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‘Product of USA’ label new COOL focus

The new U.S. Congress may revisit mandatory country-of-origin labelling for pork and beef, says a representative of the National Farmers Union in the United States. However, the political hurdles of passing such legislation are high. It’s more likely the U.S. government will strengthen its Product of USA label for pork and beef, which could affect […] Read more

Alberta Pork chair Brent Moen said data from hog organizations in the four western provinces show hog producers have had a negative return on investment for the past five years, illustrating the depth of the problem. | Screencap via Twitter/@albertapork

Alta. hog producers ask for orderly marketing

Support for single desk said driven by low profitability and higher prices in Quebec resulting from its pricing model

Alberta pork producers last week voted 68 percent in favour of pursuing a single-desk system for selling their pigs. The vote shows the depth of frustration among producers as they continue to lose money on every hog while packers record major profits. The resolution that passed Nov. 26 directed the board to pursue a system […] Read more

Ringman Corey Mantell takes bids during the Canadian Western Agribition commercial sale held at Johnstone Auction Mart in Moose Jaw Nov. 28. Although Agribition was postponed due to the pandemic a small sale of 172 head went ahead with masks and a crowd of less than 30. | Karen Briere photo

Agribition sale scores good prices

The iconic cattle show changed gears this year because of COVID, wrapping up a month of activities with an online sale

MOOSE JAW, Sask. — A pandemic version of Canadian Western Agribition went ahead mostly online over the last month, culminating with an offsite commercial female sale and the virtual slap of supreme purebred champions. Johnstone Auction Mart hosted the commercial sale Nov. 28 where 172 head sold to online buyers and a few who were […] Read more


Financial data indicates that Alberta Beef Producers issued 1,066 refunds on the refundable portion of the beef checkoff, totalling $3.2 million. ABP controller Laura Procunier said that amount is consistent with previous years and the bulk of refunds are requested by larger feedlots. | Screencap via albertabeef.org

Check-off refunds consistent with previous years: ABP

Alberta Beef Producers also intends to revitalize group’s communications strategy by developing its own magazine

Alberta Beef Producers met through a virtual town hall Nov. 26 as the pandemic continues to alter the usual meetings of farm groups. Financial data indicated that ABP issued 1,066 refunds on the refundable portion of the beef checkoff, totalling $3.2 million. ABP controller Laura Procunier said that amount is consistent with previous years and […] Read more

The hog industry is concerned that one positive African swine fever case in Canada would shut down $4 billion in annual pork trade.  | File photo

ASF battle continues to focus on biosecurity

A vaccine remains the ultimate goal but is still years away, so emphasis remains on strengthening detection and defence

While African swine fever remains clear of Canadian shores so far, it’s on the minds of producers as well as researchers racing to develop protocols and ultimately a vaccine. “Canada exports two out of every three pigs,” said Andrew Van Kessel, associate director of research at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac). […] Read more


Dr. Egan Brockhoff, a swine veterinarian, university instructor and consultant with the Canadian Pork Council, provided an overview of recent innovations to a recent meeting of the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council. | iStock photo

Improved trailers among new hog innovations

Various innovations in the hog industry are aimed at improved animal health and welfare. Differently designed transport trailers, coughing monitors and geofencing are among them. Dr. Egan Brockhoff, a swine veterinarian, university instructor and consultant with the Canadian Pork Council, provided an overview of recent innovations to a recent meeting of the National Farmed Animal […] Read more

Reproductive culls run about five to 10 percent of the herd in a normal year.  |  File photo

Producers must make many decisions when culling cows

It’s the time of year for pregnancy checking and herd processing. It is also a good time to consider culling, especially for non-pregnant cows, but others as well. Then you need to make a plan to market those animals. Producers need to make a lot of decisions regarding how and where to move the cull […] Read more

During a Nov. 24 meeting, Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan president Todd Lewis said the processing sector will need to grow to meet ambitious export targets put in place by federal and provincial governments. | File photo

APAS targets food processing red tape

A federal committee continues to explore ways of increasing Canada’s food processing sector. During a Nov. 24 meeting, Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan president Todd Lewis said the processing sector will need to grow to meet ambitious export targets put in place by federal and provincial governments. “If we are to build for the ambitious […] Read more


Serfas Farms began the project in June and it is expected to be fully complete in the third quarter of 2021. The new build is likely the first large from-scratch feedlot to be built in the region within the past decade. | Twitter/@KevinSerfas photo

New Alberta feedlot to open next year

A new 40,000-head feedlot north of Enchant, Alta., is on pace to start accepting cattle as early as March. Serfas Farms began the project in June and it is expected to be fully complete in the third quarter of 2021. The new build is likely the first large from-scratch feedlot to be built in the […] Read more

The Gordon Choice boxed beef program announced today that it would source a minimum 30 percent of its beef from CRSB Certified Sustainable farms and ranches. | Screencap via crsb.ca

Distributor joins sustainable beef program

Gordon Food Service Canada Ltd. has added its name to those participating in the sustainable beef program through the Canadian Roundtable on Sustainable Beef. The Gordon Choice boxed beef program announced today that it would source a minimum 30 percent of its beef from CRSB Certified Sustainable farms and ranches. The CRSB is a multi-stakeholder […] Read more