Since closing its borders to beef from animals over thirty months (OTM) of age following the 2003 BSE finding in Canada, Japan has announced it will now import beef from animals of all ages. The ban, instituted in 2005, will be lifted for all importing countries, including Canada and the U.S. Japan is an important… Read More

Ontario sheep and cattle producers who work with many of the province’s independent meat processors could soon find themselves fully responsible for their livestock’s hides. In April, one of the few processing companies in the province that collects hides from small and medium-sized abattoirs, announced it was ceasing operations. It had been serving Ontario abattoirs… Read More

Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit has announced the winners for this year’s Agriculture Student Scholarship Program. The top prize winner receives a $4,000 scholarship towards agriculture-related post-secondary studies, while three runners up receive a $2,000 scholarship. This year’s grand prize winner is Caylee Dorval of Glaslyn. Dorval created a three-minute long video describing and showing… Read More

Quebec’s farmer union and its beef producers are calling on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to stop Beyond Meat from using the word “meat” when referring to its plant-based products, such as burgers and sausages, Quebec’s TVA Nouvelles reports. Beyond Meat launched its meat-alternative product line in Canada on May 1, 2019. L’Union des producteurs… Read More

Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) is consolidating its six feed production facilities in the Prairies into three. The three that are on the chopping block are the plants located in Brandon, Man., Melfort, Sask., and Edmonton, Alta. “While we don’t make these decisions lightly, by consolidating manufacturing and taking measures to refocus our resources in the… Read More

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA), along with the South of the Divide Conservation Action Program Inc. (SODCAP), has received US$250,000 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). The money will be used to implement results-based conservation agreements with beef producers. “This NFWF grant demonstrates that our beef producers in Saskatchewan are actively engaged… Read More

Whether you’re spraying fungicides on corn, soybeans or cereals, the application can deliver a solid return on investment if it suppresses disease and builds and protects yield potential. The story is the same for alfalfa, says BASF business representative and agronomist Ken Currah. He says livestock farmers are looking for yield and protein to make… Read More

Assiniboine Community College, at Brandon, Man.,, is getting a new Food Processing Centre for Animal Proteins (FPC) thanks to funding from the provincial and federal governments along with industry stakeholders. A combined $640,000 is earmarked to complete construction of the centre. “The Food Processing Centre will allow Assiniboine to be responsive to the workforce development… Read More