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Country 105

Agriculture Report

Scrapie Found in Ontario Sheep


CFIA says no risk to human health


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirms scrapie (SKRAY'-pee) was found in a sheep that recently died on a farm in eastern Ontario.

There is no risk to human health associated with scrapie -- but the disease has serious impacts on sheep.

The farm was placed under quarantine because a sheep that originated from there had previously tested positive for scrapie.

The OPP are now looking into why 31 sheep were removed from the same farm earlier this month.


Commodity prices will drive growth in Canada this year.

That according to an economic report from the Bank of Montreal.

Dave Rinneard anticipates buoyant commodity prices and rising demand from emerging economies will help fuel the growth.

He anticipates growth of 2 and a half to three per cent this year.


Officials in the U-S say a mad cow that was recently discovered through routine testing had already been euthanized.

The U-S Department of Agriculture says the animal was put down after it became lame and started lying down at a dairy.

It is the fourth case of mad cow disease ever discovered in the U-S.


Clubroot DNA has been identified for the first time in soil samples from Manitoba.

Samples taken last year from two unrelated canola fields show low levels of the disease.

Clubroot causes premature crop ripening and reduced yields -- and its spores can survive in soil for up to 20 years.

Farm officials note it is important for farmers to properly sanitize their field equipment to prevent the spread of clubroot.


Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has completed a trade mission to Morocco.

He says the country's agriculture and food market is growing and offering new sales opportunities for Canadian farmers.

Morocco's agriculture imports from Canada totalled more than 188 million dollars last year.


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