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SW Ontario pullet flock’s ILT contained

A warning to southwestern Ontario’s poultry producers in May to step up biosecurity over a non-avian-flu-related disease outbreak has been lifted. The Feather Board Command Centre, the emergency response office for Ontario’s poultry and egg sector boards, last week issued a “stand down” for heightened biosecurity, following an outbreak of avian infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) in […] Read More



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Sask. extends greenfeed seeding deadline

Livestock producers in parched areas of Saskatchewan now have until mid-month to seed insured acres to cereal greenfeed. The federal and provincial governments on Thursday announced an extension of Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp.’s deadline for seeding greenfeed to July 15, from June 30. Producers signed up for crop insurance will now be able to seed […] Read More




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U.S. livestock: Strong cash prices drive CME live cattle limit-up

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed up their three cent/lb. maximum daily price limit on Wednesday, ignited by short-covering in response to better-than-expected cash prices, traders said. August and October finished at 151.075 and 153.7 cents, respectively (all figures US$). The CME live cattle trading limit will be expanded to […] Read More


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U.S. livestock: Corn prices drop CME feeder cattle limit down

Chicago | Reuters — Thinly traded Chicago Mercantile Exchange feeder cattle futures closed down their 4.5-cent/lb. maximum daily limit on Tuesday, responding to steep corn market gains, traders said. Chicago Board of Trade corn futures jumped nearly eight per cent after the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s bullish grain report. Pricey corn could increase input costs […] Read More

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Dealing with downer cattle, not simple or easy

Animal Health: There are many reasons a seemingly healthy cow can go down, 
and quite often no easy procedure to get her back up

Farmers and veterinarians since the beginning of time have pondered over the proverbial downer cow. Typically, a downer cow surprises the farmer. It is often a perfectly healthy animal with no presenting history suddenly found down and unable to rise. Because cattle, especially mature ones, are such heavy beasts, complications can ensue after being down […] Read More



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Ont. avian flu quarantines not yet ready to go

Federal officials expect southwestern Ontario’s avian flu quarantines and control zones to stay in place for “several” more weeks yet. The Feather Board Command Centre (FBCC), the emergency response office for Ontario’s poultry and egg sector boards, said June 19 it’s been told by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) the “original projected timelines are […] Read More