Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Investments in the Pork Industry

By Manny Paiva

Agriculture Ministry announces nearly two million dollars to strengthen traceability and biosecurity.

Length: 1:09

Canada's pork industry is getting some funding from our federal government.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has announced investments of nearly two million dollars to strengthen traceability and biosecurity.

The Canadian Pork Council will receive up to 1.6 million dollars for PigTrace Canada.

The Canadian Swine Health Board will receive up to 351-thousand dollars to assist the industry with the long-term management of swine health issues -- including the PED virus.


A professor at the University of Guelph says time is of the essence when it comes to finding out where a new case of mad cow on an Alberta farm originated from.

Sylvain Charlebois says he's worried that officials couldn't immediately provide information on the animal's history.

But he admits the fact that B-S-E was discovered is good sign that the current system is working.

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has said Canada's beef trade should not be affected because international protocols allow for a dozen cases a year.


True North Foods says its new ruminant slaughter facility in Manitoba will be able to process a thousand head per week once it's fully operational.

The company hopes to have the facility federally certified within the next few months.


Canada's largest dairy processors are pressing the federal government to allocate to them the lion's share of higher cheese import quotas from Europe under the new free trade deal with the European Union.

Lino Saputo Junior is the chief executive of the company that bears his family name.

He says companies like his that have a vested interest in the dairy industry should get more consideration than startup businesses.



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