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Online livestock supply store expands reach west

An Ontario livestock nutrition firm’s venture into online retail for producers is expanding into the Prairie provinces with four pickup and ordering points in the region. Cambridge, Ont.-based GVF Group announced Thursday its Farmers Farmacy business, previously available only to producers in Ontario, the Maritime provinces and Quebec, now also serves Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. […] Read more


New crop of Nuffield scholars named

Canada’s agriculture sector has yielded four new scholars to join the international Nuffield community and receive funding for research in their fields of interest. Nuffield Canada, the Canadian arm of the international Nuffield organization since 1986, has named Ellen Crane, Josh Oulton, Gavin Robertson and Shelley Spruitt as its Nuffield scholars for 2018. The new […] Read more


U.S. northern Plains ranchers welcome hay lottery

Reuters — Hundreds of livestock ranchers in the drought-stricken U.S. northern Plains are embracing what organizers say is the first lottery designed to provide some much-needed relief to their operations. The prize? Tons and tons of hay. Ranchers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana have been suffering through the region’s worst drought in 30 […] Read more


China’s Cofco to partner with Growmark on U.S. grain supply

Reuters — China’s state-owned Cofco International Ltd. (CIL) and U.S. farm co-operative Growmark on Friday announced a new grain supply partnership which they say will enhance links between U.S. grain production areas and global markets, including China. The partnership is the latest expansion move by CIL after it invested US$3 billion to buy Noble Group’s […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Live cattle again sink to nine-month bottom, but off lows

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures pared losses on Friday after falling to their lowest level in nine months, led by this week’s steep cash price drop and seasonally downward-trending wholesale beef values, said traders. Bargain buying and traders covering their short positions lifted contracts from session lows, and futures remained […] Read more

Canadian sausages can be mystery meat

A recent study finds 20 per cent of sausages in 
Canadian stores are mislabelled

Using cutting-edge DNA-based technology, University of Guelph researchers have found mislabelling and cross-species contamination of meat ingredients in 20 per cent of the sausage samples selected from grocery stores across the country. “This study now provides us with a baseline that we can use when working with meat processors to help ensure we have a […] Read more

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U.S. livestock: CME live cattle hit nine-month low

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures sank to a nine-month low on Thursday, weighed down by seasonally tepid wholesale beef demand and sharply lower prices for slaughter-ready, or cash, cattle, traders said. Thursday’s market losses triggered pre-established sell orders. And fund liquidation developed after August and October futures fell below their […] Read more

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