By Manny Paiva
Beef Farmers of Ontario is predicting more replacement cattle will be sold at auction markets.
The Beef Farmers of Ontario is predicting more replacement cattle will be sold at auction markets this fall.
It has already been a busy period.
During the last week of September -- about 63-hundred head sold through Ontario auction markets.
That is up about 11 hundred compared to the same time last year.
Prices for replacement steer ranged from 3 dollars lower to $10.83 higher -- depending on weight category.
Heifers averaged from $2.28 lower to $20.25 higher.
An animal rights group is urging the federal government to finally move forward with updated transportation rules after allegations of abuse at a hog facility in Alberta.
Mercy for Animals Canada has released a video taken at the Western Hog Exchange facility earlier this year.
It shows hogs being kicked and struck with what appears to be a club.
Back in March, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz told the House of Commons that new regulations were under review.
His office is not saying when the rules will be implemented.
The U-S Department of Agriculture says litters of baby pigs in Iowa -- the country's leading producer -- set a quarterly record between June and August.
It's a sharp turnaround from last year when the P-E-D virus was wiping out entire litters.
Iowa producer Greg Lear says better biosecurity and health protocols helped, but he says the weather was warm and that the virus doesn't like sunshine and heat.
But he's fearful there could be a resurgence as winter comes, as the virus thrives in colder, wetter environments.
Get your pumpkins while you can -- they may be in short supply because of the weather.
Another pumpkin patch in Saskatchewan is reporting a poor harvest.
Freezing temperatures wiped out the majority of the Jack-O-Lantern pumpkins at Paintball Paradise in Prince Albert.
One grower had to cancel about 90 per cent of his commercial pumpkin orders due to rain over the summer and frost in September.