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The new normal in livestock feed biosecurity

Disease risk in imported feeds needs to be taken seriously

New research is showing that animal feed can carry major animal disease including African Swine Fever (ASF), says Scott Dee, veterinarian and director of applied research for Minnesota-based Pipestone Veterinary Services. In a presentation to hog producers at the Banff Pork Seminar earlier this winter, Dee gave an update on a rapidly changing world of […] Read more

VIDO leading the way on vaccines

VIDO leading the way on vaccines

A new manufacturing facility is expected to open in 2022

At a time when the entire world has never been more focused on vaccine development, one of Canada’s leading researchers in the field had some positive words for delegates to the 2021 Banff Pork Seminar (BPS) earlier this winter. During a virtual conference presentation, Volker Gerdts, the director and CEO of the Vaccine and Infectious […] Read more



The 2021 Banff Pork Seminar offered a trove of valuable information for Canada’s hog producers.

Pandemic rewriting food fundamentals

Expert urges farmers to get in on direct-marketing wave

He’s known as the “food professor,” an educator in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia and senior director of the university’s innovative Agri-Food Analytics Lab. Sylvain Charlebois spends his days on “predictive analytics,” looking at the future of food. Many will know him from frequent mainstream media appearances. He is also […] Read more


Gates at property access points should be closed when not in use and locked overnight.

Be ready for the protesters

Hopefully a group never shows up at your farm gate, but if they do....

The past year has brought several examples of activists trespassing on Canadian farms to create media exposure around farming practices. They’re expected to continue. As president of Ag & Food Exchange Ltd., Geraldine Auston, based in Surrey, B.C. provides an industry advisory service to help farmers, truckers and agri-businesses handle pressure from special-interest groups. Earlier […] Read more



This sheeting was fashioned to create a safe creep area for piglets.

Homemade safe creep idea protects piglets

A simple solution made with simple materials

As loose housing becomes standard practice across gestation facilities, it is only a matter of time until the market will demand loose-housed farrowing sows with litters. That’s the opinion of Brett, Jamie and Carl Israel of Carl Israel Farms Ltd. in Mapleton Township, Ont., one of two winners who shared the 2019 F.X. Aherne Prize […] Read more

Steve’s Trucking developed a hydraulic system to lift two decks inside an livestock trailer making it easier to load and unload animals.

Great ideas for lifting hogs recognized

Two different lift systems reduce stress for people and animals

The 2016 F. X. Aherne award for Innovative Pork Production is being shared by two winners. Sam Gelowitz of the Prairie Swine Centre in Saskatoon, Sask. received the award for an innovative carcass-removal cart, while Steve’s Livestock Transport of Manitoba received the prize for a new hydraulic lift deck trailer. The awards were presented at […] Read more


photo: courtesy quiet wean.

Two-stage weaning reduces calf stress

Capturing ‘win-win’ benefits in an area where new knowledge and options are emerging

Two southern Alberta ranches are among those who have found a two-stage calf weaning program is not only much less stressful for livestock and improves rate of gain, it also makes for a much quieter weaning week. The two-stage weaning system involves processing calves about a week before the actual weaning day to apply a […] Read more