Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Bird Flu Found At Another Farm

By Manny Paiva

CFIA confirms presence of avian flu at a farm in Oxford County.

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More tests will be done today at a chicken farm in Oxford County.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed the presence of avian flu at the farm -- making it the second poultry farm in that area with avian flu.

Officials say initial tests for the disease were conducted on Friday after the chicken farm experienced sudden deaths of birds over several days.

Now they are looking for the precise subtype and strain of the virus.


The Beef Cattle Research Council has produced a video to give producers an easy way to learn the key points about antimicrobial use and resistance.

It is considered a real threat to both human and livestock medicine.

However, the video points out over 90 per cent of the antimicrobials used in Canadian beef production are not used in human medicine.

It also argues there is very little, if any, evidence Canadian beef production is causing antimicrobial resistance problems.

However, the Council points out that if antimicrobial drugs used in the beef industry become less effective in cattle -- animal welfare , productivity and profitability in the sector will suffer. 


Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency is proposing some new risk reduction measures for the use of glyphosate.

The agency recently re-evaluated the herbicide.

It concluded products containing glyphosate do not present unacceptable risks to human health or the environment when used according to the proposed label directions.

The agency says farm workers should be kept out of fields treated with glyphosate for 12 hours after the treatment.


An animal rights group has filed a complaint with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Competition Bureau against one of Canada's largest chicken producers.

A spokesperson with Animal Justice says recent footage from Maple Lodge Farms contrasts images on the company's website that portray a small scale operation.

The group Mercy for Animals claims the video was shot inside the Maple Lodge Farms plant in Brampton.

A spokesperson with Maple Lodge Farms said they take animal welfare seriously, noting problems have been corrected in conjunction with the C-F-I-A.



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