Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Rendering Plant Re-Opens in Atwood

By Fadi Didi

Atwood Resources is running about 20 per cent below the volume they were at before last year's fire.

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Atwood Resources is operating again.

You may remember the rendering plant in Midwestern Ontario was destroyed by fire over a year ago.

Now spokesperson Tom Smith says they are processing all the dead stock they're getting.

Smith estimates they're currently running about 20 per cent below the volume they were at before the fires.

He adds the new facility allows them to do a better job of locking in their per-ton operating costs.

Smith notes the plant runs sheer on volume -- so the more farmers that use the service, the cheaper it will be for everybody in the long run.


More than a dozen Canadian farm organizations have signed a letter opposed to genetically modified alfalfa.

They're asking the federal agriculture minister to remove variety registration for all G-M alfalfa until a full economic impact assessment is done.

The president of the Union of Agricultural Producers in Quebec says those moves are imperative to prevent irreversible contamination.

The modified traits are for glyphosate-tolerance and low-lignin.


A cattle auctioneer at Saskatoon Livestock Sales has won the national auctioneering championship.

The contest was held at the Livestock Markets Association of Canada convention in Brussels.

29 year old Ryan Hurlburt placed first in a field of 29 competitors from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.

A panel of six judges graded participants on chant, rhythm, voice clarity, control and professionalism.

Hurlburt's next event will be an international auctioneering competition at the Calgary Stampede.


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