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To date, there is no indication temporary foreign workers or people employed in meat packing facilities have received the vaccine anywhere in Canada. | File photo

Provinces have no clear plans to vaccinate meat plant workers

As Canadians brace for a COVID-19 vaccine shortage, it remains unclear when temporary foreign workers — thousands of whom are employed in meat packing plants — will receive it. On Jan. 15, Canada’s minister responsible for vaccine procurement, Anita Anand, said the country’s supply of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine was experiencing a delay because the […] Read more

At the end of December, U.S. Department of Agriculture found the U.S. breeding herd was almost one percent smaller than on Sept. 1. U.S. hog producers held back six percent fewer gilts than a year before.
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Hog prices make surprising recovery as U.S. herd shrinks

After a horrific spring and a scary late summer, hog producers faced better than expected markets in late 2020. And the set-up for 2021 is looking much better than feared. U.S. hog producers appear to have thinned their herds, and that relieves pressure after years of expansion. At the end of December, U.S. Department of […] Read more

B.C. Beef Producers (BCBP), a producer-owned corporation, has a three-year lease on a meat plant in Westwold, B.C., about one hour east of Kamloops.
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B.C. beef plant gets to work

The beef plant that is a key part of plans to establish a branded British Columbia beef program has been processing about 15 head per week in recent weeks to assess operations and gear up for a full launch anticipated later this year, possibly as early as March. B.C. Beef Producers (BCBP), a producer-owned corporation, […] Read more

Birds Canada, which developed the guide, says birds are essential to the health of grasslands and are also good indicators of ecological and environmental health. | Mike Sturk photo

New guide helps farmers preserve grasslands

The Grassland Conservation Incentives Guide makes it easier for producers to find funding programs available to them

Producers and landowners now have a one-stop online shop to find financial incentives to help preserve, enhance or restore grasslands and other prairie habitats. The 69-page Grassland Conservation Incentives Guide from Birds Canada is now available at Ian Cook, grassland conservation manager at Birds Canada, said many producers understand the importance of keeping prairie […] Read more

Research truck hits the highway in U.S. to test virus viability

Veterinarians set out to learn more about animal disease survival in common transportation situations and feed types

The truck carrying one-ton totes of soy-based pig feed is travelling a not-uncommon commercial route this month from Minneapolis to Des Moines, Denver, Albuquerque, New Orleans, Jacksonville, Washington D.C., Buffalo and Chicago. It will take 21 days to cover 9,660 kilometres across 14 states and its journey and purpose had to be approved by the […] Read more

The survey is part of a project to mitigate the risk of African swine fever in domestic herds.
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Small pig farmer survey part of ASF initiative

Learning more about small-lot producers could make it easier to communicate with them about African swine fever

Whether pigs are kept as pets or for a personal pork supply, Canadians who keep a small number of pigs on their property are the target respondents for an online survey expected to be distributed later this month. The survey is part of a project to mitigate the risk of African swine fever in domestic […] Read more

With legalization, it was feared, there would be more cannabis in homes as more people bought and partook, thus creating more opportunities for dogs to accidentally consume their owner’s stash.
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Cannabis legalization did not increase dog poisonings

Cannabis became legal for recreational human use in October of 2018. At that time, there was much concern in the veterinary community about the impact of legalization on pet health. In particular, it was assumed that dogs may be at increased risk of cannabis intoxication. With legalization, it was feared, there would be more cannabis […] Read more

ABP confirms delegates for new zones

Alberta Beef Producers has elected or otherwise confirmed its first delegate body under its new zone structure. The organization shifted from nine zones to five, with positions for 35 delegates instead of 54. As it now stands, there are two vacant delegate positions in the Central Zone and three in the Northwest Zone. Elections, conducted […] Read more

The ranchers fear easing rules on development will not only harm their cattle operations near the headwaters of the Oldman River but also risk polluting water used downstream by farmers and communities, such as Lethbridge and as far east as Saskatchewan.
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Alberta ranchers resist plans to ease coal mining rules

Water contamination fears drive landowner demands for judicial review of government decision to lift roadblocks to future development

Several Alberta ranchers and First Nations have launched legal bids to put a halt to a provincial decision easing the development of open-pit coal mines on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. The ranchers fear it will not only harm their cattle operations near the headwaters of the Oldman River but also risk polluting […] Read more

Orphaned and individually raised intact males, likely bottle fed by people, can become a danger to humans later on in life. | File photo

When imprinting goes terribly wrong

The dangers of intact mature male animals is a story that needs to be repeated, says Joe Stookey, a researcher and animal behaviour scientist at the University of Saskatchewan. “Too many people are being injured or killed,” he said. “And while the story is often about mature dairy bulls, people who don’t know any better […] Read more