Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Farmers Call for Insurance


Three farm groups want new Risk Management program.


The three farm organizations representing Ontario beef, pork and grains and oilseed farmers are calling for a new risk management program from the new government.

Ontario Cattlemen President Curtis Royal says they want the Conservative government to become a full funding partner in the Ontario's program.

If you remember -- the Ontario Liberals introduced a new risk management program in this year's budget.

Officials say the insurance program is instrumental in helping producers weather a challenging period to be successful and stay in business.


A northern Ontario beef cattle farm has experienced a rare birth in the industry.

A cow owned by Wayne Flatt gave birth to three identical calves Tuesday night on his farm near Emo -- about 30 kilometres west of Fort Frances.

Flatt says there was no indication of triplets after the first calf arrived, but when he checked later, there were three.

U-S studies indicate beef cattle have triplets in one of about 105 thousand pregnancies.


The Egg Farmers of Canada has named Tina Widowski as its chair in poultry welfare.

Widowski is based in the Ontario Agricultural College's Department of Animal and Poultry Science.

She leads North America's largest group of animal welfare scientists as director of the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare.

In her new role, Widowski will collaborate with researchers on laying hen welfare and egg production -- including enriched and aviary systems.

Egg farmers say this new seven year partnership will bring enormous benefits to the Canadian egg industry.


The Saskatchewan government says 5 per cent of the 2011 crop has been seeded.

The five year average for this time of year is about 14 per cent seeded.

The majority of Saskatchewan producers got a late start to field work due to excess moisture, and most areas reported rain last week that will further delay seeding.



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