New national beef strategy moves forward in Canada

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. — The next generation of the national beef strategy is moving ahead. The first strategy involving a wide range of beef industry stakeholders ran from 2015-18 with a goal of moving the industry forward with four pillars. The sketch of the next strategy that runs from 2020-24 was presented at the British […] Read more

China will stop imports from Canadian pork exporter Frigo Royal due to concerns over contamination. | Screencap via frigoroyal.qc.ca

China to block pork from Canadian company

Winnipeg – China will stop imports from Canadian pork exporter Frigo Royal due to concerns over contamination. The company is now the third to be banned from the major pork buyer as the two countries remain locked in a diplomatic dispute. China’s Xinhua news agency reported that traces of the feed additive ractopamine were found […] Read more

Chicken Farmers of Canada introduced the phrase in 2013 in efforts to indicate the origin and standards for care, quality and freshness in the chicken they produce. | File photo

KFC ties brand to Canadian quality standards

The Colonel meets the farmer today, in a deal that will see “Raised by a Canadian Farmer” printed on KFC products. Chicken Farmers of Canada introduced the phrase in 2013 in efforts to indicate the origin and standards for care, quality and freshness in the chicken they produce. In a news release, KFC Canada said […] Read more


High turnover not only upsets scheduling and steady operations, but also sees skills disappear. 
That affects how well pigs are served, and that affects their growth.
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Hogs perform better with familiar faces

It’s well known that hog barn staff turnover is a real headache for the operators, but it’s difficult for the pigs too. If a hog operation can reduce annual staff turnover to 20 percent or less, it can help pigs grow better, the workplace operate better and business returns improve, said a speaker at the […] Read more

Cattle at Steve Sickle’s farm near St George, Ont., thrive in his rotational pasture system, where they are moved to fresh grass every day. This year heavy rain has produced lush amounts of grass that is growing faster than the cows can eat it.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Cattle play major role on Ontario grain farm

Producer receives environmental stewardship award for the work he has done in crop and pasture management


ST GEORGE, ONT. — Steve Sickle is a life-long learner when it comes to managing crops and pasture. One of the things he has learned is that cattle and cropland go together. Beef Farmers of Ontario agrees with his theories and named him its 2019 environmental stewardship award winner. Sickle said the award caught him […] Read more


Horses can develop infections in the lungs, also known as pneumonia, which can compromise their athletic ability and may even be life threatening. | File photo

Pneumonia in horses can compromise athletic ability

Through evolution, horses have developed a tremendous capacity for running at sustained, high speeds. To meet these athletic demands, horses have remarkably large lungs and heart. Those organs must be healthy. With each heartbeat, blood courses through the lungs, exhausting carbon dioxide and refreshing its oxygen load before travelling around the blood vessels to oxygenate […] Read more

TB herd trace-out complete in B.C.

The trace-out is completed among cattle associated with a British Columbia herd that had animals confirmed with bovine tuberculosis in November 2018. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency reported completion of that task in late May. Trace-out activities involve the tracking and testing of any animals that came from the source herd or were otherwise associated […] Read more

Finance co-op set up in Sask.

A producer-led replacement for Saskatchewan’s livestock loan guarantee program should be in place within weeks. The SK Livestock Finance Co-operative is finalizing details with its financial partner and is expected to be operational before the provincial feeder and breeder program ends July 31. Sandra Moen, who raises cattle with her family near Elrose, chairs the […] Read more


Bovine respiratory disease is the leading cause of sickness and death in newly received feedlot calves. | File photo

Preconditioning calves can help prevent illness

Calves that are properly vaccinated, given protein-rich feed and taught to use a waterer before leaving home tend to be sturdier and able to withstand a variety of stress factors at the feedlot

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. — Bovine respiratory disease is the leading cause of sickness and death in newly received feedlot calves. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure for these youngsters that may be immuno-compromised after weaning and transportation. “When you look at the entire North American feedlot industry this disease alone and […] Read more

The impact of temperature swings on hogs isn’t well understood, an expert says.  |  File photo

Ventilation called key to successful hog barn

Pigs can be hit by conditions that are both below and above ideal if the temperature range is too wide; variable-speed fans are one solution

Cool pigs are cool with the barn. Cold and chilled pigs are on the road to sickness, and then they may perform poorly, dragging down a hog farm’s performance. “If you get pigs too cold or chilled, you’re going to get sick pigs,” said Justin Lowe of Chore Time, in a session at the June […] Read more