Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Abused Milk Cows

By Fadi Didi

BC's Prosecution Service files appeal of sentences handed to three dairy farm employees.


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British Columbia's Prosecution Service has filed an appeal of sentences handed to three dairy farm employees who abused milk cows.

The service says the sentences imposed last month should be increased based on what it believes were errors in law and because of the public interest in the case.

The case involved hidden-camera video taken at Chilliwack Cattle Sales Ltd. and all three pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges.

Jamie Visser and Chris Vandyke were given 60 days each in jail, prohibited from having animals in their custody for three years and sentenced to six months' probation.

Travis Keefer was handed a seven-day sentence.

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Farmers were being encouraged recently to wear their plaid shirts as part of a fundraising effort for prostate cancer research.

Plaid for Dad was started three years ago by Prostate Cancer Canada.

Robin Speer, executive director of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, says one in eight men are going to be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetimes.

Speer, who is also chair of the Saskatchewan Leadership Council for Prostate Cancer Canada, says all of the money will go to research, including work being done at the University of Saskatchewan.

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The researchers behind Canada's annual food price report say that while they expect food inflation to be slightly lower this year than previously estimated, shoppers should expect big jumps in the price of meat.

The mid-year forecast update by researchers from Dalhousie University in Halifax projects grocery and restaurant food prices will rise between three and four per cent this year, rather than the three to five per cent they anticipated back in December.

However, meat will be more expensive than they previously thought, with prices expected to jump seven to nine per cent by the end of the year.

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Dairy farm workers and activists marched to the Ben & Jerry's factory in the Vermont town of Waterbury over the weekend to protest what they say are slow negotiations to reach a deal on the so-called ``Milk with Dignity'' program.

The march began Saturday morning at the Montpelier Statehouse and headed to the company's main factory.

Proponents say the program would ensure fair pay and living conditions on farms that provide milk to Ben & Jerry's for its popular ice cream.

Ben & Jerry's spokesman Sean Greenwood says the company is committed to reaching a deal with workers.
 

 


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