Originally announced in the fall 2021 budget, the $25 million Strategic Agri-Food Processing Fund Program will launch April 1, 2022. “Ontario’s food processing sector faces challenges to their ability to process more of the food that is grown in the province, including aging technology and facilities,” the government says in a press release. “Many aging food… Read More

Being able to define “sustainability ” is critical when it comes to understanding the impact of livestock production, and while environmental metrics are often top of mind, the definition must also account for social and economic outcomes. Dr. Sara Place, chief sustainability officer with animal health company Elanco, joined RealAg Radio host Shaun Haney this… Read More

When it comes to biosecurity and livestock, we’re often focused on hogs or poultry. But what about cattle? Dr. Julia Herman, beef cattle specialist veterinarian at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), joined RealAg Radio to discuss why biosecurity should be more of a conversation on the ranch. When thinking about biosecurity and cattle, Dr…. Read More

The Ontario government is increasing loan limits for the Feeder Cattle Loan Guarantee Program from $500,000 to $1 million for individual co-op members, and up to $1.5 million for corporations that participate in feeder cattle co-operatives. The government says the increase applies to “experienced” individuals and corporations only. The loan guarantee is designed to help beef… Read More

Perhaps you’ve heard about conservation easements, but aren’t sure if they might be a fit for your ranch. If that sounds like you, we’ve got an educational opportunity coming up for you! On March 3rd, Saskatchewan Stock Growers Foundation (SSGF), in partnership with RealAgriculture, is hosting a webinar Q&A to open up the conversation about… Read More

With an eye to the future, cattle prices and cut-out values will eventually have to reflect significant shifts in labour and robotics, packaging, transport, and sustainability demands on the sector. Over the last 23 months, there’s been a lot of talk about supply chains moving from just-in-time delivery to a more of a just-in-case type… Read More

Ontario introduced the Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, 2019 (PAWS Act) on January 1, 2020. Like most legislation, certain aspects of the act are up for consultation. Most recently, livestock groups including the Ontario Sheep Farmers (OSF), have pushed for a change in wording and a specific exemption from certain rules for livestock guardian dogs who… Read More

 

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