As reported last night, CFIA has decided to suspend the license of XL Foods temporarily until the plant implements some corrective actions to mitigate the risk of E. coli. According to the CFIA Statement: The detection of E. coli in slaughter facilities is not uncommon, and plants are expected to have adequate measures in place to monitor… Read More

With the XL Foods beef recall getting some major attention nightly on the news some producer issues are coming to the surface. AFSC has temporarily decided to suspend the fed cattle CPIP program.  In the short term, feedyards will be unable to participate in the government-run risk management program. Jennifer Wood, Livestock Price Insurance Coordinator, AFSC, stated… Read More

Dairy is a big deal at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show. Not only is the show home to two robotic milkers and 70 cows on display, but there are several other equipment providers, feed dealers, genetic companies and more all showcasing the latest and greatest for the dairy farmer. SEE MORE COFS12 COVERAGE. We caught up… Read More

Livestock handling demonstrations always gather a crowd at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show. Brussels Agri-Services, a Gallagher distributor, was a popular site, as they demonstrated the Auto Drafter – a state-of-the-art, incredibly quick sheep sorter. Capable of sorting several hundred sheep per hour, the Auto Drafter used RFID tag information to sort sheep in up to… Read More

The recent meat recall at XL Foods is just another issue to provide adversity to the Canadian cattle industry.  With one of two Western Canadian packers being forced to deal with a meat recall the lift lines have pushed an already wide basis wider.   Additionally, the topic of a struggling pork industry has left… Read More

What if there was a way you could get at least 25% more grass out of your pastures with minimal investment? There is — the secret is adding electric fencing and moving  your cows more. Jack Kyle, grazier specialist with OMAFRA, says that restricting the cows to smaller pastures and then moving them every day… Read More

Marsha Trinder lives rather far from an urban centre. Her cow/calf operation and horse breeding and training facility near Russel, Man., is not exactly a quick drive from the nearest city, and yet, for the third year in a row she’s opened her farm up to anyone who would like to come visit on Open… Read More

Efficiency is the name of the game for all manner of producers, especially in this new, volatile production environment. Farmers are looking at all areas of their operations looking for areas to cut costs or to save inputs. Livestock watering systems are a great place to start. Older livestock waterers can be both power hogs… Read More