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EU plans to halve pesticide use, expand organic farming

Brussels | Reuters — The European Commission said on Wednesday it planned to increase organic farming and cut agricultural chemical use to protect the environment, proposals welcomed by green groups but which farmers said would make them less flexible. Agriculture is a contributor to climate change – producing around 10 per cent of EU greenhouse […] Read more

As of December 2018, you’ll need a prescription if livestock fall sick and need an antibiotic or other antimicrobial. But you wouldn’t be able to just call up a vet and ask for one if you don’t have a Veterinarian-Client-Patient-Relationship.

How’s your relationship with your vet?

Antimicrobials will soon require a prescription, but a vet can’t write one if he or she hasn’t worked closely with a producer

When it comes to antimicrobials, one shoe has dropped and the other soon will. And that means livestock producers who don’t have a working relationship with a vet better start developing one. As of last month, producers can no longer import antimicrobials for use on their ranches and farms, and growth promotion claims have been […] Read more


How antimicrobial use will change in a year’s time

Alberta Beef Producers highlighted changes for medically important antimicrobials (MIAs) that will take effect on Dec. 1, 2018. “While current research does not point to any clear, direct link between antimicrobial use in cattle and resistance in people, it is in our best interests to use these products appropriately,” the organization stated in the Nov. […] Read more

Canada untangles pork label rule for EU export

A domestic technical obstacle has been cleared out of Canadian pork’s export path to the European Union, the Canadian Pork Council said Friday. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency last week made changes to its Manual of Procedures, which will allow pork packers to apply health mark labels after pork has been frozen, the council said. […] Read more



Keeping close tabs on the movement of cattle, visitors to your farm, and use of antimicrobials are all becoming increasingly important.

Put antimicrobials, traceability, and biosecurity on your to-do list

All three areas are undergoing changes that producers should be aware of, 
says the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

There are things that beef producers need to look out for in the coming months when it comes to herd health and biosecurity. “We do know that there are changes in play that will require all medically important antimicrobials to become prescription only,” said Rob McNabb, general manager of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. Some medically […] Read more


Chicken farmers to expand phase-out of antibiotics

The national body for Canada’s chicken producers has set new targets to phase out preventive use of the antimicrobials deemed next-to-most important in human medicine. Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC) on Tuesday announced that, following the “successful elimination” of Category I antibiotics for disease prevention in chickens, its antimicrobial use strategy will next focus on […] Read more