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MPs from each of Canada's major political parties took part in conducting the study, called

MPs recommend more spending, less regulation to spur processing sector

A federal agricultural committee report is recommending more investment and less regulation to spur the Canadian processing sector. Between November 2020 and February 2021, the standing committee on agriculture and agri-food studied measures to increase Canada’s processing capacity, hearing from dozens of witnesses. The result is 18 recommendations largely focusing on financial investments and policy […] Read more

Rob Jones, left, and John Whelan wait as Megan Jones pushes a calf into the chute. | Nathan Jones photo

The family that brands together… – photo essay

Rob & Diane Jones processed 31 calves April 25 on their farm near Speers, Sask., with the help of daughters Sarah and Megan, son Nathan and Sarah’s boyfriend, Jon Whelan. Eight more calves were still to be born. The Jones operate a mixed grain and cattle operation. | Nathan Jones photos

Canadian Western Agribition organizers say they have confidence in the vaccine rollout plans and believe time is on their side. The show is scheduled to be held live Nov. 22-27. | File photo

Agribition plans to go live in the fall

Twelve breed shows will be featured, the first time that all breeds will hold their national competitions under one roof


Canadian Western Agribition plans to be back with a full, live event in Regina this fall, despite the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and posting a significant loss in 2020. Chief executive officer Chris Lane said during the show’s recent annual general meeting that work has begun for the 50th show. This will include 12 […] Read more


The GreenFeed Emission Monitoring System was used to measure methane from cattle during a two-year, large-scale trial in Alberta beef cattle studying a feed additive called 3-NOP. | Supplied photo

Feed additive may reduce methane emissions

Agriculture Canada and Alberta Cattle Feeders Association participated in a two-year trial that studied the technology

A novel feed ingredient may soon provide a breath of fresh air to livestock producers and the environment. A two-year, large-scale trial in Alberta beef cattle has demonstrated that a feed additive called 3-NOP, added to commercial feedlot diets, can reduce methane emissions by up to 80 percent without negative impacts on animal health, performance […] Read more

The reliable communication distance of the Moonsyst Smart Rumen Monitoring System is up to 500 metres, depending on the environment. The bolus stores five days data if the animal is out of the coverage and that data is immediately uploaded once the cow is closer to Gateway. | Screencap via moonsyst.com

Inventor says system has reliable 500 metre communication distance

Peter Gesler is founder and chief executive officer of the Moonsyst Smart Rumen Monitoring System. In an email interview from the company’s head office and production facilities in Hungary, Gesler responded to our questions. Q: How many unique frequencies can be employed on one farm? If a rancher has a Moonsyst bolus in each of […] Read more


The voluntary waiting period after calving typically lasts two months. Where possible, The Moonsyst system identifies heats, and alerts are sent directly to the farmer's phone. If a confirmed

Bolus helps producers monitor heat cycles

Monitoring heat cycles in beef and dairy cows improves breeding success. Better heat detection means higher percentages. Transmitted real-time digital data from within the rumen gives farmers ultimate information. The folks at Moonsyst Smart Rumen Monitoring figured that if researchers can install lights and video cameras inside a cow’s rumen, then they should be able […] Read more

A recent study published in the Canadian Veterinary Journal by Dr. Brianne Henderson and colleagues at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College sought to better understand heart infections in horses.  | File photo

New Ontario study explores heart infections in horses

Infections that localize to the heart are rare but serious in any animal. A recent study published in the Canadian Veterinary Journal by Dr. Brianne Henderson and colleagues at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College sought to better understand heart infections in horses. They focused specifically on infections of the heart valves, which is […] Read more

Provincial health and veterinary officials say there appears to be no risk to other humans, pigs don't appear to have the disease and pork carries no risk of infection for humans. | File photo

COVID tests lead to discovery of pig-based flu viruses

Mass COVID-19 testing has caught two pig-based influenza variants in Manitobans. Provincial health and veterinary officials say there appears to be no risk to other humans, pigs don’t appear to have the disease and pork carries no risk of infection for humans. The cases were found in early April and there have been none since. […] Read more


Western Canadian hog producers have called for a Quebec-style pricing system to be brought in to replace the current one. They say it would connect them to the cut-out values from which they are currently divorced. | Reuters/Todd Korol photo

Unity called for on packer price push

Hog farmers pressuring packers for fairer prices ask for support from related businesses such as feed and trucking firms

Retiring Manitoba Pork Council chair George Matheson used his final address to urge all businesses relying upon hog farmers to unite for fairer packer prices. “We are … encouraging related businesses like veterinarians, feed companies and transporters to take up the cause because a good business helps everyone,” said Matheson at the April 15 MPC […] Read more

African swine fever has ravaged China’s enormous swine industry and has spread across much of Asia and into Europe.  | Reuters photo

Hog sector continues to prepare for African swine fever

A multi-pronged national strategy is designed to keep out the disease and co-ordinate a response if it does arrive

A grim spectre hung over the Manitoba Pork Council’s annual meeting, but it wasn’t the pandemic. “The threats are growing,” new Manitoba Pork Council general manager Cam Dahl said during the April 16 meeting. “We see the threats of foreign animal disease increasing and we all know the significant impact and repercussions if it does […] Read more