The deadly pig disease that has devastated China’s hog herd has been found in the Dominican Republic, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. The USDA confirmed the presence of African swine fever (ASF) in the Caribbean country on July 28. The discovery fuels concerns about the disease, which does… Read More

A Quebec-based company that sells a digital platform for controlling environmental conditions in barns and automating tasks is set to be acquired by Ingersoll Rand. The owners of Maximus have entered an agreement to be bought by the global industrial company in an all-cash deal worth $135.4 million. Headquartered in Montreal, with around 100 employees,… Read More

Maple Leaf Foods is announcing that it has reached an agreement to purchase four pig farms in central Saskatchewan from the Polar Pork group of companies. The acquisition will increase Maple Leaf Foods’ overall pig supply and production capacity, the company says. Subject to satisfaction of closing conditions, the purchase is expected to close in… Read More

If you’re a livestock producer in Ontario and are wondering where the renewal form is for the Risk Management Program, wonder no more: they haven’t been sent out yet. The usual deadline to enrol lamb, cattle, hogs, and veal sales for the current year is April, however last year and this year’s deadlines were pushed… Read More

Ontario’s Livestock Research Innovation Corporation (LRIC) has elected a new chair and vice chair and two new directors to its board at its recent annual general meeting. Brian Miller, a Huron County farmer and the poultry industry representative on the board, steps up as chair of the organization, while Don Gordon, a farmer from the… Read More

A Conservative private member’s bill that aims to address the risks from biosecurity breaches and trespassing on farms was approved at the second reading stage in the House of Commons on Wednesday. Brought forward by Foothills MP John Barlow, Bill C-205 would amend the Health of Animals Act to “make it an offence to enter,… Read More

Alberta pork processing plants have been impacted by COVID-19 outbreaks and control measures, and as a result plants have closed or reduced slaughter capacity. Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau announced today that the AgriRecovery Framework will kick-in for Alberta, with up to $3 million available to assist hog producers impacted by processing shut… Read More

After closing for 14 days due to a COVID-19 outbreak among employees, Olymel is resuming operations at its pork processing plant in Red Deer, Alberta starting on Thursday, March 4. With support from Alberta Health Services, the company says slaughter operations will resume on Thursday, with cutting room operations beginning on Friday. The company says… Read More

Olymel has temporarily closed its hog slaughtering, cutting, and deboning plant at Red Deer, Alberta. “Despite the testing protocols and sanitary measures already in place, as well as the close collaboration of Alberta Health Services to deal with a resurgence of positive cases of COVID-19 among plant employees, Olymel management believes that the conditions are… Read More

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