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The Karim Allah, a livestock ship carrying over 800 Spanish cattle stranded with suspected bluetongue disease, is docked at Escombreras in Cartagena, Spain on Feb. 26, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Juan Medina)

Spanish report calls for cull of over 850 cattle on pariah ship

Cattle were bound for Turkey but turned away over bluetongue fears

Cartagena | Reuters — More than 850 cows that spent months aboard a ship wandering across the Mediterranean are not fit for transport anymore and should be killed, according to a confidential report by Spanish government veterinarians seen by Reuters. The cows were kept in what an animal rights activist called “hellish” conditions on the […] Read more


It looks like a Costco in your neighbourhood but this one is in Madrid. When it started selling Canadian beef, officials from the Trade Commissioner Service office were on hand to celebrate the occasion. Pictured are trade commissioners Maximo Hurtado and Karen Kennedy, who are flanking Astrid Sveinsdóttir, CEO of Astrra International, a logistics company in Madrid specializing in meat shipments.

Here’s the beef — it’s on Costco shelves in Madrid and that’s a big win

A Canadian beef deal in Spain raises hope the battle for European access is paying off

Reading Time: 5 minutes You might expect to pay $30 for a steak at a restaurant. But at the supermarket meat counter? Not so much. However, Costco customers in Madrid haven’t balked at paying those sorts of prices since the chain began carrying Canada AAA rib-eyes in November. “As a Canadian consumer walking into the grocery store, I don’t […] Read more

Uruguayan sheep shearer Federico Ventura catches a sheep to shear it in Villafale, Spain on June 17, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Juan Medina)

Uruguayan shearers flown in to relieve sweltering Spanish sheep

Expert shearers authorized to enter country amid COVID-19 pandemic

Villafale, Spain | Reuters — Brought to Spain on a special flight amid the coronavirus lockdown, some 250 Uruguayan sheep shearers race against time to shear millions of Spanish sheep as sweltering summer temperatures hit. The Uruguayan shearers come to Spain every year, where farmers value them for their skills, their speed and particular care […] Read more


Southern Ontario wine grapes on the vine. (Dave Bedard photo)

World wine output falls to 60-year low

Paris | Reuters — Global wine output fell to its lowest level in 60 years in 2017 due to poor weather conditions in the European Union that slashed production in the bloc, international wine organization OIV said. Wine production totalled 250 million hectolitres last year, down 8.6 per cent from 2016, data from the Paris-based […] Read more