Take Stock – June 15

Rancher Jon Fox is doing something that he never thought he’d be doing at this time of year —still feeding his 400 head of black Angus cattle near Lloydminster, Sask.

Open for business

RED DEER HALAL MEAT-PLUS

No. 21, 7727 50th Ave.

Red Deer

403-340-2340

l Owners

Pashtoonyar and Tammy Zekria, and Charles and Barb Richards

l Type of business

Retail sales of halal-certified meats and other products.

l Opening date

June 12

LUSH

No. 244, 4900 Molly Banister Dr.

(Bower Place Shopping Centre)

Red Deer

403-986-5874

l Manager

Kelly Wiggins

l Type of business

Retail sales of cosmetics, with emphasis on natural and handmade products.

l Opening date

June 10

New businesses that have opened in Central Alberta within the past three months and wish to be listed here can send their information to Harley Richards by email, hrichards@bprda.wpengine.com

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Prairie drought

CALGARY — Rancher Jon Fox is doing something that he never thought he’d be doing at this time of year —still feeding his 400 head of black Angus cattle near Lloydminster, Sask.

Usually by this time, his animals are out in the pasture, grazing on grass that has greened up after a long winter and moist spring. But dust bowl conditions and cooler-than-normal temperatures in a huge swath of Alberta and Saskatchewan are threatening producers who may be struggling to find enough feed for their cattle in the months ahead. Fox has put in an order for feed pellets to help augment his cattle’s diet. “We put some feed out last weekend and got some rain and we’ve already let a lot of the cattle on to where we normally hay,” says Fox, whose Justamere Ranch covers 1,400 hectares. “If we don’t get any rain in the next short while, we’re going to have to start feeding all the time and a guy doesn’t want to do that.” The problem area runs from Edmonton east to Saskatoon and as far south as Calgary to eastern Alberta and western and central Saskatchewan. “That’s a huge chunk of agricultural area,” said Trevor Hadwen, an agri-climate specialist with Agriculture Canada. “We’re getting reports of water supply shortages on farms which is fairly early in the season. ”

“There’s been very little run-off. There’s a large area where it’s a 1-in-100 year event.” Hadwen said a large region has received only about 40 per cent of normal rainfall for the area and the situation seems to be getting worse.

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