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In Briefs continued – for Jan. 7, 2010

CCIA to expand phone, web services: The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency plans to expand the hours of operation for its call centre and expand its website to include publications en francais. Starting Jan. 4, CCIA’s call centre will operate from 6 a. m. to 6:30 p. m. MST at 1-877-909-2333 (BEEF). The agency website (www.canadaid.ca)will also see “numerous” upgrades, including both French and English messaging for its content and e-versions of current print publications. The site has also been enhanced for dial-up users to access its content “in a time-efficient manner,” CCIA said.

North American sales boost Buhler’s ledger:

“Strong demand” for agricultural products in North America was seen as key in raising 2009 sales to record levels for Winnipeg farm equipment firm Buhler Industries. The company last week posted year-end net profit of $14.4 million on $284.1 million in sales, up from an $11.7 million net on $219 million in sales in its 2008 fiscal year. Buhler’s sales of short-line equipment “continue to do well,” the company said. But it also expects a decline in overseas tractor sales, translating to overall lower sales expected in 2010. Big Sky’s Treherne barns for sale: Lawyers handling the creditor protection of Saskatchewan’s largest hog production company have filed a notice of motion in Court of Queen’s Bench for approval to sell Big Sky Farms’ farrow-to-finish facilities at Treherne, Man. The proposed buyer, Porcherie Lac du Onze of Notre Dame de Lourdes, is offering $600,000 for the barns, land, mill, bins and related assets. Justice Neil Gabrielson was booked to hear the motion in Saskatoon on Jan. 5. Waterlogged R. M. s granted tax deferrals: Acting for the first time on legislation that got royal assent just on Dec. 16, the federal government has granted producers of breeding livestock the option to defer income tax on stock sales made due to excess moisture in the 2009 tax year. Newly approved for the deferral are the R. M. s of Brokenhead, Coldwell, Eriksdale, Lac du Bonnet, Lawrence, Mossey River, Rockwood, St. Andrews, St. Clements, St. Laurent, Siglunes, Whitemouth, Woodlands, Alexander, Alonsa, Grahamdale and Reynolds, plus Divisions No. 18 (east and west parts) and No. 19. More dry R. M. s get tax deferrals: Income tax deferrals are also now offered to producers hit by drought in the R. M. s of Albert, Archie, Arthur, Birtle, Brenda, Cameron, Clanwilliam, Edward, Ellice, Harrison, Hillsburg, Miniota, Minitonas, Pipestone, Rossburn, Russell, Shellmouth-Boulton, Shell River, Shoal Lake, Sifton, Silver Creek, Strathclair, Swan River, Wallace, Winchester, Woodworth, Park (north and south) and Division No. 20 (south). Producers who cut herds by over 15 per cent can defer tax on 30 per cent of net sale income; if over 30 per cent of a herd was sold, 90 per cent can be deferred.

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