By Manny Paiva
Rob and Cynthia Bumstead of Owen Sound place second at International Holstein Show.
The very best of North American cattle were shown at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin.
There was stiff competition at the International Holstein Show.
Rob and Cynthia Bumstead of Owen Sound placed second in class with their cow that finished runner up to the eventual Grand Champion.
Loyalyn Goldwyn June is now owned by Jeff Butler of Illinois.
In the showmanship class, Emily Franken of Teeswater placed fifth.
The National Farmers Union continues to voice concerns about the free trade deal with Europe.
The Conservatives say the deal will offer new sales of beef and pork into Europe.
But NFU President Jan Slomp says Canada has never fully used its existing tariff free quotas for hormone-free beef exports into that market.
Slomp also suggests Europe will not change it's position on G-M-O's -- and will not open its borders for meat produced with feed additives that are banned for health reasons.
Slomp also believes Canada's valuable cheese market will suffer under the deal.
The Premier of Alberta says the federal decision to toughen rules for the temporary foreign workers program will hurt agriculture.
Jim Prentice says the rule changes brought in last June are starting to hit home, particularly in areas such as meat-packing plants.
He says shortages of staff at slaughterhouses, which employ many workers under the program, will eventually be felt at the farm gate.
Alberta is home to the largest beef-packing plants in Canada.