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Group of 175 Angus sent by air to Russia

A shipment of 175 head of western Canadian cattle was sent by air to Kranoyarsk, Russia on March 5. The group of 165 registered Angus heifers and 10 registered Angus bulls was assembled from 22 farms in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Cantriex Livestock International Inc. of Ponoka along with Weavercroft International of Dorchester, Ontario and Douglas J. Henderson and Associates of Lacombe were responsible for putting the shipment together.

The cattle were held in quarantine just outside Ponoka and were hauled to Chicago where they were loaded into crates and placed on the plane.

“It was a rewarding experience filled with opportunity, but of course it also came with some challenges,” said David Saretsky with Cantriex Livestock International. “I’d like to thank everyone who was involved, both on the Canadian and Russian side of the operation.”

Bunge buys protein developer

A Saskatoon company developing canola protein ingredients for the feed sector, with an eye on the food and cosmetics markets, is the newest subsidiary of U.S. agri-food giant Bunge.

Bunge announced April 4 it has bought the assets and patents of privately held MCN BioProducts for an undisclosed sum.

Those assets include MCN’s processes for converting de-oiled canola meals into nutritionally dense protein concentrates as potential replacements for fish meal and/or other vegetable protein concentrates in pet, livestock and aquaculture diets.

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