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Calves that are transported properly will quickly get onto feed and water even when they’ve been hauled from Alberta to his feedlot in Ontario, says cattle buyer Ken Schaus.

New rest-break rule a challenge for eastern buyers

But reviewing the rules is a good thing because cattle transport is being scrutinized, says veteran cattle buyer

New transportation regulations that cut maximum time cattle can be confined in a transport trailer could have a major impact on buyers such as Ken Schaus. The 48-hour limit is being cut to 36 hours under the new rules (although there’s a two-year transition period which started Feb. 20 when the regulations came into effect). […] Read more

Bison sector has learned how to make best use of bulls

Beef 911: Artificial insemination is rare so there’s been a lot of attention paid to breeding capacity

Since the beef industry adjusts breeding capacity based on libido, semen production, and length of breeding season, I thought it good to review breeding capacity of bison bulls. While longevity is longer than beef bulls, we rarely talk about breeding capacity. The bison industry does not utilize artificial insemination like the beef industry (although it […] Read more


Comments sought on rabbit code of practice

Comments must be submitted by April 1

A draft Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Rabbits is now available for public comment. The draft code was developed by the National Farm Animal Care Council and provincial rabbit groups based on a number of priority welfare issues. These included areas such as pen and cage design; housing enrichments; recognizing abnormal […] Read more

Pork producers will soon be required to use pain medication for some everyday surgical procedures when handling swine.

Pork producers will soon need to use pain medication in routine swine procedures

Pork producers will need to use pain medications for procedures 
such as castration and tail docking starting in July 2016

Change is coming, but it won’t be huge change nor difficult for pork producers to adopt. Effective July 1, 2016, producers will have to use pain mitigation medication when performing procedures like castration and tail docking. “There are a number of these elective husbandry procedures in the code, and these are painful procedures for pigs, […] Read more