Banned PCB chemicals are still severely harming the animals - but the Arctic could be a refuge. More here.
An orca breaches. Photo by H. Zell.
|This is the barn in question, 5k east of the village of Strathclair. |
Photo by Larry Powell.
Mt. Herschel, Antarctica, with a penguin colony in the foreground, 2006.
Photo by Andrew Mandemaker.
Part of HyLife's executive team, whose corporation you
and I continue to"prop up" with our tax dollars. A HyLife photo.
In the ensuing ten months, there have been several more announcements of aid totalling millions, possibly billions, to the agriculture sector, overall. While breakdowns are not always announced, the hog industry has received public funding for such things as "research" as has the "meat processing" sector (usually code for the two big swine killing plants in the province, operated by HyLife and Maple Leaf Foods)
|Riding Mtn. Nat'l. Park - Manitoba, Canada. A PinP photo.|
|Almost 750 thousand turkeys (shown here) and some 100 thousand hogs,|
were lost in catastrophic flooding in North Carolina during Hurricane Floyd in 1999.
Dave Gatley FEMA
|This picture, posted on the Council's own website, seems to show|
neither berms nor high ground!
|A ferruginous? hawk in Manitoba, Canada.|
A PinP photo.
We interview our Chief Scientist, Stuart Butchart, about a newly published paper: State of the World’s Raptors: What threats this iconic group of birds face, and what we can do to help. More here.
|Hurricane Florence. A NASA photo.|
A woman receives food rations at a refugee camp in Kenya. Kate Holt/AusAID
Progress made in the past decade has been reversed, with climate extremes such as droughts and floods identified as a main cause. More here.
A wildfire on the Ashcroft reserve in B.C, 2017. Shawn Cahill.
New prediction tools zero in on how blazes throw embers and make weather that fans the flames. Story here.
|A potato harvester at work in southern Manitoba. A PinP photo.|
|A microbiologist examines the growth of a bacterial culture. |
A U.S. Food & Drug Administration photo.
African Swine Fever in China Prompts Call for Review of Biosecurity on Canadian Farms
Jenelle Hamblin, the Manager of Swine Health Programs with Manitoba Pork, says the world is a smaller place than it once was with people and products moving in short amounts of time for many reasons.The virus affects pigs of all ages causing high mortality and, while it doesn't affect humans and isn't considered a food safety risk, it is highly transmissible, it is trade limiting and it is federally reportable.
As a sector we need to be normally aware of the people that are coming onto our premises and where they've been prior to coming but, in the case such as this, it's important to consider any overseas travel that may have occurred.Clip-Jenelle Hamblin-Manitoba Pork:
African swine fever has been found to live in products for many months therefore we also have to keep in mind any pork products that could potentially be coming into North America.
It would be a really good idea to review your biosecurity protocols with your veterinarian and your staff, talking about overseas travel of anyone coming onto your farm including staff, family members, any contracted workers or even going as far as considering exchange students if that's something your family participates in.
As well the food from other parts of the world.
Things that we could do to prevent bringing anything onto our premises is not bringing back food from overseas or not accepting gifts of food from overseas or from people coming from overseas and also never bringing any types of food scraps into your barn.
Also you could take a look at your feed ingredients and where they are originally being sourced from.
Lastly keeping on top of the developments that are happing in China in regards to African Swine Fever and being aware of what's happening in the sector.
Hamblin acknowledges containing the virus in China will be a challenge due to the varying range of biosecurity in place.
For Farmscape.Ca, I'm Bruce Cochrane.
*Farmscape is a presentation of Sask Pork and Manitoba Pork.
|This NASA image shows the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.|
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