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Country 105


Agriculture Report

Changes for Meat Inspections

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CCA supports allowing food animals to be slaughtered on farms.


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The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is supporting a change in the federal meat inspection regulations.

It would allow food animals to be slaughtered on farms under a vet's supervision prior to harvesting the meat.

The cattlemen's group argues this would allow the meat from injured or aggressive animals to be safely harvested.

But the federal NDP have concerns -- they say the new rule opens the possibility animals could be processed without knowing how long they'd been dead.

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The University of Saskatchewan is getting 3.4 million dollars to further study agricultural greenhouse gases.

The funding is from our federal government.

It will help researchers study the improved use of shelter belts, irrigation and forage production.


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The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is supporting a change in the federal meat inspection regulations.

It would allow food animals to be slaughtered on farms under a vet's supervision prior to harvesting the meat.

The cattlemen's group argues this would allow the meat from injured or aggressive animals to be safely harvested.

But the federal NDP have concerns -- they say the new rule opens the possibility animals could be processed without knowing how long they'd been dead.


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Scientists have made some findings about trans fats that could be good news for beef and dairy producers.

Researchers say natural trans fats from ruminant animals may not be as bad for human health as previously thought.

In fact, scientists at the University of Alberta say they could actually be good for you as long as they are part of a balanced diet.

The key findings were presented at a conference in Vancouver last week.

Professor Spencer Proctor says while there is lots of research confirming detrimental effects of industrial trans fats -- the research to date on natural trans fats has revealed no such effects. 

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The union that represents Viterra workers is worried a takeover of the Regina-based grain handler will put jobs at risk.

Viterra shareholders have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a 6.1 billion dollar takeover by Europe based Glencore International.

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And the crop report from the U-S Department of Agriculture shows the harvest is ahead of schedule for the winter wheat crop.

Its quality has slipped two points from last week but remains above last year's rating.

Nearly three quarters of the U-S corn crop is rated good to excellent.

Spring wheat and soybeans are also rated good to excellent.


 

 


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