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Alberta’s mandatory cattle age verification under review

Alberta’s mandatory cattle age-verification regulations will be under the microscope, said John Brown, executive director of the Livestock Research and Extension Branch of Alberta Agriculture. Brown said results-based budgeting means government departments review what they’re doing and what value they provide for Albertans. That will affect the program since that in January, the federal government

Animal care specialists urge producers to get the facts and do the right thing

Producers urged to not “do anything you wouldn’t be willing to explain in front of a television camera

Opening up the barn doors to show how livestock are cared for might not make the public as sympathetic to producers as some would like to believe. “Educating people about what we do is not an automatic that they’re going to believe what we do is right,” Dr. Joseph Stookey, a professor at the Western


Alberta’s farms escape worst of flooding

The impact of historic-high flooding on Alberta’s agriculture industry isn’t expected to be severe. “It is early. I would say at this point we don’t have any reports of catastrophic damage to crops and livestock,” said provincial Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson. “I’m sure there will be cases where there is some damage but for the most

Ag players find Kazakhstan, Russia open for business

Industry representatives from Alberta and throughout Canada have told the federal and provincial agriculture ministers they’ve been having a successful mission in Kazakhstan. “The industry people who I’ve been travelling with have told me just about every day they’ve been here they’ve had very productive meetings,” Alberta Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson, said Thursday on a

Alta. growers catching up on seeding

Producers across Alberta are thoroughly taking advantage of warm, dry mid-May weather to catch up on seeding. The first provincial crop report was issued May 6, and at that time, less than three per cent of the province had been seeded, with the southern region being the most advanced at nine per cent. “As a


Calgary Co-op weighs stall-free pork

Calgary Co-op is the latest food company casting a critical eye on the use of gestation stalls in the pork sector — but the company is working with Alberta Pork before taking action. Co-op members passed a non-binding resolution last month that would see the company stop selling pork from farms using the stalls within

Heritage chickens help raise funds with eggs

The University of Alberta has gotten into the egg business in a bid to maintain its flocks of heritage chickens. “We’ll raise the chicken for you and you get eggs every two weeks,” said Agnes Kulinski, business director of the university’s Poultry Research Centre. The centre, which has about 1,500 heritage-breed chickens, has an “adopt-a-heritage-hen”

Industry representatives give go-ahead to keep developing a strategy for Canadian beef

Trio of leaders in beef sector gives first look at skeletal framework, gets input from summit attendees

The broad outlines of a plan to revitalize the Canadian beef industry received a welcome reception at a recent industry summit in Calgary. After stinging critique of their sector by the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute last fall, Kim McConnell, Dave Andrews and John Kolk were asked in November to consult with industry players and create


JBS boosting animal welfare practices at Brooks plant

Food safety put the former XL Foods beef plant in the news, but new owners JBS USA will also be bolstering animal welfare oversight at the Brooks facility. “Animal welfare is a school zone — you don’t speed through school zones,” Lily Edwards-Callaway, who oversees the company’s animal welfare systems for pork and beef, told

Study finds wild bees boost crop yields

Wild bees and other pollinating insects can make quite a difference when it comes to crop yields, according to a new study. “Our message is not that honeybees are bad — it’s that we could do better if, in addition, we were encouraging more activity by wild insects,” said Lawrence Harder, a professor of biological