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B.C. declares open season on feral pigs

New regulations allow licensed hunters to shoot feral pigs anywhere in British Columbia.

The B.C. ministry of forests, lands and natural resource operations declared feral pigs as a class of animals that can be captured or killed anywhere and anytime in the province.

The department said escaped swine have been reported in the Lower Mainland, Kamloops, Okanagan, Peace and Kootenay regions, although not in large numbers.

“Feral pigs can cause significant damage to local ecosystems by competing with local wildlife for forage, damaging crops, uprooting native vegetation and eating the eggs of ground nesting birds,” the department said in a news release.

It added that feral pigs could also spread infectious diseases and parasites harmful to wildlife, livestock and humans.

Feral pigs are now in the same class as crows, black-billed magpies and brown-headed cowbirds. These birds can also be hunted by those with a valid licence.

Ranchers featured In web series

Raised at Home is a three-part web series released by Co-op and Canada Beef and available at www.raisedathome.ca.

Consumers can visit three western Canadian ranches and learn how their food moves from pasture to plate.

The videos, which highlight ranches from Inglis, Man., Hudson Bay, Sask., and Cochrane, Alta., show how families produce environmentally sustainable and quality beef while sharing their life on the ranch.

Program supports innovative meat processing

Maple Leaf Foods in Hamilton, Ont., is receiving $5 million in federal funding to buy new meat processing technology.

The funding is intended to improve the company’s production methods while increasing food safety and product quality.

The money will be used to buy a fully automated process called the Armor Inox Thermix System, the first of its kind in Canada, which will improve food safety and allow for product traceability. The system will also improve the shape, texture, consistency and shelf life of deli meat products while lowering sodium content.

The project will allow the company’s Hamilton plant to produce 82 million kilograms of deli products a year.

CCA adopts new logo

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has a new logo.

It’s part of an ongoing rebranding process for the organization, which represents Canada’s 68,500 beef farms and feedlots.

One version of the logo features the CCA acronym and association name along with the tagline, National Voice of Cattle Producers.

The second is a stand-alone CCA acronym in the same font with the tagline, Since 1932.

The logo can be found on the CCA’s new website at www.cattle.ca and on Twitter @cdncattlemen.

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