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Cattle sector knows about learning and adapting

Beef 911: Infectious disease is a constant risk on ranches and feedlots, and we know how to reduce the threat

The COVID-19 outbreak gives us time to reflect on how we do things with our livestock. Cattle producers are in the unique situation in the sense we all know about infectious disease — and mitigating risk. From now on, it won’t be as hard to explain to people how we don’t want visitors, especially around

With livestock diseases like African swine fever sweeping the globe, Canada is planning an industry-government partnership.

Livestock sector setting stage for Animal Health Canada

Proposal to be presented to the federal-provincial agriculture ministers this summer

A group of ‘CEO champions’ and senior livestock industry representatives will meet this month to pull together a governance model for Animal Health Canada (AHC) as an overseer of farm animal health across the country. The group aims to have a final report outlining how AHC would function ready in January, says Rory McAlpine, senior


Glenboro veterinarian Dr. Wayne Tomlinson is speaking to Manitoba Beef Producers district meetings this fall about the need to have VCPRs in place as new rules kick in Dec. 1 for buying antimicrobials.

Vet stresses need for veterinary-client-patient-relationship (VCPR) by Dec. 1

Producers must have a formalized working relationship with a veterinarian to continue to have access to antimicrobials

Any beef producer who doesn’t have a formalized working relationship with a veterinarian must have one by December 1, or risk finding out the hard way they can’t buy antibiotics they may need. After that date, you’ll need a vet’s prescription to buy virtually any antibiotic needed on the farm, as all over-the-counter purchases are

Dairy culls require careful management to ensure they don’t suffer when going to slaughter.

Vets call for better management of dairy culls

The sector agrees better guidelines and improved transport conditions are worthy goals

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) wants to see a better way of handling compromised cull dairy cows. It’s calling for greater co-operation amongst producers, their vets, as well as transporters, processors and cattle marketers. In a resolution adopted at its annual summer meeting, the CVMA says cull dairy cows “have an increased likelihood of

‘While you wait’ truck service when picking up coal

Our History: September 1961

With chilly nights approaching, this ad in our Sept. 28, 1961 issue told farmers they could get 10-minute service when picking up their coal at Cumming and Dobie in Brandon. “Rapeseed is here to stay” was the title of the editorial earlier that month, noting that while farmers had not been enthusiastic about the crop


Landals named 2017 Carl Block Award recipient

The honour is to acknowledge a long career advancing animal health in Canada

An Alberta veterinarian has been named the recipient of a national award for outstanding contributions to animal health. Dr. Duane Landals, of Onoway, Alta., has been given the 2017 Carl Block Award by the Canadian Animal Health Coalition. The award is in memory of Carl Block, who was chair of the CAHC when he passed

Veterinarians now have a set of rules governing antimicrobial drugs, which mirror expected regulations.

Veterinary association sets framework for medicine oversight

The guidelines are intended to lead to consistent regulations throughout Canada

Canadian veterinarians now have a framework for using antibiotics that will assist federal and provincial regulators concerned about antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The guidelines were developed by the Veterinary Pharmaceutical Stewardship Advisory Group of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, in collaboration with the Canadian Council of Veterinary Registrars (CCVR) and after discussions with government officials and

Veterinary drug use is going to be subject to new regulations, likely sometime in 2017, says Jane Philpott, federal health minister.

Health Canada edging closer to action on antimicrobial resistance

Use of these products in livestock is likely to be sharply curtailed to protect products important to human health

There’s no hard deadline, but the federal government is going to begin reforming antibiotic use in animals this fall. Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott says the government wants to make changes to protect antibiotics that are important to human health. Without change, deaths linked to diseases that become resistant to modern medicines could outstrip those


Participants at a recent summit supported the proposals for new regulations on the use of veterinary drugs for livestock.

Regulatory changes would limit farmers’ vet drug imports

Proposed Health Canada changes will affect how antimicrobials are imported into Canada

For John Prescott, a move to end farmers’ right to import certain veterinary drugs marks a significant turning point in the fight against antimicrobial resistance in Canada. The Public Health Agency announced last year that Health Canada’s Veterinary Drugs Directorate would introduce new regulations requiring veterinary oversight of antibiotics used in food animals, such as

Auditor general slams federal inaction on antimicrobial drugs for livestock

Little progress has been made after more than a decade of discussions

The federal government has failed to take effective measures to contain the proliferation of drug-resistant bugs that threaten human health and to prevent the overuse of antimicrobial drugs in livestock production, says Auditor General Michael Ferguson. The Public Health Agency and Health Canada “have not fulfilled key responsibilities to mitigate the public health risks posed