Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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(BC-Chicken-Abuse)

Grocery giant Loblaws says it is investigating after a supplier in B-C's Fraser Valley was accused of animal abuse.

Elite Services of Chilliwack, which is responsible for catching chickens at farms, says it has fired five employees including a supervisor after an animal rights group released video of alleged abuse.

The S-P-C-A in British Columbia has launched a formal investigation into the alleged abuses captured on video by a whistleblower.

Lindsay Wolf, vice-president of investigations with the group Mercy For Animals, says the birds were slaughtered at a plant in Port Coquitlam, then shipped to Loblaws and Loblaws-owned stores.

Loblaws says in a statement that it will continue to work with industry partners and animal welfare experts to ensure standards and codes of practice are upheld. (The Canadian Press)

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(Feeder-Cattle-Prices)

Feeder cattle prices across Saskatchewan were moving downward during the past week.

Provincial livestock economist Brad Marceniuk says feeder steers were down on average about two dollars per hundredweight.

But by contrast, he says Alberta feeder steers rose two to three dollars per hundredweight.

Benchmark 500 to 600 pound feeder steers in Saskatchewan last week averaged 251 dollars 83 cents per hundredweight, down one dollar 5 cents. (CKRM)

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(Beef-Speaker)

A retired rancher and author from Colorado will be the guest speaker at the Western Beef Development Centre Field Day in Saskatchewan on June 20th.

Chip Hines will share his experiences with cow-calf producers attending the event at Termuende Ranch, east of Lanigan. His session is entitled Managing for Efficiency.

The event will have field tours and presentations from researchers and veterinarians.

The field tours will feature 15-minute talks from nine different presenters. (CJWW)

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(NAFTA-Dairy)

The U.S. dairy industry has submitted its demands for the upcoming renegotiation of NAFTA, pushing for freer trade in dairy overall and more specifically for a reversal of new Canadian rules on milk-derived products. …

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