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In an open letter released Sept. 11, the chair of the Canadian Pork Council Rick Bergmann spells out the impact an outbreak of the disease would have on the industry. | File photo

ASF prevention funding requested

Canada’s hog producers are calling on the federal government to invest $50 million over three years to combat African swine fever. In an open letter released Sept. 11, the chair of the Canadian Pork Council Rick Bergmann spells out the impact an outbreak of the disease would have on the industry. The call comes on […] Read more

Chicken Farmers of Canada says annual production costs would increase by $391 million if a third of Canadian producers switched to slow growth chickens.  |  File photo

Slow-growing chickens more mobile

New research study suggests that the reduced mobility found in fast-growing broilers may be an animal welfare issue

Fast growth chickens, despite their name, aren’t particularly fast. They are inactive and spend a great deal of time sitting, says a University of Guelph report. In comparison, slow-growth chickens are more active and may have better animal welfare. Stephanie Torrey and Tina Widowski from the U of Guelph animal bioscience department studied the behaviour […] Read more

In May of 2019, Turkey Farmers of Canada launched Think Turkey — a five-year promotional effort to boost turkey consumption. | Screencap via Twitter/@SaskTurkey

Turkey producers pleased with promotional campaign

This summer, while eating a hot dog, a seven-year-old boy in my neighbourhood paused, looked up at the four adults at a birthday party and said, “what you really want is turkey.” The adults laughed at his joke — a reference to billboards and a national advertising campaign encouraging Canadians to eat more turkey. In […] Read more


Everybody involved directly or indirectly in shipping livestock shares responsibility for safe and humane movement and handling, says a Canadian Food Inspection Agency veterinarian.
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Animal transport called shared responsibility

CFIA says regulations apply to those who plan transport and assemble, catch, load, unload, move and confine livestock

Shared responsibility is a key phrase when it comes to humane livestock transport. New federal regulations came into effect in February with a two-year grace period on enforcement of some portions to allow the industry to adjust. Everybody involved directly or indirectly in shipping livestock shares responsibility for safe and humane movement and handling, says […] Read more

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association postponed its annual general meeting and convention in June and has scheduled a virtual meeting for Oct. 14 . | Screencap via skstockgrowers.com

Sask. adopts blended meeting style

Saskatchewan livestock meetings will go ahead this fall virtually, in person and both. The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association postponed its annual general meeting and convention in June and has scheduled a virtual meeting for Oct. 14 at 1:30 p.m. The Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association intends to hold its usual fall district meetings in person and virtually. […] Read more


Keeping extra medical supplies on hand has become critical for cattle operations, despite the just-in-time delivery systems that have become commonplace.  |  Jeannette Greaves photo

COVID-19 exposes fragile pour-on supplies

There was lots of talk about the supply chain when the COVID-19 pandemic exploded in March 2020. Between agriculture, the transportation network and grocery stores, things kept ticking along and it seemed local products saw fewer supply interruptions. Meat fell into short supply when the large packing plants closed, but that was short lived. Less […] Read more

Denver’s National Western Stock Show postponed until 2022

The annual National Western Stock Show held in Denver, Colorado, will not be held in 2021, the stock show association has announced. The 115th running of the major livestock show has been postponed until Jan. 8-23, 2022. “The COVID-19 pandemic does not allow for the stock show to host the annual event and comply with […] Read more

ABP awaits approval for zone changes

Alberta Beef Producers has altered its usual timing for fall zone meetings as it awaits ministerial approval for several changes already approved by delegates. That has also moved the delegate nomination deadline to Oct. 15 and zone meetings into late November and early December. The beef group plans to move to five provincial zones from […] Read more


On many hog farms sows are kept in individual stalls, or small metal pens, when they are pregnant because pregnant pigs can be aggressive. Animal welfare groups have argued that sow stalls are inhumane because the sows cannot turn around or express natural behaviours. | File photo

Open sow housing deadline extended

Pig producers in Canada may have another nine years to convert their barns to open sow housing. A report from the National Farm Animal Care Council on the codes of practice for raising pigs in Canada has recommended pushing back the deadline from 2024 to 2029. A five year review of the pig code, published […] Read more

This will be the first time since the Western College of Veterinary Medicine opened that it will not be receiving first year students from Alberta.  |  File photo

Vet college gets new funding deal

Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia reach five-year agreement without Alberta, which now has its own school

For the first time in its 54-year history, three provinces instead of the usual four are taking part in a long-standing arrangement with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. An interprovincial agreement was recently renewed for the college, which is based at the University of Saskatchewan. The financial commitment of $134 million by […] Read more