U.S. launches task force to tackle antibiotic-resistant bugs — September 18, 2014


Chicago | Reuters — The U.S. government will set up a task force and presidential advisory council to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance to national security, setting a Feb. 15 deadline for the outlining of specific steps to be taken, White House advisers said at a press conference Thursday. The White House announced […]

U.S. livestock: Weak cash price outlook drops CME live cattle — September 18, 2014


Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle settled lower on Thursday in anticipation of packers spending less for market-ready, or cash, cattle this week, traders said. October live cattle futures finished 1.425 cents per pound lower at 155.6 cents, and December at 158.925 cents down 1.075 cents (all figures US$). Processors may cut […]

Technology such as infrared thermography brings hard data — instead of opinion — to the animal welfare debate, says Ed Pajor, a professor of animal welfare at the University of Calgary.

Stress tool could have a big impact

Infrared thermography provides a quick and non-invasive way to 
measure stress, and that has big implications for livestock producers

A new ‘eye’ on how animals respond to stressful situations is providing researchers with a valuable tool that could one day have a big impact on how livestock are treated. Infrared thermography — or IRT — can tell a lot of stories by measuring body heat in a specific area. Using a device that looks […]

Incoming Alta. premier taps ex-MPs to push for market access — September 18, 2014


Boosting market access for Alberta’s agricultural wares and other exports is expected to loom large on the new provincial premier’s radar. Jim Prentice, sworn in Monday as premier, kept Wetaskiwin-Camrose MLA Verlyn Olson as his minister of agriculture and rural development, and reappointed Jason Krips as deputy minister for the department. Prentice, in his mandate […]

U.S. livestock: CME hog futures fall with cash, pork prices — September 17, 2014


Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures slumped more than two per cent on Wednesday, pressured by lower prices for slaughter-ready or cash hogs and pork at wholesale, traders said. October closed 1.775 cents per pound lower at 105.1 cents, and December at 93.9 cents, down 2.025 cents (all figures US$). Wednesday […]

U.S. livestock: CME live cattle close lower on cash price outlook — September 16, 2014


Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed down slightly on Tuesday in anticipation of likely lower prices for market-ready or cash cattle this week, traders said. October and December live cattle both ended 0.15 cent per pound lower, at 156.2 and 158.875 cents, respectively (all figures US$). Packers might curb cash […]

Meat industry groups seek rehearing of COOL court case — September 16, 2014


Canadian, U.S. and Mexican livestock and meat industry groups want a rehearing from a U.S. court that so far has shot down their challenges of U.S. mandatory country-of-origin labelling (COOL) laws. The American Meat Institute (AMI), the lead group in a list of plaintiffs including the Canadian Pork Council and Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), filed […]

U.S. lawmakers want to curb antibiotic use on farms — September 16, 2014


Reuters — Two U.S. lawmakers are calling for action to rein in antibiotic use in livestock in response to a Reuters investigation showing how top U.S. poultry firms have been administering drugs to their flocks. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said she plans to introduce new legislation authorizing the Food and Drug Administration to collect […]

Takota Coen has planted fruit and nut trees between his pasture land and a 1.5-kilometre swale that collects run-off from his annual crop field and feeds his farm’s drip irrigation system — creating a sustainable system that balances water management, perennial crops, and annual crops.

Permaculture advocate says work with nature, not against it

Ferintosh producer Takota Coen says carefully designed mixed farms are the way of the future

The first thing you’ll notice as you drive by Grass Roots Family Farm is the orchard — an unlikely sight in rural Alberta, but somehow it seems right at home beside the sprawling vegetable garden. In a paddock near the house, a sow nurses a handful of nearly newborn piglets, and just down the lane […]

U.S. SEC announces settlement with AgFeed over accounting fraud — September 15, 2014


Washington | Reuters – A Tennessee animal feed company will pay back US$18 million in alleged illicit profits to settle civil accounting fraud charges, U.S. regulators said Monday. AgFeed Industries, which is currently in bankruptcy, was charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission in March in connection with charges that it reported fake revenue from […]