The Canadian Plant Health Council was created in 2018. It has a mandate of protecting forests, agricultural crops and other plants from pests, diseases and other risks. | File photo

New survey focuses on plant biosecurity

Most livestock producers in Canada are vigilant about biosecurity, especially hog and poultry producers, who must keep diseases like African swine fever and avian influenza out of their barns. But what are Canada’s grain farmers doing to ward off plant diseases like clubroot? What practices are they using to limit the spread of problematic weeds […] Read more

The Canadian Plant Health Council was created in 2018. It has a mandate of protecting forests, agricultural crops and other plants from pests, diseases and other risks. | File photo

Survey focuses on plant biosecurity

Most livestock producers in Canada are vigilant about bio-security, especially hog and poultry producers, who must keep diseases like African swine fever and avian influenza out of their barns. But what are Canada’s grain farmers doing to ward off plant diseases like clubroot? What practices are they using to limit the spread of problematic weeds […] Read more

On March 10, the province unveiled amendments to the Petty Trespasses Act, the Occupiers Liability Act and the Animal Diseases Act, to bring clarity to trespassing rules and protect farms from biosecurity threats. | File photo

Man. hopes to clarify rules about trespass

Manitoba is changing its trespassing laws to reduce confrontations between landowners and people who enter farm property. On March 10, the province unveiled amendments to the Petty Trespasses Act, the Occupiers Liability Act and the Animal Diseases Act, to bring clarity to trespassing rules and protect farms from biosecurity threats. Under the old rules, landowners […] Read more


Bill C-205, sponsored by Foothills MP John Barlow, would make it an offence to enter, without authorization, a barn or place where animals are kept. The intent is to prevent the animals from being exposed to disease.
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Private bill targets barn trespassing

A Conservative private member’s bill to prevent trespassing on farms received second reading in the House of Commons last week. Bill C-205, sponsored by Foothills MP John Barlow, would make it an offence to enter, without authorization, a barn or place where animals are kept. The intent is to prevent the animals from being exposed […] Read more

On March 10, the province unveiled amendments to the Petty Trespasses Act, the Occupiers Liability Act and the Animal Diseases Act, to bring clarity to trespassing rules and protect farms from biosecurity threats. | File photo

New trespassing rules in Manitoba

Manitoba is changing its trespassing laws, to reduce confrontations between landowners and people who enter farm property. On March 10, the province unveiled amendments to the Petty Trespasses Act, the Occupiers Liability Act and the Animal Diseases Act, to bring clarity to trespassing rules and protect farms from biosecurity threats. Under the old rules, landowners […] Read more


Good disinfectants are necessary for every farm and ranch. | File photo

Biosecurity farm practices are often just common sense

With the arrival of calving season, now is the time to talk about biosecurity. Just like we have learned principles to prevent the spread and contraction of COVID-19 between humans, similar principles apply to most infectious diseases in livestock production. The diseases vary between species, but many principles remain the same. Cleaning and disinfection in […] Read more

Those who manage biosecure livestock barns are careful to have visitors suit up properly, but statistics show employees might not be as careful when entering and leaving barns.  |  File photo

Food safety starts with biosecurity

A University of Montreal study of poultry farms showed biosecurity mistakes can lead to contamination throughout a barn

TORONTO — Many food safety issues could be resolved at the farm if people changed their behaviour, a veterinarian told those attending a recent meat conference in Toronto. “Some food safety risks could be better controlled early in the food production chain,” said Manon Racicot. The spread of campylobacter, for example, could be curbed at […] Read more