The CFIA says the move will protect the health of Canadians
Our federal government is proposing new regulations that would make traceability mandatory for pigs.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says an enhanced traceability system would help protect the health of Canadians and the national swine herd.
The CFIA also argues it could contribute to the reopening of export markets in the event of an animal disease outbreak.
The proposed rules would require custodians of pigs to identify all farmed pigs and farmed wild boars using approved methods.
It also will require producers to record and report all movements of pigs from birth or import, to slaughter or export.
A company that grows medical marijuana for the federal government is now getting federal cash to research a substitute for antibiotics in livestock feed.
The Harper government is giving Prairie Plant Systems in Saskatoon more than 100 thousand dollars to look at alternatives such as mustard seeds.
The goal is to develop feed supplements that would stimulate an animal's own immune system to resist infection.
The feds hope the research will improve herd health while reducing losses and costs.
A think-tank says research on the health effects of eating barley will help the industry.
The claim is that eating barley can reduce cholesterol because of soluble fibre in the grain.
Rex Newkirk of the Centre for International Governance Innovation says the U-S government approved the barley health claim some time ago.
He says now Canadian companies can make the same health claims.
Newkirk notes the current demand for food barley is fairly small.
The Alberta government has stopped reporting farm fatalities -- and the opposition parties and labour groups are asking why.
The Alberta Federation of Labour says the government move is designed to hide the lack of workplace protection for farms workers.
The Alberta New Democrats are calling on the government to extend health and safety regulations to farmer workers.
Alberta is the only province where farm workers aren't covered by occupational health and safety rules.