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Shady chicken-meat imports have Canadian poultry producers riled up

Mislabelling chicken as spent fowl has allowed American chicken processors to avoid more than $60 million in yearly tariffs, say Canadian chicken producers

Canadian chicken producers are crying foul over shady American spent fowl exports. Last year, Canada imported more than 97 million kilograms of chicken meat that was declared as being from spent fowl — which is 110 per cent of the United States’ entire annual spent fowl production. “We’re importing a lot more (spent fowl) than […]

Korea lifts ban on beef from cattle fed Zilmax — September 2, 2014


Seoul | Reuters – South Korea has lifted a ban on animal feed additive zilpaterol in beef, a food ministry official said Tuesday. Seoul had earlier flagged that it intended to ease its zero-tolerance policy on zilpaterol-based drugs, such as Merck’s Zilmax. The official confirmed that imports of beef muscle with one part per billion […]

Klassen: Feeder cattle market remains variable — September 1, 2014


The western Canadian feeder cattle market continues to trade in a volatile fashion. Similar-quality cattle varied by as much as $10 per hundredweight (cwt) in some cases, especially on calves under 600 pounds. There are three key factors enhancing the volatility in the feeder market at this time. First, wholesale beef prices are under pressure […]

Levinoff-Colbex beef plant to be sold for parts: report — August 29, 2014


A Quebec cattle producer group’s bid to buy and reopen the shuttered Levinoff-Colbex beef packing plant in the Centre-du-Quebec region has been rejected, according to the province’s main farm organization. The ill-fated cull cow slaughter plant’s receiver, Richter Advisory Group of Montreal, had been taking bids on the St-Cyrille-de-Wendover plant’s assets this summer, for sale […]

U.S. livestock: CME live cattle supported by higher cash trade — August 29, 2014


Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures settled up on Friday boosted by higher prices in the cash cattle market, traders said. Cash cattle, or market-ready cattle, sold in the U.S. Plains at $155 to $156 per hundredweight (cwt), traders said (all figures US$). Last week, cash cattle in Kansas and Nebraska […]

Input sought on watershed report

The Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance is looking for input on its draft ‘state of the watershed’ document. “The group held meetings in communities throughout the watershed in 2012-13 and commissioned scientific reports on issues and conditions in the watershed,” said Adam Norris, watershed co-ordinator. “Since then, we have been busy building a document called the […]

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Alberta Chicken Producers welcomes update to poultry care code

Group’s chair says province’s broiler producers are already adhering 
to expected changes and process ‘will validate what we’re doing’

An initiative to update the animal care code of practice for poultry is being welcomed by the chair of Alberta Chicken Producers. “We already have an animal care program in the province that is mandatory for our producers,” said Erna Ference. “All of our farmers are certified and on that program. From what I understand, […]

Jamaica re-opens to Canadian beef — August 28, 2014


Canadian beef producers have scored access to a long-closed market as Jamaica will again take Canadian product. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Trade Minister Ed Fast announced Monday that Jamaica has approved all imports of beef from Canada, effective immediately. The country closed its ports to Canadian beef in 2003 after the discovery of Canada’s […]

U.S. livestock: Cash price optimism rallies CME live cattle — August 28, 2014


Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures turned up sharply on Thursday in anticipation of steady-to-better prices for market-ready or cash cattle this week, traders said. Futures drew more support from their discounts to last week’s cash cattle returns. August live cattle, which will expire on Friday, ended up 1.45 cent per […]