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Maple Leaf Foods donates more than four million hotdogs to food banks
May 16, 2014 - In celebration of the Victoria Day long weekend, Maple Leaf Foods donated more than four million hotdogs to food banks across the country.

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    RFID tag readers can be made better
    May 16, 2014 - Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is a key aspect of Canada's national cattle identification system and contributes to Canada's ability to satisfy the regulatory requirements of domestic and foreign markets. RFID is also increasingly used for non-regulatory purposes and can enable individual animal approaches to decision making along the supply chain.

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    Innovation and competitiveness and the House Agriculture Committee
    May 14, 2014 - Andrea Brocklebank, Research Manager at the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC), recently appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food in Ottawa. The committee of Members of Parliament have dedicated a series of hearings to examining the issue of innovation and competitiveness in the Canadian agriculture and food sector.

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    Keystone founder Herb Lotman dies
    May 13, 2014 - Herb Lotman, founder of Keystone Foods, died Thursday from complications of heart failure. He was 80 years old. The West Conshohocken, Pa.based Keystone is a supplier of McDonald's burger patties, poultry and fish. Keystone was bought in 2010 by Marfrig Group, Brazil's second-largest beef processor.

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    Canadian Meat Council Welcomes New President
    May 13, 2014 - During the Canadian Meat Council's 94th Annual Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Henry Mizrahi was elected as President and Chair of the Board for 2014-2015.

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    Manitoba confirms second on-farm case of PEDv
    May 12, 2014 - The Office of Manitoba's Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) has confirmed the province's second on-farm case of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus in a finisher barn in southeast Manitoba. The CVO has been advised the animals on this farm have shown no symptoms of PED.

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    Should Canada's bio security measures extend to exporting partners
    May 9, 2014 - Despite our bio security efforts to stave off PEDv livestock losses on Canadian farms, the impact the virus has had on countries that rely on our exported pork products to supplement their indigenous pork production, could trigger that recession domino no one in our industry wants to talk about.

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    Maple Leaf Foods wiener plant equipment auction a major event
    May 9, 2014 - As reported late last month, the closing of Maple Leaf's Brockley wiener plant in Hamilton is the first step in the company's prepared meats transformation, and that leaves all that equipment ready to go to the highest bidder.

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    Alltech's Gator Giveaway Event Attracts 400 Farmers
    May 9, 2014 - Alltech's fourth Gator Giveaway event drew crowds by the bus load across three provinces in Western Canada. Close to 400 producers from the three regions attended the event with the hopes of driving home in a brand new John Deere Gator.

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    Fidel Toldrá wins 2014 AMSA meat processing award
    May 9, 2014- The American Meat Science Association announced that Dr. Fidel Toldrá is the recipient of the 2014 AMSA Meat Processing Award.

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    Funds go to strengthen hog biosecurity
    May 7, 2014 - The federal government is teaming with several provinces to help keep porcine epidemic diarrhea virus out of the hog barns.

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    Maple Leaf Foods cites PEDv as major factor for first quarter losses
    May 7, 2014 - Maple Leaf Foods reported its financial results for the first quarter 2014.

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    Pork Producers' Vigilance Credited with Helping Contain Spread of PEDv
    Manitoba Pork credits the high level of on farm biosecurity with helping contain the spread of PEDv within the province.

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    Canada AAA Western Beef Traceability now featured in Real Canadian Superstore
    May 2, 2014 - Canada's largest supermarket chain, Loblaw Companies Limited, announced it is using IdentiGEN's DNA-based traceability process to guarantee origins and improve eating quality of Loblaw's cut from Canada AAA Western Beef. The product is being launched in 77 Real Canadian Superstore® locations in Alberta, Manitoba, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

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    Prairie Swine's Sow Stall Conversion Projects
    May 2, 2014 - The president and CEO of the Prairie Swine Centre says the biggest change to Canada's Pig Code of Practice revolves around housing for gestating sows. Under Canada's new Pig Code of Practice, as of 2014, all newly built or renovated sow barns must house mated sows and gilts in groups.

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    Government of Canada weighs in on COOL ruling
    April 30, 2014 - Last week, the coalition including NAMA, filed a supplemental brief with the United States Court of Appeals in the AMI vs USDA case. The outcome of the case will determine the constitutionality of the USDA's Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) rule. This follows up a request by the Court to hear AMI's position because of the pertinence of the constitutional arguments.

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    Government of Canada weighs in on COOL ruling
    April 30, 2014 - Last week, the coalition including NAMA, filed a supplemental brief with the United States Court of Appeals in the AMI vs USDA case. The outcome of the case will determine the constitutionality of the USDA's Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) rule. This follows up a request by the Court to hear AMI's position because of the pertinence of the constitutional arguments.

