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Don’t count chickens before they hatch: Tyson bet on wrong rooster

Meat giant books unexpected decline in hatching

Chicago | Reuters — Tyson Foods is laying off a certain type of rooster from its U.S. chicken business after a surprising discovery that eggs fertilized by the male bird hatch less often, resulting in fewer chickens. The world’s largest meat producer by sales will install a replacement across its breeding program by this fall

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France backs non-GMO regulation for crop gene-editing in EU

Paris | Reuters — France sees crops developed using gene-editing techniques as different to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and opposes a European Union court decision to put them under strict GMO regulations, the country’s agriculture minister said. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in 2018 that mutagenesis, among so-called new breeding techniques (NBT) based


Fred Greig.

Greig to chair wheat research council

CWRC announces new executive and president; AWC obtains host duties

The Canadian Wheat Research Coalition (CWRC) — a collaboration between the Manitoba Crop Alliance (MCA), Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) and Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), has announced its newly appointed executive and president. The new executive is comprised of chair Fred Greig (MCA) who farms at Reston, vice-chair Jake Leguee (Sask Wheat), a farmer from

Horses on the Martin farm display the results of the family's Clydesdale program.

Clydesdales: Keeping up with the family tradition

Four generations of Martins have been producing Boulder Bluff Clydesdale horses

When George Martin purchased the east half of 1-16-22 in the Strathclair district in 1931, and began his small breeding operation of Clydesdale horses, he probably had no notion the farm and descendants of those horses would still be in the family nearly nine decades and four generations later. “When you can say you are

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Barley’s genome now two-thirds sequenced

A team led by scientists at the University of California, Riverside says it has reached a new milestone in its work on sequencing the barley genome. In a release Tuesday, the researchers said they have sequenced large portions of the genome that together contain nearly two-thirds of all barley genes. Because barley is a close relative


Neal Gutterson (r), head of biotech for DuPont Pioneer says new tools are speeding up the crop improvement process.

Corn and soybeans headed north and west

DuPont Pioneer is among a number of companies that see huge 
growth potential on the western Prairies

Earlier-maturing varieties of corn and soybeans rolling out across the Canadian Prairies will provide new cash crop options and contribute to more sustainable rotations, a senior official with DuPont Pioneer said here last week. While it is widely acknowledged that farmers are squeezing their canola rotations too tightly, setting the stage for a rise in


Jethro Hamakoko breeds Brahman cattle on a small ranch about an hour outside of the Zambian capital of Lusaka.

Zambian herd grows, despite ticks, poachers

While not without challenges, some farmers forced out of Zimbabwe 
have found a home ranching in Zambia

Quietly, after the bulk of journalists has moved on to other things, Graham Rae describes the situation as 15 to one. That is 15 poachers and one security guard shot so far. On a still morning near the central Zambian town of Chisamba, it’s hard to imagine, but cattle rustling is a major problem for


plant seedling

A GMO by any other name would smell sweeter

The terminology used to describe modern plant breeding gives it a bad name

Google reveals a plethora of ideas for “How to choose a name.” It has suggestions for your baby, your dog, your business, your blog and more. Have you ever wondered what the discussion would be around food and agriculture if plant scientists sought similar advice when naming genetically modified organisms (GMOs)? They’re immersed in science,

black bull grazing in a pasture

Beef 911: A close examination of the Breeding Soundness Evaluation form

Evaluating a bull isn’t straightforward and there are a number of factors to consider

In talking with astute, diligent and thorough cattlemen, it’s come to my attention that a close examination of the Breeding Soundness Evaluation form is clearly warranted. All conscientious breeders will make them available before a sale or for sure at the point of delivery. Specific things on the form may be more applicable depending on