Agriculture

Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: Matching cattle to available feed

However selling early means the cattle have to come in off the range, writes David Zirnhelt

  • Oct 2, 2021
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: Animal care

The eyes of the world might just be watching your operation

  • Sep 19, 2021
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: Shifting gears from haying to marketing

Sometimes it is necessary to focus on the basics of the business

  • Aug 15, 2021
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
Andie Kishkan’s steer Honky Tonk was the grand champion, and was purchased by West Fraser Mills for over $7,000. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Cariboo-Prince George MP kicks off Quesnel 4-H sale, appeals for nomination signatures

Todd Doherty was preparing for an imminent federal election at the 4-H sale in Quesnel

Andie Kishkan’s steer Honky Tonk was the grand champion, and was purchased by West Fraser Mills for over $7,000. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
The Churn Creek Protected area wildfire as seen here Friday, Aug. 6. (Sylvia Harry)

Churn Creek wildfire grows to 6,978 hectares, evacuation alert lifted

Gang Ranch, Canoe Creek and Dog Creek area no longer under evacuation alert, range land burned

The Churn Creek Protected area wildfire as seen here Friday, Aug. 6. (Sylvia Harry)
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: Pitching hay an art

At a recent small gathering a group of friends were talking about the amazing “harpoon” fork

  • Aug 8, 2021
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.

FOREST INK: Corporate agenda versus long term community goals

The new plant produced electricity for the provincial power grid and burned much cleaner

  • Aug 7, 2021
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: Coping with the heat on the ranch

Hard physical work in the heat is most difficult

  • Jul 31, 2021
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
On Aug. 3, Pender Island residents Chris Hall and Stef Lowey will have officially completed a year of only eating what they can grow, harvest, catch or raise themselves. (Courtesy of Chris Hall and Stef Lowey)

From salt to stevia: B.C. couple nears full year without buying food

Pender Island’s Chris Hall and Stef Lowey have produced everything they’ve eaten since Aug. 3, 2020

On Aug. 3, Pender Island residents Chris Hall and Stef Lowey will have officially completed a year of only eating what they can grow, harvest, catch or raise themselves. (Courtesy of Chris Hall and Stef Lowey)
Cherries at Pravin Dhaliwal’s family farm in Oliver, B.C., are seen cooked on their trees, when the temperature hit a record 41.5 C in a June 2021 handout photo. Dhaliwal is trying to maintain his passion as a third-generation farmer while dealing with the reality of climate change and says farmers need more support from provincial and federal governments. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Pravin Dhaliwal

Farmers say heat wave, drought show vulnerable agricultural sector needs support

Farmers across Canada look to provincial and the federal governments for help

Cherries at Pravin Dhaliwal’s family farm in Oliver, B.C., are seen cooked on their trees, when the temperature hit a record 41.5 C in a June 2021 handout photo. Dhaliwal is trying to maintain his passion as a third-generation farmer while dealing with the reality of climate change and says farmers need more support from provincial and federal governments. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Pravin Dhaliwal
A sign hangs at an entrance to the Stanko Ranch, Tuesday, July 13, 2021, near Steamboat Springs, Colo. Members of the third, fourth and fifth generations of the Stanko family currently work on the ranch, which includes about 90 head of cattle, but Jim Stanko says due to drought conditions this year, if he can’t harvest enough hay to feed his cattle, he may need to sell off some of his herd. (AP Photo/Brittany Peterson)

As drought cuts hay crop, U.S. cattle ranchers face culling herds

Choices increasingly centered around how herds can sustain drought conditions

A sign hangs at an entrance to the Stanko Ranch, Tuesday, July 13, 2021, near Steamboat Springs, Colo. Members of the third, fourth and fifth generations of the Stanko family currently work on the ranch, which includes about 90 head of cattle, but Jim Stanko says due to drought conditions this year, if he can’t harvest enough hay to feed his cattle, he may need to sell off some of his herd. (AP Photo/Brittany Peterson)
A booklet of featuring photos and a description written by each member on their project allows buyers to get to know the background of who they are buying from. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel and District 4-H Show and Sale will feature online bidding

The event is set for August 6 - 8 inside Alex Fraser Park

A booklet of featuring photos and a description written by each member on their project allows buyers to get to know the background of who they are buying from. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham. (Screen shot)

Government to allow ‘more residential flexibility’ in agricultural lands, says B.C. minister

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham was guest speaker Friday during Surrey Board of Trade-hosted Zoom meeting

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham. (Screen shot)
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: Haying in the Cariboo heat – starting early and working later

While the sun shines make hay, so the trite saying goes

  • Jul 10, 2021
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
Agriculture depends on irrigation in many parts of B.C., and licences are required for using groundwater sources such as wells for agricultural or industrial use. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. farms, industry risk losing water rights as licence deadline nears

Non-domestic groundwater claims must be filed by March 2022

Agriculture depends on irrigation in many parts of B.C., and licences are required for using groundwater sources such as wells for agricultural or industrial use. (B.C. government photo)
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: Placing hope for the future in our children and their children

I am trying to be sure to include that focus as part of an evolving work/life balance

  • Jun 20, 2021
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: Predictions of climate variability and effects on agriculture

Oliver Rujanschi, we will miss you and the warmth that you were. Sorry friend

  • Jun 13, 2021
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
Blueberry harvest in the Fraser Valley relies mainly on older Indo-Canadian workers provided through labour brokers. (Maple Ridge News)

B.C. ‘moving very cautiously’ on minimum wage for farm workers

Most workers support piece-rate pay for picking, survey says

Blueberry harvest in the Fraser Valley relies mainly on older Indo-Canadian workers provided through labour brokers. (Maple Ridge News)
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: Milking cows and strangers on the premises

Cows in a milking barn may get upset if a stranger comes

  • May 22, 2021
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham takes questions in the B.C. legislature in 2017. (Hansard TV)

UPDATE: B.C. will fund another year of fresh fruit, vegetables, milk in schools

John Horgan government working on school meal program

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham takes questions in the B.C. legislature in 2017. (Hansard TV)