Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Cattle Inventory Down

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The number of cattle and calves slaughtered is down 2.2 per cent so far this year


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Canadian cattle and calf inventories have fallen a tenth of one per cent to hit their lowest level since 1994.

Stats Canada also reports hog inventories went up 1 and a half per cent while sheep inventories were up just over half of one percentage point.

Cattle and calves slaughtered in the first six months of this year were down 2.2 per cent.

Live cattle and calf exports in the first half of the year were up 6.6 per cent from last year -- but they're still down 36 per cent from 2010.

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The Harper government is spending more than 800 thousand dollars on research into developing soybeans that Japanese consumers want to buy and eat.

The money will go to the Eastern Canada Oilseeds Development Alliance.

The alliance plans to test soybean varieties and soy products for their individual taste, texture, odour and appearance.

Japan is one of Canada's largest trading partners.

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The Canadian Wheat Board is getting into the canola business.

It is the first time in 63 years the federal agency has added a new crop to its marketing mix.

President Ian White says canola farmers have been asking for the agency to help manage their price risk and provide them with reliable returns.

Crop experts are anticipating a record-sized canola harvest this year -- up by more than five per cent from last year to over 15 million tonnes.

The board's first Pool Return Outlook for canola is 640 dollars per tonne.


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Prairie farmers are anticipating record canola production this year -- as well as increases in wheat and barley.

Stats Canada reports Prairie farmers anticipate a record 15.2 million tonnes of canola -- that surpasses the record of 14 million set last year.

The Canadian Wheat Board has announced it will begin marketing canola.

Stats Can also says production nationally will increase for corn, grain and soybeans.


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And there's a new plan to get rid of Norway rats in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

It's called "Operation Haystack.''

Hay bales will be baited with poison and scattered around the City to attract and kill the vermin -- but the poison won't be harmful to people or pets.

 


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