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Door opens to hog expansion

Anaerobic digesters out, new barns in

New hog barns will be built Manitoba. After an all-night session at the Manitoba Legislature, Bill 24 has passed its final reading and received royal assent. Better known as the Red Tape Reduction and Government Efficiency Act, Bill 24 covers legislation ranging from consumer protection and labour relations, to residential tenancies and transportation of dangerous

Old is new in hog barn approvals

Public opposition has not gone away after a decade of no development

The first application under a new protocol for approving hog barns in Manitoba has run into an old problem: local opposition. The Rural Municipality of Oakview council last month turned down an application for a 6,000-space feeder/finish operation near Rivers even though a technical review committee report said it met the necessary requirements. Council gave


Cold weather isn’t an obstacle to anaerobic digesters in Manitoba

Manitoba’s first anaerobic digester will be completed this fall and experts 
say it will prove that our cold winters are no problem

Manitoba’s challenging climate won’t leave producers out in the cold when it comes to anaerobic digesters, says a University of Manitoba researcher. “If you insulate it properly and it’s heated, there shouldn’t be any obstacles to having this technology,” PhD candidate Elsie Jordaan said during a presentation sponsored by the National Centre for Livestock and

Milk house waste considered manure

Dairy Farmers of Manitoba is looking at ways to assist producers in the face of an upcoming ban on winter manure spreading, which will also affect milk house waste. Under the Save Lake Winnipeg Act, milk house wastewater is considered a manure product, and must be stored until spring. This regulation also rules out the

City charged for releasing sewage into Red River over seven-week period

They’re not blaming farmers for this one The provincial government has charged the City of Winnipeg for releasing “a large amount” of partially treated sewage into the Red River a year ago. The release of the effluent, which had high levels of fecal coliform and E. coli, began on Oct. 7, 2011 and lasted for


Recent Audit Uncovers Problems

Data integrity is key to the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency s efforts, but a recent audit found major problems. If we are going to rely on this information to market cattle internationally, we have to know that the information we have is correct, said CCIA chair Darcy Eddleston. A consultant recently found 1.2 million errors

City’s Sewage Discharges Detrimental To Lake Winnipeg

STAFF / Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) was quick to pounce on recent news reports that the City of Winnipeg has been discharging partly treated sewage into the Red River. The news that the City of Winnipeg s South End Water Pollution Centre has been discharging up to 60 million litres of sewage into the Red

Don’t Overwork Flooded Septic Systems

Septic systems that have been flooded should be treated very carefully, cautions Tom Scherer, the North Dakota State University Extension Service’s agricultural engineer who specializes in water quality and irrigation. “After the water recedes, don’t be in a hurry to start using them right away,” he says. “The drain field especially needs time to dry


Human Waste Could Be Phosphate Source

Human excreta could have a key role in securing future food security, helping prevent a sharp drop in yields of crops such as wheat due to a shortage of phosphorus inputs, a U.K. organic body said Nov. 29. “It is estimated that only 10 per cent of the three million tonnes of phosphorus excreted by

CCIA Call Centre Hours Changed

The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) has adjusted call centre customer service hours effective Monday, Nov. 22, 2010 due to a low volume of calls. The new call centre hours will be Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. Customer support for the Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS) can be