Friday, June 28, 2024

Violife adds cream cheese for Canada


Violife, a Greek company that makes plant-based cheeses, is introducing a knockoff cream cheese product for the Canadian market.

The company said its Creamy Block can be whipped, spread and baked.

It will be in Longo’s supermarkets in Ontartio and Save-On-Foods in Western Canada and soon in Loblaws and its related subsidiaries such as Zhrs Markets.

Violife already markets TMature Cheddar Style Slices, Cheddar Style Shreds, Mozzarella Style Shreds, Smoked Provolone Style Slices, and Feta Style in Canada.

Violife markets in 50 countries. It's head office is at Thessaloniki, Greece.

Two organic groups get $2 million

The federal government is giving $2 milllion to two organic organizations.

The Canada Organic Trade Association will receive more than $1.1 million to grow by resolving marketaccess issues, ensuring Canadian organic products are competitive, building export capacity, and developing domestic opportunities.

More than $900 thousand is going to the Prairie Organic Development Fund to help with data aggregation and benchmarking, education, tools and skill-building, and strengthening public trust in Canadian organics.

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Medical doctors condemn large-scale farms

The Physicians Committee—a  national nonprofit for 17,000 doctors in the United States—is asking officials in Ohio, Michigan, and other agricultural states to phase out large-scale livestock facilities including mega-dairies and massive egg farms.

It said the current bird flu crisis is an urgent reminder to transition food production away from intensive animal agriculture. 

It is urging state politicians to copy Vermont and offer subsidies so dairy farmers, egg farmers, and others who wish to plant orchards or otherwise transition to growing crops.

During the current outbreak, highly-pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus has infected dairy cows in 101 herds nationwide, including 25 herds in Michigan. 

The virus has resulted in the deaths of millions of birds, most of them through culling, with a focus on laying hens on egg farms. So far, the H5N1 bird flu has infected three farm workers.

”Facilities with large numbers of animals in a small amount of space are a threat to public health because they provide ideal conditions for viruses to spread, evolve, and possibly acquire the ability to infect peopled,” the doctors’ news release said.

“It must be mentioned that animals raised in stressful, crowded environments are more prone to disease,” Lauren Maziarz, an associate professor of public health at Bowling Green State University, told the Toledo Blade newspaper which reported on the doctors’ statement.

It highlighted the size of two farms: 10, 000 dairy cows on a farm in Sioux County, Iowa, and 4.2 million hens on an egg farm in Iowa.

Pilgrim’s Pride settles with chicken growers


Pilgrim’s Pride, the last holdout, has reached a settlement with about 2,400 chicken growers who accused it of conspiring with other large-scale processors to rig the markets.

Pilgrim’s is owned by JBS S.A. of Brazil, the world’s largest meat-packing company.

The amount of the settlement was not revealed in the court documents released this week in Oklahoma. The details will likely be released in about two weeks when the case is finalized.

In 2021, Tyson and Perdue Farms settled for $21 million and $14.75 million, respectively. In May, Koch Foods settled with growers for $15.5 million.

Denmark to tax livestock

Shhh! Don't tell Trudeau or Freeland, but  Denmark is planning to tax cattle, pigs and sheep beginning in 2030 and increasing in 2035.

The tax will be $59 per ton of carbon emissions, rising to $147 in 2035.

The aim is to reduce animal-based carbon emissions by 70 per cent by 2030.

Methane traps 87 times as much heat as carbon dioxide, according to the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Denmark is the first country to announce a climate-saving tax on farm animals.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Wilmot land grab pales by comparison



The controversy over trying to buy 700 acres of farmland in Wilmot Township pales in comparison with the Premier Doug Ford government’s grab of 6,400 acres, also within the Waterloo Region.

All kinds of urban hand-wringing is going on about the loss of 700 acres of farmland near New Hamburg.

Nothing is being said about the 6,800 acres.

In both cases, the decisions have been made in direct violation of Waterloo Region and local municipal councils' official plans.

Those plans were only adopted after extensive rounds of consultations. 

Some policies, such as firm Kitchener and Waterloo City boundaries, have withstood the test of decades of developer pressure for urban sprawl.

But the Ford government simply swept that all aside.

And I think it also stands behind the Wilmot Township land purchase.

