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The SomaDetect sensor system installed on a farm.

Dairy tech company gets government funds

The funding will help SomaDetect test its inline sensor in pilot projects

Reading Time: 2 minutes SomaDetect has received $3.9 million in funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada to test its in-line milk sensor technology. The company, with offices in Canada and the U.S., is working to develop a system that uses a sensor in the milk line to automatically measure milk fat and protein, somatic cell count, progesterone and antibiotics. […] Read more

Namibia looks to import cattle as drought decimates herds

Reading Time: < 1 minute Windhoek | Reuters — Namibian state-owned meat processing and marketing firm Meatco is in talks with neighbour Botswana to import cattle, as severe drought decimates local herds and threatens beef export deals with China and European countries. The southern African desert nation moved closer to famine last month after dam levels fell below 20 per […] Read more

Klassen: Large feedlot inventories lower feeder demand

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling markets traded $2-$3 on either side of unchanged and mid-weight feeders (600-850 lbs.) were steady to $2 lower, but calves under 600 lbs. were unchanged to as much as $10 lower. Prices were quite variable across the Prairies, which made the market hard to define. The market appeared […] Read more

The new meat science laboratory includes a student observation deck.

Federally licensed university abattoir upgraded

University of Guelph abattoir helps small research projects get processed

Reading Time: 3 minutes The University of Guelph is home to the only federally licensed university abattoir in Canada. The almost 50-year-old facility recently underwent a $2.5 million overhaul, re-opening last year as a modern meat science laboratory. Why it matters: Large commercial abattoirs find it difficult to accommodate small pilot projects and most smaller plants lack the necessary […] Read more

“Ninety to 95 per cent of eggs are laid in a nest. It takes a pretty bad nest for them not to use it. There has to be something very aversive about the nest for the birds to lay in a cage or on the floor.” – Dr. Mike Petrik.

Poultry housing changes could increase risk of disease

Barn management can decrease risks of bird illness

Reading Time: 3 minutes New housing changes in the poultry industry may increase the risk of disease if the birds are not properly managed in their new environments, said a laying hen veterinarian with McKinley Hatchery. Dr. Mike Petrik spoke at the Poultry Industry Council’s Poultry Innovations Conference held in November in London. Why it matters: Producers will have […] Read more

U.S. livestock: CME hogs slide on Phase One uncertainty

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. lean hog futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) fell about 1.5 per cent on Thursday, joining a broad sell-off in agricultural futures that traders attributed to fund selling and uncertainty about the details of a U.S.-China trade agreement signed a day earlier. China agreed to increase purchases of U.S. […] Read more

Opportunities exist to increase profits at the feed bunk

Feed bunk costs can vary by 10 per cent based on gross revenue

Reading Time: 4 minutes The cost of feed for lactating and dry cows ranges by approximately 10 per cent of gross milk revenue. This provides opportunity for dairy farmers to increase profitability at the feed bunk. “The balance we found was a range of 25 to 35 per cent of gross milk revenue being used to feed our lactating […] Read more