Maple Leaf poultry plant shuts for ‘deep cleaning’

COVID-19 found in three workers at Brampton facility

Reading Time: 2 minutes One of two Maple Leaf Foods plants at Brampton, Ont. has gone into shutdown mode for “deep cleaning” in the wake of three cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus among its workers. Toronto-based Maple Leaf announced Wednesday that operations at the company’s Kennedy Road poultry slaughter and packing plant in Brampton are suspended “while we complete […] Read more

U.S. sees progress on China trade deal’s ag provisions

China makes first U.S. hard red wheat buy since 2017

Reading Time: 2 minutes Washington | Reuters — The U.S. and China have made progress in implementing the agriculture-related provisions of their Phase One trade deal that took effect on Feb. 14, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Trade Representative said on Tuesday. In a joint statement, they listed a number of steps taken that should help […] Read more

India offers U.S. dairy, chicken access in bid for elusive trade deal

Reading Time: 3 minutes New Delhi/Washington | Reuters — India has offered to partially open up its poultry and dairy markets in a bid for a limited trade deal during U.S. President Donald Trump’s first official visit to the country this month, people familiar with the protracted talks say. India, the world’s largest milk-producing nation, has traditionally restricted dairy […] Read more

Conflicting studies point to meat moderation as healthy diet

Reading Time: 2 minutes London | Reuters — A new study on meat consumption has found that people who eat red and processed meat have higher risks of heart disease and early death — contradicting recent research that suggested cutting out meat has few health benefits. The multiple findings can make it “difficult for people to make sense of […] Read more

Chinese meat packing giant locks in JBS supply

Reading Time: < 1 minute The world’s biggest pork packer is poised to source additional beef, poultry and pork from the world’s biggest meat packing firm. Brazil’s JBS announced Monday it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Hong Kong-based WH Group for “supply and distribution of fresh beef, poultry and pork to the Chinese market” starting in the first […] 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

Vietnam considers CPTPP-level tariff cuts on U.S. ag products

Reading Time: 2 minutes Hanoi | Reuters — Vietnam is considering cutting tariffs on several U.S. products, the ministry of finance said in a statement on Monday, after U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross urged Vietnam to reduce its trade surplus during a visit to Hanoi last month. Tariffs on chicken and processed chicken meat, almonds, grapes, wheat, pork and […] Read more

Those who manage biosecure livestock barns are careful to have visitors suit up properly, but statistics show employees might not be as careful when entering and leaving barns.

Food safety starts with biosecurity

A University of Montreal study of poultry farms showed biosecurity mistakes can lead to contamination throughout a barn

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Many food safety issues could be resolved at the farm if people changed their behaviour, a veterinarian told those attending a recent meat conference in Toronto. “Some food safety risks could be better controlled early in the food production chain,” said Manon Racicot. The spread of campylobacter, for example, could be curbed […] Read more


Cargill’s quarterly profit up on beef, egg demand

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Global commodities trader Cargill reported a three per cent increase in adjusted quarterly profit on Thursday, citing strong consumer demand for meat and eggs in North America and growth in its animal nutrition businesses. Cargill, the largest privately held U.S. company, said its adjusted operating earnings rose to $908 million in […] Read more

Chickens can be engaging and curiosity-inducing for people who don’t get to see them often.

Editorial: How far should backyard chicken biosecurity go?

Reading Time: 3 minutes I admit it. I have backyard chickens. For a decade we’ve had about 10 chickens, give or take, on our farm that supply our family with as many eggs as we need. There’s no question that they are pets — and my family has made that clear to me as I have suggested it might […] Read more