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Canada-wide cattle biosecurity standard ready to roll

Just in time for Christmas, the Beef Cattle On-Farm Biosecurity Standard is complete and available online for that hard-to-please bovine on your gift list. And if all goes to plan, an owner’s version should by ready by then, too. "The standard has been published. We’re still working on a producer’s manual that will be an

National biosecurity standard for cattle completed

Biosecurity plans started in Canada as the result of avian influenza, but have now spread to all sectors

Just in time for Christmas, the Beef Cattle On-Farm Biosecurity Standard is complete and available online for that hard-to-please bovine on your gift list. And if all goes to plan, an owner’s version should by ready by then, too. “The standard has been published. We’re still working on a producer’s manual that will be an


Not all cattlemen happy with JBS deal

R-CALF USA says it’s not happy with the news JBS USA will operate and perhaps purchase XL Foods, now reopened after several weeks of being shut down due to E. coli contamination. It wasn’t just XL’s Brooks plant on the table — the deal comes with a plant in Calgary and two cow-killing plants in


Canada Beef: Celebrating first birthday

So far, so good. That seemed to be the mood as 150 industry players recently gathered to mark Canada Beef Inc.’s first birthday. “We learned a lot on the fly,” said president Rob Meijer. “I think structurally our business plan and vision is sound. It probably holds stronger today than a year ago when we




Battle over country-of-origin labelling is far from over

CCA says any cow slaughtered in U.S. should be considered American but R-CALF says that wouldn’t be right

The U.S. is promising to revamp its controversial mandatory Country-of-Origin Labelling Act — but it doesn’t appear anything will happen soon. The World Trade Organization has ruled the regulations, known as COOL, violate international trade law and with all of its appeals exhausted, Washington promised to comply with the ruling, said John Masswohl, director of


The swiner things in life are fried

Jerry Aulenbach, a real estate agent from Edmonton, is so enthusiastic about smoked pork belly that he now spends his spare time dressed as a bacon strip. “I had the bacon suit made for Halloween, but I never really wore it out. I got the idea to wear it to fundraisers and other events, and

Farm labour organization hoping to carry on

Supporters of a non-profit organization that helps farmers deal with labour issues say they hope to carry on despite an impending loss of federal funding. The six-year-old Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council was told last summer that its funding will be terminated in March 2013. “The council has been working toward becoming a self-sustaining organization