Human welfare must also be addressed when considering livestock transportation, scientists say, because driver fatigue is thought to be a significant problem.  |  Barb Glen photo

Transport review focuses on travel time

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency recently received a summary of the 9,500 comments on the proposed amendments

LONDON, Ont. — Canada’s humane transport regulation for livestock was developed in 1977, and 10 years ago the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said amendments were needed. Growing public interest in livestock transportation and its effects on animals has been expressed in the press and through social media, but updated regulations have moved at glacial speed. […] Read more

Despite an extensive ear tagging system in Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency found weaknesses in the system during the bovine tuberculosis investigation in Alberta last year because ownership and movement of cattle were hard to determine.  |  File photo

Livestock traceability changes delayed

A strong, vigorous system remains the goal for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to provide assurance to consumers

LONDON, Ont. — Anticipated regulatory changes to Canada’s livestock traceability system have been delayed until next year. “The earliest we will be advancing these will be in the spring of next year so we can work out any issues that remain,” said Colleen Barnes, associate vice-president of policy and programs branch at the Canadian Food […] Read more

Animal scientists aren’t sure why beef cattle don’t like eating the 4010 variety of field peas.  |  File photo

Beef cattle eschew popular forage pea

SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. — A study of poly-crop mixtures to extend grazing has been hampered by dry weather, but researchers have observed one thing: beef cattle don’t seem to like the 4010 variety of field peas. Dr. Alan Iwaasa, an animal scientist at the Swift Current Research and Development Centre, said the two-year study began […] Read more


The United States is the top destination for Canadian beef, accounting for 72 percent of exports worth $1.7 billion. |  File photo

Exports continue to drive beef markets

Canada set a record in export sales in 2017 at more than $2.4 billion in value, even though the country’s herd is shrinking

LONDON, Ont. — The beef sectors in Canada and the United States rely heavily on exports. Record amounts of beef are being exported for more money, which props up domestic prices. Canada set a record in export sales in 2017 at more than $2.4 billion in value, although the volume is not a record, said […] Read more

Longhorned ticks are new to North America. They can carry infectious diseases.  |  New Jersey Department of Agriculture photo

Longhorned tick arrival shows need for surveillance

Ticks come in two basic varieties. The so-called “hard ticks” are from the family known as Ixodidae and are characterized by a hard plate on their backs. Soft ticks (family Argasidae) lack this hard, protective plate and are usually more oval or pear-shaped. Ticks can carry a variety of infectious diseases and can infect humans, […] Read more


Antibiotic alternatives may offer treatment options for producers

Producers need more alternatives to antibiotics for treating their animals as antibiotic restrictions loom and bacterial resistance to common antibiotics becomes more routine. Graeme McRae of NovaVive, an Ontario company that produces immunobiology-based technologies, said products that naturally stimulate the immune system may offer an alternative. The company has received government approval for a product […] Read more

Alta. feeder sale attracts 18,000 head; dryness a concern

One of the first big feeder sales of the year Aug. 10 saw 18,324 head sold by the Southern Alberta Livestock Exchange via video at Chain Lakes, Alta. “It was kind of right on where the market was, maybe a little bit higher,” said SALE sales agent Darren Shaw. Prices for 700 to 800 pound […] Read more

Alberta farmers who want to receive a cash advance on their crops or livestock through the federal Advance Payments Program (APP) will soon have the option of applying through the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC). | Screencap via www.albertawheat.com

AWC to provide advances under federal cash advance program

Alberta farmers who want to receive a cash advance on their crops or livestock through the federal Advance Payments Program (APP) will soon have the option of applying through the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC). The AWC announced this week that it will serve as an APP administrator beginning Sept. 1. Alberta growers who wish to […] Read more


Possible feed barley shortages aren't the only thing on people's minds as reports from across the Prairies are pointing to hay shortages and pastures that are shriveled up. | File photo

Shortages expected for Prairie feed barley market

WINNIPEG – Sales have slowed for feed grain buyers in Western Canada, as concerns continue to mount about feed shortages. “The confidence from the farmer is not (there anymore). He just wants to see some crop come into his bin. So we’ve definitely slowed in our buying,” said Brandon Motz, sales manager at CorNine Commodities […] Read more

Most of the top 10 chicken, pork and beef producing countries have developed a national action plan on antibiotic use, but responses show most of the work is done in the human health sector.  |  Michael Raine photo

Antibiotic resistance needs more work

A recent survey found 67 countries have information on antibiotic use in animals, but only 41 collect systematic data

An international survey has found that most countries have good intentions when it comes to tracking antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic use among humans, animals and plants, but more work is needed. All World Health Organization member states agreed on a global action plan in 2015, saying they would have antimicrobial resistance plans in place within […] Read more