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EU top court upholds curb on animal slaughter, angering Jewish groups

The EU’s top court on Dec. 17 upheld a Belgian law requiring animals to be stunned before slaughter, rejecting challenges from Jewish and Muslim groups and opening the way for other countries to bring in similar restrictions. Animals rights activists welcomed the ruling that limited some religious rites, but Israel’s ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg,


Lamb producers say ewe nutritional needs vary so greatly depending on the number of lambs being carried that producers need reliable and affordable access to ultrasound services.

Sheep producers push for relaxed ultrasound tech rules

Currently, only vets can provide ultrasound preg checking on a flock that isn’t theirs or their employer’s

Sheep producers want access to contract services for ultrasound preg checking, something they currently have to invest in on their own, or arrange through a veterinarian visit. Manitoba Sheep chair Morgan Moore says making room for contracted ultrasound preg checks, from technicians accredited under an incoming Canadian Sheep Federation framework, would fill a critical gap

Troy Stozek and Michelle Schram of Fresh Roots Farm near Cartwright will be one of the first Manitoba mentors next year.

On the hunt for regenerative ag gurus

A previously Alberta-based apprenticeship program is breaking into Saskatchewan and Manitoba next year

The Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program wants to fill its roster for when it launches in Manitoba and Saskatchewan next year. Dana Penrice, Prairie program manager, says five Manitoba farms have signed on as mentors for the paid apprenticeship program. The program will be opening applications for those apprenticeship slots in the near future. Why it

“The meat side of the industry right now is probably at the highest point that we’ve ever seen.” – Morgan Moore, Manitoba Sheep.

Manitoba sheep producers ride market wave

Lamb and sheep prices are giving producers plenty of reason to smile

Manitoba’s sheep producers have a lot to be happy about when it comes to marketing their animals. The sector is enjoying some of the highest meat prices in recent memory. Why it matters: Like hogs and cattle, sheep producers say their markets have been hugely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but in a very different


U.S. transport regulators reject ’emotional support animal’ status

Service dog status still protected; 'support' goats, turkeys, others up to airlines

Washington | Reuters — Only trained dogs qualify as service animals on U.S. airlines, as regulators rejected requests to extend legal protections to miniature horses, pigs, turkeys and other species, under final U.S. Transportation Department rules issued Wednesday. Airlines can still choose which other species to allow on board, but the rules issued on Wednesday

Seasonal forecast calls for more snow

MarketsFarm — Most of Canada should see above-normal snowfall over the next three months, according to updated seasonal forecasts released Monday from Environment Canada. Weather maps show a 40 to 60 per cent probability of more precipitation than normal across much of the country from December through February, with the heaviest accumulations expected in Quebec.

Alpacas at 313 Farms enjoy their annual pumpkin treat after Halloween.

Farm animals get a munch-worthy treat in Halloween leftovers

Backyard operations say diverting pumpkins out of landfills, and into livestock feed, is a win win, but what is the nutritional value of a pumpkin anyway?

The days after Halloween were good ones to be an alpaca on 313 Farms near Anola, Man. In a normal year, one without an ongoing pandemic, the 14 alpacas owned by Anne and Dave Patman are the centrepiece of programs like alpaca yoga and Dancing with Alpacas. They would star in family photo shoots. And


An upcoming survey is going to define the predation problem and look at potential solutions.

Producers asked to share information on predation

Producers can expect to see a survey in early December as part of the Livestock Predation Prevention Project

Sheep and cattle producers are being called to share their experiences with predation. The Livestock Predation Prevention Project, launched earlier this year, will be releasing a producer survey in the hopes of gathering producer data on predation. Why it matters: Producers are being asked to give their insights on predation as the Livestock Predation Prevention

Forecast: Seasonable with a chance of snow

Forecast issued Nov. 6, 2020, covering the period from Nov. 11 to 18, 2020

Once again, last week’s forecast did a pretty good job with the major weather features. We saw a nice warmup last week with a few locations breaking record highs last Tuesday and Wednesday. Then the weather models predicted a storm system over the weekend, and as I write this on Friday, it looks like that