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VIDEO: PotashCorp to lay off 440 people in Saskatchewan

PotashCorp is cutting its workforce by about 18 per cent with the biggest hits here at home in Saskatchewan.

The company announced Tuesday morning that about 440 positions will be lost in the province. Another 605 positions will be eliminated worldwide.

"It's a tough day for the company," said Bill Doyle, PotashCorp's president and chief executive. "This is not something that we ever wanted to see but it's responding to market conditions and making sure we do the right thing for the company going forward."

Regina made $20 million from Agribition this year

After all the numbers were tallied, and the cattle tagged organizers are calling 2013's Canadian Western Agribition a resounding success.

"Free admission on Monday combined with an expanded trade show, live stage entertainment and a family atmosphere contributed to the success of this year's show," said Reed Andrew, president of the CWA, in a news release.

Sask surplus still expected despite lower revenues

The province insists its budget remains right on track despite a couple of bumps along the line.

The mid-year report released today says a surplus is still expected on both sides of the ledger despite the expectation that government revenues will come in nearly $34 million lower than originally predicted.

Another year of Agribition comes to an end

Another year has gone by for the Canadian Western Agribition.
The show wrapped up Friday with a number of different events, including a heavy horse demonstration and dog sports.

CEO Marty Seymour said he’s happy with how the show panned out.

“I would say we had another outstanding show. We think it might be the best one yet,” he said, adding that official attendance numbers won’t be released for another week or two.

Horse acupuncture increasing in popularity in Saskatoon

Sooner, a mare who will become a training horse for students, doesn't even notice as needles are gently stuck into her back and side at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.

"If the horse is a good acupuncture candidate, they seem to relax," said Dr. Steve Manning, associate professor in the large animal clinical sciences department at the U of S vet college.

Manning took a course in horse acupuncture from the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association and has watched the treatment grow in popularity.

New generation of ranchers compete at Agribition

Growing up, most kids only miss school when they’re sick or when a family member dies. Sometimes they might even miss it for a sporting event like football game or a hockey tournament. But when it comes to the Canadian Western Agribition, kids miss school for cattle.

The Junior Showmanship Competition took place throughout the day Wednesday with kids as young as four showing off cattle. Judges grade them on their control of the animal and how the calf looks.

After 43 years and counting Agribition is still growing

It has been 43 years since the Canadian Western Agribition had its humble beginnings in Regina and on Monday, it started up again for another year.

There will be a few new events and exhibitions at this year’s Agribition acording to CEO Marty Seymour. One of two new equine events is a daily horse training show set for every noon hour.

“A couple horse trainers will take an animal that’s never been trained before and teach that animal a bunch of skills so they can ride (it),” said Seymour.

Agribition is a true family affair for Jim Simmons

 In 1983, Jim Simmons made his first trip up from South Dakota to the Canadian Western Agribition where he and his father sold cattle. He was nine years old at the time, but his limousine cattle won awards.

Soon after, he began doing custom cattle work and continued making the trek to Regina every year. He and his father showed a champion steer one year, and Agribition became a good place for Simmons to make some money.

“It’s just a really good livestock exhibition to sell cattle,” he said.

Balcarres couple takes dream to Agribition

A couple from Balcarres is hoping to make a big impression at Agribition this year as they try to sell an automated feeding system of their own design.

Nearly 20 years ago, Dennis McMorris was calving at his farm near Balcarres, and the labour of feeding his cattle was getting to be too much. Calving already had him working well into the middle of the night, and hauling hundreds of buckets of feed out to the rest of his herd was proving to be much too time-consuming. That gave him an idea. What if there was a machine that did the feeding for him?
 

Canadian Western Agribition setting up for another year

It’s been 43 years since the Canadian Western Agribition had its humble beginnings in Regina, and on Monday, it begins again for another year.

There will be a couple new events and exhibitions at this year’s Agribition, according to CEO Marty Seymour. It includes two equine events, the first being a horse training show.

“A couple horse trainers will take an animal that’s never been trained before and teach that animal a bunch of skills so they can ride (it),” said Seymour. That event will happen over the noon hour each day.

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