Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Poor Canadian Livestock Stats


Livestock numbers on Canadian farms are down.


Livestock numbers on Canadian farms are down.

Stats Canada reports Canadian hog producers had an estimated 12.1 million hogs on their farms -- down 6.7 per cent from July 1st of 2008.

Hog inventories have been decreasing since 2006 -- reflecting a number of factors including high feed costs, low commodity prices, a strong Canadian dollar and the economic downturn.

Canadian cattle producers estimated their herd at 14.8 million head as of July 1st -- the fourth consecutive yearly decline.

The Canadian dairy herd remained slightly below 2 million head, while the national beef herd fell 2.4 per cent.

The sheep inventory was virtually unchanged.


Agribusiness conglomerate Cargill says its fourth quarter earnings fell 69 per cent to 327 million dollars.

The company reports as the global recession dampened demand for food and fertilizer.


The Manitoba government is spending 21 million dollars to drain water logged farmer's fields and repair damage from this spring's flood.

Officials say the cash is greatly needed by farmers in the Interlake region who have been plagued by water.


Grain Growers may soon have access to a vastly improved method of separating fusarium infected kernels from healthy grain.

Spectrum Scientific in Manitoba says it has developed a machine which uses optical technology to inspect each kernel at a rate of 50 thousand kernels per second.

He says their system has an efficiency of around 93 per cent while conventional methods range from 40 to 50 per cent.

It uses light to analyse each kernel before determining if it is infected with fusarium.


Researchers form the University of Calgary says drought stressed crops may actually release more greenhouse gases into the environment.

Scientists looked at the methane levels emitted by six crops grown in Canada -- faba beans, sunflowers, peas, canola, barley and wheat.

Researcher David Reid says the amount of methane emitted by crops went up under global warming conditions.


And a Mediterranean diet of olive oil, tomatoes and red wine might be good for your heart.

But a Canadian diet may be good for you too -- and we're not talking about maple syrup and poutine.

The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute says the country is bulging with healthy, delicious options. 

President David McInnes points to the cranberries, blueberries, grains, fresh fish and low-fat meat that Canada offers.

McInnes says a Canadian diet might not only be good for you -- it would help the struggling agriculture industry as well.


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