PhD candidate Emily Leishman is investigating management styles and their effect on footpad dermatitis and aggressive pecking in turkey operations across Canada.

Researcher looks at turkey management and bird health

Changed management practices should aid in turkey welfare

Emily Leishman, a PhD candidate with the University of Guelph hopes to understand housing and management practices on turkey farms as part of her doctoral research. She is investigating the association between housing and management, and footpad dermatitis and aggressive pecking. Why it matters: There are no studies outlining the severity of footpad dermatitis (FPD) […] Read more

The lengthier and heavier the mycotoxin exposure, the more toxic the feed.

The DON year and dairy feed

Dairy farmers have had to manage higher mycotoxin levels in feed after last harvest. Here’s how they did it

Dairy farmers faced challenges dealing with mould in corn in 2018, as crop farmers dealt with the widespread DON outbreak. Dairy animals can manage mould levels in small doses but once levels reach a certain point, the feed becomes toxic. Why it matters: Mouldy feeds can typically cause performance losses of five to 10 per […] Read more

For standing and lying behaviour, activity monitors were attached to calves for seven days after pain treatment application.

Local anesthetic and pain control show greatest calf comfort

University of Guelph study looked at reducing animal stress

A University of Guelph study has found that using a combined local anesthetic and pain reliever when dehorning young calves will reduce the animals’ stress. The study involved use of caustic paste for dehorning, a method that is becoming more common for disbudding dairy calves. However, there is little available research into controlling the animals’ […] Read more

The Canadian Pork Excellence program aims to bring several quality assurance requirements together into one audit and process.

Canadian Pork Excellence launched after five-year review

After some backlash from producers and a pilot test period, the program is better adapted for pork producers across Canada

In December of 2014 the Canadian Pork Council decided to update and review the Canadian Quality Assurance (CQA) program to continue supplying foreign markets with high quality Canadian pork. Five years and an extensive process later, on April 1, Canadian Pork Excellence (CPE) was launched. It is a national platform demonstrating Canadian pork producers’ commitment […] Read more

More diverse crop rotations are one area being targeting by food companies.

General Mills project could set standard for farm-level regulations

The company aims to influence a million acres of farmland by 2030

Large food companies are increasingly worried about the broad impact they have on the environment. Now their programs are reaching down to the farm level, although those influences are mostly in early stages. American farmers are at the vanguard of this trend, with companies like General Mills aiming to influence a million acres by 2030. Why […] Read more


Potato growers could be among the most affected by the re-evaluation of chlorothalonil.

Fungicide re-evaluation has growers looking for alternatives

PMRA re-evaluation of chlorothalonil will make it more difficult to use

Chlorothalonil, a broad-spectrum multi-site fungicide active ingredient found in horticulture fungicides, has been re-evaluated by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) for all uses within agriculture and turf. It is part of PMRA protocol to re-evaluate pesticide products every 15 years, or sooner, as science evolves and new information, methodologies and approaches become available to […] Read more

Ontario now has nine hay dryers like this one so it can service hay export markets with product dried to 12 per cent moisture suitable for container shipping.

Hay and forage co-op seeks more producers before expanding handling facilities

The goal is to build a hay double-compressor in southern Ontario to serve export markets

The Ontario Hay and Forage Co-operative is part way to attracting enough members to build a new double compacting facility to drive exports, but more committed hay producers are needed. The proposed project is currently planned to handle 100,000 tonnes annually in a 20,000 sq. ft. building with a double compaction press and be located […] Read more

Low lignin content allows for a larger cutting window.

Genetically modified alfalfas find their place

Feed quality, harvest window and seed establishment are benefits

Glyphosate-resistant alfalfa is being planted across about 10,000 acres in Ontario, giving farmers the option to better establish and clean up alfalfa fields, while preserving the valuable legume. HarvXtra alfalfa with Roundup Ready technology, a newer alfalfa found in the eastern Canadian market, also provides low lignin content for improved digestibility along with the Roundup […] Read more


Following good greenhouse biosecurity that limits disease spread is a way to reduce ToBRFV risk.

Greenhouse biosecurity will be key to keeping tomato pest out of Canada

Horticulture experts say biosecurity and vigilance can help keep tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus out of the country

Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) continues to be found in more countries, but luckily Canada is not yet among them. Within the first few months of 2019, it transferred to Germany, Mexico and Italy. It has also been previously found in California, and the first outbreaks were found in Israel in 2014 and Jordan […] Read more

The Canadian average shows a 6.6 per cent increase in farmland values.

Ontario farmland price increase drops to lowest level since 1999

Across the country, farmland values rose but not as much as in other recent years

Farmland in Canada continues to get more expensive, but commodity prices and less demand for land from some sectors means land value increases in 2018 have slowed compared to the previous two years. The 2018 Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Farmland Values Report shows Canadian farmland values, in price per acre, increased by 6.6 per cent, […] Read more