Canada has a significant reputation for biosecurity, but the arrival of ASF would be devastating.

Canada’s pork industry is on high alert

African swine fever is spreading rapidly in other parts of the world and could cause catastrophic losses if it reached Canada. Here’s how the industry is trying to keep it out

Pork industry officials have welcomed bumped up biosecurity — including more detector dogs — at airports as one of several strategies to keep African swine fever (ASF) out of Canada. As an export dependent country, Canada is particularly at risk from the deadly virus. If it surfaced here, customers would quickly close their borders to […] Read more

The need for shorter time on a truck could mean the need for more rest stop facilities.

Amended transportation regulations premature: beef industry

The number of hours an animal can be on a truck will drop by 25 per cent to 36 hours without rest, feed and water

The federal government’s amendments to the transport of animals regulations are causing controversy among cattle producers. The new rules were introduced Feb. 20 and are scheduled to take effect in February 2020. Why it matters: Cattle producers and truckers will have to adhere to new transportation regulations that may be premature, affecting animals and producers’ […] Read more

African Swine Fever has spread to parts of China, as well as Europe, including most recently in Belgium where it was found in wild boars.

Ontario hog sector prepares for African swine fever threat

The appearance of ASF in China has heightened concerns about the disease’s potential to spread to North America

The detection over the past four years of African swine fever (ASF) in Eastern Europe was met with muted concern by Ontario’s pork producers. But since the first confirmation of the virus in China on Aug. 1, the alarm is now being raised. Why it matters: AFS has potential to devastate Canadian swine herds if […] 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

Unapproved glyphosate-resistant wheat found in Alberta

UPDATED, June 14, 2018, 6:55 p.m. — Genetically modified (GM) wheat — which hasn’t been approved for commercial production in Canada — has been discovered in southern Alberta, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed. The wheat of unknown origin contains a genetic modification making it resistant to a common herbicide, CFIA told reporters Thursday. […] Read more

The first generation of precision-bred hornless bovines.

Partnership aims to edit genes for polled dairy cattle

This will be one of the first applications for gene editing in food animals, so companies involved expect regulatory approval to take years

Semex has formed a partnership with Recombinetics, a genetic engineering firm, to use genetic ‘editing’ to produce animals that have no horns. Semex, a farmer-owned company and Canada’s largest dairy genetics company, and the Minnesota-based Recombinetics will use gene editing for polled as a test case of the regulatory process for gene edited foods in […] Read more

Livestock premises ID participation strengthens Canadian agriculture

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is considering changes to the Health of Animals Regulations for livestock traceability, the agency announced during PremisesIDWeek July 26, a federal release says. The changes would require all Canadian operators of premises where livestock may be loaded or unloaded from a vehicle to have a valid premises identification number for […] Read more