Category: Livestock

Topigs Norsvin opens $15 million boar testing facility in Manitoba

Dutch swine genetics company Topigs Norsvin officially opened a $15 million hog research centre in Manitoba on Wednesday. The company’s Delta Canada facility is located near Woodlands, in Manitoba’s Interlake region, which was chosen due to its isolation from other pig production and its proximity to Winnipeg’s Richardson International Airport for shipping breeding stock and… Read more »

Federal funds announced to support swine research cluster

What’s new? Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay set off on a cross-Canada trek this week, and will be making a series of stops — and expected funding announcements — along the way. The announced funds are part of the overall funding previously committed to the five-year federal-provincial Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP). We’re… Read more »

Blood and milk test for TB, Johne’s makes steps to commercialization

Saskatoon will soon be host to a UK company that develops rapid bacteria detection tests using blood and milk samples. Announced today, PBD Biotech has chosen Saskatoon, SK, as the headquarters for its Canadian subsidiary. The company’s Actiphage technology is a “highly sensitive and specific assay” that detects live bacteria in the blood or milk of… Read more »

$540 million committed to long-awaited outlet for Lake Manitoba

The federal and Manitoba governments announced joint funding of up to $540 million on Monday to build permanent outlets for mitigating flooding around Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin. Flooding caused major damage to homes, pastures, and farmland around the lakes in 2011 and 2014 after water was diverted from the Assiniboine River into Lake… Read more »

Getting involved in the conversation with Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan

Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan was launched in 2015 to foster conversations with people in Saskatchewan about food and farming. We recently had a chance to catch up with Clint Monchuk, Executive Director with Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan (FFCS). Farm and Food Care had its origins in the Food and Animal Council (FAC). When… Read more »

Perdue targets new Canadian dairy class during meeting at the MacAulay farm in PEI

Sonny and Mary Perdue from Savannah, Georgia, visited their Canadian friends Lawrence and Frances MacAulay at their farm in Midgell, Prince Edward Island, on Friday. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue’s visit with Agriculture Minister MacAulay in PEI was, as expected, a friendly affair, especially in the context of the recent narrative between President Trump and Prime… Read more »

Saputo planning to build $240 million dairy processing plant in Port-Coquitlam, BC

Quebec-based dairy processor Saputo has quietly announced a plan to build a $240 million dairy processing facility in Port-Coquitlam, British Columbia. Construction of the “state-of-the-art facility to be commissioned in fiscal 2021” was mentioned in the company’s fiscal 2018 annual report published last week. (Saputo’s 2018 fiscal year ended March 31, 2018.) The company says… Read more »

Olymel announces deal to buy Pinty’s Delicious Foods

Quebec-based pork and poultry processor Olymel has announced a deal to acquire all the shares in Pinty’s Delicious Foods, a poultry processing company in Ontario that specializes in chicken wings, boneless wings, fillets and fully cooked food products. Pinty’s operates three processing facilities, in Port Colborne, Paris, and Oakville, with headquarters in Burlington. The company… Read more »

Saskatchewan farmers looking for management strategy for wild pigs

At one time, there was a thought that wild pigs could be part of a livestock diversification strategy for Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers. After several farmers gave it a try in the early 90s, fences were cut loose and a new pest problem began within the province. There is still debate over the severity of… Read more »

Get ready to access antibiotics: Establishing a vet-client-patient relationship

Beginning later this year, livestock owners across Canada will have to jump through one extra hoop before accessing certain antibiotic veterinary products. The move is part of a broader strategy to manage antibiotic resistance in human health, and it’s not without controversy. Starting in December, farmers will need an existing vet-client patient relationship (VCPR) to… Read more »

Canada made dairy offer, but it wasn’t enough: U.S. ag secretary

The Canadian government has offered to allow more dairy imports under its supply management system as part of NAFTA negotiations, but the U.S. administration felt the concessions that were offered weren’t enough, according to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. “They made an offer most recently that they felt like was a very fair offer. I… Read more »

Coca-Cola to build fairlife milk processing facility at Peterborough

The news Coca-Cola and fairlife, LLC, have announced they will introduce fairlife Ultrafiltered Milk to Canada by the end of 2018. The introduction of the higher-protein, lower-sugar, lactose-free dairy beverage will also spur development of a new $85 million production facility at Peterborough, ON. This is the first market introduction outside of the U.S. for… Read more »

Ear tag sensor-based feed program field tested on Canadian dairy

Production efficiency is said to be one of the biggest limiting factors in dairy production. So to that end, for the past six months, animal nutrition and health company Alltech has been researching and developing a new production efficiency program called Smart Dairy. It combines nutrigenomics (the study of how nutrition affects gene expression) and… Read more »

Recent rains fail to ease moisture concerns of Prairie pastures

Ranchers in Western Canada have faced some real challenges this spring. For some early calvers the late winter posed some serious problems for mortality, and now the hot, dry conditions are posing major grass concerns. There has been talk of cattle already being pulled off southern pastures to be moved up north. From a marketing,… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Strong beef demand, lower carcass weights, and the wall

It has been a busy week in the cattle markets, as Canada and the United States are on the brink of a trade war that we would not have imagined a year ago. Much of that is out of the control of feedyard owners and ranchers, but the impacts will most certainly be felt, depending… Read more »