Opinion: Glyphosate a tool for farmers, not a politician’s tactic

Opinion: Glyphosate a tool for farmers, not a politician’s tactic

Glyphosate review aimed to bring Canada’s limits in line with international norms

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Ahead of a federal election call, three federal ministers called a halt to a process that would likely have yielded quick results on increasing the maximum residue limits for glyphosate applied to dry beans, lentils and peas. Regular reviews of the scientific data for safe levels of pesticides on food products and […] Read more

Studies have shown that cows given a ration with shorter chop length had higher intake throughout the dry period than those given a longer chop.

Consistent feed crucial in dry cows

Avoiding changes in diet before calving has been shown to keep cows in better condition

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – It’s all about consistent feed intake and maintenance of rumen health for dairy cows in the transition period before calving. There was a time when producers believed a drop in feed intake in the high-straw diet was a natural process for cows in the days or weeks before calving, said Trevor DeVries, […] Read more

Local networks are a strength of rural Canada.

Rural strength lies in ability to make quick decisions on issues

Rural politicians point to municipalities being able to pivot to do what is needed for survival

Reading Time: 3 minutes Necessity is the mother of invention and rural Canada knows about both necessity and invention, a group of rural panelists agree. It has to be agile and innovative to get things done. Why it matters: Rural municipalities are often left to figure out what’s best, with fewer resources than cities. “Rural municipalities have this great […] Read more

Good records will show which bulls worked out and which didn’t in a given year.

Heterosis an overlooked way to improve less heritable cow traits

Elite animals can be best to use as crossbreds

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Many cow-calf operations don’t use heterosis to full advantage in their herds, according to two producers who recently discussed breeding goals. “I was always told that commercial breeders should have better cattle than any purebred breeder because they’ve been able to capitalize on heterosis,” said Lance Leachman, a cattle producer from Maidstone, […] Read more

Wild pigs could be an uncontrollable factor if ever infected with African swine fever.

Canada, U.S. agree on plan if African swine fever infects wild pigs

Zoning would keep other parts of the North American hog market functioning

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Wild pigs are a worry in Canada and the United States for reasons beyond the damage they do to farms, pasture land and ecosystems. They could be an uncontrollable factor if ever infected with African swine fever. Why it matters: African swine fever has devastating effects on swine herds, as shown in […] Read more

The cattle herd in Eastern Canada grew slightly to 2.9 million head in 2020.

Eastern Canada cattle herd grows

National cattle herd size drops, part of a decline happening since 2005

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Eastern Canada saw a slightly larger cattle herd in 2020 compared to 2019 but nationally there were fewer cattle and sheep and slightly more hogs. Statistics Canada released its livestock 2020 inventory March 1, showing a one per cent decline in the national cattle herd, totalling 11.2 million animals, and a two […] Read more

Farmers like Mike Patterson of Kenyon, Minnesota, would be devastated if an outbreak was to occur in the United States.

Early control would ease ASF damage in U.S.

Officials predict costs of an outbreak could be reduced to $15 billion from $50 billion if it was controlled within two years

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – African swine fever could become endemic in the United States if it arrives in North America. Paul Sundberg of the Ames, Iowa-based Swine Health Information Centre said the virus is a looming threat that could cost the American pork industry $50 billion over 10 years. Why it matters: The American and Canadian […] Read more

Small-scale pig farmers are being targeted by a new survey.

Small pig farm survey part of ASF initiative

Learning more about small-lot producers could make it easier to communicate with them about African swine fever

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Whether pigs are kept as pets or for a personal pork supply, Canadians who keep a small number of pigs on their property are the target respondents for an online survey expected to be distributed in early 2021. Why it matters: There’s little good data on what motivates small-scale hog producers, and […] Read more

Consumers have become more interested in pork over the last 10 years as they learn more about its preparation.

Pork’s affordability may create opportunities

Industry told it can capitalize on COVID-19-driven changes with cheaper meat and convenience

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Sylvain Charlebois sees opportunities for pork, and by extension hog producers, amid trends emerging from the pandemic. The Dalhousie University professor and researcher, who has become known as The Food Professor, told participants at the Banff Pork Seminar that the hog industry should find new ways to present pork to capitalize on […] Read more

A professor from the University of British Columbia says social licence to continue raising food animals depends on the industry’s ability to keep in step with community values.

Education campaigns about agriculture have drawbacks: professor

Engaging the public about animal agriculture’s vision is called a better option than abruptly pulling back the curtain

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Engaging the public rather than trying to educate the public could be the best path to ensure continued trust in animal agriculture. Marina von Keyserlingk, a professor in animal welfare at the University of British Columbia, said she has given a lot of thought about the future of animal agriculture and the […] Read more