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Revoked Animal Indicators

Identification and movement recording and reporting requirements for animals are covered under Part XV of the Health of Animals Regulations. The approval of animal indicators is guided by the Animal Indicator Approval and Revocation Framework available upon request at: trace@inspection.gc.ca.  The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has updated the list of revoked animal indications.  For a complete list, please visit the CFIA Website

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Atlantic Cow-Calf Survey

The first Atlantic Cow-Calf Survey has been officially launched! This survey is deigned for cow-calf producers in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

The survey is a series of production based questions about your 2017 calf crop. The questions are based on the cow-calf surveys completed previously in Western Canada and Ontario.

The survey should take approximately 40 minutes to complete. After completing the survey you can enter the draw for two free registrations to the 2018 Maritime Beef Conference, a $200 value.

You can take the survey here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017-ATL-cow-calf

If you would like a paper copy or PDF version of the survey please call Ellen at  902-969-1632 or email maritimebeefcouncil@gmail.com.

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Premises ID helped reduce livestock death toll during B.C. wildfires

B.C. struggled to get ranches registered but producers now realize how valuable 
traceability is, says cattlemen’s association

If you want to know the true value of the premises identification system, look no further than our neighbours to the west.

“Up until this point, premises ID has been sold to us on the basis of animal health and tracking so that if there’s a disease outbreak, we have the contacts in place to isolate it,” said Kevin Boon, general manager of the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association.

“In this case, we were able to show a very distinct value for having that there that was outside animal health and traceability.”
Premises identification was introduced as one of the three pillars for a system to trace cattle back to an operation in a disease outbreak. But the B.C. government also used it to connect with cattle owners whose operations were in the path of the wildfires that burned more than 2.8 million acres this year.

“It very much simplified the process and gave us a communication channel with these producers,” said Boon. “We were able to keep them informed and work with them to remove the cattle and make sure the people and infrastructure in place was protected as much as possible.

“It proved valuable in this case.”

Nearly 30,000 cattle were killed or displaced during the wildfires, but the premises identification system allowed producers to access their land and provide “essential services” to their animals.

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Maternal Breed Sale

Today’s market demands easy fleshing females that have udder capacity and milk flow to raise thick, well muscled, growthy calf.  You’ll find that female at the:

Maternal Breed Sale which includes the Atlantic Bonus Sale, Angus in Action Sale, Autumn Classic Shorthorn Sale and the Salt Water Simmental Sale.

October 21, 2017
Nappan Beef Test Station
12:00 pm start

Maternal Breed Sale Catalogue

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Save the Date- 2018 Maritime Beef Conference

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Maternal Breed Sale October 21st at Nappan

Today’s market demands easy fleshing females that have udder capacity and milk flow to raise thick, well muscled, growthy calf.  You’ll find that female at the:

Maternal Breed Sale which includes the Atlantic Bonus Sale, Angus in Action Sale, Autumn Classic Shorthorn Sale and the Salt Water Simmental Sale.

October 21, 2017
Nappan Beef Test Station
12:00 pm start

Maternal Breed Sale Catalogue

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VBP+ Workshops Scheduled

Why VBP+?
 The VBP+ program is a nationally recognized program for beef producing operations
 Provides recognition for good on-farm practises that are followed by producers everyday
 Recognized by consumers and retailers
 Eligible for Certified Island Beef Brand

What is required?
 3 months of records for cow-calf operations, 6 months for feedlots
 No limitations on herd size
 Short yearly reports

How do I get started?
 Fill out the producer checklist
 Training (online or through a workshop)
 On farm audit (check list for program requirements, does not look at finances)

Nova Scotia Upcoming Workshops
October 17: Zone 1, Port Hawkesbury Civic Center, 12:30 PM
October 19: Zone 3 & 4, NFSA Boardroom, Truro 1:00 PM
October 24: Zone 5 & 6, Annapolis Basin Conference Centre, Digby 1:00 PM
October 26: Zone 2, Pictou Wellness Centre, 1:00 PM

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NS Young Farmer Meeting and Social

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Falmouth Safe Handling Workshop

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Were you impacted by the drought last year?

As the winter comes to an end, farmers have been able to better assess the implications that last year’s drought had on their farm.  A few reports have come forward regarding hay shortages.  Nova Scotia Cattle Producers and Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture will be co-leading two sessions for farmers of any commodity to attend so we have a better idea of the scope of the issue.

To ensure that the file can be moved on as quickly as possible if necessary, two sessions will take place starting at 7p.m.:

  • Tuesday May 16 – Paddy’s Pub, Kentville
  • Wednesday May 17 – NSFA Boardroom, Bible Hill

If you are unable to attend either of these sessions but would like to provide input, please fill out the form linked here.

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