Many plant operators are pondering greater automation of the process as a hedge against future disruptions.

Meat plants consider automation

Tyson hires former Google research executive as president

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Hundreds of meat plant workers in North America fell ill with COVID-19 when the pandemic hit earlier this year. It caused many processors to temporarily close or slow production. That was combined with high absenteeism because workers feared getting sick and higher rates of worker absence persist in some regions. Why it […] Read more

China was forced to cull 60 per cent of its hog herd starting in 2018 because of an African swine fever outbreak.

China’s hog herd recovery forecast questioned

Inventory levels aren’t expected to reach pre-ASF levels this year, and sow herd quality is likely to be lower than before

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Claims from China that hog production in that country will recover by next year to pre-2018 levels do not pass the smell test, says economic analyst Brett Stuart of Global AgriTrends. African swine fever forced the culling of an estimated 60 per cent of the Chinese herd after an outbreak began there […] Read more

Not every dog is cut out to handle stock, says stock dog trainer Jared Epp.

Take a dog to work, says trainer

Making a dog’s work on the farm the fulfilment of its instinct can help make dog training easier

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Productive and successful use of a stock dog to herd livestock is based on using the natural behaviours of canines, said an experienced stockman and dog trainer. Jared Epp shared his expertise on the subject with participants in a video presentation at the Ag in Motion Discovery Plus event in mid-July. Why […] Read more

Meat market experts for beef, turkey and pork say demand was strong in the first part of 2020 and further gains could come if livestock sectors successfully navigate their way through COVID-19.

Long-term market outlook appears promising for pork and beef

Demand for Canadian beef was up by 17 per cent in 2019 over 2018

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The outlook is cautiously optimistic for Canadian beef and pork trade, say industry experts, so long as the worst effects from the pandemic are over. Fawn Jackson of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Phil Boyd of Turkey Farmers of Canada and livestock and meat market analyst Kevin Grier each said demand for beef, […] Read more

Subcutaneous injections in the neck have become the norm but care must be taken to administer the vaccine in the right spot.

What producers need to know at vaccination time

Injections should be at least six inches apart and syringes should be marked so same vaccine is always in same syringe

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Spring turnout is the typical time for cattle farmers to vaccinate calves, and Dr. Roy Lewis offered a few reminders about that process during a recent webinar organized by Verified Beef Production Plus. Subcutaneous injections in the neck have become the norm and generally two injections are provided to calves in spring: […] Read more

Gillian Grieves works for South West Ontario Veterinary Services.

Ontario invention wins national swine award

This year’s F.X. Aherne prizes were presented to the inventors of an easier way to handle piglets

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The inventors of a device to allow easier handling of piglets and the developers of a system that provides more even heat to young piglets received awards for their efforts Jan. 9 at the Banff Pork Seminar. Tess Faulkner and Gillian Grieves of South West Ontario Veterinary Services invented the Hammock, a […] Read more

Golden oyster mushrooms are among the many varieties of gourmet mushrooms grown in Canada.

Consumer curiosity expands mushroom sector

Specialty mushroom production makes up only two per cent of total Canadian production, but interest is growing

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The specialty mushroom market has been growing steadily for years. Ryan Koeslag, chief executive officer of Mushrooms Canada, said figures indicate a 25 per cent increase annually in specialty mushroom production, although given there are relatively few growers, the numbers aren’t as large as that figure might suggest. Statistics Canada data indicate […] Read more

Options for parasite treatment in sheep are limited but a new product now offers one more. Photo:

Dual action designed to avoid resistance

A new drench is designed to provide effective treatment of sheep without allowing parasites to develop resistance

Reading Time: 3 minutes Parasite resistance to products approved for use on sheep is causing major problems for producers who find current options don’t do an adequate job of deworming. A new product from Zoetis, coupled with new recommendations on treatment protocols, is designed to provide effective treatment without allowing parasites to develop resistance. Dr. Melanie Wowk, large animal […] Read more

A proposal is on the table to determine whether royalties on saved seed should be included in new regulations.

Opinion: Better case needed for farm-saved seed royalties

Reading Time: 3 minutes Given that seed companies have the ability to negotiate contracts to collect royalties, the definitive argument for government regulation to sanction royalties applied to saved seed has yet to be made. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is in the midst of a consultation process on a proposal to determine whether royalties on saved seed should be […] Read more

Calves with strong suckling reflex are 41 times more likely to consume enough colostrum soon after birth.

Producers should ensure calves suckle quickly after birth

Dystocia increases the chances that a calf will nurse on its own so producers may have to intervene

Reading Time: < 1 minute If it sucks, that’s a good thing — when it comes to newborn calves. It’s so good, in fact, that newborns with a good suckle reflex are 41 times more likely to consume colostrum on their own compared to calves with a weak suckle reflex. Dr. Craig Dorin of Veterinary Agri-Health Services in Airdrie, Alta., […] Read more