Mexico has been growing.

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Posted October 3, 2018


Help Maintain Strychnine for RGS Control in Agriculture

Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association, September 25, 2018

Health Canada wants to end the use of products containing strychnine for ground squirrel control following a re-evaluation by its Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) which had environmental concerns about the potential poisoning of non-target animals. Health Canada had opened a 90-day public consultation that concludes on September 27. The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) is concerned because there is currently no adequate alternative to strychnine for controlling the overpopulation and infestation of Richardson’s Ground Squirrels (RGS), which can cause significant damage to agricultural operations in Saskatchewan. The SSGA is also disappointed that this consultation period took place during the peak of agricultural activity.

If you want to share your concern about the loss of strychnine as a useful tool in agriculture to manage the RGS population and about the timing of the consultation period, add your name to a petition going to Health Canada.

Click here to navigate to the Saskatchewan Stock Growers website and to participate in the petition.

Posted October 1, 2018


Johne's Surveillance Program Renewed

Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association, Media Release, September 10, 2018

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) is pleased to announce that the Johne’s Disease Surveillance Program has been renewed for another five years. The SSGA is the administrator for the Johne’s program and funding is provided under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) program.

“It’s been a popular program among both purebred and commercial beef producers. The renewal of this program will go a long way to help producers be vigilant about controlling Johne’s Disease,” stated SSGA President Bill Huber.

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Posted September 11, 2018


New Sask VBP+ Workshops this Fall

Sask VBP Fixes to Deliver a NEW Type of VBP+ Workshop
with the Help of Merck this Fall

September 1, 2018 (Beechy, SK) – Saskatchewan Verified Beef Production Inc. (Sask VBP) is teaming up with Merck Animal Health to provide hands-on cattle handling demos at their fall VBP+ Workshops, along with the fundamentals of the VBP+ training in a practical environment. According to Brooks Whitney, Sask VBP Chair, they have delivered VBP+ Workshops across the province for several years, training thousands of beef producers. This fall, however, they plan to deliver a new version of the VBP+ Workshop.

“We are excited at the opportunity to partner with Sask VBP and provide beef producers in Saskatchewan with some practical, hands-on cattle handling techniques through our ‘Creating Connections’ program,” stated Lee Sinclair with Merck Animal Health.

The line-up of VBP+ Workshops slated for the fall of 2018 include:
• Ag In Motion (Langham) – Oct 1st
• Perrin Ranching (Beechy) – Oct 24th
• Wasilow Ranch (Maple Creek) – Oct 29th
• Buffalo Plains Cattle Co. (Bethune) – Oct 10th
• Chopper K Auction Market (Alameda) – Nov 5th
• Northern Livestock Sales (Prince Albert) – Nov 8th

To learn more about the Sask VBP program, and funding available to producers, visit:

Posted September 5, 2018


A Special Thank You to Saskatchewan Forage Council Sponsors



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The SFC also gratefully acknowledges funding for…
Facilitating Forage Initiatives in Saskatchewan’ project through the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association Industry Development Fund (SCAIDF)