Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Animal codes get funding

The federal agriculture department will be giving up to $4.56 million to update codes of practice for farmed animals.

The money will go to the Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC), on behalf of the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC).

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay said the money comes from the AgriAssurance program of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

The investment will go towards:

·         Updating the transportation Codes of Practice;

·         Updating the dairy Code of Practice that will address new scientific findings, changes in industry practices and address changes in market and consumer demands;

·         Updating the goat Code of Practice that will respond to growing buyer and consumer expectations for on-farm animal welfare; and

·         Developing a new Code of Practice for farmed finfish. Fish welfare is a new and emerging animal welfare concern, the agriculture department said.

Farrow-to-finish barn has PED

A farrow-to-finish farm in Grey County has fallen victim to Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus.

It’s the 121stcase in the province.

Transplanting machine to be tried in Kent County

A European-made machine that transplants vegetable plugs will be tried by Bercab Farms in Kent County.

Jennen Bros Inc. and Sydenham Farms are also involved in the project which has backing from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial fund.

The “Agriplanter” can, it is said, transplant faster and with greater accuracy than workers, but it needs larger plugs, so special trays are being used for the trial.

The Agriplanter is being used in Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, but this is a first in North America.

The use of the Agriplanter is expected to reduce labour needs by 70 per cent and save fuel and time.

Agriplanter can transplant 20 per cent more per hour than hand planting.

The Agriplanter improves plant-to-soil contact, so they should get off to a better start which could result in greater yields.

More African Swine Fever reported

Viet Nam has reported an outbreak of African Swine Fever and China reports it had another outbreak, bringing its total to more than 100 since August.

China’s outbreak in the city of Beihai in Guangxi killed 924 animals in two farming communities with 23,555 pigs, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement on its website.

Vietnam’s authorities have culled all the pigs on the farms located in Hung Yen and Thai Binh provinces, southeast of the capital Hanoi, the department said.

Pork accounts for three quarters of total meat consumption in Vietnam, a country of 95 million people. 

Tukevics appointed to Food Terminal board

Len Turkevics of Toronto has been appointed to a three-year term on the board of the Ontario Food Terminal.

He is a former employee of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and owns Turkevics & Associates.

He also served as a researcher for the Progressive Conservative party.

CFIA releases survey results

Fifty-two per cent of 350 responders to a survey said it’s difficult to find information from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Seventy-nine per cent said they were not aware of the CFIA’s policies on openness and transparency.

The survey results are posted on the CFIA website at inspection.gc.ca .

Fertilizer company fined $102,500

A subsidiary of CF Industries has been fined $90,000 plus a $22,500 victim surcharge fee for an ammonia leak in Lambton County.

Terra International, a producer of urea and ammonia products in St. Clair Township, faced one charge of violating the Environmental Protection Act in connection with an ammonia gas release that took place in August 2016. 

The incident was first reported to authorities on August 11, 2016, but it’s not clear when the leak began. 

According to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, the company reported an ammonia gas release to their Spills Action Centre.

More than 8.5 tonnes of liquid ammonia was released and contained, resulting in a release of 997 kg of ammonia gas into the air over a two-hour period.

When Terra International, which is owned by CF Industries, searched for the source, it found a fault in an ammonia pump and that led to the failure of a vent pipe that contained liquid ammonia.