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    Cargill charged over wastewater tests at beef plant in 2012
    April 30, 2014 - The province of Alberta, under the Environment and Sustainable Resource Development mandate, is accusing Cargill Limited of failing to immediately report a case where samples from the company's High River processing plant's industrial waste water system were allegedly falsified in 2012.

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    Survey Reveals Consumers Underestimate Meat and Poultry Nutrition Benefits
    April 29, 2014 - Most consumers don't fully recognize the unique nutrition benefits that meat and poultry offer, according to a recent survey conducted online by Harris Poll for the American Meat Institute.

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    Move away from gestation crates could improve Canadian pork's image
    April 28, 2014 - Last month a new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs was published, which includes a ban on the lifelong confinement of pregnant sows in gestation crates. Developed by the National Farm Animal Care Council, factories built or renovated after 1 July 2014, will be required to use group housing systems for pregnant sows.

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    New Pig Code of Practice Expected to Enhance Marketing Position for Canadian Pork
    April 25, 2014 - The chair of the National Farm Animal Care Council's Pig Code Development Committee is confident Canada's new Pig Code of Practice will help boost the international marketing position for Canadian pork.

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    Move away from gestation crates could improve Canadian pork's image
    April 28, 2014 - Last month a new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs was published, which includes a ban on the lifelong confinement of pregnant sows in gestation crates. Developed by the National Farm Animal Care Council, factories built or renovated after 1 July 2014, will be required to use group housing systems for pregnant sows.

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    New Pig Code of Practice Expected to Enhance Marketing Position for Canadian Pork
    April 25, 2014 - The chair of the National Farm Animal Care Council's Pig Code Development Committee is confident Canada's new Pig Code of Practice will help boost the international marketing position for Canadian pork.

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    Governments of Canada and Manitoba invest in Food Processing with $1.5 million grant to Dunn-Rite Foods
    April 26, 2014 - A $1.5-million grant provided to Dunn-Rite Food Products will put state-of-the-art technology in place to minimize water use and reduce the company's overall environmental footprint.

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    US Veterinarians report more cases of PEDv
    April 24, 2014 - The National Animal Health Laboratory Network reported that 262 tests for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) proved positive out of 819 conducted at six veterinary diagnostic labs in the week ended April 12, according to the American Association of Swine Veterinarians' latest update.

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    New Video Addresses Whether Animals Are Aware and Afraid of Being Slaughtered
    April 24, 2014 - The newest video in the Meat Mythcrusher series addresses one of the most common myths about the meat industry: that animals are aware and afraid of being slaughtered. The video features animal welfare expert Temple Grandin, Ph.D., professor of animal science at Colorado State University, explaining her research into animal behavior prior to slaughter. Dr. Grandin has studied behavior by comparing animal reactions to entering a slaughterhouse versus a veterinary chute and found that they react the same.

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    Producer Survey Information Assists in Establishing Swine Traceability
    April 24, 2014 - Manitoba Pork reports information gathered through a 2012 producer survey is playing a key role in developing the infrastructure needed to accommodate swine traceability today. A survey of Manitoba's pork producers launched in 2012 was designed to collect information for use when representing producers to government, to update producer contact information and to gather information to be used by the provincial agriculture department in assigning premise identification numbers to premises with hog population

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    Feeder cattle market flattens out
    April 23/2014 - Feedlot buying interest appears to be waning at the higher levels as breakeven pen closeout prices on 750-pound-plus feeders continue to creep higher. Upcoming uncertainty in feed grain prices, along with softer wholesale beef values, has the ability to squeeze feeding margins in late summer and feedlot managers are carefully assessing the risk/reward economics.

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    New charcoal varieties add flavour to BBQ dishes
    April 23, 2014 - It's the secret weapon hardcore barbecue aficionados reach for when they really want to add some flavourful flair to their latest culinary offering. New varieties of premium-quality charcoal are gaining favour with outdoor cooking enthusiasts, letting them get even more creative with their grilling skills.

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    Exposing Earth Day's Green Food Fads
    April 23, 2014 - For environmental activists, April 22 is Earth Day, an excuse to peddle various initiatives allegedly designed to help Mother Nature, many of which actually do more harm than good.

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    Maple Leaf Closes Brockley Road Weiner Plant
    April 21, 2014 - Maple Leaf Foods Inc. announced that it has closed its wiener production facility on Brockley Road in Hamilton, Ontario and transferred production to its new prepared meats facility also in Hamilton.

