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Alpacas at 313 Farms enjoy their annual pumpkin treat after Halloween.

Farm animals get a munch-worthy treat in Halloween leftovers

Backyard operations say diverting pumpkins out of landfills, and into livestock feed, is a win win, but what is the nutritional value of a pumpkin anyway?

The days after Halloween were good ones to be an alpaca on 313 Farms near Anola, Man. In a normal year, one without an ongoing pandemic, the 14 alpacas owned by Anne and Dave Patman are the centrepiece of programs like alpaca yoga and Dancing with Alpacas. They would star in family photo shoots. And

Pork producers are looking for better pricing mechanisms.

Hog sector eyes pricing revamp

Pig producers say it’s time for a hard look at how live animals are priced in Canada

Pork producers are looking for a better deal on hog prices. Following some tough times involving COVID disruptions and issues watching finished pork prices soar while farm gate prices fell, four western Canadian pork producer group boards, the Manitoba Pork Council (MPC) included, met with packers to discuss pricing issues. Three major Canadian packers were


File photo of domestic hogs on a German farm.

Germany finds three new African swine fever cases in wild boar

Three more cases of African swine fever (ASF) have been confirmed in wild boar in the eastern German state of Brandenburg, the state government said on Oct. 8. The new discoveries bring the total number of confirmed cases to 53 since the first one on Sept. 10, the Brandenburg state Health Ministry said. All were

Manitoba’s swine genetics sector is hailing a relaxing of some federal regulations seen as outdated and unnecessary.

CFIA rules smooth path for AI facilities

Canada’s pig genetics industry is expecting big savings on time and money thanks to new rules on disease testing and isolation

Boars going into a domestic-use semen centre won’t have to clear the same hurdles now that changes on disease testing and isolation periods have come into effect. Why it matters: Swine artificial insemination facilities that cater to domestic customers say new CFIA rules will reduce replacement times by weeks and save money due to less

China seeks to essentially raise all its own pork

Rapid rebuild of swine herd could dash hopes of exporters like Canada for lasting inroads into market

Reuters – China is aiming to produce 95 per cent of its pork at home, according to a cabinet document outlining plans for its livestock sector, underscoring a goal to quickly rebuild its huge pig herd after a major disease epidemic. The document comes amid a heightened focus on food security by Beijing, with coronavirus


Hog producers want $50 million invested in ASF prevention

Disease outbreak would rapidly outstrip the impact of BSE, Canadian Pork Council says

Canada’s hog producers are calling on the federal government to invest $50 million over three years to combat African swine fever (ASF). In an open letter released Sept. 11, chair of the Canadian Pork Council Rick Bergmann spells out the impact an outbreak of the disease would have on the industry. The call comes on

“Eventually, sooner rather than later, we’d really like to see a positive income.” Rick Bergmann, Canadian Pork Council.

Backlog prevention costs pork producers

[email protected] Marketing and the Manitoba Pork Council say they’re floating the idea of AgriRecovery, but don’t give much hope that government will pay out

Aggressive marketing appears to have kept independent hog producers from backing up despite COVID-19 cases piling up at Maple Leaf Foods in Brandon. Contingency measures have come with a cost, however, and those costs have hog sector leaders eyeing potential AgriRecovery funds. Why it matters: Pork tanked earlier this year due to a glut of

Pork producers call for a more targeted AgriStability

The Canadian Pork Council wants to leave AgriStability’s trigger where it is, but bolster compensation levels

Canada’s pork producers are offering up a new solution to long-standing frustrations from industry over the AgriStability program. In a letter to federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) agriculture ministers, the Canadian Pork Council is calling for an increase to the compensation rate offered under the business risk management program from the current 70 per cent to


A myriad of factors have likely contributed to keeping infection numbers down so far this year.

Why are Manitoba’s PED numbers so low?

Spring weather, residual immunity, biosecurity awareness and efforts to avoid COVID-19 may have all played into keeping Manitoba’s porcine epidemic diarrhea numbers down

It’s been a good year so far for PED in Manitoba’s hog barns. The province has had only two cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) this year; one in the northeast and one in southeast Manitoba, both in nursery barns confirmed June 10. This is in comparison to 60 cases by July 22 last year,

Canada’s pork sector has been hard hit by processing bottlenecks and market free fall due to COVID-19.

Pork sector temporarily halting ractopamine-free program audits

The pork sector says temporarily postponing ractopamine audits is small potatoes, compared to the other stresses facing its industry

Audits to check against the use of the feed additive ractopamine are the latest casualty of COVID-19. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said May 20 that third-party audits under the Canadian Ractopamine-Free Pork Certification Program may be postponed. Facilities with audits between March and the end of May are impacted, the agency said. Why it matters: Ractopamine was