Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Cattle Antibiotics Losing Effectiveness

By Fadi Didi

Huron County farmers hear about several examples of increase in resistance of most antibiotics.

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Beef farmers in Huron County heard at their recent annual meeting in Brussels, that the anti-biotics they use have become less effective over the last few years.

Veterinary Dr. Ken Metzger pointed to extensive research with several examples to show the increase in resistance of most antibiotics.

Metzger says beef producers have a couple of options.

The first is better management on the farm so cattle don't get sick and require antibiotics as often.

The other is hope that producers can stay one step ahead of the bacteria and continue to produce new anti-biotics that are effective. 


Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is accusing the Saskatchewan government of not doing enough to fight flooding along inter-provincial waterways.

A number of Manitoba farm groups have long accused Saskatchewan of not following proper land-drainage rules.

They claim that has been, causing spring meltwater to rush downstream along the Assiniboine River and smaller rivers into Manitoba.

Pallister says the two provinces are in the same drainage basins and need to work together, but so far Saskatchewan hasn't stepped up.

Saskatchewan's Environment Minister Scott Moe says Saskatchewan farmers aren't responsible for all downstream flooding.

He says his province does work closely with Manitoba and Alberta, as well as the United States on water management.


British Columbia's decision to sell only B-C wines in grocery stores appears to have left a bitter aftertaste in the United States.

The U-S is challenging the policy, alleging that B-C only wine sales is a breach of Canada's commitments to the World Trade Organization.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman says the regulations provide a substantial competitive advantage for B-C wines, and American winemakers want a chance to compete on a level playing field.

The U-S has sent a letter to the Canadian government asking for consultations as a first step toward resolving the dispute. If that fails, it may request the W-T-O establish a dispute settlement panel.


President-elect Donald Trump has named former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as his choice to lead the country's Agriculture Department.

The 70-year-old Perdue is a farmer's son who built businesses in grain trading and trucking before becoming a politician.

Trump says Perdue will deliver big results for all Americans who earn their living off the land.

Perdue says he will champion the concerns of American agriculture and work tirelessly to solve the issues facing farm families.

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