Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Farmer's Election Upheld

By Kevin Bernard

Tribunal upholds election of St. Mary's farmer on Dairy Farmers of Ontario.


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A St. Mary's farmer has been confirmed as the new board member for the Dairy Farmers of Ontario.

Henry Wydeven will represent Huron-Perth milk producers for the next three years.
 
Wydeven was elected by a two vote margin over incumbent David Murray of Mitchell.
 
The results were appealed by Murray to the Tribunal of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, which upheld the results.

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The 48th annual Grey Bruce Farmers Week was scheduled to begin today at the Elmwood Community Centre.

But organizers have pushed back the start date for the schedule due to the blizzard.

Beef Day will not be re-scheduled.

Instead, the plan is make the seven day event a six day event -- and it will begin with Goat Day tomorrow.

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People aren't the only ones endangered by the deep freeze across Canada.

Agriculture experts and ranchers know that when the temperature dips below minus 20 -- cattle need even more to eat so they can create extra energy to stay warm.

And humane societies across the country are warning about the dangers to pets left outside in these arctic temperatures.

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Many ranchers in Texas are optimistic as drought, expensive feed and other conditions that decimated their cattle herds start to loosen their grip.

Rexas lost 15 per cent of its cattle -- or about 2 million animals -- between January 2011 and January 2013, as ranchers sold them to out-of-state buyers or sent them to slaughter amid an unrelenting drought.

Many ranchers are now interested in starting to rebuild, eyeing improving beef markets.

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And D'Angelo Estate Winery in southwestern Ontario will more than double its ice wine yield this season over last.

Half of the grapes have been picked from the five-acre lot and 42-hundred litres was the yield, compared to 17-hundred litres last year.

The grapes have to be picked at 8 degrees Celsius or colder in order for the wine to be certified as an ice wine.


 


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