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Agriculture Report

Outdoor Elk Expo Weekend


Outdoor Elk Expo is being held for third year.


It is a unique chance to get a close up look at what happens on a local Elk Farm.

Regal Point Elk Farm is holding another Outdoors Elk Farm Expo tomorrow.

Owner Eric Robinson says this is the third year they have opened the gates of their farm so people can come out and see the Elk in full antler plus visit  various agricultural and recreational displays.

Robinson says they have a world champion Elk on the farm as well.

He says people will also be able to sample some elk burgers as well.

Robinson says the market for Elk meat is growing as several U-S based studies show it is healthier than either beef, chicken or pork containing less fat and calories and highest in Iron.


Conflicting signals make it difficult to predict where the Canadian beef market is headed.

Market analyst Andrea Brockelbank says the worldwide recession and cheaper alternatives are negative factors for the beef industry.

But there are positive signs as well, including lower costs, lower beef supplies and an expected worldwide recovery.

She says an unknown factor for next year remains the impact of reduced cattle supplies and whether cattlemen will continue to sell off breeding herds this fall or retain their animals.

The impact of the drought and the possible selloff are big question marks right now.


Potato growers in Prince Edward Island are welcoming drier weather and say they expect an average crop this year.

But Brian Beaton, of the P-E-I Department of Agriculture, says blight could be a problem this year.

Beaton says reports of blight have been widespread across the province and growers are doing their best to manage the situation.


The European Space Agency has selected the Indian Head research farm in Saskatchewan as one of three world sites to collect space-borne radar images this growing season.

Agronomist Guy Lafond says the data will assist in crop monitoring and management, environmental monitoring and security issues.

The other two rural sites are in the Netherlands and Spain.


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