VAHS Winter Cow Mineral

We are continuing to work with Nutrition Partners in Airdrie to refine our Prescription Winter Cow mineral formulations to best meet the requirements of cows in our practice area.  We recently have made changes to the selenium source to improve absorption and stability. Last year we had requests from producers about pooling  orders to receive volume pricing.  After discussions with Nutrition Partners we have made arrangements to purchase a single bulk order at a discount and this will be sold on a first come basis. We will have our standard mineral with 2:1 Ca/P.  Options will include 1:1 Ca:P, high magnesium and Rumensin.  Based on...

Canadian Beef School

Canadian Beef School is a 3 day practical forum for participants to gain an understanding of the factors and interactions within the beef supply chain which ultimately determine and influence their effectiveness and profitability. The supply chain from producer to consumer is complex and often fragmented. As a result the transfer of information between various levels of the chain may be limited, creating a barrier to value based production and customer satisfaction. Canadian Beef School provides participants with hands-on learning activities involving live cattle and carcasses to effectively develop an understanding of those factors that...

JBS USA Signs Agreement With XL Foods

Piligrims Pride Corp. PPC | 10/17/2012 8:07:55 PM JBS USA Signs Agreement With XL Foods GREELEY, Colo., Oct. 17, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — JBS USA, a leading animal protein processor in the U.S. and Australia and a wholly owned subsidiary of Brazil-based JBS S.A., today announced an agreement with XL Foods to manage one of the company’s Canadian operations. The agreement also provides JBS USA an exclusive option to purchase the Canadian and U.S. operations of XL Foods. XL will continue to manage its other Canadian and U.S. operations during the option period. Effective immediately, JBS USA will manage XL Lakeside, a beef...

Modernizing inspection at slaughterhouses – ...

UCVM|News Bonnie Buntain, a professor of ecosystem and public health in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, has been in the news a lot lately talking about XL Foods and the biggest beef recall in Canadian history. Eleven people in four provinces have become ill from E. coli that’s linked to beef from the XL Foods plant in Brooks, Alta. Buntain, the former chief public health veterinarian for the Food Safety and Inspection Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been asked by a number of media outlets to explain the process of a recall and try to answer how it happened in the first place. But she’s also been asked to help the...

FarmOn

The FarmOn Foundation was formed by a group of young agricultural enthusiasts, from rural Alberta, determined to see the industry thrive and become tangible for new farmers looking to be a part of it.  With Canada losing 60% of their young agricultural producers in the last 15 years, leaving only 9.1% of farmers under the age of 35, it was mission critical to form an organization that existed solely for the benefit of young farmers and seeing them succeed. As such, the FarmOn Foundation was born, with the mandate to inspire young farmers to action by equipping them with the tools, knowledge and hands on skills needed to increase the...

XL halts work, lays off staff at Alta. beef plant

XL halts work, lays off staff at Alta. beef plant Packer blames CFIA for no “definitive timeline” Oct 14, 2012 12:06 PM|Canadian Cattleman’s Magazine  By: Staff About 2,000 workers at XL Foods’ beleaguered Brooks’ Alta. beef packing plant were served temporary layoff notices Saturday, with the company’s owners blaming “uncertainty” over when the plant can resume full operations. Work had just resumed Thursday at XL’s Lakeside Packers, one of Canada’s largest beef plants, as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) gave the all-clear for workers to process the plant’s...