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Taking a proactive approach to cattle transportation

Understanding cattle behaviour and adjusting density according to cattle type are key to proper transportation

When cattle trucker Rick Sincennes started in the business more than 30 years ago it was a different world. Today animal welfare is a profile issue in the public eye, animal activists are putting pressure on producers and the people involved in cattle transportation have an entirely different level of responsibility for themselves and their […] Read more



University of Alberta-led swine study tackles next health frontier

Study focuses on using genomic tools to protect swine exposed to multiple disease threats

If Canada is going to maintain a successful position in the global pork marketplace, swine health and animal care promises to be one of the deciding factors. Sustainable production and competitive pricing will be priorities and swine health and welfare is both a social requirement and necessity for sustainable production. Porcine health management represents a […] Read more


pork processing facility

The future continues to look bright for pork producers

While it’s not entirely smooth sailing, the ‘optimistic sentiment’ in the 
industry is well founded, two experts told the Banff Pork Seminar

The animal welfare issue won’t derail a positive outlook for Canada’s pork industry, says an American agriculture economist. “There is a very optimistic sentiment today in the entire pork industry — I think we’re going to expand pork production throughout North America,” Glynn Tonsor of Kansas State University said at the recent 2015 Banff Pork […] Read more



Getting new workers off to a good start pays off for hog operation

The cost of a trainer and a five-week employee orientation is far less than having to continually replace workers, says HyLife official

Anyone running a hog operation of any scale today knows the value of labour. Richard Taillefer, director of sow and nursery production for HyLife, a large hog production operation headquartered in La Broquerie, Man., told delegates at the recent Banff Pork Seminar in actual dollar terms how much employee retention means to their company. HyLife, […] Read more


Two U of A students given young scientist awards

Two student scientists were announced as winners of the R.O. Ball Young Scientist award at the recent 2015 Banff Pork Seminar. The award, named after researcher and former seminar director Dr. Ron Ball, recognizes graduate students who provide a best overall combination of good and relevant science, a well-written abstract, and excellent presentation. The first […] Read more



Chickens in an egg-laying facility

New York Hutterite Colony adopts leading-edge poultry housing

The ‘furnished housing’ style features nesting areas, scratch pads and perches, 
which allow the birds to engage in natural behaviour

Lethbridge egg farmer Levi Hofer has one eye on the present, the other on the future. Hofer is the manager of the layer flock at the New York Hutterite Colony, which is home to new state-of-the-art facilities called “furnished housing.” It’s a new style that provides a more natural open environment, with nesting areas, scratch […] Read more




Seven questions to consider in farm animal care

Key questions and concepts driving farm animal care progress for livestock producers and their industry

It may be the dog days of summer but in the world of farm animal care it’s also a time when new ideas and fresh progress are heating up. Here’s a rundown of several key questions and concepts to watch for in the months ahead. Who pays? It’s an unprecedented time of new standards and […] Read more