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If you don’t make arrangements with a vet, you won’t be able to access a long list of livestock drugs currently available over the counter. 

BE PREPARED: How new drug rules will affect your ranch

Now is the time to get ready for when a host of antimicrobials will no longer be available over the counter

The clock is ticking on new rules that will require a prescription for livestock drugs that can currently be bought over the counter. This blog from the Beef Cattle Research Council looks at how to prepare and why antimicrobial resistance needs to be on everyone’s radar. The article has been edited for length, but the […] Read more

Pesticide collection program a success again

Alberta farmers returned 70,737 kilograms of obsolete and unwanted pesticides and 2,162 kilograms of livestock and equine medications during CleanFARMS’ obsolete collection campaign last fall. The program, which took place at 20 participating ag-retail locations in southern Alberta in October, was the third CleanFARMS collection in the province, but the first to accept both pesticides […] Read more


The Public Health Agency of Canada recently said it had found the MCR-1 gene present in three cases — two involving ground beef in Ontario in 2010 and one involving an Ottawa woman in 2011.

Livestock drug use back in the spotlight

New ‘superbug’ gene has alarm bells ringing around world and 
will likely mean more oversight of antimicrobials here

The discovery that a much feared “superbug” gene has somehow crossed the border into Canada is increasing calls for more oversight of on-farm antibiotic and antimicrobial use. The new gene, called MCR-1, makes bacteria immune to a group of antibiotics used as the last defence to fight resistant bugs. MCR-1 was confirmed to have surfaced […] Read more

Get rid of unwanted meds and pesticides

Farmers and ranchers in southern Alberta will be able to dispose of unwanted or obsolete pesticide and livestock medications this fall. The Canadian Animal Health Institute and CleanFARMS will conduct the collection from Oct. 26-30 at 20 collection sites. A list of pickup sites will be posted at the CleanFARMS website later this summer. A similar […] Read more