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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,

Male dairy calves will require a longer stay on their birth farm before shipping.

Dairy calves, veal sector to see animal transportation changes

Changes to infrastructure and skills needed before regulations come into force, report says

Big changes are coming down the road for the veal sector. This February new transportation regulations are coming and that’s going to change how male dairy calves are marketed and the whole sector will need to talk to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) about a phased transition, a new report recommends. Prepared by an


Beef producers say new transportation regulations may actually harm animal welfare. 

Beef industry blasts new transport regs, but pork and chicken say OK

New regulations have shortened trips between rest stops and expanded the definition of ‘unfit’ or ‘compromised’ animals among other changes, but not everyone in the livestock sector is impressed

Animals will have less time between stops under new federal transportation rules, but the cattle industry says the changes may actually miss the mark on animal welfare. Both the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and Manitoba Beef Producers have accused the federal government of ignoring its own research and argue that the overwhelming majority of cattle arrive

Animal rights bill under farm group scrutiny

The private member’s bill could criminalize legal and humane practices

A Toronto Liberal MP’s bill to expand animal anti-cruelty provisions in the Criminal Code is setting off alarm bells for agriculture organizations. They’re closely scrutinizing Nathaniel Erskine-Smith’s private member’s bill because of its potential to sideswipe livestock farming. The Beaches-East York MP has also been told by Bill Blair, the former Toronto police chief and

The ability to link quality through the beef value chain is improving but work still needs to be done to ensure some of the reward goes back to the producer.

Beef data lets you follow the money

A study of carcass data shows cattle from an elite breeding program 
were worth more than $200 a head than the average calf

The data shows someone is making more money on the calves produced by superior bulls in the beef value chain, but it isn’t always the producer. McDonald’s Canada, Beefbooster, and BIXSco — the company now running the Beef InfoXchange System — recently collaborated with Livestock Gentec to analyze two million records of carcass data. The


Slaughter volumes down as Canadian herd numbers dwindle

COOL opportunity to slaughter and grade more beef in Canada and provide cattle for 
three medium-size packing plants scheduled to reopen in 2014

As predicted, fed slaughter graded volume decreased in 2013. But what is interesting is the non-fed graded volume increased (non-fed being mostly cows) to compensate for the fed slaughter decrease. This increase of non-fed slaughter does not bode well for the future as it means there are going to be fewer breeding cows in the




Hitting the sweet spot

If Calvin Vaags has his way, Manitoba will have a federally inspected ruminant slaughter plant capable of handling 1,000 head per week up and running within a year. After three years of preparation, work has started on a $13-million expansion at Plains Processors, a small processing plant with a capacity of 80 head per week