The Waterloo Region, as recently as the last round of annual budgeting, confessed that it does not have money available to buy land of sufficient size to meet industrialists’ demand.

It said a number of shoppers have asked over the last several years, but nothing is available to suit their needs.

So the Waterloo Region, and certainly not Wilmot Township, have nowhere close to the amount of money needed to buy the 700 acres in Wilmot Township. It seems obvious that it’s the Ford government.

So the outrage over the loss of farmland ought to be focussed squarely on the Ontario Progressive Conservatives.

One final observation.

The Wilmot Township land is owned or rented by active farmers.

The 6,400 acres added around the city boundaries is owned by developers, although also rented to farmers.

None of these developers is losing a family home or being forced out of a neighbourhood. The Wilmot Township farmers are facing that prospect.

Will the Wilmot Township farm production be missed? Nope.

Will the missed. Without a doubt!

But life changes.

SPUD unit gets $330,000


The federal and Ontario agriculture departments are investing $330,000 to upgrades at the Superior Plant Upgrading and Distribution (SPUD) Unit in New Liskeard. 

It will be spent on the irrigation, air filtration, heating and control systems and on increases to sterilization capacity and greenhouse coverings.

This will improve the ability to anticipate, detect, mitigate and reduce diseases and pests along the supply chain, the SPUD unit The unit works on potatoes, berries, garlic, sweet potatoes and hazelnuts.


U.S. Supreme Court upholds Prop. 12



The United States Supreme Court has upheld California’s Proposition 12 plebiscite law that bans sow gestation crates and a number of other practices deemed harmful to animal welfare.

The ruling has significant implications for the pork industry, particularly for producers outside California who supply pork to the state. That includes Canadians exporting weaner pigs, market hogs and pork to the United States.

The Supreme Court’s decision means that out-of-state producers must comply with California’s standards if they wish to sell their products in the state. 

The Court ruled that such state laws are permissible, emphasizing that “companies that choose to sell products in various states must normally comply with the laws of those various states.”

The pork industry has voiced concerns that Proposition 12 will increase production costs and complicate supply chains. 

Critics argue that the law imposes undue burdens on producers and could lead to higher prices for consumers. Despite these concerns, the Supreme Court upheld the law, indicating that it does not violate the Constitution merely because it has extraterritorial effects on out-of-state producers.

Proponents of Proposition 12 argue that it addresses important animal welfare issues and can potentially reduce health risks associated with extreme confinement of farm animals. 

The American Public Health Association and other health organizations supported the law, citing concerns about disease transmission from confined animals to humans.




Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Quebec hogs displacing Ontario’s


About 20,000 hogs per week are moving from Quebec to Ontario packing plants, Jim Long of Genesus said in a report on the Ontario Pork Congress in Stratford.

Long said the Quebec hogs are displacing Ontario hogs which have to travel to the United States for slaughter.

Ontario has only two big hog slaughter plants left after Quality Packers closed its plant in Toronto. Sofina in Burlington and Conestoga Packers in Breslau each slaughter about 45,000 hogs per week.

Conestoga has plans to expand, but that’s not happening immediately,

Ontario hog production exceeds slaughter capacity, even without the provincially-subsidized hogs from Quebec.

Olymel, the dominant hog packer in Quebec, closed a number of plants when it was losing up ro $100 million a year. When those plants were running at capacity, they bought hogs from Ontario.

If Quebec were a nation, there could be a countervailing duty on their hogs to offset the provincial subsidies and prices that don't cover the cost of production.

Gambling pays off for two researchers


Two livestock researchers – Dr. Atahurul Chowdhury and Dr. Sam Warkenhe, have been awarded $110,000 from a group of organizations led by the Grand River Agricultural Society which garners its revenues from the Elora casino and horse racing track.

Chowdhury is researching generative AI (artificial intelligence) to move research results from labs to practical applications.

Chowdhury will present the outcomes of his livestock research information in videos, plain language summaries, blogs and other forms of social communication.

Dr. Workenhe will continue genomic research that was supported by the same Early Career Research Award in 2022.

The Livestock Research Innovation Corporation is a partner in the awards program.

The Early Career Research Awards program is also supported by The Western Fair Association at London, Ontario Agricultural College and Ontario Veterinary College.

Food inflation returns


After 12 months of declines, food prices went up by 1.5 per cent from a year earlier in May, reports Statistics Canada. That’s slightly higher than 1.4 per cent in April.

