Non-medicated livestock feed and supplement company Jefo has announced its plans to build a new, 200,000 square foot production plant in the Théo-Phénix Industrial Park at Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. The construction of the facility is valued around $30 million, and will be built on land acquired last year adjacent to other Jefo Group facilities, which include a transportation company, a trans-shipment… Read More

On day two of the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference being held at Regina, Sask, provincial agriculture minister David Marit, announced more than $5.5 million will be going towards 34 livestock and forage-related research projects through Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) and the Strategic Field Program (SFP). Both programs are supported through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP),… Read More

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

The Canadian Sheep Federation and the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) recently reached an agreement outlining the roles and responsibilities of each group in delivery of the Canadian Sheep Identification Program (CSIP). As part of the agreement, the per tag fee of $0.23 currently collected to fund the program will increase to $0.59/tag by the… Read More

The cost of CFIA-approved RFID sheep tags is going up over the next two years. Tag fees fund the Canadian Sheep Identification Program (CSIP), led by the Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF). RFID tags for sheep have been a requirement since 2004. CSF announced today the impending increase — and potentially increases — after a newly-ratified… Read More

While barn fires can happen at any time, winter carries with it added risks when farmers use heat lamps or other heat sources to keep livestock warm and dry. Approximately 40 per cent of all barn fires are caused by faulty electrical systems. For many, there’s no getting around using older barns and buildings, but… Read More

Happy New Year, listeners! Peter ‘Wheat Pete’ Johnson is back with the 191st episode of Wheat Pete’s Word and it could be the very first episode in months not to use that dreaded three-letter word (DON). Instead, this episode talks soil sampling and nutrient recommendation philosophies, dealing with ruts and wet fall conditions, winter manure… Read More