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Animal welfare activist dies outside Ontario pork plant

Protestor reportedly hit by transport truck

An animal welfare activist has died while attending what’s been described as a “vigil” outside a southern Ontario hog packing plant, as new provincial limits on such activity around livestock are set to take effect. Halton Regional Police Service reported receiving a call Friday morning that a person had been “struck by a transport truck” […] Read more

Ontario offers cash for abattoir upgrades

Applications now being accepted through April

Ontario’s 123 provincially-licensed abattoirs can now start applying for a piece of $2 million in federal/provincial funding to step up food safety, biosecurity and animal welfare measures. The Ontario and federal governments on Wednesday announced applications for cost-share funding can be submitted between now and April 30, “as long as funding for the initiative is […] 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


Penicillins and tetracyclines will no longer be available without a prescription as of Dec.1.

New December regulation will benefit livestock industry

Animal Health: You’ll need prescriptions for antimicrobials, along with a client/veterinarian relationship

If you raise livestock, use animal health products, and don’t have a solid relationship with a veterinarian, please read this article and pass it on to a producer you know whom seldom uses a veterinarian as they are the main group to benefit greatly from some of the examples in this article. There is apprehension […] Read more

The goal of the Livestock Welfare Engagement Project is to look at animal welfare in Alberta’s livestock industry.

What’s your take on current livestock welfare?

Animal welfare survey available until Oct. 31

Alberta’s livestock sector has until October 31 to complete a survey as part of the Livestock Welfare Engagement Project being conducted by Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) on behalf of the Alberta government. The goal of the project, says AFAC in a recent press release, is a collaborative look at animal welfare in Alberta’s livestock […] Read more