By Matt Villeneuve
South Korea has re-opened its borders to Canadian beef for first time since February.
It was a good start to 2016 for Canada's beef producers.
Our federal government announced on New Year's Eve that South Korea has reopened its borders to Canadian beef.
The country imposed a ban back in February after a beef cow was discovered near Edmonton with B-S-E.
The President of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, Dave Solverson, says South Korea holds huge potential, especially for cuts that are underutilized in Canada.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has extended a fee remission for certain animal health export certificates.
The remission will continue a cap of 75 dollars on export certification fees for certain live animals -- including swine, cattle, poultry, hatching eggs, horses, sheep and goats -- as well as mammalian embryos until September 30th, 2017.
The fee cap is specific to those export certification fees that are currently charged on a per-unit basis with no upper limit.
The agency says the fee remission will not affect the level of inspection or animal health services provided.
Cranberry extracts could be a new alternative for antibiotics in broiler chickens.
Doctor Moussa Diarra with Agriculture Canada has been conducting research that shows cranberry extracts decreased mortality in young broiler birds by 50 per cent when they were treated with 40 milligrams of cranberry extracts per one kilogram of feed.
He says the cranberries act as an immune system booster, while increasing the birds' resistance to bacteria such as salmonella.
Farmers in Ontario, B-C, Quebec and Prince Edward Island are involved in the research.