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Friday, October 29, 2004
Canada Exceeds 2004 BSE Testing Targets
CANADA - Canada has surpassed this year's national target for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) surveillance. As of October 27, 2004, more than 8,600 animals have been tested for the disease this year, with all results returning negative. Source:...
BSE Update: Canada Announces New Strategy
CANADA - The Government of Canada is pleased to announce that the implementation of the national Repositioning the Livestock Industry Strategy is fully underway. The $488 million strategy was first announced on September 10th by Agriculture and Agri-Food...
Monday, October 18, 2004
BSE still boils Albertans' blood
ALBERTA - About 100 ranchers, meat packers, farm experts and politicians braved the first snow of the year to chew the fat about the beef industry crisis yesterday. The all-day symposium on BSE at a hall in Innisfree, 141 km east of Edmonton, heard...
Friday, October 08, 2004
B.C. offers $6 million program to help cattle ranchers through mad cow fallout
CANADA - The B.C. government and federal governments are offering a $15 million program to pay farmers to keep their calves from market. The program is aimed at helping farmers brave the fallout of the mad cow scare. The federal government is expected...
Wednesday, October 06, 2004
Canadian Mad Cow ground up for stock food - Broadcaster
CANADA - The diseased cow that sparked Canada's mad cow crisis in May last year was turned into feed and may have been mistakenly fed to other cows. Canadian broadcaster CBC News reported that documents disclosed through official information requests...
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
BSE testing increased
ALBERTA - Alberta’s government testing laboratory reported a tenfold increase in the number of cattle submitted in a single week for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, The Calgary (Alberta) Herald reported. The University of Guelph’s FSNet...
Monday, October 04, 2004
Cattle farmers across Canada fight for survival amid BSE fallout
CANADA - Don Procter can barely stomach the thought of it. Eighteen months ago, he considered himself lucky. His modest cattle operation was not making him rich, but he was doing just fine. Then, on May 20, 2003, a single case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy,...
Saturday, October 02, 2004
Rules banning BSE-risk materials from animal feed on the way
CANADA - Rules banning the use of cow brain, eyes and backbone in all animal feed will be published in the next few weeks, the federal agriculture minister said Friday. Andy Mitchell was responding to a CBC report that highlighted how cattle can sometimes...
Thursday, September 30, 2004
Time for mandatory BSE tests
CANADA - The Canadian cattle industry is playing with fire. The producers are lagging behind in meeting the target of 8,000 cattle tested for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) by the end of this year, a target set by the federal government less...
Friday, September 03, 2004
Canadian Cattle Industry Looks for Slaughter Capacity Increase
CANADA - Sixteen months after an outbreak of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) financially dented Canadian cattle producers and processors, officials are hoping an increase of domestic slaughterhouses, as well as new feed policies will assist the...
BSE panel to chase solutions
CANADA - Finding solutions to the mad cow crisis is the aim of a new advisory panel unveiled by the official opposition. "Conservative Members of Parliament are not prepared to stand idly by, as the Liberal government has done, while our industry suffers,"...
Thursday, September 02, 2004
Minister Mitchell continues to work on issue of BSE
CANADA - Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Andy Mitchell is continuing to work on addressing the issue of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). August 28, Minister Mitchell met with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman in New York City. The...
Monday, August 30, 2004
Agriculture minister argues case for opening U.S. border to live cattle
CANADA - Agriculture Minister Andy Mitchell came away empty-handed Saturday after arguing the case for reopening the Canada-U.S. border to live cattle exports in a meeting with his American counterpart. Mitchell travelled to New York City specifically...
Friday, August 27, 2004
Cattle income drop no surprise
CANADA - Statistics Canada numbers that show declining revenues for cattle farmers come as no surprise to those suffering from the BSE-based border closures. "I'm living proof," said Glen Thompson, a cattle feeder from Iron Springs, northeast of Lethbridge,...
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Governments remain committed to resolving the BSE situation
CANADA - Developing a long-term solution for the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) situation was a key topic of discussion during a call held recently between Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Andy Mitchell and his provincial counterparts. Source:...
Thursday, June 24, 2004
Agriculture groups want early action on mad cow file after federal election
CANADA - The next federal government needs to move quickly to come up with a plan to assist a beef industry still hurting from the mad cow crisis, the president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture said Wednesday. Source: CP via CNews...
Friday, June 18, 2004
Potential impact of mad cow disease on farm family income
CANADA - The discovery of one case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, a year ago in Alberta, and the subsequent international trade ban, have had a severe financial impact on Canadian farm families who have a beef cattle...
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
National agriculture policy promotes values that should be shared around the world: Speller
CANADA - Food safety, quality and environmental protection are the guiding principles of Canadian agricultural policy and other countries should follow our lead, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Bob Speller told international counterparts at the World...
Agriculture concerns growing
CANADA - Agriculture drives the economy of this southern Alberta riding, and the four candidates know that. Conservative candidate Ted Menzies said paramount to that is the BSE crisis and the fact the border is still closed. Source: Calgary Sun...
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
Beefs raised over payouts
CANADA - Two major meatpacking companies received more than 10% of the $402 million in federal-provincial mad cow disease aid distributed in Alberta. The numbers, released by Premier Ralph Klein's government yesterday, show that Lakeside Farm Industries...
Friday, May 21, 2004
BSE: one year, $2 billion later
CANADA - The economic ripple effects continues to widen nearly a year after the first case of BSE was detected in Alberta. Mad cow disease has cost the cattle industry more than $2 billion. Now, the Alberta Associations of Municipal Districts and Counties...
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
First Anniversary of Canadian BSE Case is Thursday
CANADA - One year after a single case of mad cow disease brought Canada's cattle industry to its knees, operators look back on days stained black with hardship and forward to a future they say is dyed red, white and blue. Source: WisconsinAgConnection...
Monday, May 10, 2004
MP claims scape-voting
CANADA - BSE probe member says packers face jail while Grits vie for rural support. Packing plants are being set up as "scapegoats" to bolster Liberal election hopes in rural ridings, says a member of the Commons committee probing allegations of BSE...
Friday, April 30, 2004
450 head seized in cattle crisis
CANADA - In one of the largest seizures in recent years, nearly 450 head of neglected cattle have been removed from a northern Alberta farm by animal welfare officials, as fallout from the mad cow crisis continues. "The drought of the last two years...
Wednesday, April 21, 2004
The Senate report on BSE hits and misses
CANADA - Canada’s Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry released an interim report entitled “The BSE Crisis – Lessons Learned for the Future” recently. The report contains important insights into the crisis...
Tuesday, April 20, 2004
Fair trade in beef
CANADA - It was encouraging to learn on Sunday that the Americans have agreed to reopen their border to all shipments of Canadian beef from cattle under 30 months of age. Most meat exports -- about $1.3-billion worth annually -- had resumed last September....
Friday, April 16, 2004
Special BSE secretariat needed: Senate
OTTAWA - Canada and its North American trade partners should form a special secretariat that could intervene should another case of mad cow disease be discovered, a Senate committee recommends. Alberta Senator Joyce Fairburn says that could prevent...
Wednesday, April 07, 2004
Open border discussions begin as comment period ends
CANADA - The U.S. government will begin deliberations on whether to allow live cattle across the border, leaving Canadian ranchers hopeful and a handful of American producers pushing for a continued ban.      A 60-day comment period...
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