Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Launching Beef InfoXchange


Beef InfoXchange System begins phased launch.


The Beef InfoXchange System has begun a phased launch process to cow-calf producers.

The first of three launch stages will see a limited number of beef producers invited to register, log-on and submit their individual animal data to the exchange system.

National Co-ordinator Larry Thomas says the goal is to have the system rolled out to cow-calf producers across Canada by the fall calf run.

Having specific individual animal data like the vaccination date prior to and during sales at auction markets is one example of how the exchange could work.

The voluntary program will also validate animal birthdates against Canadian Cattle Identification Agency records.


The Canadian Wheat Board has hired a chartered accounting and business advisory firm to administer a Prairie-wide plebiscite on the future of the organization.

The accounting firm has created a website and phone line to provide detailed information to farmers.

Ballots have also been mailed to more than 68 thousand farmers.


Strawberry growers in Nova Scotia are smiling as they reap one of their best harvests in years.

Bruce Kennie of Kennie's Strawberry Farm says the wet spring and cool temperatures mean it's been a great year.

But the situation isn't so rosy in Manitoba, where as many as seven u-picks are still under water due to flooding.


A small herd of cattle from Michigan State University was recently slaughtered with two goals.

One is to boost the amount of locally produced food on campus and create a system of tracking beef from the farm to the plate.

Animal scientists at the school are working on the projects starting with 10 steer and barcode tags on the beef that comes from them.

The goal is so shoppers can eventually use a smart phone or kiosk to scan the barcode and find out if their beef are grass-fed, grain-fed or hormone-free cattle.


The Vancouver Humane Society wants an immediate suspension of chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede.

A horse had to be euthanized on the weekend after breaking its leg during one of the races.

Six horses died last year -- and the Society says it's totally unacceptable to continue the event when horse after horse is dying just to entertain a crowd.


And the Brazilian government says the country's next grain harvest is expected to be nearly nine per cent higher than the previous one.

The South American country says its harvest is forecast to come in at 162 million tonnes -- up from 149 million tonnes.

The statement says that soybeans, corn, cotton, beans and rice are expected to post the biggest gains.




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