F. Menard’s pork industry assets cleared for sale

Reading Time: 2 minutes Antitrust regulators have cleared the path for La Coop federee to take up a significantly larger, vertically integrated share of its home province’s pork packing, feed milling and hog production sectors. The agribusiness co-operative announced Thursday its Olymel and Sollio Agriculture arms have “received the green light” from the federal Competition Bureau to buy the […] Read more

Feed Ontario interim executive director Amanda King presents the Paul Mistele Award to Ed Benjamins, chair of Chicken Farmers of Ontario.

Chicken Farmers of Ontario receive award

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicken Farmers of Ontario was named the recipient of the Paul Mistele Award, in recognition of the CFO Cares: Farmers to Food Banks Program. The award was presented by Feed Ontario Oct. 24 at the annual Harvest Gala hosted by Farm & Food Care. Named for the late farm leader who founded Ontario Pork’s Donate-A-Hog […] Read more

New chair and vice chair elected for National Sheep Network

Alberta and Quebec representatives fill top roles

Reading Time: < 1 minute A new chair was elected for the National Sheep Network during a recent meeting held in Ontario. Ryan Greir from Alberta was elected chair for the organization, with Pierre Lessard of Quebec, elected vice-chair. Currently, Greir is vice-chair of the Alberta Lamb Producers and farms east of Strathmore, Alta. “It’s an exciting time to step […] Read more

Klassen: Feeder cattle market drops on soft demand

Reading Time: 2 minutes Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling markets were down $4-$6 while calf prices dropped $5 to as much as much as $10 in some cases. Comments from order buyers reflect very sluggish demand for this time of year. Ontario farmers have harvested about 50 per cent of the corn crop and buying interest from […] Read more

U.S. livestock: CME live cattle touch seven-month high

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures climbed to a seven-month high on Monday, supported by monthly U.S. feedlot data that was not as bearish as some had feared, traders said. Traders also cited spillover strength from record highs on Wall Street equity markets and forecasts for a winter storm this week that could […] Read more

The value of having two national sheep organizations continues to be discussed in the sector.

Two national sheep organizations remain after Ontario AGM

Defeated resolution would have allowed producers to decide who represents them on a national level

Reading Time: 2 minutes A resolution to allow Ontario sheep farmers to vote on who represents them nationally was defeated at the Ontario annual meeting. Why it matters: Two national organizations means funds to support sheep farmers across the country are split. The OSF left the Canadian Sheep Federation and created the National Sheep Network with Alberta and Quebec. […] Read more

Too little floor space for ewes and lambs may be causing increased occurrences of mastitis. Photo:

Production system, shearing status and lamb numbers are important factors in barn decisions

Floor and bunk space play a vital role in sheep health

Reading Time: 3 minutes Within the sheep industry there isn’t one ideal design when building or retro-fitting a facility. This leads to an array of facilities, ideas and layouts in production systems across the province, although, there are factors to keep in mind to allow for efficiency and improved health of the flock. Why it matters: Barn layouts affect […] Read more