Strawberries are significantly behind in their maturity due to the cool and damp spring.

Ontario fruit, vegetable growers challenged by wet weather

Strawberry season delayed; veggie growers wait out the rain

Ontario’s cool, wet spring has widespread repercussions for the fruit and vegetable sector. So far it has delayed flowering and planting, caused some farms to reschedule the arrival of temporary foreign workers and created uncertainty about the viability of transplanted seedlings. Why it matters: Fruits and vegetables are high value crops and not getting enough […] Read more

Larvae from the black soldier fly are used to create the protein-rich feed additive.

Approval gained for fly larva as livestock feed additives

Cambridge-based Oreka Solutions first Ontario company to gain CFIA nod for insect-based livestock feed

Oreka Solutions Inc. could soon be selling insect protein as feed for fish and chickens in Ontario. The Cambridge-based company got its approval by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on May 14 for the sale of livestock feed for aquaculture and broiler chickens. It has plans to ramp up production with a larger, second […] Read more

Chicks could benefit from the bacteria in their mother’s cecal droppings, but they are rarely exposed to it.

Gut health key when raising birds without using antibiotics

Researchers strive to ease transition away from sub-therapeutic drug use

Promoting gut health is key to adapting to calls for antibiotic-free poultry production, attendees were told at the recent annual research day of the Poultry Industry Council (PIC). “We’ve used drugs a lot to hide bad management — poor litter management, too high of stocking density,” said professor Lisa Bielke of Ohio State University’s College […] Read more

Agriculture and Agri-food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau during the announcement of a $10 million federal government interest free loan for an expansion project at Conestoga Meats in Breslau.

Federal loan for Ontario pork destined for Japan

Breslau-based Conestoga Meats aims to boost shelf life for export-ready consumer products

Ontario-raised pork products — an additional $300 million worth per year, if all goes as planned — should have a longer shelf life once they reach stores in Japan, thanks in part to a recent announcement of federal government support for a Kitchener-area, farmer-owned processing plant. Agriculture and Agri-food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and other federal […] Read more

Poultry disease outbreaks can move quickly within a barn, and to nearby other farms.

Twitter may hold key to early poultry disease warning

Researcher aims to refine system for Avian Influenza outbreaks

Computer-based monitoring of social media posts could lead to early warnings about poultry disease outbreaks, according to work at the University of Guelph’s Department of Computer Sciences. PhD candidate Samira Yousefi was the sole non-poultry specialist out of 10 University of Guelph students featured during the annual research day of the Poultry Industry Council (PIC). […] Read more

The Ontario government is working on new animal welfare legislation approaches.

Consultation begins on legislation replacing OSPCA Act

Agriculture groups presented a position paper that examined approaches in other jurisdictions

Consultation has begun on the creation of new Ontario legislation governing animal welfare. Government officials recently met in Guelph with representatives from agricultural commodity groups, horse industry sectors, and veterinarians. Why it matters: Trusted and accountable animal welfare enforcement will be important to the future trust of the public in animal agriculture. The new act […] Read more

Farmers will have to examine how practical it is on their farms to provide several feedings of cow transition milk to their youngest calves.

Calves benefit from mother’s post-colostrum milk

University of Guelph study identifies ‘bio-actives’ in days two to four of lactation

Taking newborn calves completely off colostrum after one or two feedings may contribute to future health challenges, according to as-yet-unpublished research by the University of Guelph’s Department of Animal Physiology. Instead, explained Associate Professor Dr. Michael Steele in the annual webinar series of the US-based Dairy Cattle Welfare Council (DCWC), it might be advisable to […] Read more

The Pork Quality Competition is one of the many events at the Ontario Pork Congress.

Ontario Pork Congress going ahead as planned

Decision follows cancellation of World Pork Expo due to disease threat

The 46th annual Ontario Pork Congress (OPC) will go ahead as planned on June 19-20 in Stratford – a decision reached after event organizers consulted with “veterinarians and industry professionals” about the risk of African swine fever (ASF). “As always, the strength of the Ontario swine industry is our main concern,” stated an OPC news […] Read more

Farm business transition columnist and facilitator Elaine Froese addressed a recent meeting of the Huron-Perth and Oxford County chapters of Women for the Support of Agriculture.

Rules of transition, and when to break them

Well-known coach and columnist addresses Women for the Support of Agriculture

Farmer and farm transition counsellor Elaine Froese has a list of truisms she shares in regularly published columns and at meetings with farm organizations. The expression, “where is it written that…” is one of them, such as: “where is it written that a farm woman must have a garden?” Another is, “comparison is a joy-stealer.” […] Read more

The World Pork Expo attracts visitors from around the world.

Disease threat cancels World Pork Expo

Ontario Pork Congress officials still considering the status of the local trade show

The Ontario Pork Congress does not yet have any comment about its show, after the World Pork Expo (WPE) was cancelled due to concerns about the threat of African Swine Fever. OPC said it will comment April 18. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) board or directors cited “an abundance of caution” about ASF’s transmission […] Read more