And compared with May, 2029, food prices were up by 22.5 per cent.

But the main reasons for a 2.6 per cent rate of inflation in May was higher transportation and housing costs.

Airlines are jammed and have increased fares by 4.5 per cent and tour operations are charging 6.9 per cent more.

Rents rose by 8.9 per cent.

Monday, June 24, 2024

Beef farmers plead for end to Cargill strike


Beef farmer leaders from across Canada are urging union and company negotiators to get to the bargaining table to end a strike at the Cargill-owned plant at Guelph.

To date, there has been no indication of upcoming talks or negotiations that would see an end to the strike that began on May 27, the leaders of three organizations said in a news release. 

“The challenges that come with the loss of eastern Canada’s largest beef processor cannot be understated,” said Craig McLaughlin, president of Beef Farmers of Ontario.

The plant usually slaughters 75 per cent of Ontario’s cattle. Since the strike began, they have kept independent, but small beef slaughter plants operating at capacity, many cattle leaving th4e province or being kept on farm gaining extra weight.

“With each passing day, the consequences of the Cargill Dunlop labour strike continue to mount for our feedlot sector, beef supply chain partners, and our farmers’ ability to cash flow their operations..” McLaughlin said.

“BFO urges both sides to work toward an immediate resolution of this dispute.” 

Will Lowe, chairman of the National Cattle Feeders Association, also urged an end to the strike.

Also joining in the call for an end to the strike is the Canadian Cattle Association.

Lambton names Hall of Fame choices

The Lambton Agriculture Hall of Fame has chosen Jim Duffy, Jim Goodhand and the Bryans family to honour this year.

Duffy moved from Alvinston to Lambton County after completing 20 4-H projects and serving in president of Brooke Township Junior Farmers.

 He served as president of the Lambton County Federation of Agriculture and chairman of Lambton Soil and Crop Association and the director of Lambton soybean and wheat commodity boards.

Goodhand rose through the ranks of the Ontario Pork Producers Marketing Board to become chairman for three years and Ontario’s representative on the Canadian Pork Council for three years.

The Bryans family of Munro Honey provides pollination services for many farmers and provided bee equipment and supplies and queen bees and nucleus colony starter kits to others.

Sunday, June 23, 2024

Too wet to plant

Some fields in the Sarnia area have been too wet to plant.

Others in Lanbton, Huron and Perth were too wet to plant corn, but soybeans went in.

And then there's this field on Line 27, Perth County, about four km. west of Harmony that when I drove by on Friday had only the peaks of short corn peeking out.

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Warming Climate Favours E. Cdn farmers

A new report from the Canadian Agriculture Policy Institute says farmers in Eastern Canada are benefitting from warmer and moister weather and increased carbon leading to higher yields.

But there is little change across the Prairies.

It says the government has put too much effort into reducing greenhouses gases and not enough into adaptation, such as crop varieties better suited to the warmth and controls of insects and diseases that increase under the warmer and wetter weather.

The warmth is also expanding the crop-growing area nortth and paves the way for new crops that need the additional warmth and moisture.

Climate change is hitting farmers hard in other parts of the world, meaning they will be wanting more food from Canada.

For Canada, surely climate change mitigation is less important than adaptation to climate

change- given the magnitude of observed and expected changes, and because food is a

fundamental, imminent, need that is highly sensitive to climatic conditions, and that is scarce in

the world, says the report prepared under the leadership of Al Mussell.

Consumption of other types of products in the economy- non-food goods and

services- can be traded off far more easily in reducing greenhouse grass emissions than can food, the report said.

Imagining a world in which the climate evolved to be less hospitable to farming, and in which were unprepared for it, presents an acute crisis and a troubling prospect, the report said.

“Opportunities for mitigation in agriculture should be focused where there is overlap with adaptation strategies and search for synergies, rather than leading with policies focused on mitigation at the exclusion of adaptation,” it said.

Storing feed poses few hog disease risks

There is little risk of disease spreading to hogs from stored feeds, says Doug MacDougald of South West Ontario Veterinary Services.

He has posted the results of a study in the United States on SwineWeb. It found no Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, Porcine Deltacoronavius, Porcine Respiratory and Reproductive Syndrome virus in feeds that were inoculated with those viruses and stored for 58 days.

