Bats account for the entire number of 2020 rabies cases in B.C. and Alberta, while Saskatchewan has also had one case in a dog and one in a skunk for a total of eight cases this year. | cwf-fcf.org photo

Bats found to be most common carrier in Canada this year

Bats are the most frequent sufferers of rabies in Western Canada, with 17 cases reported in British Columbia so far this year, four in Alberta and six in Saskatchewan. Those numbers are far less than Ontario’s figures, where 37 rabid bats have been identified so far in 2020, along with three raccoons and six skunks. […] Read more

In lieu of a 2021 conference, the groups said they plan to hold a series of smaller business meetings and

Alberta Beef Industry Conference postponed

Another annual gathering of cattle and beef producers has been postponed because of the pandemic. The Alberta Beef Industry Conference, previously planned for March 2021, has been postponed to March 2022. The 2020 meeting was held last March, just before COVID-19 postponements and cancellations began. The event typically involves several cattle and beef organizations including […] Read more

The Fraser Health public health department said Oct. 18 that 13 employees at the plant tested positive. | Google Maps photo

COVID reported at B.C. meat plant

An outbreak of COVID-19 has been reported at the J & L Beef Ltd. meat processing facility in Surrey, B.C. The Fraser Health public health department said Oct. 18 that 13 employees at the plant tested positive. It became aware of a potential outbreak after one employee tested positive Oct. 8, and found evidence of […] Read more


Bats account for the entire number of 2020 rabies cases in B.C. and Alberta, while Saskatchewan has also had one case in a dog and one in a skunk for a total of eight cases this year. | cwf-fcf.org photo

Bats most common rabies carrier this year

Bats are the most frequent sufferers of rabies in western Canada, with 17 cases reported in British Columbia so far this year, four in Alberta and six in Saskatchewan. Those numbers are far less than Ontario’s figures, where 37 rabid bats have been identified so far in 2020, along with three raccoons and six skunks. […] Read more

The previous building in Standoff, Alta., burned down in 2015 but on Oct. 8 the provincial and federal governments announced construction of a new 9,888 sq. metre campus in southern Alberta that will be designed to primarily meet the needs of the Kainai people of the Blackfoot Confederacy. | Screencap via redcrowcollege.com

Indigenous college to be rebuilt after fire

Red Crow Community College will rise again in coming years through $48 million in funds contributed by the federal government, Kainai and the college itself. The previous building in Standoff, Alta., burned down in 2015 but on Oct. 8 the provincial and federal governments announced construction of a new 9,888 sq. metre campus in southern […] Read more


Dan Bussieres, swine nutritionist and co-founder of Group Ceres and its Athena division, said the deal creates synergies from east to west. | File photo

Hog feed businesses join forces

Nutrition Athena Inc. and Nutrition Partners Inc. have joined forces within the swine feed and nutrition business. The two companies announced the new partnership Oct. 8. Nutrition Athena is a division of Groupe Ceres Inc., a Quebec-based firm that influences the feeding of more than 4.5 million pigs annually. It is the lead nutrition partner […] Read more

Alberta crop yields are estimated to be seven percent above average and livestock sales in the province might also reach a record high of $6.9 billion, the provincial agriculture department reports. | File photo

Bright picture painted of Alberta agriculture

Alberta crop yields are estimated to be seven percent above average and livestock sales in the province might also reach a record high of $6.9 billion, the provincial agriculture department reports. As well, the food processing sector is expected to exceed the usual with products totalling $14.8 billion, the province said Monday. Agriculture minister Devin […] Read more

No cases of the illness have been reported in connection with food or food packaging, the CFIA said in a Sept. 14 news release. | File photo

Food unlikely to spread COVID: CFIA

Food is not a likely source or route of transmission for COVID-19, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency says. No cases of the illness have been reported in connection with food or food packaging, it said in a Sept. 14 news release. As well, the agency confirmed that domestic poultry and pigs do not pose a […] Read more


RCMP continues investigating stolen beef

The investigation continues into the theft of a truckload of beef from the JBS plant in Brooks, Alta., which occurred Aug. 30. Cpl. Rob Harms of the Brooks RCMP said Sept. 16 that there were no new developments regarding the disappearance of the beef, valued at about $230,000. According to an RCMP media release issued […] Read more

The province issued a notice to motorists today warning them to take extra care when passing crews of 4-H club members, Scouts, Girl Guides and other non-profit groups that will be collecting garbage at roadsides. | File photo

Delayed highway cleanup goes ahead in Alta.

The annual Alberta highway cleanup, which usually occurs in May, will instead take place Sept. 19 along provincial highways and byways. The event was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The province issued a notice to motorists today warning them to take extra care when passing crews of 4-H club members, Scouts, Girl Guides and other […] Read more