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Agriculture Report

Milk Cow Abuse Charges

By Fadi Didi

Three dairy farm workers from B.C.'s Fraser Valley have been sentenced to jail.


Three dairy farm workers from B.C.'s Fraser Valley have been sentenced to jail for causing distress to an animal after an undercover video showed several employees abusing milk cows.

Jamie Visser and Chris Vandyke were given 60 days each in jail, while Travis Keefer must spend seven days in jail after they pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges.

Chilliwack Cattle Sales Limited and its owner were fined 75-thousand dollars each after pleading guilty last year to causing an animal to continue to be in distress.

The hidden-camera video played in court showed a cow being lifted by a chain around its neck using a tractor and other employees repeatedly beating and kicking cows.


A new medical marijuana-growing facility is set to go up in Chatham-Kent.

Construction is expected to begin as soon as this fall on the site just east of Wheatley.

The company behind it is J-P Mariwell, which has been working on getting approval from Health Canada for about three years.

President Paul Greco says the company's initial goal is to build a facility capable of producing about six-thousand kilograms of premium medical cannabis per year.  


There has been a strong rally recently in Canadian hog markets.

It is typical for this time of the year, as hog numbers begin to dwindle in the U.S. and demand begins to pick up with warmer weather.

Hog futures are up five to 10 per cent in value, and that has returned most contracts to their highest levels in months.
Canadian producers may have also benefited from recent news that U.S. pork export sales in March showed volume increases of 15 per cent compared to March 2016.


Ohio's prisons department is looking at layoffs as the state phases out its prison farm program.

The state's shuttering of the prison farm program was aimed at raising millions of dollars through land sales to fund new rehabilitation and job-training programs for inmates.

About 220 inmates worked on the farms at the height of the season. Few, if any, took farm jobs upon release.

The state operated beef or cattle farms at eight prisons and raised crops at two others.


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