NewStream Farm Animal Care, Volume 4, Edition 1
NewStream Top 10: Popular farm animal care stories last year
January 21, 2016
These perspectives on progress provided a window into the innovative new world of farm animal care
It was a year of fresh ideas and progress. A number of leading examples were captured in the pages of NewStream Farm Animal Care.
Here's a look at 10 of the stories that shaped 2015:
10. Trust issue rises as lynchpin to pork industry future
The future looks brighter today for Canadian pork production than it has for several years. But there's a big "if" standing in the way that industry must tackle in order to fully capture the opportunities ahead.
9. The fallout from California's 'Prop 2'
That's the question facing many both in and around livestock industry circles as the infamous animal welfare legislation California Proposition 2 has finally been implemented.
8. Walmart makes waves
Last fall Walmart announced a new commitment to making its food supply chain more sustainable, including strengthened focus on animal welfare, with much fanfare at its Global Milestone Meeting, which built on momentum from its first-ever Sustainable Product Expo earlier that year.
7. The new world of 'sustainable' beef
Who's driving this bus?
Amid 'grocery wars,' Jamie Oliver, 'hormone free' Walmart and a storm of related debate, this is the core question many producers and others in animal agriculture have about the new swath of expectations and 'sustainability' programs taking hold throughout the industry and the marketplace.
6. Drivers of care: Building a winner
Game changer. Leadership initiative. Once-in-a-lifetime legacy opportunity.
All of these describe the recent donation of $5 million by a local ranching family to support beef cattle welfare research at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
5. Inside the grocery game
Overwaitea Food Group is on a mission to win the west.
The innovative supermarket operator based in Langley, B.C. that boasts Save-On-Foods among a portfolio of five banners is steadily expanding throughout Western Canada.
4. What beef producers are asking about VBP+
There will be big changes in Canada's Verified Beef Production (VBP) program this coming year.
Designed originally as the national on-farm food safety program for beef it has slowly and steadily gained respect through industry channels.
3. Agriculture steps up its game in crisis preparedness
Trial by fire? Hard lessons learned? Burned but wiser? Check, check and check.
2. Data: The big opportunity for beef improvement
The world of sports calls it analytics. Watch Sidney Crosby play, watch a rookie from the minors playing their first pro hockey game and listen to the announcers.
1. Soil health rises on the sustainability landscape
In many ways soil has not received the respect it should. For whatever reason, soils just have not captured the imagination of the world.
January 21, 2016
Quick takes on key activity and what's coming, from NewStream editors
News from the 2016 Banff Pork Seminar
The Banff Pork Seminar brings together pork industry players from across North America and countries around the world. The 2016 seminar Jan. 12 to 14 in Banff, Alta. was the 45th consecutive version bringing together the best speakers on the top issues of the day.
News articles and much more from the 2016 seminar are highlighted in a Special Inside BPS Report. Here are some sample headlines.
- Temple Grandin: New approaches needed to reach consumers on livestock welfare improvements
- Inside Maple Leaf's loose housing switch
- The new world of livestock transport biosecurity
- A look inside Brazil's pork industry
- Martin Rice: What you need to know about pork export markets and trade agreements
- Maple Leaf's McCain sees clear path for future of Canadian hog industry
- Aherne Prize innovation winners announced at 2016 Banff Pork Seminar
New video on pain mitigation
Fresh storytelling approaches are helping drive knowledge transfer in farm animal care. Among the latest examples, the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) has created a new video for beef producers on pain mitigation.
"Injuries, ailments and surgery hurt," says the BCRC intro to the video. "On days you slam your hand in a gate, wake up with a knee that's more sore than usual, or are admitted to a hospital for an operation, anti-inflammatory painkillers (analgesics) and drugs that block all nerve sensation (anesthetics) are things to be grateful for. Pain is expected in life, but the ability to avoid or diminish it at times not only makes our days more pleasant, pain mitigation helps to keep us productive and able to look after ourselves.
"Common sense and scientific evidence tells us that the same goes for cattle."
View the video here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nd9TTnKjCas
After watching the video, BCRC recommends that producers visit www.beefresearch.ca/pain and talk to their veterinarian. The webpage includes information on the pain control products licensed and available for beef cattle in Canada, as well as the recommendations and requirements listed in the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle when performing painful procedures like castration and dehorning.
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