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Agriculture Report

OSPCA and Ontario Goat Sign Agreement

By Manny Paiva

Ontario Goat is going to work with OSPCA in investigations of animal welfare complaints.


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The OSPCA and Ontario Goat will work together to investigate animal welfare complaints on goat farms.

The two groups have signed a Memorandum of Agreement.

Kendra Keels of Ontario Goat says the goal is education over enforcement.

Ontario Goat will be involved in training sessions to help O-S-P-C-A inspectors get a better understanding of the sector and it's common production practices.

Keels adds they will also provide a knowledgeable industry representative to accompany inspectors on goat farm calls.

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Flax prices are looking good heading into spring and a market analyst says growers should lock in a portion of their 2015 production.

Chuck Penner with LeftField Commodity Research estimates there could be a 15 per cent increase in flax acres.

With current prices still above 12 dollars a bushel, Penner believes that will look pretty good this fall.

Penner says the European Union is buying more Canadian flax now that the Triffid issue appears to be resolved.

However, Russia and Kazakhstan are increasing flax acreage with an eye on that European market.

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An entomologist in Manitoba says the recent cold snap is perfect for killing off unwanted insects inside the bin.

John Gavloski says bugs such as the rusty grain beetle are normally able to survive the winter because of the good insulation inside the bin.

He says that can be overcome by simply moving the grain around until the core temperature gets down to between minus 10 and minus 20.

He says at minus 20, the cold will kill rusty grain beetle within a week.

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A farm animal rescue sanctuary south of Edmonton is struggling to stay afloat and keep up with the number of animals arriving on its doorstep.

The Farm Animal Rescue and Rehoming Movement opened less than two years ago and takes animals that aren't accepted by the humane society.

Owner Melissa Foley says she bought the acreage with the intent of taking in a few farm animals -- but didn't realize how quickly she'd have her hands and house full of other people's unwanted pets.

Foley says the vet bills last week were just under 13-hundred dollars.

 


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