By Matt Villeneuve
Kincardine farmer wins first place as US officials track PED virus and more TPP reaction.
A Kincardine man is back home after a first place finish at the World Dairy Expo held in Madison, Wisconsin.
Troy McConnell won first place in the Brown Swiss Show for the Junior three year old class with Nor Bella Paul Eve.
Also of note, Chancey Burgess of Mildmay finsihed in 5th place in the red and white Holstein show with his homebred junior three year old.
More than 2880 cattle in seven dairy breeds competed.
The quality was considered deep and Canadian owned or bred cattle were among the best in show.
We told you earlier this week about the Dairy Farmers support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Well there is even more support.
Officials with Manitoba Pork say the T-P-P will level the playing field for Canadian pork -- providing access to high-value premium markets such as Vietnam and Malaysia.
They also say it ensures Canada does not get left out of any deals that the U.S. arranges.
The Beef Cattle Research Council says producing the same amount of beef without hormones would require 12 per cent more cattle and 10 per cent more land.
The group claims farmers would also need more feed, water and fertilizer -- and added production costs would mean more expensive meat.
The ads from A and W have been a hot topic in the beef industry, where producers use hormones to make cattle grow faster.
The Saskatchewan Stockgrowers Association claims there Are more hormones in cabbage than beef.
The U-S Department of Agriculture says the PED virus nearly matches the D-N-A of a virus found in China and was likely carried into the United States on reusable tote bags.
A special investigation began last summer into the possible sources of the virus that killed more than 8-million baby pigs in 2013 and 2014.
Investigators determined the tote bags -- called Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers -- best fit the criteria for entry into the U-S and spread across North America.
The report says the woven, plastic fibre bags were reused and often not cleaned.