P.E.I. field quarantined with potato wart — August 30, 2014


A 35-acre field on Prince Edward Island is under quarantine and its crops set to be destroyed after the plot was confirmed to have potato wart. The finding was confirmed last week by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which has ordered “movement controls” on all equipment, plants, potato tubers and soil from the affected farm. […]

Levinoff-Colbex beef plant to be sold for parts: report — August 29, 2014


A Quebec cattle producer group’s bid to buy and reopen the shuttered Levinoff-Colbex beef packing plant in the Centre-du-Quebec region has been rejected, according to the province’s main farm organization. The ill-fated cull cow slaughter plant’s receiver, Richter Advisory Group of Montreal, had been taking bids on the St-Cyrille-de-Wendover plant’s assets this summer, for sale […]

U.S. livestock: CME live cattle supported by higher cash trade — August 29, 2014


Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures settled up on Friday boosted by higher prices in the cash cattle market, traders said. Cash cattle, or market-ready cattle, sold in the U.S. Plains at $155 to $156 per hundredweight (cwt), traders said (all figures US$). Last week, cash cattle in Kansas and Nebraska […]

Jamaica re-opens to Canadian beef — August 28, 2014


Canadian beef producers have scored access to a long-closed market as Jamaica will again take Canadian product. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Trade Minister Ed Fast announced Monday that Jamaica has approved all imports of beef from Canada, effective immediately. The country closed its ports to Canadian beef in 2003 after the discovery of Canada’s […]

After surviving red tape, cost overruns and delays, the van Bergeijks say success in value adding hinges on your skills — and your resilience

The goal is gouda

Adam and Hannie van Bergeijk got their top-quality Gouda cheese into Sobeys, but only by overcoming a series of roadblocks

Two years after he began making cheese commercially on his New Hamburg, Ont. dairy farm, Adam van Bergeijk admits he is pleased with their progress. “We’re close to our targets,” he says. But van Bergeijk also admits it’s been a long haul to get to this point. About 25 per cent of the milk from […]

N.S. sets up wine development board — August 28, 2014


Grape growers and wine producers in Nova Scotia have got a new advisory board to bring their ideas and issues to the provincial government. The province on Tuesday named nine members, including Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell as chairman, to a new Nova Scotia Wine Development Board. Nova Scotia’s wineries sold almost $16.7 million in wine […]

U.S. livestock: Cash price optimism rallies CME live cattle — August 28, 2014


Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures turned up sharply on Thursday in anticipation of steady-to-better prices for market-ready or cash cattle this week, traders said. Futures drew more support from their discounts to last week’s cash cattle returns. August live cattle, which will expire on Friday, ended up 1.45 cent per […]

EU provides aid to dairy sector after Russian ban — August 28, 2014


Brussels | Reuters – The European Commission announced financial support for exporters of dairy products hit by Russia’s ban on Western food imports, adding to emergency measures already taken to help fruit and vegetable producers. Moscow this month imposed a one-year embargo on meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the U.S., the European Union, […]

Manitoba names new chief vet — August 27, 2014


The Manitoba government has tapped another federal veterinarian to lead its animal health and welfare, food safety and livestock biosecurity programs. Dr. Megan Bergman, most recently the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s regional director for Manitoba, was named Tuesday as the province’s chief veterinary officer, replacing Dr. Wayne Lees. Bergman graduated from Saskatoon’s Western College of […]

Shaun, when shorn, may be world’s woolliest sheep — August 27, 2014


Sydney | Reuters – Two Australian farmers say they may have found the world’s woolliest sheep, whose estimated 25 kg (55-lb.) coat, if confirmed, could shatter the world record currently held in neighbouring New Zealand. Shaun the sheep was found on Sunday wandering in a country area near the town of Oatlands, 84 km from […]