There was some loss of viability of some vitamins.

MacDougald wrote that “prevention of contamination is obviously important, but it can be a daunting task because there are many critical control points. 

“Another approach to feed biosecurity involves the deactivation of pathogens in feed through the use of heat, feed additives, or even irradiation. 

“Techniques such as irradiation can have a negative effect on feed ingredients such as enzymes or vitamins.

“Another approach is to extend storage times of feed and feed ingredients.”

But he cautions that “the use of extended feed storage times can increase the potential for unintended consequences such as reduced palatability, degradation of nutrients, increases in mycotoxins, or increased microbial contamination.”

Chicken board open to newcomers


Applications are now open for the CFO New Entrant Chicken Farmer Program, which offers some quota and a number of supports.

The deadline to apply is by 5:00 PM on November 1. 

“The Ontario chicken industry is strong, vibrant, and is continuing to grow,” said board chairman Murray Opsteen.

 “CFO is thrilled to provide a variety of opportunities for farm families looking to enter Ontario’s chicken industry, including through the CFO New Entrant Chicken Farmer Program.” 

Four to be added to Hall of Fame

 Four names will be added to the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Royal Agriculture Winter Fair Nov. 2.


They are Bruce Coulman, Michael Eskin, Paul Larmer and Dr. Charles Vincent.


Bruce Coulman developed 24 novel forage crop varieties.  

For more than 40 years he worked as a researcher at McGill University and then at Agriculture Canada’s Saskatoon Research Centre.  

Many of his forage varieties were industry firsts, including bloat-reduced alfalfa, hybrid bromegrass and smooth-awned forage barley.  

Coulman lives in Saskatoon and was nominated by the Crop Development Centre at the University of Saskatchewan.

Michael Eskin is a canola researcher at the University of Manitoba where his work helped transform the quality and stability of canola oil, expanding the market for the crop on an international scale.  

He also played a role in establishing canola oil as heart-safe for people. Eskin lives in Winnipeg and was nominated by the University of Manitoba. 

Paul Larmer made his mark in the artificial insemination industry.

He began as a dairy cattle sire analyst and rose to be head of the Semex Alliance for 17 years. He took it from a Canadian company to a leading global supplier of top-quality dairy genetics.

He lives in Guelph and was nominated by Semex. 

Dr. Charles Vincent is an internationally respected leader in agricultural entomology.  

As a research scientist with Agriculture Canada and science communicator, Vincent has spent 40 years studying insects’ economic impact on Canadian food production, guided by a vision for developing sustainable agricultural systems that are commercially viable with the lowest environmental impact possible.  





University of Guelph students angry

About 1,300 students on a waiting list for housing are angry that the University of Guelph misled them into believing the university would be providing housing.

And the total number of angry students is greater than the 1,300 who have registered because some have been told there is no hope of getting housing if they get added now to the list.

And off-campus housing is difficult to find, the students and parents are saying.

The crunch has arisen because the university has increased acceptances from applicants to garner more income to fund its operations.

But I think the real blame rests with Doug Ford and his government policy to reduce, then freeze tuition fees and for failing to provide adequate funding for universities and colleges. They are left scrambling to make ends meet and it's Canadian students who are suffering the most.


First-year student Morgan Woodill told CBC news that students and parents were told on university tours and via studies released by the school that housing all incoming first-year students wouldn't be an issue.

"Getting that 'we are confident we can provide housing for all students' — that was very exciting for me.

"Now I'm not sure what to do exactly."

According to the Ontario Universities' Application Centre, the University of Guelph has 7,849 confirmed offers of acceptance from students, a 52.6 per cent increase over 2023.

In anticipation of the higher enrolment, the school increased the number of residence spaces at the North, South, East and West on-campus residences, and leased out a former hotel for additional space, the university said.

It also said it would actively pursue community partnerships to house the remaining students.

A March 11 study on the university's website said it would "continue to consistently accommodate all first-year student requests while also expanding offers for international students to live in residence for the duration of their academic programs." 

But now it told CBC news in Kitchener that it is getting more students than anticipated when that study was posted.

Guelph has a 1.3 per cent rental vacancy rate, one of the lowest rates in an Ontario university town, according to the most recent Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) report. 

