Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Growing Farm Profits Workshop


The next workshop is in Walkerton tomorrow and continutes next Tuesday.


The next Growing Your Farm Profits Workshop begins this week in Bruce County.

The sessions allow you to look at every part of your farm operation.

The focus will be on goal setting, marketing, production and succession planning.

The workshop begins tomorrow in Walkerton and continues next Tuesday.

For more information -- call Jayne at 367-5930.


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is encouraging sheep and goat producers to do more tests for scrapie.

Officials want to test animals aged 12 months and older that die on the farm or exhibit unexplained weight loss, problems standing or walking or changes in behaviour.

Scrapie is a fatal disease that affects the central nervous system of sheep and goats.

The CFIA will cover the costs of testing.

Producers may also be eligible to receive compensation for any live animals that are ordered destroyed.


The profitability of hog producers in 2011 will depend on the price of feed.

That's according to Tyler Fulton -- who is director of risk management with HMS Marketing Service.

Fulton says projections are showing corn ending stocks at their lowest levels in 15 years, and that means there could be some volatility in prices.

He says the second most critical factor influencing profitability is the value of the loonie.

Fulton says the feed cost advantage has moved in favour of the Canadian hog producer.

Export volumes, domestic demand and hog supplies rank third through fifth in Fulton's top five issues affecting hog producers.


The federal and Saskatchewan governments have announced more than 7.4 million dollars in funding for 42 crop related projects this year.

The Saskatchewan government says it will also continue to provide one million dollars a year to the Crop Development Centre at the University of Saskatchewan.


And farmers can receive premium and storage payments for their number 1 Canada Western Red Spring wheat with at least 13 and a half per cent protein.

Per-tonne premiums range from six dollars and 50 cents per tonne to 15 dollars per tonne -- depending on protein level and delivery period.



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