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Lisa Thompson. (Lisathompsonmpp.ca video screengrab via YouTube)

Ontario names new ag minister in shuffle

Lisa Thompson replaces Ernie Hardeman

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has drawn another aggie from his existing cabinet to replace Ernie Hardeman as his agriculture minister. Ford on Friday announced a major cabinet shuffle, dropping Hardeman, the long-time MPP for Oxford, from the cabinet table and naming Lisa Thompson as minister for agriculture, food and rural affairs. Thompson, who until Friday

File photo of goats on display at the Hanover Agricultural Fair in Grunthal, Man. in August 2019. (Dave Bedard photo)

U.S. transport regulators reject ’emotional support animal’ status

Service dog status still protected; 'support' goats, turkeys, others up to airlines

Washington | Reuters — Only trained dogs qualify as service animals on U.S. airlines, as regulators rejected requests to extend legal protections to miniature horses, pigs, turkeys and other species, under final U.S. Transportation Department rules issued Wednesday. Airlines can still choose which other species to allow on board, but the rules issued on Wednesday


File photo of sheep grazing near a marijuana crop in Afghanistan’s Balkh province, north of Kabul, on Sept. 24, 2007. (Photo: Reuters/Ahmad Masood)

Blast kills at least 23 at Afghanistan livestock market

Area shelled in clashes between government forces, Taliban

Kabul | Reuters — At least 23 civilians were killed in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province and dozens were wounded when rockets hit a cattle market on Monday, Afghan government and Taliban officials said. The warring sides blamed each other for the attack on the open-air weekly cattle market in Sangin district, where hundreds of villagers

File photo of goats on display at the Hanover Agricultural Fair in Grunthal, Man. in August 2019. (Dave Bedard photo)

No turkeys, pigs, goats: U.S. to let airlines limit service animals

Miniature horses still up for discussion

Washington | Reuters — The U.S. Transportation Department on Wednesday proposed giving airlines the power to bar emotional support animals from cabins and limit the definition of a service animal to a trained dog. The proposed new rules are aimed at preventing passengers from falsely claiming their pets are service animals aboard U.S. airline flights.

Agropur’s Fromagerie Damafro had been known as the developer of Quebec’s first-ever soft washed rind cheese, sold under the Saint-Damase brand. (OurCheeses.com)

Agropur halts talks with Quebec goat dairy producers

Agropur has gone back to Plan A for the fate of a major Quebec soft cheese processing plant after halting talks with the province’s goat dairy farmer association. Canada’s biggest dairy co-operative had announced in September last year it would close the former Fromagerie Damafro plant at Saint-Damase, Que. in April this year, but delayed


Signs of life for summer sheep, goat sales

Signs of life for summer sheep, goat sales

Rain in the forecast and pre-holiday bidding added up to a positive backdrop for the latest sheep and goat sale

Strong bidding fuelled by an approaching holiday season and rain clouds on the horizon promising improved hay production set a positive tone May 15, at Winnipeg Livestock Auction, where 180 sheep and goats were delivered. In the sheep sale, the selection of ewes gave the buyers wide choice for future purposes. The higher-price quality ewes

Bidding better than expected at latest sheep, goat sale

Bidding better than expected at latest sheep, goat sale

The sheep and goat sale also featured a veal calf trial sale

The winter road drifting conditions and drifting snow didn’t stop producers delivering to the March 6 sheep and goat sale at Winnipeg Livestock Sales. A total of 146 sheep and goats passed through the ring at the event, with high bidding that surprised a few buyers in some of the individual classes. The quality of

Prices promising for future sales

Prices promising for future sales

The winter doldrums have broken in the sheep and goat market

Winnipeg Livestock Auction finally had the opportunity to hold a proper sale following some disappointing outings that were sharply reduced due to frigid weather and winter storms that kept both buyers and sellers at home. There were 100 sheep and goats delivered for the Feb. 20 auction. Producers and buyers had high expectations and anything


Buyers had very little interest in any of the lighter lambs, whether wool or hair lambs.

Winter storm slows recent sheep, goat sale

There were few animals and disappointing bidding at the Winnipeg Livestock Auction

January 23, 2019 had a serious major blowing snowstorm threat on the Winnipeg Livestock Auction date; showing clearly the sale was affected. The low delivery of only 100 sheep and goats — and the extremely low bidding from the buyers, showed that this threat was more than just serious. The bidding was even lower than

Holiday season well supplied

Holiday season well supplied

The Rabi’ al-awwal festival signifies the birth of the prophet Muhammad

A total of 392 sheep and goats made their way through the sales ring Nov. 21 at Winnipeg Livestock Auction. Buyers were out in numbers to purchase animals intended for consumption at the upcoming Rabi’ al-awwal Muslim festival. Sellers were aware of the significance of the date and kept buyers well supplied with selection. Dorper-cross