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Video meat inspection moves a step forward

Beef 911: Changes to allow video ante-mortem inspection and on-farm slaughter make good sense

All through the year accidents can happen and the need for emergency slaughter can arise. Broken legs during breeding season, fighting or, very rarely during transport, downer cattle, make access to emergency slaughter imperative. In Alberta, the government recently announced changes that will allow a mobile butcher to take video of the animal, which can

Feds closely watching provincial changes to trespassing laws

Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan have tightened laws on either access to private rural land or livestock transport, and Manitoba may well be following suit

The federal government is not looking at ways to boost trespassing legislation being passed in some provinces, according to Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau. Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta have taken steps to bolster protections for livestock and producers against trespassers and activists following high-profile events, and Manitoba is believed to be soon following


Animal welfare activist dies outside Ontario pork plant

Protestor reportedly hit by transport truck

An animal welfare activist has died while attending what’s been described as a “vigil” outside a southern Ontario hog packing plant, as new provincial limits on such activity around livestock are set to take effect. Halton Regional Police Service reported receiving a call Friday morning that a person had been “struck by a transport truck”

New shipping regulations might not match up with the research on animal welfare.

Early research shows no benefit of rest stops to livestock

First-year data out of an AAFC-led study seems to support the sector’s argument that rest stops would not increase animal welfare

The beef sector is hoping new data will help make the case to soften new animal transportation regulations that are currently officially in force, but are being slowly phased in. The rules came into force February 20, and include controversial changes to mandatory rest stops the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) argued will improve animal

Ontario offers cash for abattoir upgrades

Applications now being accepted through April

Ontario’s 123 provincially-licensed abattoirs can now start applying for a piece of $2 million in federal/provincial funding to step up food safety, biosecurity and animal welfare measures. The Ontario and federal governments on Wednesday announced applications for cost-share funding can be submitted between now and April 30, “as long as funding for the initiative is


EU-Canada trade deal clears hurdle in Dutch parliament

Amsterdam | Reuters — The European Union’s free trade agreement with Canada cleared a political hurdle on Tuesday, when a slim majority of lawmakers in the Dutch lower house voted to ratify the contested deal. Votes by members of the country’s governing coalition were enough to approve the deal, which was rejected by opposition parties

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New hybrid barn solves ventilation challenge

A new take on free-stall barn design meets its functionality goals

One of the most difficult decisions dairy farmers face when building a new free-stall barn is determining the best ventilation system for the facility. A building can be ventilated naturally by putting a hole in the roof and allowing air to come in through the side, while the cow heats the air up. A barn

Manitoba Beef Producers says new livestock transport regulations will hit this province the hardest.

Beef producers not backing down on livestock transport regs

Beef producers have four months until new transport regulations come into force

Beef producers are still fighting transport regulations that they say will cut off trade of live cattle. Livestock transportation will look very different when new regulations come into effect next February. The livestock sector was given one year to comply with new humane transport regulations, published by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in February 2019.


Local dairy farm fire draws national attention

The fire at a Steinbach-area farm claimed four barns and 800 cattle

A devastating fire that claimed four dairy barns and about 800 dairy cows near Steinbach has drawn attention and criticism across Canada. The fire at Pennwood Dairy was reported in the Globe and Mail, as well as several Winnipeg news outlets. Animal advocacy organizations have since called for change to industry regulations. Steinbach fire Chief

Andreas Zinn interacts with a customer at the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market.

Free-range farmer benefits from raising animals the old-fashioned way

‘Mother Nature never had a confinement operation,’ Andreas Zinn says

Andreas Zinn says he was born to raise animals. If the autobiography he wrote at age six is an indication, that’s true. It documents his plans for the future: get up early, raise crops, raise chickens and pigs. It was a solid prediction. At age 13, Andreas got his first goat as a birthday present.