Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Learning About Goat Health


Time is running out to register for goat herd health course.


If you have not registered for the next winter course from Grey County Ag Services -- time is running out.

A goat herd health course is being held this Thursday from 1 till 4 at the Markdale office.

Doctor Chris Buschbeck will talk about herd health issues and preventative measures such as vaccinations and deworming.

She will also discuss the most common diseases that occur at kidding, breeding and weaning.

For more information or to register -- call 986-3756.


There is also a Regional Poultry Producer meeting in Ingersoll tomorrow.

Farmers can get an update on health issues.

There will also be keynote speakers and industry speakers and an update from OMAFRA.


Many growers have to decide when cash prices reach their target price is whether to sell now for cash -- or sell later via a deferred delivery contract.

David Wong of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development says the futures market for canola has a component built into each month's price, called `carry' -- which helps the market cover the cost of storage.

Wong says growers must first determine if there is actually an advantage as both futures and basis levels will be different for different delivery months.


British Columbia's new agriculture minister says fruit growers need to improve their profile and place in the market.

Ben Stewart says capitalizing on existing markets is one way to become more profitable.

Grower Fred Steele suggested that it's difficult to modernize because there's no money in the industry.


The P-E-I Federation of Agriculture says Workers Compensation Board premiums have gone up 20 per cent for farmers in the province.

John Jamieson says the increase will mean the industry pays more than it does in other provinces.


The U-S government is telling Americans to drastically cut their daily salt intake because their health depends on it.

The advice to consumers and the food industry is contained in the government's new dietary guidelines.

U-S Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack hopes the food industry is listening.

Most of the salt that people consume is in processed foods.



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