The AGRIS Co-operative outlet where Richard Tanner gets his crop inputs in Glencoe, Ont.

Principles still guide Ontario co-ops today

Co-operatives offer an alternative to for-profit business models and allow owner-members to focus more on community

The St-Albert Cheese Co-op on the South Nation River in eastern Ontario will mark its 125th anniversary next year, setting it out as an example of how co-operatives can find and sustain long-term success. For St-Albert and about 25 other farmer-owned co-ops active in Ontario, several factors rise to the top when looking at the […] Read more

The 2018 hay crop in Ontario was better than most other parts of the country.

Saudi human rights spat has repercussions for Ontario hay exports

Inquiries and visits from Saudi Arabia look to be drying up for Ontario hay growers

Other export opportunities exist for Ontario-grown forages, but the chair of the Ontario Hay and Forage Co-operative (OHFC) admits the trade-related fallout from the federal government’s recent spat with Saudi Arabia dealt a big blow. “We had tons of inquiries for massive amounts of hay from Saudi Arabia before this happened,” Fritz Trauttmansdorff told Farmtario […] Read more

Despite the growth in cultured meat investment, meat from animals will be needed due to rising protein demands.

Beef producers hear they have a role in the future

With plant-based meat substitutes and lab-grown meat, traditional beef producers will still be needed to feed world’s growing population, says Cargill executive

Beef industry leaders from across the country shared a look into the future during the recent third annual Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC). They were assured there’s a place for them in that future. “People still crave meat,” said Sonya Roberts, president of Growth Ventures and Strategic Pricing for Kansas-based Cargill Proteins at the conference […] Read more

New livestock transport regulations are coming, but are likely going to be delayed.

Livestock transport regulations could drive change

Studies show national standards are mostly being met for cattle rest, but experts say humans involved need consideration too

Everyone involved in the process has responsibility for maintaining animal welfare when shipping beef cattle, especially animals trucked long distances. If anything goes wrong, then it needs to be communicated back down the shipping chain. Those were the key messages from Kincardine-area feedlot operator Steve Eby during a session on moving cattle long distances during […] Read more

Canadian beef exports to Japan saw their second highest year ever in 2017, the most since 2001.

Beef trade to Japan expected to rise

Last year saw exceptional sales, but they could be even better if the tariff on beef to Japan drops with CPTPP implementation

The Canadian beef industry just experienced its second-best year ever for exports into Japan, with the 2018 projection indicating a continuation of that trend. Attendees at the third annual Canadian Beef Industry Convention (CBIC) in London, Ont. were told to expect even greater growth once the federal government ratifies the trade deal known as the […] Read more


Gene editing to eliminate boar taint being explored

A research alliance is attempting to develop male pigs that are naturally castrated

Global swine and poultry breeding technology supplier Hendrix Genetics recently added its support to a U.S.-based research effort aimed at delaying or even eliminating maturity in piglets as a way of tackling the troublesome phenomenon of boar taint. However, a well-respected University of Guelph boar taint researcher says “the jury’s still out” on whether or […] Read more

With some practice, the lung infection detection technique is said to take about two minutes per calf.

Ultrasound can detect lung problems in dairy calves earlier

Dairy calves that experience respiratory ailments produce less milk later on

Thanks to the use of new ultrasound technology, there’s now solid evidence out of the University of Guelph indicating the level of non-clinical lung infections among dairy calves is on par with what has already been seen in the beef sector. Why it matters: A member of the team involved in the dairy calf study, […] Read more

Greg Butler of the South Australia No-Till Farmers Association points to cuts made in wheat stubble by a waterjet-equipped planter during a session at the 2018 FarmSmart Expo, held July 12 at the University of Guelph’s Elora Research Station.

Waterjet use on planters eliminates coulter-soil contact

Aquatill concept remains in testing phase, but may offer options for no-till farmers

The use of pressurized water as a cutting tool has come full circle. It was used extensively to power away earth during the 1850s California Gold Rush. Now, after being adapted and refined to carry out high-tech, precision cutting of metals and other industrial materials indoors, the technology has turned back to the ground. Why […] Read more


The film traces a chef-inspired meal’s ingredients back to their origins to explore how food is produced.

Film delves into urban-rural perspectives on food production

University student Dylan Sher spent time researching the origins of an entree served up in a popular Toronto restaurant

“My opinion is that the farmers don’t actually know the fight they’re in. They just know they’re in a fight.” That’s how soon-to-graduate University of Guelph ag business student Dylan Sher describes his goal in spending the past year writing and helping create the feature-length documentary film “Before the Plate,” which celebrated its premiere screening […] Read more

Some industry representatives feel that the current ear tag system is not being used to its full potential.

Information-sharing in the beef value chain still in its infancy

Many see the potential but few are seeing the rewards of beef traceability systems

Beef traceability systems have proven their worth during disease outbreaks but the benefits are far less tangible when it comes to meaningful connections between players in the value chain, a panel discussion during the Canadian Beef Industry Conference was told. “We’ve spent thousands of dollars putting those (Canadian Cattle Identification Agency) tags in ears, and […] Read more