Janice Jurus is helping her daughter Paige in her apartment hunt but hasn't had any luck.

"I've contacted Solstice, which is an outside group of rentals — they're full. There's Alma, which is also another facility that's specific for students — that's full," she said. "So now we're looking at just different options."

Paige said living off campus would be scary and potentially unsafe. But she said her biggest concern would be "missing out on the residential experience for my first year."

"I feel like that's where I can make most of my friends. Pretty upsetting."

Fire destroys Simcoe garden centre


A fire has destroyed the Ryerse Garden Gallery in Simcoe.

The Ontario Provincial Police detachment in Norfolk had to shut down the street between 14th Street East and Davis Street to allow firefighters to battle the fire Thursday morning.

No injuries have been reported and a damage estimate has not yet been released.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

Sticker price shock report for beef

Higher prices have not completely turned consumers toward proteins other than beef, according to research from the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) and its national Beef Checkoff program in the United States.

Consumers are more focused on value, a decline in consumer sentiment and a decreased ability to save, according to an opinion piece by CBB member Jeri Hanson published in Drovers Farm Journal

Hanson said summer barbecue season accounts for 30 per cent of beef sales and they are more likely to purchase cheaper cuts, use more coupons and seek out deals, but 96 per cent still plan to grill this summer.

The Beef Checkoff survey also found that some form of online grocery shopping continues to play a role for 57 per cent of survey respondents, prompting the Beef Checkoff to launch e-commerce partnerships with national grocery chains. 

These relationships are allowing the organization’s marketing team to track consumer activity from the sighting of an ad for beef to a subsequent beef purchase, which offers a direct return on investment, Hanson wrote.

Animal welfare a stock exchange issue

 The way JBS companies, including Pilgrim’s Pride chicken, treat animals has become an issue taken to the United States Security Exchange Commission which regulates stock markets.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is using an application by JBS to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange to gain publicity for its organization.

It says the company misleads investors with its claims about animal welfare and the environment.

“Our complaint alleges that JBS and Pilgrim’s Pride appear to repeatedly mislead investors by making false and misleading animal welfare and climate claims in their sustainability reports and on websites, and that they have not disclosed necessary information in their SEC filings,” HSUS said. 


HSUS contends that the animals are kept in “extreme confinement,” have a “litany” of violations of slaughter-related laws, and other inhumane actions.

“In 2018, we asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Pilgrim’s Pride for misleading claims in its marketing and advertising about its chickens, and the company subsequently altered some of those claims,” HSUS said.

HSUS filed its complaint in conjunction with the Center for Biological Diversity, and in partnership with the Farmed Animal Advocacy Clinic at Vermont Law and Graduate School.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Organic corn and wheat mapped


A report mapping the organic corn and wheat supply chains in Ontario was launched today by the Organic Council of Ontario (OCO) in partnership with the Organic Grain Hub. 

“This is the first report of its kind” said Carolyn Young, OCO’s executive director. 

“Without deep investigation like this, the organic sector lacks real

data that we need to help the sector thrive.”   

The report found a lack of diversified supply chains specifically for organics so they may be vulnerable to shifts in the marketplace. 

“Most of the organic wheat grown in Ontario is for
domestic use,” said Rob Wallbridge OCO board member and agronomy sales lead at SureSource Commodities, one of the industry experts consulted for the report. 

“But with bakeries and millers struggling, some high
quality organic wheat is going to animal feed or to Quebec. About
one-third of organic corn is exported to feed mills in New York and

“If the U.S. becomes self-sufficient in organic grains, finds
cheaper imports, or U.S. organic meat consumption drops, Canadian suppliers will have limited options going forward.” Wallbridge said.

The sector is small - $38.5 million worth of corn and
$13.8 million of wheat, based on farm-gate prices.

Shoppers are buying organic grains online and milling them at home. 

Farmer-to-baker connections are also helping farmers to increase their income streams by diversifying organic wheat production from soft to hard wheat and by growing heritagewheats to fill growing niche markets.  

“This report shows us that organic wheat and corn value chains are surprisingly simple. Yet while this simplicity makes them vulnerable to market disruptions, it also means there are significant gains to be made through market and product diversification,” said Young.  

The report is one of three funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Agribusiness’s Supply Chain Stability and Adaptability program administered by the Agriculture Adaptation Council.