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    Ritz in Korea to promote Canadian food
    April 15, 2014 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and well-known Korean chef Woo Hyun Cho celebrated the conclusion of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA) negotiations by hosting a cooking demonstration in Seoul, Korea, for 100 guests, including local importers.

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    Canadian beef exports to Asia to grow
    April 14, 2014 - Worldwide exports of Canadian beef in 2013 were up three per cent in volume, and 10 per cent in value, at 279,300 tonnes worth $1.3 billion. Preliminary trade numbers indicate that positive trend continuing in 2014. To help foster expanded trade opportunities, Canada Beef Inc. said it is actively participating in important trade missions and food shows throughout Asia in April 2014.

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    Ritz to lead ag delegation to Korea
    April 10, 2014 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz will lead a delegation of 30 agriculture associations and companies to Korea next week to boost trade ties following the announcement of a free trade agreement last month.

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    PED virus found in high-traffic site in Manitoba
    April 10, 2014 - Manitoba's Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) has confirmed a small number of animals being held at a high-traffic site in the western part of the province tested positive for the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus. It is likely the pigs were infected at the unnamed site and not on their farm of origin, due to an environmental contamination.

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    Livestock price insurance program now accepting applications
    April 9, 2014 - Livestock producers can now apply for the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program (WLPIP), a new tool to manage risk and withstand market volatility.

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    Cargill reports earnings loss in third quarter
    April 8, 2014 - Cargill today reported a 28 per cent drop in earnings for the fiscal 2014 third quarter, compared to the same financial period last year.

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    Ontario processor files for credit protection
    April 7, 2014 - An Ontario pork processor last week filed for creditor protection under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.

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    CVO rules out infected feed as PED source in Manitoba
    April 7, 2014 - Manitoba's Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) on Friday reported a second set of environmental samples, collected from a high-traffic pig site in Manitoba, have tested positive for the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus.

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    Rabobank reports strong demand for global beef market
    April 7, 2014 - A new Rabobank report on the global beef industry is forecasting continued strong market fundamentals and strong global demand led by the Chinese market.

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    U.S. court vacates ruling in COOL lawsuit, will review in May
    April 4, 2014 - The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today vacated last week's ruling that denied a request from a coalition of U.S. and Canadian industry groups to block implementation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's May 2013 final rule on country-of-origin labelling (COOL).

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    New executive committee for Alberta Farm Animal Care
    April 2, 2014 - Alberta Farm Animal Care, a partnership of Alberta's major livestock groups with a mandate to promote humane animal care within the livestock industry, recently elected a new producer executive committee.

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    AMI board votes to proceed with NAMA merger
    April 2, 2014 - The American Meat Institute's (AMI) board of directors today voted to proceed with a merger with the North American Meat Association (NAMA). The vote is the second of three steps necessary to finalize a merger that would occur Jan. 1, 2015, if approved.

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    Maple Leaf introduces new protein snack
    April 2, 2014 - Maple Leaf Foods in Toronto this week launched a new line of protein snacks with the help of four-time Olympic Gold Medalist for women's hockey, Hayley Wickenheiser.

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    Livestock Care Conference focuses on turning ideas and innovation into action
    March 31, 2014 - Livestock producers and industry leaders are on the right track in shepherding agriculture through an important period of transition, innovation and heightened management expectations in a new world of farm animal care.

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    Manitoba investment to improve tracking of bovine TB
    March 31, 2014 - Manitoba will launch a five-year, $150,000 project to better monitor bovine tuberculosis (TB) by linking on farm data to traceability tools throughout the beef processing system, the province's agriculture minister announced today.

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    U.S. court rules in favour of COOL
    March 28, 2014 - A three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals today rejected a food industry challenge to block the implementation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's final rule on country of origin labelling (COOL).

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    NAMA names Reiser 2014 Supplier of the Year
    March 28, 2014 - The North American Meat Association (NAMA) gave its 2014 Supplier of the Year Award to Reiser. The award was accepted on behalf of the company by president Roger Reiser at a ceremony held during the association's annual meeting on March 21.

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    Maple Lodge Farms sentenced for animal transport violations
    March 28, 2014 - On Thursday, at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Brampton, Ont., Maple Lodge Farms - Canada's largest chicken slaughter plant - was sentenced in a case involving 60 charges laid by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for violations under the Health of Animals Regulations.

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    CCA introduces new logo
    March 27, 2014 - The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) unveiled its new logo this week - the latest part of a rebranding process that began with the launch of the new CCA website in the fall of 2013.

