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Tackling the scourge of wild boars

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Wild boars are wreaking havoc across the United States and parts of Canada. One agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been given the task of trying to eliminate them because they are destructive and can carry foot-and-mouth disease, African swine fever, pseudorabies and parasites such as trichinellosis and screw worm.[...]

Pulse show, competition brings wealth of ideas

EDMONTON — From a YouTube ad portraying a shady guy dealing in protein bars to a student chef explaining the importance of simple ingredients, Alberta Pulses’s annual student food competition showed imagination and humour. Mission Impulseible, which is in its 10th year, asked students to create new ways of cooking with peas, beans and lentils.[...]

Wildlife can harbour bovine tuberculosis

The current outbreak of bovine tuberculosis in Alberta has caused significant problems for many cow-calf producers who have had their herds quarantined as a result of the investigation by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
The timing of the outbreak, which has also led to quarantines in parts of Saskatchewan, has made it difficult for producers to[...]

Niche marketing requires focus, dedication, say Ontario producers

BLYTH, Ont. — Niche markets are not without their challenges, but there’s often an important benefit once they are established: farmers can hold the line on price.
That’s been the experience of Warren Ham, a garlic grower, and Fred deMartines, who produces and markets specialty pork. Both spoke at the Rural Talks to Rural conference in[...]

Sask. takes aim against wild boar

Saskatchewan regulations have been changed to allow hunters to hunt feral or free-ranging wild boar without a licence.
More than 60 rural municipalities have reported wild boar at large, and they have become a particular problem in the Moose Mountain area around Kenosee Lake.
Teams of specialized hunters have been trying to control the population for years.[...]

Hunting licence no longer needed for wild boar in Sask.

Saskatchewan hunters may now hunt wild boar without a licence. The government has amended both the wildlife regulations and the stray animal regulations to allow feral or free-ranging wild boar to be killed. Hunters are still required to ask permission to hunt on private land and must follow proper safety precautions. Wild boar can become[...]

SARM in brief

Grain bag disposal, wild boar elimination and the health of first responders were all issues brought to the forefront at last week’s Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities annual convention. Eric Gray from the RM of 
Indian Head raised the grain bag issue, saying too few farmers practise diligence and proper disposal. “It seems to me,[...]

Grain bags, wild boar on list of SARM resolutions

Grain bag disposal, wild boar elimination and the health of first responders, were all issues brought to the forefront at the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities annual convention held March 7-10 in Regina. Eric Gray from the RM of Indian Head raised the grain bag issue, saying too few farmers practice diligence and proper disposal.[...]

World in brief

Foodgrains bank launches conservation program WINNIPEG — Canadian Foodgrains Bank has launched a new conservation agriculture program in Africa worth $18.67 million over five years. It will assist 50,000 farm families in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania from member agencies: Mennonite Central Committee Canada, World Renew and World Relief Canada. The program was made possible by[...]

Sask. crop insurance will oversee wild boar program

The Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp. is taking over administration of the feral wild boar control program.
The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities has delivered the program for years, but in February told the province it was no longer a good fit, said Shawn Jaques, chief executive officer of crop insurance.
“It made sense for SCIC to look[...]

Traceability program to include wild boars

Wild boar producers were reminded this week that their animals will be subject to traceability requirements as of July 1. Domestic pig producers have been subject to mandatory traceability since July 1, 2014. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is responsible for enforcing traceability requirements, and failure to meet those requirements could result in warnings, fines[...]

Experts use ancient pig genome to trace history

The recent discovery of an un-changed pig genome has put the porker on a pedestal. 
Researchers recently discovered that the Iberian pig genome has remained unchanged after five centuries. 
Miguel Pérez-Enciso, a researcher at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Spain who was part of the research team, said he has always been curious about[...]

New food, new places lead to new parasites

TORONTO — Canadians do not usually get parasites.
However, the risk of picking them up and getting a mild to severe illness increases as people travel more and eat different foods. 
“In Canada we are fairly fortunate, they are not known to occur here,” said Alvin Gajadhar, a parasitologist at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
“If they[...]

Conservation group wants boar annihilated

Saskatchewan conservationists are the latest group to put the wild boar in their crosshairs. The destructive animal made the agenda at a Nature Saskatchewan meeting for the first time in Regina in September. “The nature of their character is the rooting behaviour. One particular place that they can be really bad is in wetlands, so[...]

Threat from feral wild boar requires concerted gov’t effort

The Canadian Prairies might face a new boar war as the number and destructive capacity of feral pigs increases.
Provinces need a co-ordinated response to the threat before the numbers of this imported pest grow too large.
The call to arms against wild boars is best laid out by Ryan Brook, a researcher at the University of[...]