cattle

What’s in a name? More milk!

Names are important to cows. So much so, it seems, that they’ll produce more milk, say researchers in Britain. A study by a research team at Newcastle University has found that cows with names will produce up to 500 pints more milk than those without names.

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Taking care of animals on the road

At any given point, there are more animals on the move in Canada than most of us realize. Livestock – like cattle, sheep and pigs – travel our highways as they move from farm to farm or when they are sent to market. And because our food and farming sector is dealing with the same […]

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Canadian e.coli vaccine approved

Food safety in Canada received a boost today with the announcement that an e.coli vaccine with the potential to reduce risk to human health has been approved for use in Canada. Econiche, a livestock vaccine that greatly reduces the shedding of e.coli O157:H7 by beef and dairy cattle, is now available to Canadian farmers.

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Do we care if it’s Canadian meat?

Do we care if our meat is made in Canada? It soon won’t matter, says a report by a Guelph-based agricultural think tank, because there may not be any.

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The hills ARE alive!

Much of Austria is covered in pastoral mountainside fields – beautifully scenic but largely unsuited for agriculture. But in the mountainous northern regions of the Austrian province of Styria, some entrepreneurial farmers are not only making a living by farming on the alpine pastures, they’re also revitalizing rural communities and keeping ancient traditions alive.

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A cattle vaccine with human health benefit – who should pay?

The following article was first published in Ontario Beef Farmer magazine, July 2008: It sickens thousands of people every year, killing some and leaving others with permanent health damage. But it doesn’t affect the animals that harbour and shed the bacteria, making the disease invisible to farmers. Now, a new, made-in-Canada cattle vaccine to reduce […]

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Only radiation rids fruit, veg of e.coli?

Irraditating food may be the only way of killing the bacteria in your food. Washing fresh fruits and vegetables – a tried and true method for generations – may not be enough to rid them of bacteria like e.coli that cause food poisoning, even if using chlorine disinfectants. E. coli, salmonella and listeria can all […]

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Ethanol spawns a new crisis?

The record-high prices for soybeans, corn and wheat brought about by the ethanol craze are a boon to long-suffering Canadian grains and oilseed farmers who have struggled in recent years. But what’s good for some farmers spells economic disaster for others as the high prices drive up the costs of livestock feed for cattle, sheep […]

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Meeting finicky consumers’ demands

Meeting the needs of a finicky consumer is hard – but essential for success in the evolving global marketplace. And it’s something farmers need to start committing to, according to a popular agricultural economist from Kansas State University. “We need to understand consumer needs and how ungrateful they are,” said Dr. Vincent Amanour-Boadu as he […]

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Our producers must survive

If producers don’t survive, the rest of the industry won’t either. That’s the blunt message Canadian Pork Council president Clare Schlegel is hoping the government will hear loud and clear. The Canadian livestock industry has been battling an economic crisis since last summer, when Canada’s high-flying currency helped sink cattle and hog prices and drive […]

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Agriculture’s struggle

Farming is a tough business. I’ve been around agriculture all my life and it seems as though one sector or another is always hurting. Right now, grains and oilseeds (crops grown for their oil such as soybeans, canola, sunflowers etc) farmers are enjoying record high demand for their crops – and the high prices to […]

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Tough decisions in tough times

Tough decisions about their businesses and their futures are facing many livestock farmers these days. But there may be some help on the horizon – a one day conference in London this week is designed to help them with those decisions. The Ontario Pork Industry Council is hosting a day-long information meeting for beef, pork […]

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Innovative E.coli vaccine granted conditional US approval

A Canadian-made cattle vaccine against a deadly form of e.coli has been given a conditional licence for sale by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Developed in Canada and already conditionally approved for sale in this country, this vaccine is the first that can be used on-farm to reduce the shedding of e.coli 0157:H7 […]

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Wal-Mart in the cattle business?

Asda, Britain’s second largest grocery chain and a division of US retail giant Wal-Mart, has announced plans to start producing its own Wagyu beef in England. Wagyu cattle hail from Japan and are world-renowned for their tenderness, marbling and flavourful meat. The low-cost grocer hopes raising its own Wagyu cattle will allow it to sell […]

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US gov’t declares cloned meat safe to eat

The US government last week approved the sale of meat and milk from cloned animals for human consumption – and at the same time, asked farmers to keep them off store shelves. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared the products as safe for humans to eat as those from conventionally produced livestock. The US […]

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