The Ontario Organic Council represents more than 1,300 certified organic operations as well as the businesses, organizations and individuals that deliver organic foods to consumers.

Ag excellence awards nominations open


The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Agribusiness has opened nominations for its Excellence in Agriculture Awards program.

The deadline is July 24.

The awards categories are for primary producer, processor, agriculture and food organization, educational institution, agriculture and food innovator and for Indigenous, Metis or Inuit-owned business or community.

Winners receive a plaque and bragging rights.

Application forms and protocols are available at

Farmers Edge investors launch lawsuit

Wilson Leung of Vancouver and Philippe Golin of Ottawa are leading a class-action lawsuit against Farmers Edge, claiming the company misled them and other investors.

The lawsuit filed in the British Columbia Supreme Court said the company was in deep debt when it tried to raise money from investors.

Farmers Edge is a digital company that offers farm services such as variable rate nutrition management and data management and analytics.

The lawsuit names chief executive officer, Wade Barnes, who founded the business, and founder and former CEO Wade Barnes and chief financial officer David Patrick plusFairfax Financial Holdings and several financial underwriters.

It seeks a total of $270 in restitutions and damages..

The statement of claim said the company owed a large debenture debt to Fairfax which was also its major shareholder.


The claim said Farmers Edgea was unable to secure additional capital at the time it launched its initial public offering in March 2021.

Wet farms can still buy corn insurance

Agricorp has extended the corn planting deadline to qualify for crop insurance by three days to June 18 for farmers in Lambton, Middlesex, Niagara, Chatham-Kent, Essex, and Elgin.

Many fields in those municipalities have been too wet to plant.

The relief is particularly important for dairy and beef farmers who use corn as silage.

Many cash crop farmers have switched plans from corn to soybeans.

Agricorp said it extended the deadline after consulting farm leaders. The actual decision rests with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Agribusiness.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

European pork industry on edge

Europe's pork industry faces a "nightmare scenario" of lower prices and falling profitability if China restricts imports from the region, industry executives and analysts said Friday.

Reuters news agency reports that Chinese firms have asked for an anti-dumping probe into pork imports from the European Union.

The risk comes after Europe imposed anti-subsidy duties on Chinese-made electric vehicles.

China imported $6 billion worth of pork, including offal, in 2023 and more than half came from Europe.

"The full suspension of EU pork exports to China would be a potential nightmare scenario for the pork supply chain, with implications across the EU," said Justin Sherrard, global strategist for animal protein for Rabobank.

China buys ears, noses and feet, for which there is little demand from European customers. 

"It would take time, but may be possible for EU exporters to find alternative markets for the pork muscle meat cuts that are currently shipped to China," Sherrard said.

"However, I doubt alternative markets could be found for EU pork 'variety meat' exports that are currently shipped to China.

Spain is the largest exporter of pork to China globally, selling about $1.5 billion of product every year.

China has been able to ramp up its own pork production following a disastrous outbreak of African Swine Fever in 2018 and recently there has been a surplus of pork in the country.

Monday, June 17, 2024

Founders of Finest Sausages have died

Guenter and Ute Lotzmann of Kitchener, founders of Finest Sausages & Meats, have died while on vacation in Germany.

They opened their business 23 years ago and developed a large and loyal customer base.

They are survived by Marika (Svem), Tania (Shannon) and five grandchildren.

A memorial will be at the Concordia Club in Kitchener on Sunday, June 23, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Bird flu spreads among Iowa cattle


There are now cattle in four herds in north-west Iowa that have had cases of highly-infectious avian influenza.

The increase from one to four cases in a matter of less than a week has prompted officials in not only Iowa but also neighbouring states to urge heightened biosecurity at poultry and cattle facilities.

CFIA to cover HPAI lab costs for cattle


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced today that “until further notice, it will cover the fees for laboratory testing at any CAHSN laboratory that is approved to test samples in domestic animals. CFIA does not pay for associated veterinary fees for sample collection or shipment to the lab.”

It also announced that “all non-clinical dairy cattle will now be eligible for testing. 

A milk sample is required for lactating dairy cattle and a nasal swab is required for non-lactating dairy cattle.

“For suspect case submissions, the private veterinarian is required to report negative test results back to the district office upon receipt.”

No Canadian cattle have been detected with highly-pathogenic avian influnza.