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Country 105


Agriculture Report

Canadians trust farmers

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Survey shows Canadians trust meat, milk and eggs are safe.


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Canadians believe the food they consume is safe and trust the farmers who produce that food.

That is the result of a survey by the Ontario Farm Animal Council.

The Executive Director of the Council Crystal MacKay says their survey shows that Canadians trust the meat, milk and eggs they eat as being safe.

In addition she says they are interested in buying local to help their communities and the economy.

She says they also want to get more young people involved in farming.

The top three issues that were important to Canadians were the sustainability and profitability of farming, cost to the consumer and food safety.

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More farmers are holding off-farm jobs.

According to Stats Canada's 2006 agricultural census -- 48 per cent of farmers had other jobs.

That is up from 44 per cent in 2001.

As a rule, owners of farms with higher gross revenues were less likely to work elsewhere.

Young farmers and those with a university degree also were more likely to hold off-farm jobs.

Dairy farmers were the least likely to have an outside job.

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Dozens of dead animals have been found on a farm near Barrie.

The OPP and the OSPCA report finding almost 30 dead cattle and about 2 dozen others -- some of which were in poor condition.

They have been taken to another farm to be fed and watered, along with receiving veterinary care.

Police say the property owner -- a 50-year-old man -- was suffering from a medical condition and was taken to hospital for assessment.

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Tyson Foods says it has completed the sale of its Lakeside Farm Industries operation in Alberta to XL Foods.

The sale of one of Canada's largest beef processing operations is said to be worth 107 million dollars.

 


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