Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Agriculture-Report

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(Manitoba-Pork-Virus)

The Manitoba Pork Council says a virus that's deadly to piglets has now spread to 51 pork operations in the province -- up from about 40 a week ago.

Council general manager Andrew Dickson says the virus has infected about 63-thousand sows, or about 20 per cent of the provincial herd.

Although porcine epidemic diarrhea is deadly for very young pigs, those older than three weeks generally recover from the illness.

Dickson says farmers are reviewing their biosecurity measures and cracking down on who comes and goes from their farms to try to stop the spread of the virus, which killed more than eight-million piglets in the U-S between 2013 and 2014. (The Canadian Press)

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(Moose-Hunting-Fines)

Two Thunder Bay-area mean have been fined a total of four-thousand dollars after pleading guilty to hunting offences.

Court heard the men were hunting for cow moose southwest of Thunder Bay on October 15th, when one of them mistakenly shot a calf moose, when the calf season had already closed.

Rather than notifying provincial officials that the calf had been shot by mistake, the men fled the area, allowing the moose to spoil.

Theodore Aho was fined 15-hundred dollars for hunting calf moose during the closed season and 15-hundred dollars for abandoning the moose and he also received a one-year hunting suspension.

Bruce Macsemchuk was fined one-thousand dollars for making a false statement to a conservation officer during an investigation. (CKPR)

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(Toronto-Chickens)

Toronto councillors are considering a pilot project that would allow residents in some areas to raise chickens in their backyards.

The move follows a survey that suggested that lifting the ban on chickens could be a popular move.

Councillor Justin Di Ciano says home-raised chickens provide a healthier alternative to store-bought eggs, and described them as a "cruelty-free" alternative to factory-farmed eggs. …

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