A recommendation for a provincial bounty on coyotes was debated amongst the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) earlier this month.
The vote was a result of farmers hoping to exterminate coyotes that damage their livestock, costing them hundreds and thousands of dollars. The resolution for bounty on coyotes passed by just five votes and is now heading to Regina for approval.
However, coyote experts agree, a cull will not do much to lower the population of coyotes in the province.
The organizers behind the Canadian Western Agribition expect Saturday will be their busiest day yet as the 2012 edition of North America's best beef show wraps up.
A snowfall in the middle of the trade show did hit attendance numbers a bit, but Agribition C.E.O. Marty Seymour says numbers on Friday made up for the loss.
As the Canadian Western Agribition winds down for another year, competitors are ready for the Canadian Cowboy's Association Finals Rodeo Friday night.
"(We have an) interesting mix of veterans who have competed at high levels of rodeo with up-and-coming superstars," said Mark Bencze with the CCA Rodeo. Bencze describes the rodeo as a family sport, but also the most-extreme sport to watch.
Regina in November is not exactly the picture perfect holiday spot but for the people who really love Agribition, the annual trip here is something they look forward to.
For outsiders, you could think of the cattle shows like a top level commercial shoot with the cows and bulls as the actors and the owners playing all the parts behind the scenes from sales and directing to coaching, catering and the all important stylist.
This year’s edition of the Canadian Western Agribition is officially underway in Regina after a ribbon cutting Monday morning.
“We are the biggest livestock show in Western Canada. We gather the best genetics in livestock, then we surround all that with great some entertainment with our rodeos,” said Agribition President Bryan Hadland.
He added the show features over 400 exhibitors in its trade show.
“(It's) the perfect place for the local people to come and do their Christmas shopping,” Hadland said.
This year the biggest livestock show in North America strives to feature a lot more than cows.
“I tell a lot of people, this isn’t your grandpa’s Agribition anymore. There’s certainly the cow show - we’ve got the best beef show in North America. But we’ve also got the biggest trade show experience months before Christmas. Most people think of Agribition as a place for farmers but there’s lots here for your everyday shopper,” Marty Seymour, CEO of the Canadian West Agribition.
As the winter hunting season gets underway many hunters are hitting up their local sports shop.
Despite the early winter weather, Cabela’s spokesperson Dawn Davies said business is booming.
“We’ve been extremely busy since the water fowl and archery seasons opened back in august,” Davey said. “Right now we’re even busier than normal because rifle season just opened.”
Archery equipment, camouflage gear, and footwear have remained top sellers but Davey said the wintery weather has had a huge impact on the types of items being sold.
After months of collecting signatures, a petition is on the way to Ottawa from the Friends of the Motherwell Homestead.
The group wanted to lobby the federal government after cuts were announced to Parks Canada in the last budget. The cuts will eliminate staff at the Motherwell Homestead by Abernathy, Saskatchewan, and greatly change the experience for people visiting the historical site.
In October, Harvest for Kids Saskatchewan set a new world record. On Thursday, a video of 249 combines shattering the old record held by Ireland was released.
Greenhouses could be the newest addition to Saskatchewan First Nations in the northern part of the province.
"It seems like it's something that we're way behind on. It's something we should have thought about before. It seems so simple now," said Leo Gardiner, CEO of the Buffalo Narrows Economic Development Corporation.
Gardiner, who lives in Ile-a-la-Crosse and works in Buffalo Narrows, was one of almost 100 people at the two-day workshop in Saskatoon focused on bringing greenhouses to northern Saskatchewan.