By Fadi Didi
Castration and tail docking for pigs must be done with analgesics.
Pig farmers have to operate under some new regulations.
As of July 1st, the National Farm Animal Care Council Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs required that castration and tail docking for pigs must be done with analgesics.
As well, for castration performed after ten days of age, both an anesthetic and an analgesic must be used to help with pain control.
The drugs relieve pain without eliminating sensation.
The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario isn't happy with provincial plans to integrate the Rural Economic Development Program into the Jobs and Prosperity Fund.
The federation argues the move is going to take away significant support for rural economic development.
The Jobs and Prosperity Fund is focused on four key streams but the federation says only two of them _ the Forestry Growth Fund and the Food and Beverage Growth Fund _ are likely to benefit rural areas.
The Jobs and Prosperity Fund is restricted to private sector organizations and industry partners, and the federation suggests that prevents access to funding for farm producers.
The federal government has announced that new market access for Canadian breeding cattle has been opened with Turkey.
The Canadian cattle industry estimates that gaining this access will be worth 4.5 million dollars per year and offers the potential of being a top export market for Canadian breeding cattle.
Other top Canadian agri-food exports to Turkey include lentils, soybeans, durum and non-durum wheat and chickpeas.
Statistics Canada estimates canola area is about the same as last year while lentil acreage has set an all-time record.
The federal agency surveyed more than 24-thousand Canadian farmers between May 27th and June 12th. Approximately 68-hundred of those producers are located in Saskatchewan.
The national estimate for canola is 20-million acres, up 3.5 per cent from an earlier Statistics Canada survey. The general belief is that farmers took land out of spring wheat and put them into canola and lentils.
Canadian lentil acreage is pegged at 5.8 million -- an increase of 48 per cent over last year.