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    Cattlemen's Young Leaders announce 2014 mentorship recipients
    March 27, 2014 - The Cattlemen's Young Leaders (CYL) program on Wednesday announced its 2014 national mentorship recipients. The 16 recipients were selected following the final selection round at the CYL Spring Forum held in Calgary on March 22.

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    Maple Leaf Foods making leadership changes
    March 27, 2014 - Maple Leaf Foods today announced changes to its organizational structure and leadership that will be effective upon the completion of the sale of its 90 per cent ownership in its bakery business, which is expected to occur in this year's second quarter.

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    PEDv to bring significant two-year shortfall to North American hog market, report says
    March 25, 2014 - According to a new Rabobank report, Canada will see a significant shortfall of hogs next year if the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) spreads at a similar rate as it has in the United States, where the virus has so far has impacted about 60 per cent of the country's breeding herd.

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    Maple Leaf Foods fined for employee injury
    March 25, 2014 - Maple Leaf Foods has been fined $110,000 after an employee lost fingers in a chopping machine at a meat processing plant in North York, Ont.

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    CPC: PEDv needs to be eliminated in Canada
    March 24, 2014 - The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) today ensured the pork industry is working to eliminate the spread of viruses like porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) in Canada.

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    NAMA one step closer to merge with AMI
    March 24, 2014 - The board of directors for the North American Meat Association (NAMA) on Saturday announced it has approved an agreement to merge with the American Meat Institute next year.

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    Kirkland Signature brand chicken product recalled due to listeria
    March 21, 2014 - Freshouse Foods Ltd. is recalling Kirkland Signature brand Grilled Chicken Breast Strips from the marketplace due to possible listeria contamination, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said Thursday.

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    Gov't invests $5M in Maple Leaf's new Hamilton facility
    March 20, 2014 - The federal government today announced a $5 million investment for Maple Leaf Foods to purchase and install new meat processing technology to improve the company's operating and production efficiencies and enhance food safety at its new Hamilton, Ont. plant.

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    Swine virus SDCV detected in six Ontario farms
    March 19, 2014 - Ontario Pork on Tuesday said swine deltacoronavirus (SDCV), an infection clinically similar to, but distinct from, porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) and transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE), was diagnosed in six Ontario pig farms by the province's Animal Health Laboratory (AHL), as of March 14.

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    Alberta farm group to hold Livestock Care Conference March 26-27
    March 18, 2014 - Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC), organizers of the Livestock Care Conference being held March 26 to 27 in Edmonton, said there is still time to register for the knowledge-sharing event, which is designed for everyone from industry leaders and individual producers to researchers, industry, students, government and other stakeholders with an interest in farm animal care.

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    Conference Board releases Canadian Food Strategy
    March 18, 2014 - The Conference Board of Canada today launched the Canadian Food Strategy, the result of four years of research and dialogue through the Conference Board's Centre for Food in Canada.

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    Gov't holds discussion with livestock producers about Agricultural Growth Act
    March 13, 2014 - Pierre Lemieux, Parliamentary Secretary to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, and Cathy McLeod, MP for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, held a round table discussion today in Kamloops, B.C. with stakeholders from Canada's livestock industry to discuss proposed changes outlined in the Agricultural Growth Act (Bill C-18).

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    Canada reaches FTA with Korea
    March 11, 2014 - Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that Canada and the Republic of Korea have concluded negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA), a development that was applauded by representatives of Canada's meat industry.

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    Gov't announces $4M funding for Farm Management Canada
    March 10, 2014 - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada today announced a five-year investment of over $4 million to Farm Management Canada (FMC) to help strengthen producers' business skills and build farm management capacity.

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    CCA welcomes new president
    March 10, 2014 - At its annual general meeting last week, the Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) named Camrose, Alta. native Dave Solverson as its new president, taking over from Martin Unrau, who moves to the position of CCA past president.

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    Manitoba CVO rules out feed as PEDv source
    March 7, 2014 - Manitoba's Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) today reported it has ruled out feed as a possible source of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) on a farm in the province.

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    McDonald's first winner of CCA innovation award
    March 7, 2014 - The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) on Thursday introduced a new award that recognizes innovation that supports industry competitiveness and sustainability. McDonald's Canada was named the first recipient of the award at the association's annual general meeting in Ottawa this week.

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    Updated Pig Code of Practice announced
    March 6, 2014 - After three years of multi-stakeholder consultations and a 60-day public comment period, an updated Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs was unveiled today.

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    New beef advocacy program launched in Canada
    March 6, 2014 - Canada Beef and the Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) today launched a new advocacy and education program at the CCA's annual general meeting.

