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The bison code of care covers topics not seen in other livestock.

The updated bison code of care has a wealth of information

Beef 911: Although written specifically for bison, the code also has good tips for beef producers

In 2017, new codes of practice came out for bison and veal cattle, following revisions to the codes for dairy cattle in 2009 and the beef, sheep, and equine sectors in 2013. Other codes have also been released or are in progress. The format has multiple chapters (with numerous appendices at the end) and each

Hog Watch is arguing that animal units should be based on barn capacity, not the physical number of pigs.

Hog barn expansion poses questions

Hog Watch says the approval should have been subject to different rules

A hog barn near Strathclair has come under scrutiny after critics say it failed to meet the proper approvals prior to construction. The wrangle over the facility has revealed grey areas in the regulations which some feel are open to interpretation. Capacity in question In a September submission to the RM of Yellowhead council, advocacy


Maple Leaf Foods says it is over half done its conversions to open sow housing.

Maple Leaf pulls ahead on open sow housing

Gestation crates will be a thing of the past at Maple Leaf Foods as of 2021, three years ahead of the National Farm Animal Care Council’s deadline

Maple Leaf Foods now expects to complete its shift to open sow housing with years to spare. The company is more than halfway completed its transition, according to Dr. Greg Douglas, vice-president of animal care. About 40,000 of the company’s 70,000 sows are currently managed under the advanced open-housing system, and the company expects to

Pork producers urged to speak out against proposed animal care code

Karl Kynoch says imposing a deadline for open sow housing 
could push some small producers out of business in 2024

Hog producers need to speak out against proposed sow housing regulations being recommended by the National Farm Animal Care Council, says the chair of the Manitoba Pork Council. Converting a stall system to open housing — a key recommendation of the proposed animal care code for pigs — would cost producers $500 to $1,000 per

The draft code for care of pigs in Canada says long-term stays in gestation crates should be phased out.

New pig care code brings change

The much anticipated draft Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs released by the National Farm Animal Care Council signals change is coming to the industry’s use of sow gestation stalls and other herd management practices such as castration. “In well-managed and -designed housing systems, it is possible to achieve equal or


Tim Hortons expects stall-free pork by 2022

Having reviewed its pork suppliers’ plans to phase out the use of gestation stalls for breeding sows, Canada’s iconic Tim Hortons chain now expects to have moved to stall-free pork by the year 2022. In the Oakville, Ont. company’s annual Sustainability and Responsibility report, released April 3, Tim Hortons said it has “consulted with our

Major pork processor to ditch gestation stalls

Quebec-based Olymel becomes the latest major processor to bow to consumer pressure to change how it houses pregnant sows

Another major Canadian pork processor has announced it will ban the use of gestations stalls in the coming years. The Quebec-based Olymel says it will phase out gestation stalls over the next decade. “We’ve been thinking about this for a long time, we’ve been talking to our partners and reading expert opinion,” said Olymel spokesman



Farm Credit offers flexibility to struggling hog farmers

Farm Credit offers flexibility to struggling hog farmers winnipeg / reuters / Farm Credit Canada, the country’s largest farm lender, says it is willing to adjust or defer loan payments for struggling hog farmers. The lender said it will contact all of its hog-farming clients and help them find ways to deal with a “short-term

NFACC seeks public input on equine-care standards

Online surveys are seeking input from equine owners and others with an interest in equine welfare into the revisions to Canada’s Equine Code of Practice through online surveys. The National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) is conducting a third stakeholder survey to gain further input as the Equine Code of Practice is revised. The code