Merck has acquired Antelliq, the parent company of Allflex, maker and distributor of digital animal identification, traceability, and monitoring products. All outstanding shares of the company were acquired for approximately 2.1 billion Euros, the company says. Merck will also assume Atelliq’s debt of 1.15 billion euros, which it intends to repay shortly after the deal is closed…. Read More

McDonald’s has announced a new policy aimed at reducing the overall use of antibiotics important to human health, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), across its global beef supply chain. According to the WHO, antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today. McDonald’s says instituting… Read More

Individual and joint membership loans are being increased within Alberta’s Feeder Associations Guarantee program, the provincial government has announced. Producers will now be able to access $2 million versus the previous $1 million limit, under the guaranteed loan program. Announced changes also allow an increase in the amount member associations can receive in advance, based on… Read More

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced it’s investigating a case of bovine tuberculosis (bovine TB) in the southern interior of British Columbia. Dr. Debbie Barr, director of animal health, welfare & biosecurity division CFIA, says the mature cow was sent to a slaughter house on Oct. 26, 2018. Post mortem examination showed signs… Read More

Late last month, Canada became the fifth country to ratify the CPTPP. Australia then ratified shortly thereafter, triggering the 60-day countdown to this international trade deal moving to implementation. CPTPP has huge potential for Canada’s beef industry, says John Masswohl, director of government and international relations for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. “The clouds have parted and we… Read More