Shoppers at U.S. grocery stores have many plant-based options, with several companies planning to roll out meat alternatives by the end of this year. | File photo

Plant-based meat alternatives crowd U.S. grocery stores

(Reuters) – Plant-based meat alternatives have seen booming interest from consumers, prompting a growing number of companies to enter the space in hopes of carving out a spot for their products in the competitive supermarket aisle. Consumers increasingly want to reduce their meat consumption amid growing concerns over health risks, animal welfare and environmental hazards. […] Read more

Unveiling the compensation package today in Compton, Que., agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the dollars will be doled out over eight years to the country's nearly 11,000 dairy farmers. | File photo

Feds to compensate dairy sector

The federal government has announced it will make $1.75 billion available to Canada’s dairy farmers, compensating producers for losses in domestic market access due to new trade agreements. Unveiling the compensation package today in Compton, Que., agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the dollars will be doled out over eight years to the country’s nearly 11,000 […] Read more

Scientists have now found a way to increase vitamin D content in eggs by exposing lay hens to UV light. | File photo

UV light increases vitamin D in chicken eggs

A lack of vitamin D can lead to brittle and painful bones, muscle weakness and a variety of health risks. During summer, people are able to get about 90 percent of their daily requirements naturally through the skin by exposure to the sun. The remainder is consumed through foods such as oily fish or chicken […] Read more


Cows graze near Lawley, South Africa, south of Johannesburg, this spring. Livestock contributes about 51 percent to the agricultural economy in the country, with global sheep and beef prices rising after droughts in major producing areas.  |  REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko photo

African cattle investing; the new cash cow?

JOHANNESBURG/VRYHEID, South Africa, (Reuters) — Cattle have long been considered a measure of wealth across Africa, but it is not just farmers cashing in. A pioneering app in South Africa lets investors, eager to benefit from rising global beef demand, buy shares in a cow from their mobile phone for as little as 576 rand […] Read more

The Morrison family operates a dairy operation near Woodslee, Ont., and has been expanding the operation as quickly as quota allows.  |  Vicky Morrison photo

Fighting for dairy quota called monthly battle

Ontario farmers say they are having a hard time finding extra quota to accommodate the ups and downs of butterfat production

Dairy farmers in Canada who wish to expand are finding it tough to find extra butterfat quota. William and Vicky Morrison with their son Scott, 15, and daughter Jane, 11, milk 180 cows on their farm just outside Woodslee, Ont. With a milk price averaging 75 cents per litre, dairy farming is paying the bills […] Read more


These week-old chicks on a Saskatchewan broiler farm reach maturity at about six weeks. Some consumers are looking for chicken reared over longer periods, despite the decreased efficiency and increased carbon footprint.  |  Michael Raine photo

‘Slow-growth’ chicken soon to be on the shelf

The fresh chicken section, at the grocery store, is easy to navigate. There is chicken breast and chicken thighs. Sometimes the bone is included, sometimes not. That simplicity may soon end. Before long, chicken meat with a “slow growth” label could appear at major grocers, because retailers and restaurant chains, like Whole Foods, Panera Bread […] Read more

The box can hold up to 50 chicks and should prevent dead-on-arrivals.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Ambitious 4-H inventor solves problem of chick shipping

Boxes for chicks needed redesigning and a 14 year old Canadian creates a solution, applies for patent

LANGLEY, B.C. — It all started with a 4-H project for 14-year-old Mac Dykeman. A member of a 4-H poultry club at Langley, B.C., she was often dismayed when her orders from the United States arrived with dead birds in the shipment. “I would receive them and open the box and many times find them […] Read more

The infected animal had lived in more than one place so two separate flocks are involved. Exact locations were not revealed, standard practice when reportable livestock diseases are found.
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Quarantine continues following Alberta scrapie discovery

Two farms in central Alberta remain under quarantine as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency continues an investigation into a case of scrapie confirmed June 21 in one sheep. The infected animal had lived in more than one place so two separate flocks are involved. Exact locations were not revealed, standard practice when reportable livestock diseases […] Read more


Prairie farmers moved breeding later with lower results.  |  File photo

How does your herd measure up: Part 1: Non-Pregnancy Rates

One of the most important economic criteria that determines profitability is the calf crop percentage. This is defined as the percentage of cows weaned per cow exposed to the bull. Obviously, having a live calf to sell is the ultimate objective of most cow-calf enterprises and a failure to produce a calf can have a […] Read more

Jared Epp and his dog Budd round-up a herd of sheep during the stock dog demonstration at the All Canadian Sheep Classic in Humboldt, Sask., in July.  |  Harrison Brooks photo

A dog’s life of hard work pays off for owners and animals

Livestock handling with dogs requires the right animal, training and owner to ensure success in the field

No treats for good work – the reward for dogs is more work Border collies are the pros at looking after livestock Jared Epp and his wife Tasha have been raising and training stock dogs at their home east of Blackstrap Lake in Saskatchewan for almost 20 years. They got started in 2000 when, as […] Read more