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Hog producers match wits with PED

Manitoba hog producers, veterinarians and others in the industry are nearing the end of a battle against deadly porcine epidemic diarrhea virus that affected 80 operations between April 28 and Oct. 24 last year. Dr. Glen Duizer, chief veterinary officer for Manitoba, said May 8 that 67 of those operations are “presumptive negative,” which means […] Read more


Immunity issues big deal in transition cows

Dairy cows are vulnerable to illness three weeks before and after calving because metabolic needs increase dramatically

EDMONTON — If an animal’s immune system is structured like a well-tuned military operation, then the dairy cow’s ability to fight infection is often poorly deployed. Dairy cows are vulnerable to illness three weeks before and after calving. Metabolic needs increase dramatically and how well the cow copes with the high energy transition period affects […] Read more


Horse welfare issues difficult to address

Unlike other livestock, horses may be raised for meat, sport, therapy or pleasure riding, making it hard to assess welfare concerns

Horses are used for many different purposes so it is difficult to assess their welfare, even though a code of practice for humane care was released in 2013. Cordelie DuBois, a PhD candidate at the University of Guelph in Ontario, is working on a project to gain insights on the perception of welfare in the […] Read more



Laboratory tests confirm deadly rabbit disease in Canada

There is an ongoing outbreak of rabbit hemorrhagic disease in British Columbia. Starting in March, dead rabbits were discovered in Nanaimo and surrounding areas on Vancouver Island and the Delta region of the Lower Mainland. This deadly disease is caused by a tiny virus known as a calicivirus. It is very infectious and can spread […] Read more


‘War time’ biosecurity needed to prevent PED

Lessons have been learned from Manitoba’s outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus last fall, which affected about 80 operations in the province’s southeast. Jenelle Hamblin, swine health manager with Manitoba Pork, was part of a three-month collaborative project to learn what worked and what didn’t in controlling the outbreak and to develop strategies if the […] Read more



Prairie feed grain prices starting to soften

Winnipeg (CNS Canada) – After a winter with tight supplies leading to a feed grain price rally in Western Canada, prices are starting to back off. “It’s been breaking free a little bit. Kind of surprisingly this year it took till seeding time to see that happen. We’ve seen markets rally right up till May,” […] Read more


Mastitis test reduces antibiotic use on dairy farms

A new test to detect clinical mastitis has been launched in Germany in a bid to reduce the use of antibiotics in a dairy herd. While the use of antibiotics on farms to treat livestock continues to be scrutinized, farmers are being urged to move away from the tradition of blanket treatments. Mastitis, for example, […] Read more


Cow nutrition’s effect on calves studied

Research in Florida, where grass quality is poor, is focusing on year-round supplements of energy and protein

EDMONTON — A pregnant cow is eating for two and the quality of nutrition throughout gestation can affect how well the calf develops. The concept of fetal programming is fairly new and is related to cow nutrition and possible stresses it experienced during pregnancy. These factors can affect the calf’s organ and muscle development, as […] Read more



Antibiotic rules usher in new vet drug era

Livestock producers will be required next year to go through veterinarians to obtain antibiotics for use on their farms


OLDS, Alta. — As of Dec. 1, veterinary prescriptions will be required for antibiotics for Canadian livestock. The new federal legislation means big changes and covers everything from beef to bees. It could mean added costs for producers, who must also develop a working relationship with a veterinarian. “Producers are going to have to work […] Read more


Researchers seek sheep for lameness study

Alberta producers requested the research study as a result of similar work being done in the beef sector

There’s not much Canadian information about lameness in sheep, its prevalence and various causes. A group of researchers plan to change that through a two-year study, and to do so they need producers to provide information about lameness in their flocks. Dr. Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein, one of several researchers involved in the project, acknowledges that sheep […] Read more