Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Dairy Processing Direction Set

By Fadi Didi

National agreement with ingredient strategy. expected to be implemented September 1st.


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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it's continuing its investigation into an avian influenza outbreak near St. Catharines.

The C-F-I-A says a duck farm remains infected with avian influenza and it has established a three-kilometre control zone around the farm.

It is continuing surveillance and testing within the zone to determine whether there is any additional evidence of avian influenza but, to date, those tests have been negative.

All other premises within the zone are under quarantine.

Dairy Farmers of Canada has an agreement in principle with the country's processor associations on the future direction of the industry.

The national agreement includes the creation of an ingredient strategy.

The agreement is expected to be implemented September 1st.

Dairy Farmers of Canada executive director Caroline Emond says the goal was to build on the solid system in place today, to invest to foster growth and to ensure a more thriving future for both farmers and processors.

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Farmers at Keystone Agricultural Producers' advisory council meeting in Brandon have voted to support the Brandon Chamber of Commerce in its efforts to attract a large-scale soybean processing plant to Manitoba.

President Dan Mazier says the soybean acreage in the province has been steadily increasing as a result of new varieties that are suited to western Canada's shorter growing season.

Manitoba's soybean production has increased from 100,000 acres in 2005 to an estimated 1.7 million in 2016, and is expected to increase further next year.

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Canada's poultry industry has a new Code of Practice, replacing one developed 13 years ago.

Among the new code's requirements are several dealing with housing. The code requires birds have enough space to move freely and be able to stand normally, turn around and stretch their wings without difficulty.

The number of birds can't be more than can be accommodated by the available barn space and equipment, such as feeders, waterers and nest boxes.

And producers are required to use available health and injury data to help determine whether on-farm stocking densities are contributing to recurring health and welfare problems.

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Mazier says right now too much of that is being shipped outside the province for processing.


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