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An information label is seen on packaging for a CO2 cylinder for a fizzy drinks machine in Manchester, Britain on Sept. 20, 2021. (Photo: Reuters)/Phil Noble)

Britain tells its food industry to prepare for CO2 price shock

U.K. pays fertilizer maker CF Industries to reopen plants

London | Reuters — Britain warned its food producers on Wednesday to prepare for a 400 per cent rise in carbon dioxide prices after extending emergency state support to avert a shortage of poultry and meat triggered by soaring costs of wholesale natural gas. Natural gas prices have spiked this year as economies reopened from

An information label is seen on packaging for a CO2 cylinder for a fizzy drinks machine in Manchester, Britain on Sept. 20, 2021. (Photo: Reuters)/Phil Noble)

U.K. meat industry warns of threat to supplies from CO2 crisis

CO2 shortage is caused by closure of fertilizer plants

London | Reuters — Some of Britain’s meat processors will run out of carbon dioxide (CO2) within five days, forcing them to halt production and impacting supplies to food retailers, the head of the industry’s lobby group warned on Monday. A jump in gas prices has forced several domestic energy suppliers out of business and

Manitoba Beef Producers president Tyler Fulton speaks to media outside the Manitoba Legislature on Aug. 31, 2021, as Manitoba agriculture minister Ralph Eichler looks on.

$155 million in feed, transportation and ongoing livestock aid announced

Plans for a herd rebuilding program are still in the works, province says

Manitoba livestock producers will have access to financial aid for feed costs, feed transport and animal transport costs, provincial agriculture minister Ralph Eichler announced the morning of August 31. “This investment is among the highest in the AgriRecovery assistance of our livestock and forage sectors in Manitoba history,” Eichler said. For those who have or

(Dave Bedard photo)

StatsCan sees higher cattle, hog inventories at July 1

Full impacts of West's drought not yet counted

Nationwide head counts of livestock from the “early stages” of Western Canada’s ongoing drought won’t yet show the weather’s full impact, but showed slightly larger herds heading into this summer compared to last year. Statistics Canada on Monday reported the first year-over-year increase in the size of the country’s cattle herd as of July 1

(Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

Plans afoot to move hay from East to drought-hit West

CFA, BFO spearheading Hay West-style initiatives

Farm groups are spearheading new plans to get livestock feed from Eastern Canada to drought-damaged regions of the western provinces and northwestern Ontario. Details are still pending, but the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) announced Aug. 12 it has started work on a “Hay West” initiative to get surplus hay “to those struggling in the

Cattle graze near Dauphin, Man. in late July. (Manitoba Co-operator photo by Alexis Stockford)

Feds lock in AgriRecovery funds before election call

Ottawa's pledged share now up to $500 million

Just hours ahead of a federal election call, the federal government has committed $500 million to cover its share of federal/provincial AgriRecovery support plans for drought-hit farmers across Canada’s West. Shortly before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit Sunday to Rideau Hall seeking the dissolution of Parliament for a federal election, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau confirmed

Dr. Tye Perrett says underserved areas are attracting more livestock operations but few veterinarians.

Vet shortage isn’t getting better and concerns aren’t going away

Protecting the food supply and trade also relies on having enough livestock vets

Glacier FarmMedia – Veterinarians are often the first line of defence to prevent and mitigate animal diseases or foreign animal disease outbreaks. However, more and more vets, particularly new graduates, are migrating to companion animal practices. And that has implications when it comes to protecting the food supply. Large-animal vets are key when it comes

Baxter Blair, age 13, of McLean, Sask., gets busy grooming as he prepares for his turn in the ring at the 2015 Manitoba Ag Ex.

Ag Ex plans to go forward

EVENTS | Plans are underway for the first major ag fair since the start of the pandemic, slated for late October, if health orders allow

The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba is planning for an in-person Ag Ex, as long as health orders allow. The Brandon agricultural fair (one of three typically held annually by the exhibition) would be the first time such a large-scale, in-person agricultural event returns to the province since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Planning is

There is a perception that jobs in the food-processing sector are undesirable.

Animal protein’s bad rap is affecting recruitment: global experts

Canadian food and beverage companies struggle to fill vacancies — for meat processors it’s even worse

[UPDATED: June 25, 2021] Poor perception of meat, food and beverage production is negatively affecting worker recruitment, says a group of food labour experts. “It isn’t that hard to find well-educated people for the meat alternatives but it is hard to find people for the more classic, the meat protein industry,” said Michiel Dekkers, a

The Manitoba government said it wrote the law based on national biosecurity standards.

Will Bill 62 have unintended consequences?

For farmers looking for consumer trust, some studies, experts, suggest ‘ag-gag’ laws are counterproductive

A new provincial law to keep trespassers out of barns and animal rights advocates away from transport trucks may do that — but it may also erode public trust in farming practices. “The public wants to know what it is that farmers are trying to hide,” Jodi Lazare told the Co-operator. Lazare teaches law at