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Bill to tighten cruelty laws downed in Commons

Reading Time: 3 minutes A federal private member’s bill meant to tighten animal cruelty laws in Canada — alarming farm organizations and energizing animal welfare groups en route — has gone the way of most private members’ bills. Bill C-246, introduced in February by Toronto Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith and given first reading, died Wednesday in the House of […] Read more

Despite his lawyer’s advice, Jeff Kooyman discusses the MFA video, and the steps they have taken in its wake.

After the animal abuse video went viral

What’s it like for a Canadian farmer at the centre of an international animal rights media frenzy?

Reading Time: 5 minutes A year and a half later, Jeff Kooyman is still disturbed by a video produced on his farm, Chilliwack Cattle Sales, by the advocacy group Mercy for Animals. Broadcast during prime time on CTV national news on June 2014, the video let the whole world see young workers shouting “f***ing bitch” at cows, kicking one […] Read more

Wal-Mart urges meat suppliers to curb antibiotic use

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Wal-Mart Stores is pressing meat, seafood, dairy and egg suppliers to reduce the use of antibiotics, becoming the first large retailer to take a stand against the excessive use of drugs in raising farm animals. The guidelines announced on Friday would limit suppliers to using antibiotics to treat and prevent disease, […] Read more

New agency to handle Sask. animal welfare enforcement

Reading Time: < 1 minute Saskatchewan’s animal protection officers will start Wednesday with a new not-for-profit agency handling animal welfare enforcement work in the province. The provincial agriculture department on Thursday announced a two-year, $610,000-per-year agreement to fund investigative services provided by Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan, effective April 1. A new toll-free phone number, 1-844-382-0002, will be in place […] Read more

Are Canadian farmers ready for a food fight?

Your business could soon be caught up in a public relations battle. Based on what we’re seeing south of the border, are you ready?

Reading Time: 9 minutes A tsunami seems set to wash over Canadian agriculture. No, the seas haven’t suddenly shifted inland. This dangerous wave is made up of public sentiment about the way you conduct your business. Just like a tsunami, you might not like it, you probably won’t welcome it, but trying to resist it is going to be […] Read more

Optimum performance comes from a commitment to planning, says RFW ’s James Reesor. “Identify what you want to improve.”

Focus on where you can lead

At RFW Farms, the goal is to inject certainty into what can seem a very uncertain business. How they do that is a story in itself

Reading Time: 7 minutes In 1995 James Reesor and a business partner bought a 300-sow farrowing herd. Today, two decades later, RFW Farms is a 4,000-sow farrow-to-finish multi-site operation, producing about 2,000 hogs a week. By all measures, those 20 years have been challenging times in the hog business, yet this company has emerged as one of the largest […] Read more

When the SPCA comes knocking

Understanding your rights and duties

Reading Time: 3 minutes Recent media coverage of alleged abuse at Chilliwack Cattle Sales in B.C. has sparked questions about an owner’s obligations when dealing with animal abuse investigators. What are your rights and responsibilities when an investigator arrives at your doorstep? Inspector powers Animal cruelty is prohibited under the Criminal Code, which applies across Canada. In practice, most […] Read more