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    Cattle estimates down, Statistics Canada reports
    March 5, 2014 - Canadian farmers reported 12.2 million cattle on their farms as of Jan. 1, down 0.7 per cent from the previous year, while hog producers saw a slight increase, Statistics Canada reported.

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    Lucerne recalls sandwich products due to salmonella
    March 5, 2014 - Calgary-based Lucerne Foods is recalling various sandwich products from the marketplace due to possible salmonella contamination.

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    CFIA update on investigation into feed as possible PED source
    March 4, 2014 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on Monday reported that it has not been able to confirm a link between feed containing blood plasma and porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) cases in Canada.

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    CCA beef advocate honoured among top lobbyists
    March 3, 2014 - Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) director of government and international relations John Masswohl was named to the Hill Times Top 100 lobbyists for 2014, according to a newsletter from the CCA.

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    Agricultural Growth Act reaches Second Reading
    March 3, 2014 - Canada's farming industry is one step closer to gaining a broad suite of new tools that will help them remain competitive in the global marketplace and grow their markets at home, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said today, as he spoke to the benefits of the Agricultural Growth Act at Second Reading in the House of Commons.

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    French company to acquire animal health business of Bioniche Life Sciences
    March 3, 2014 - France-based Vetoquinol will acquire the animal health business of Ontario-based biopharmaceutical company Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. for $61 million, the companies announced in a joint release last week.

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    Maple Leaf Foods posts Q4 loss
    February 27, 2014 - Maple Leaf Foods today reported a loss of $21.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 due to restructuring costs.

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    Full swine traceability takes big step forward
    February 26, 2014 - The Government of Canada today published an amendment to Canada's Health of Animals Regulations in Part II of the Canada Gazette, marking a major step toward the establishment of a national swine traceability system.

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    Government launches consultations to strengthen food safety enforcement
    February 25, 2014 - The Government of Canada is proposing to expand monetary penalties to the Meat Inspection Act and the Meat Inspection Regulations.

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    No further PEDv cases in Manitoba, Quebec confirms first
    February 25, 2014 - Manitoba's Office of Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) reported that there have been no new confirmed cases of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in Manitoba.

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    U.S., Canada harmonizing names of meat cuts
    February 24, 2014 - Canada and the United States have agreed to harmonize the terminology used for wholesale cuts of meat, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced today.

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    Canadian company recalls meat products in U.S. due to inspection oversight
    February 24, 2014 - Santa Maria Foods, a Rexdale, Ont. company, recalled approximately 8,895 pounds of salami, ham and other meat products, in the United States because they were imported without full inspection from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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    Gov't discusses trade opportunities for pork producers
    February 20, 2014 - Canada Pork International's (CPI) annual general meeting in Montreal this week, Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism, and Agriculture), outlined the Government of Canada's commitment to supporting and enhancing the competitiveness of Canada's pork sector.

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    Officials report on COOL dispute hearing
    February 20, 2014 - Officials from the Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) said there was a "noteworthy development" at the World Trade Organization (WTO) hearing on U.S. country-of-origin-labelling (COOL) in Geneva this week, as the U.S. conceded that COOL measure amended last May has not eliminated the detrimental impact on Canadian and Mexican livestock.

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    AAFC reports see positive outlook for ag sector
    February 19, 2014 - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) today released three reports for that suggest an overall positive situation for the agriculture sector in the coming years.

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    CFIA investigating link between feed and PEDv
    February 19, 2014 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) this week announced it is conducting science-based testing to determine if feed may be a contributing factor in the current porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) situation.

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    Government invests in poultry research
    February 18, 2014 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced an investment of $4 million to the Canadian Poultry Research Council (CPRC).

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    Update: PEDv confirmed in Manitoba
    February 14, 2014 - Manitoba's Office of Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) has confirmed the province's first case of the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus on a farm in southeast Manitoba, based on a positive test result from the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease.

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    Suspected case of PEDv in Manitoba
    February 14, 2014 - The Chief Veterinary Office (CVO) of Manitoba on Thursday reported the first positive samples of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) from pigs on a weaned to finish farm in Manitoba.

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    Meat and cattle industry support budget announcements
    February 13, 2014 - In the 2014 Federal Budget announced this week, the government announced its intent to increase the allocation for food safety by a total of $390 million during the next five years, a move praised by Canada's meat processing industry.

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    Manitoba producers to benefit from livestock price insurance program
    February 13, 2014 - Manitoba will join Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia by participating in the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program (WLPIP), a livestock price insurance program designed to help cattle and hog producers manage price risks.

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