Bovine growth hormone whistle blower dies at 84

Shiv Chopra, a former researcher with Health Canada who made headlines over objections to a veterinary drug, died Jan. 7 at the age of 84. Chopra and a fellow scientist, Margaret Haydon, claimed they were being pressured into approving the use of a bovine growth hormone that can boost milk production in dairy cows. The […] Read more


German fire causes livestock vitamin shortage

A global shortage of vitamins A and E for livestock use is forcing feed manufacturers to revise formulations. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said today that the shortage was caused by an Oct. 31 fire at the BASF plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Supplies are expected to remain below optimum levels well into the first quarter […] Read more


China-Canada meat deal includes pilot project

The federal agriculture department revealed more details Dec. 7 about greater access for Canadian beef and pork in the Chinese market. Following a trade mission by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that concluded yesterday, there is an agreement to launch a pilot project on the export of chilled and fresh beef and pork from “Canadian establishments […] Read more



Many farmers got a break from hailstorms this year

Hail caused less damage across the Prairies in 2017 than it did in 2016, according to the final report tabled Dec. 4 by the Canadian Crop Hail Association. Western Canadian farmers with hail insurance were paid $96 million on about 8,600 claims, making 2017 one of the lightest claim years since 2009, the CCHA said. […] Read more


China agrees to accept more Canadian meat

More beef and pork can be sold into China following an agreement announced today by the federal government, but details are yet to be revealed. According to the Canadian Meat Council, Canadian bone-in beef, fresh chilled beef and pork products could see expanded access in a deal that could increase exports by up to $100 […] Read more



Veal code of practice gets update

An updated code of practice for veal calves was released today by the Canadian Veal Association and the National Farm Animal Care Council. First developed in 1998, it is the 11th code to be updated through the council’s consensus-based approach to code development. It was prepared by a 17-person committee that included veal producers, researchers, […] Read more


Pink sheep ear tag officially banned

Sheep producers can no longer use the pink Ketchum Kurl-Lock No. 3 tags in their animals. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency officially revoked their use today, after warning of the pending change in September. The tags are no longer approved under the livestock identification and traceability program. The Canadian Sheep Federation advised that animals cannot […] Read more


Hail damage kept in check in August

All hail the relative absence of hail on the Prairies. That could well be the celebratory cry for farmers with the number of damaging hailstorms tracking below the five-year average, according to the Canadian Crop Hail Association. In its report for August, issued Sept. 5, the CCHA listed two hailstorms of note in Alberta, two […] Read more



Mousse cakes recalled

A variety of mousse cakes first subject to recall Aug. 11 due to risk of norovirus now are the focus of an expanded recall to include a wider variety of products. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency updated its food recall warning yesterday for several types of raspberry mousse cakes distributed across Western Canada and possibly […] Read more


Young cattle producers make sales at Saskatoon event

A cattle sale average of $2.76 per pound was registered last weekend at the Prairieland Junior Ag Showcase held at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon. Riley Bohrson of the Hanley 4-H Beef Club won the grand champion title with a steer that sold for $3.75 per lb. to Bohrson Livestock Marketing. Jenna Schmidt of the Carlton […] Read more