Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who is from Regina, and Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay were in the city last week to discuss agricultural issues, and transportation was at the top of the list. | Michael Raine photo

Federal ministers talk grain transportation

REGINA — Grain transportation was the talk of the town when two federal cabinet ministers met with 19 agricultural stakeholders in Regina. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who is from Regina, and Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay were in the city last week to discuss agricultural issues, and transportation was at the top of the list. […] Read more

Federal ministers Ralph Goodale and Lawrence MacAulay are meeting with farmers in Western Canada about agricultural issues and transportation was at the top of their lists. | File photo

Ministers talk transportation in Regina

REGINA  —  Transportation issues, above all avoiding the fiasco of 2013 and 2014, are at the centre of discussions when Federal ministers Ralph Goodale and Lawrence MacAuley meet with farmers in Western Canada, the pair said Thursday. MacAulay, the agriculture minister, said farmers have been heard “loud and clear” about the grain transportation issue and […] Read more

Canada's two largest railway companies appear to be on board with Ottawa's plan to limit polluting emissions for railway locomotives. | File photo

Railways on side with new locomotive emission standards

Canada’s two largest railway companies appear to be on board with Ottawa’s plan to limit polluting emissions for railway locomotives. Last month, the federal government announced its intention to place limits on Canadian locomotive emissions, bringing them in line with U.S. standards. The limits are aimed at protecting the environment and limiting the impact on […] Read more


Research shows many back bruises in cattle happen in transport trailers like this one.  |  File photo

Fragile contents: handle with care

Livestock injuries during transport can be avoided with safe handling techniques, understanding of animal behaviour

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Bruising among cattle is often connected to incidents during transportation. A large share of the blame can be attributed to human error in the way cattle are handled from the time they are staged until they are moved onto a trailer, said Ron Gill, an extension livestock specialist at Texas A & […] Read more

In 2014-15 about 760,000 tonnes of Canadian grain had been trucked to the United States by the end of January, but this year it was probably slightly less than 500,000.  |  File photo

Less Canadian grain trucked south

A lot less western Canadian grain is being trucked over the U.S. border this year. But the U.S. market still plays an important role in offering farmers better prices, says a southern Manitoba marketer and adviser. “Elevators here don’t want to lose that handle,” said Brian Voth of Ste. Agathe, Man. “They know if they […] Read more


In a Dec. 29 ruling, the Canada Transportation Agency ordered Canadian National Railway to pay more than $7.2 million, including $6.9 million in excess revenues and about $343,000 in fines.
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Railways ordered to pay $7.2M

Canada’s two biggest railway companies have been ordered to surrender nearly $9 million in excess revenue and another $450,000 in fines because they exceeded their maximum revenue entitlements for moving western Canadian grain the 2014-15 crop year. In a Dec. 29 ruling, the Canada Transportation Agency ordered Canadian National Railway to pay more than $7.2 […] Read more

Canada’s 37-year-old transportation regulations are being updated and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has promised they will be released soon.   |  File photo

Proper animal transport guidelines good investment for livestock producers

Good drivers make a difference in the welfare and handling of cull cattle being transported to processing facilities

RED DEER — Dairy producers who ship cull cows to market should always hire companies whose drivers are trained in livestock handling. These animals need special care because they are often old, weak and thin and may not have the stamina for a long journey, said Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein of Agriculture Canada’s research centre in Lethbridge. […] Read more

North America has suffered decades of under-investment in critical infrastructure. A logistics expert says rail-ways, roads, pipelines and waterways are poorly maintained and little new construction has occurred.  |  File photo

Reinvestment needed for growth

BANFF, Alta. — Canadian agricultural industries that want to increase exports had better make sure they can move it once they’ve produced it, says a North American logistics expert. If they don’t, rosy growth projections will fade. “I’m worried as hell,” said Stephen Blank, director of Portal for North America, a transportation integration network. “I […] Read more


There might be money to be made in manure, but it will cost you to transport it

It doesn’t pay to haul manure far, says an expert. Research conducted at the University of Saskatchewan shows that the break-even point for transporting nature’s fertilizer is less than 10 kilometres. The findings were based on three years of field trials with liquid swine and solid cattle manure applied to fields near Humboldt, Sask. “Our […] Read more

 In the Netherlands, manure is nearly always moved a significant distance before it finds its final resting place in the soil. The manure-moving industry is highly regulated. |  Scott Dick photo

New fertilizer restrictions in Netherlands strain shippers

Can Canadian livestock producers learn any lessons from their European cousins when it comes to transporting waste?

Half the phosphorus pentoxide generated by livestock manure in the Netherlands must be exported out of the country beginning in January. The country’s small, low-lying land base cannot accept more phosphorus pentoxide-laden manure. The Netherlands has more than 500 specialty manure transport semi-trucks that are designed to move raw and processed manure. They serve a […] Read more