Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

How to Protect Against Blue Green Algae

By Liny Lamberink

A livestock intern with Saskatchewan's agriculture ministry advises what to do to protect your herd.


Length: 1:04

A veterinarian from Mildmay is the winner of the Grey Bruce Farmers' Week prize.

Dr. Stephanie Bilato received the $1,000 award at this Summer's Ontario Veterinary College convocation ceremony.

The prize recognizes new vets who will be serving producers in the Grey-Bruce region.

Grey Bruce Farmers' Week is in it's 50th year.

Bilato now works at the Mildmay Veterinary Clinic with both large and small animals and says she's enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with the people of Bruce County.

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While many farmers in Grey-Bruce have so far managed the lack of rain relatively well, the impacts of the drought-like conditions are increasingly visible in fields and pastures.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada reports that most of the region is experiencing "very low” levels" of moisture for this growing season.

The dry weather was helpful to farmers for harvesting hay earlier in the season and more recently small grains -- but as the lack of significant precipitation continues, farmers are facing greater challenges.

Field crops such as corn and soy beans are at critical growth stages.

Agri-Food Canada says a prolonged lack of moisture could be devastating.

Depending on soil quality and local rainfall conditions, field conditions range
between "already wilted" or "yield impacts".

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A three-day Canadian beef industry conference begins Tuesday in Calgary -- and there's no doubt local cattle farmers will attend.
    
Last month, Taiwan lifted its temporary ban on Canadian beef, removing a trade barrier imposed after an outbreak of mad cow disease in Alberta last year.
    
A week earlier, Mexico lifted its decade-long ban on some cattle imports.
    
The conference brings together industry representatives from across the Country.

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Remember the blue-green algae in Brockton's Lake Rosalind last month?

Well, your dugout may have blue-green algae, and a livestock intern with Saskatchewan's agriculture ministry has advice on what to do to protect your herd.
   
Halsey Shaheen (Hal-say Shaw-EEN) recommends producers use a registered copper sulphate product to treat the algae-affected water.
   
But she warns to make sure you calculate the volume in the water body correctly so you're treating it with the right amount.
   
She also says by killing the bacteria, you'll likely be releasing toxins, so you're going to have to remove your livestock from that water source for fourteen days.

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Meanwhile, in Manitoba, the Premier and a top federal cabinet minister province were still waiting on Friday to hear from Omnitrax about its closure of the Port of Churchill.
    
Premier Brian Pallister said Friday that direct communications with the company haven't been established.
    
Federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said he also had not heard from Omnitrax and was focusing on Churchill residents affected by the closure.
    
According to the workers' union, the closure of the seasonal port was spurred by a lack of grain shipments slated for this Summer.

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The goal at the Southeast Manitoba Draft Association's plow competition this past weekend wasn't to be the fastest.
   
Judge Tom Ryall says quality was what they were after at the 5th Annual Plow Match.
   
Competitors came from across Manitoba and used horse-drawn plows that were first introduced back in the 1940s.

Ryall says the purpose was to make a good seed bed for next year's crop. 


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