Korea lifts ban on beef from cattle fed Zilmax — September 2, 2014


Seoul | Reuters – South Korea has lifted a ban on animal feed additive zilpaterol in beef, a food ministry official said Tuesday. Seoul had earlier flagged that it intended to ease its zero-tolerance policy on zilpaterol-based drugs, such as Merck’s Zilmax. The official confirmed that imports of beef muscle with one part per billion […]

Klassen: Feeder cattle market remains variable — September 1, 2014


The western Canadian feeder cattle market continues to trade in a volatile fashion. Similar-quality cattle varied by as much as $10 per hundredweight (cwt) in some cases, especially on calves under 600 pounds. There are three key factors enhancing the volatility in the feeder market at this time. First, wholesale beef prices are under pressure […]

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 […]