Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Fire at a Lucknow Barn


100 sheep killed in Lucknow barn fire


A farm family near Lucknow is trying to recover after a barn fire claimed the lives of over 100 sheep.

It happened early Monday morning north of Dungannon -- and fire officials say the barn was fully engulfed when they arrived on the scene.

The cause is not considered suspicious -- but it has yet to be determined.

The insurance company is still trying to finalize the total damages lost.


There is a new name for the training program for livestock transporters.

The Certified Livestock Transport program is now the Canadian Livestock Transport Certification Program.

The name changes but the CLT acronym remains the same.

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association supports the program and is committing to funding it through to 2013.

Officials say the the training program is both proactive and essential towards ensuring the safe transport of animals.


Unseasonably warm temperatures in Manitoba are causing concern over the possibility of a severe drought in the province's south this spring.

The area has seen little precipitation since June 2011 to replenish farm fields and water supplies.

Agro climate specialist Trevor Hadwen says southern Manitoba has actually been labelled as being in a drought situation since last fall.

It's not just southern Manitoba that's unusually dry -- conditions are worse in central Alberta and Saskatchewan -- which saw almost no snow this winter.


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