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Maple Leaf to buy four Saskatchewan hog barns

Pork processor plans future upgrades

Reading Time: < 1 minute Two sow barns and two nursery hog barns in central Saskatchewan are set to become the property of meat processor Maple Leaf Foods. Toronto-based Maple Leaf announced Wednesday it plans to buy the four barns from Polar Pork, a group of farms spearheaded by members of the Possberg family — well known as the founding […] Read more

FCL’s Co-op Fertilizer Terminal at Brandon. (Photo courtesy Federated Co-operatives Ltd.)

Expansion underway on Brandon fertilizer terminal

More storage to be added at three-year-old facility

Reading Time: 2 minutes Federated Co-operatives (FCL) has started expansion work at its next-to-new fertilizer terminal in western Manitoba, to boost its capacity by almost a third. FCL announced Monday it has budgeted $5 million to add 9,000 tonnes of capacity at the Co-op Fertilizer Terminal at Brandon, bringing its maximum storage to 36,500 tonnes. Work began at the […] Read more


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Brandon pork plant’s exports to China suspended

Chinese protocols call for temporary pause, Maple Leaf says

Reading Time: 2 minutes New Chinese rules for exporters and a number of COVID-19 cases among its workers have led Maple Leaf Foods to temporarily halt pork traffic to China from its biggest hog plant. The company said Tuesday it has “temporarily suspended pork exports to China on a voluntary basis due to recent protocols adopted by the Chinese […] Read more

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Union seeks temporary halt for major Manitoba hog plant

Four Maple Leaf plant staff now COVID-positive

Reading Time: 2 minutes The union for about 2,000 workers at Maple Leaf Foods’ main Canadian hog slaughter and packing plant is calling for the company to put the brakes on production, pending further tests for COVID-19 among employees. United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 832 said Thursday it was “made aware” late Wednesday night of three more […] Read more


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COVID-19 case confirmed at Maple Leaf hog plant

Reading Time: < 1 minute A worker at Maple Leaf Foods’ hog slaughter and processing plant at Brandon, Man. is recovering at home after testing positive for COVID-19, the Manitoba Co-operator has reported. The company said it received word over the long weekend about the case. Citing its own review of the situation and consultation with public health officials, the […] Read more

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Co-op Feeds to shut two Prairie plants, sell another

Reading Time: 2 minutes In the face of “industry challenges,” Federated Co-operatives’ livestock feed manufacturing division plans to pull its operations from six plants down into three. Saskatoon-based Federated Co-op announced Monday it will consolidate its production of bulk and bagged cattle, horse, sheep and poultry feed into three of its existing plants, at Calgary, Saskatoon and Moosomin, Sask. […] Read more


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Online livestock supply store expands reach west

Reading Time: 2 minutes An Ontario livestock nutrition firm’s venture into online retail for producers is expanding into the Prairie provinces with four pickup and ordering points in the region. Cambridge, Ont.-based GVF Group announced Thursday its Farmers Farmacy business, previously available only to producers in Ontario, the Maritime provinces and Quebec, now also serves Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. […] Read more

Premier Stephen Harper and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger examine flooded areas around Brandon in July 2014. (PMO photo by Jill Thompson)

Major flood risks seen in southern Manitoba

Reading Time: 2 minutes Areas of Manitoba are at moderate to major risk of flooding, according to the province’s first full flood outlook for the spring. Levels of future snowfall and/or rainfall, the timing and speed of snowmelt, and the runoff timing in Manitoba, the U.S., Saskatchewan and Ontario are still “key factors,” the provincial government said Monday in […] Read more


LIVE BLOG: Manitoba Ag Days

LIVE BLOG: Manitoba Ag Days

Event begins Tuesday, Jan. 19 and ends on Thursday, Jan. 21

Reading Time: < 1 minute The city of Brandon rolls out the welcome mat for producers and the public for this year’s Manitoba Ag Days, running Tuesday, Jan. 19 to Thursday, Jan. 21. Visit the Ag Days 2016 live blog page here! For three days, a wide variety of speakers and some of the latest in agricultural equipment and technology will […] Read more

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Maple Leaf to upgrade stunning process, ‘accelerate’ on sow housing

Reading Time: 3 minutes Pledging to upgrade its hog and poultry stunning processes, speed up its timeline on sow housing and step up its game on facility audits, livestock pain management and reduced antibiotic use, Maple Leaf Foods said Friday it’s now set to carve an animal care agenda into formal company policy. The major Canadian meat processor on […] Read more