Research conducted at Agriculture Canada’s research centre in Lethbridge concluded that composted manure reduced the concentration of the compounds in the antibiotic products and any potential environmental impact.  |  File photo

Study evaluates antibiotic degradation in manure

Composted manure is a good slow release fertilizer with the added benefit of breaking down common antibiotics. It is estimated about 1.6 million kilograms of antimicrobials are used every year in Canadian livestock. Thirty to 90 percent of the products may be excreted as original compounds or byproducts called metabolites. Various research projects have shown […] Read more

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is reviewing a video posted online of pigs in apparent distress while being transported. 
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CFIA inspectors investigate pig transportation video

The video of the pigs stopped in a truck at Kamloops was posted online by an animal rights advocacy group

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is reviewing a video posted online of pigs in apparent distress while being transported. The CFIA said in an email that it is investigating. Animal Justice, an animal rights advocacy group, posted the video of pigs in a truck stopped at Kamloops, B.C. It said the temperature was 32 C […] Read more

Cow-calf surveillance may offer vital data

The goal is to create a Canadian version of the National Animal Health Monitoring System run through the USDA

Researchers are recruiting commercial beef herd operators to take part in a Canada-wide project looking at key production indicators, such as disease, calving records and performance. “We want to get base line information on a whole bunch of different things,” said John Campbell of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. The goal is […] Read more

Animal use-human resistance link still unclear

About 700,000 people die each year when they are infected with diseases that cannot be cured with antibiotics. Antimicrobial resistance is recognized globally as an impeding crisis, and often the use of these products to treat livestock is blamed for increasing the antibiotic resistant bacteria population. It is not known whether restricting the use of […] Read more

McDonald’s Canada to offer certified sustainable beef on menu

McDonald’s Canada plans to be the first food company to offer certified sustainable beef on its menus this fall. Using animal care and environmental standards set by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, the company said more than 20 million Angus beef burgers will be sourced from certified Canadian producers. The goal is to source […] Read more

Feedlots snap up U.S. cattle

Thousands of feeder calves from the United States are flowing into Canada. Strong basis levels and feed costs are the main drivers determining which direction cattle flow, said Brian Perillat, senior market analyst at Canfax. “Traditionally, cattle moved to where the cheaper feed was, and right now the U.S. has cheaper feed, but we have […] Read more

The Canadian Feedlot Animal Care program attempts to cover all aspects of life on a feedlot from transportation, facilities, environment, handling, feed management and identifying acts of abuse.  |  File photo

Feedlots to benefit from new animal care audit

The program is a companion to the country’s national beef code of practice but addresses specific issues in feedlots

A standardized animal welfare program for Canadian feedlot operators should result in healthier, more profitable cattle. Better animal care has a spin-off benefit because it improves performance, health and reduces the chronically ill or railers, that is, animals that must go to slaughter before they reach market weight. “They are a loss. They might be […] Read more

Researchers are focusing on genetic improvement of functional traits in dairy cattle, optimizing breeding scheme design under genomic selection and developing dairy selection indices.  |  File photo

Genetic research speeds pace of dairy breeding

The genetic interval has been tightened, which means reliable breeding information is available sooner to producers

VANCOUVER — Genomic selection has revolutionized animal and plant breeding at an unexpected rate. “Genomic selection has revolutionized animal and plant breeding around the world but I think the best is yet to come and that is through what animal scientists and veterinarians can do in terms of developing new phenotypes,” said research scientist Jennie […] Read more

Technology can catch health issues early in dairy cows

VANCOUVER — As dairy herds grow larger and the work force shrinks, farmers may have to rely on more technology to keep their cows in good shape. New sensor systems in barns can alert producers about potential problems before they become obvious. “That is where our real focus needs to be. How do we prevent […] Read more

Dairy producers look for lameness solutions

The problem, which farmers often underestimate, is persistent around the world and in many cases is not getting better

VANCOUVER — Lameness is the number one problem among dairy cattle affecting a cow’s quality of life and health. “It is such a painful disease and most of the costs are related to the production loss,” said Laura Solano, a Calgary animal care specialist who works with dairy farmers through her company, Farm Animal Care […] Read more