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Country 105

Agriculture Report

Surge In Rabies Cases

By Fadi Didi

OMAFRA is giving farmers direction on how to keep their livestock safe. Avoid raccoons, bats, foxes.

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The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture food and rural affairs is giving farmers direction on how to keep their livestock safe, following a recent surge in rabies cases.

The ministry says the best way to prevent rabies is simply to avoid contact with foxes, skunks, raccoons and bats.

If excluding wildlife from pastures and other farm areas can't be accomplished, there are vaccines available for livestock.

Also, farmers and ranchers should contact their vets immediately if they suspect one of their animals has been bitten or even contacted the saliva of a rabid creature.


The federal and provincial governments are helping livestock and forage-related research projects in Saskatchewan.

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced nearly 3.5 million dollars in funding for 24 projects.

Projects include research into the prevention of bovine respiratory disease, the effect of ergot-contaminated feed on bull fertility, the development of new forage varieties and the modification of swine diets to minimize greenhouse gas emissions.

Industry groups are also providing an additional 280-thousand dollars in funding.


A new study suggests Nova Scotia could develop an innovative bio-refinery that produces an alternative fuel from renewable sources of fibre.

Researchers at Nova Scotia's Innovation Hub say the liquid biofuel could be used to heat homes and power marine vessels, among other potential uses.

The study says enough renewable fibre is generated in the province to supply a commercial scale plant producing the liquid biofuel.

The fibre could come from byproducts produced by forestry operations, such as wood chips and tree bark, as well as from farm crops and municipal solid waste sources.  


The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is handing out a tongue-in-cheek award to the Alberta government for introducing mandatory Workers Compensation coverage for farming operations.

The C-F-I-B says that deserves its annual ``paperweight'' award handed out for Red Tape Awareness Week.

The C-F-I-B says the legislation will have a crippling effect on farms across the province.

Amber Ruddy of the C-F-I-B says farmers can't be treated like retail businesses, because farms don't keep regular hours.

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