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Advance payment program widened, streamlined

More types of livestock will be eligible and more types of security will be allowed for Canadian farmers to get federally-backed advance payments starting this year. Amendments to the Agricultural Marketing Programs Act (AMPA), made last February as part of the former Conservative government’s omnibus Agricultural Growth Act, have made regulatory changes possible for the […] Read more

(Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

U.S. livestock: Fallen equities market topples CME live cattle

Chicago | Reuters –– Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle contracts closed lower on Friday, weighed by cash price caution and heavy U.S. stock market losses, traders said. The day’s firm U.S. dollar and the plunge in equities tied to disappointing jobs data pulled most commodity prices lower, they said. Altin Kalo, an analyst with Steiner […] Read more


Manitoba Egg Producers, which in 2013 called a halt to installation of conventional cages, has publicly demonstrated enriched housing systems.  (Manitoba Co-operator photo by Shannon VanRaes)

Egg farmers to phase out cage housing over 20 years

Winnipeg | Reuters — Canada’s egg farmers plan to replace conventional hen cages with more humane conditions over the next 20 years, amid growing pressure from consumers, restaurants and food companies. The plan — announced Friday by Egg Farmers of Canada, an industry group that manages nearly all of the country’s egg supply — comes […] Read more



Saputo's Canadian dairy division includes brands such as Dairyland, Neilson, Nutrilait, Baxter and Armstrong. (Dave Bedard photo)

Saputo earnings up with weaker loonie

Reuters — Saputo, one of Canada’s largest dairy producers, reported higher than expected adjusted earnings on Thursday, helped by weakness in the Canadian dollar. For its fiscal third quarter, adjusted net income rose 13.5 per cent to $175.4 million, or 44 cents a share. Revenue during the quarter, which ended Dec. 31, rose 2.8 per […] Read more

(Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

U.S. livestock: CME live cattle finish mostly weak

Chicago | Reuters — Most Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle contracts closed weak on Thursday, after investors sold deferred months and bought February in anticipation of at least steady cash prices by Friday, traders said. Packers in Kansas and Texas on Thursday bid $138/cwt for market-ready, or cash, cattle, which matched last week’s sales, said […] Read more


Keystone Agricultural Producers attended the organization’s annual general meeting in Winnipeg last week.

More MAFRD staff needed

Producers must travel farther than ever before to speak to provincial agriculture specialists in person

The Keystone Agricultural Producers is hoping to reverse a downward trend in the amount of support and outreach offered to farmers by Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (MAFRD). Members of the province’s largest general farm organization resolved at their annual general meeting in Winnipeg last week, to lobby the provincial government to fill vacant […] Read more


Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, at the news conference for the TPP's signing in Auckland, explains Canada's plans for public consultations and parliamentary hearings on the deal. (New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade via YouTube)

Canada signs Trans-Pacific Partnership

Trade ministers from the 12 countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership have signed their trade agreement, committing them to take the deal to their home governments for review and/or approval. The deal, which Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland signed on Canada’s behalf on Thursday in Auckland, New Zealand, is expected to see tariffs on Canadian products in […] Read more


(Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

U.S. livestock: CME live cattle rise as weather crimps supply

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures gained for a third straight day on Wednesday, with packers eyeing fewer available cattle as the U.S. Plains digs out from wintry weather, traders said. They said that while some processors have resumed normal operations, others still found it difficult to get employees and cattle […] Read more

Nose-to-nose contact is a primary means for transmission of respiratory diseases between horses.

Biosecurity practices for horses

Horse Health: Infectious organisms are effective 'hitchhikers' so avoid sharing water buckets and equipment at shows

Biosecurity measures do not need to be complicated or expensive undertakings to be effective. In fact the simplest of practices can make the most difference. Infectious and contagious diseases are not random events, rather the disease requires a chain of events to manifest — like the perfect storm. The viral, bacterial, parasitic or fungal pathogens […] Read more