Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Good News for Pork Producers

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China's borders re-opened to imports of Canadian pork.


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The Prime Minister's visit to China has paid off for Canadian farmers.

China has reopened its borders to imports of Canadian pork.

Bruce Grey Owen Sound MP Larry Miller says it will help improve the profits of local pork producers since they have access to a 50 million dollar a year market.

The huge Chinese market was closed to Canadian pork products in May after the H1N1 flu virus was found in pigs on an Alberta farm.

There is no evidence that consuming pork will give you the H1N1 virus.

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A warmer winter might be good news for some farmers -- while for others there are some concerns.

Environment Canada is predicting an unusually mild winter across the Prairies this season.

Scott Day -- an agriculture diversification specialist -- says warmer weather and less snow will speed up seeding next spring, but it could hurt winter cereal crops.

But Day adds with less winter cereals planted this year -- warmer weather might not be as big of a problem.

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Good times appear to be on the horizon for those who grow oats.

Jack Dawes of the Prairie Oat Growers Association says prices and demand seem to be climbing after a year of uncertainty.

There were record prices in 2008 -- but oats values cooled off considerably last year.

However, things seem to be turning around thanks to greater interest from the U-S.

Dawes says more millers in the United States are becoming attracted to oats grown in Canada -- and he expects prices to strengthen over the next year.

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Experts are touting bale grazing during winter as a great way to reduce costs and help the environment.

It's an approach whereby larger quantities of bales are left out for livestock in the fall -- but then intake is regulated via an electric fence.

A beef cow utilizes only about 80 per cent of the nutrients it consumes and will expel approximately one-third of a pound each of nitrogen, phosphorus and potash per day.

Officials claim the end result of bale grazing is less machinery required to feed a herd each day as well as improved soil content.

 


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