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Animal protection advocates slam new transportation laws Staff

Humane Society International/Canada is disappointed with amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations (Humane Transportation). The organization says the new animal transportation regulations fall far short of addressing the most serious risks to animal welfare, and will not fulfill their stated goal of ensuring that animals are treated humanely while transported between farms, slaughterhouses, auction markets and elsewhere. “Unfortunately, the regulations still allow hundreds of millions of animals to be transported for up to 72 hours without food, water or rest, depending on the species,” says the society in a news release. “Moreover, there are no meaningful requirements to protect animals from inclement weather, and only vague instructions for proper animal handling techniques and appropriate space allowances,” states the release. Meanwhile, the Ca-

nadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a release stating, “These new, stronger regulations include both prescriptive and outcome-based requirements that emphasize and improve the health and wellbeing of the animals during the entire transportation process. The amendments will also increase consumer confidence, strengthen Canada’s international trade status and facilitate market access.” The release goes on to state, “The overall objective is that animals arrive at their destination safely, and are suitably fed, hydrated and rested. These amendments go beyond transport journey times to cover the full time an animal is prepared for transit to the time they are installed in their new location.” Riana Topan, campaign manager for farm animal welfare with HSI/Canada, suggested, “CFIA continues to cater to the interests of the industries it is supposed to regulate, rather than the views of the public it represents. These new laws will do little to stop millions of animals from

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arriving dead, dying or injured at slaughterhouses each year because transport conditions will continue to be very poor.” Animal advocates have long called on CFIA to bring animal transport laws in line with those of Canada’s trading partners, such as the European Union and the World Organisation for Animal Health, says Topan. “Instead of ensuring that Canada’s regulations are informed by scientific research, the updated laws appear to have been influenced by livestock industry lobbyists who strongly opposed any changes to the regulations. In fact, investigations into the CFIA’s internal review process revealed that industry representatives fought hard to ensure that maximum allowable transportation times were not significantly reduced, even though CFIA staff recognized shorter times to be better for animals,” states HSI/ Canada CIFA says the new regulations will come into effect in February 2020.

The West Convoys to Ottawa

The United We Roll! convoy to Ottawa took a message to Ottawa about the need for pipelines, opposition to the carbon tax and agricultural issues in February. An Estevan farmer and auctioneer spoke at length of the impact of the carbon tax on agriculture and society as a whole. (See www.newsoptimist. ca to read Jason LeBlanc’s speech.) Dale Mainil of Weyburn, who, like many in Saskatchewan, works in both the oil industry and agriculture, said he was glad to see agriculture represented in the convoy. See stories by Brian Zinchuk of Pipeline News on pages 4 and 6. Photo courtesy of Ken Mehler

The Canola Flower Midge: a newly discovered species Submitted by AAFC

In the agricultural lands of Canada, most farmers would think they’ve seen all the pests that they could see. But not so: a new species of midge has recently been identified. Dr. Boyd Mori, who began his career with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Saskatoon in

2016, has been studying swede midge, a common pest that damages Brassicaceae crops like canola, cabbage and broccoli. At one point, he thought the traps were broken, as they weren’t picking up as many swede midges as expected. But they were picking up something else... “At this point, we’re not sure if it is a native species

or whether it has migrated from other areas, like the swede midge did. We’re looking into the life cycle, agronomic impacts, and the existence of natural enemies (beneficial insects),” says Mori, research scientist with Insect Ecology and Population Genetics, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Not recognizing the

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species whose fortunes (and population) have increased with the rise of canola acreage in the past 50 years. A lot more research needs to be done to learn about their biology, potential economic impact on crops and if necessary, how to control them. When a new species is identified, it needs a name. Dr. Mori worked with Dr.

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Brad Sinclair, a Diptera (fly) expert from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, to name it. Factors that go into the naming of the fly include where it was found, the crop it affects, and its physical characteristics. Thus, it was decided that the new midge would be called Contarinia brassicola, or the canola flower midge.

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$14,000 awarded to Canadian Angus youth Lloydminster youth receives runner up scholarship

MOOSE JAW – More than 60 Canadian Angus youth and four American Angus youth gathered in Moose Jaw recently for the 14th annual Guiding Outstanding Angus Leaders Conference. $11,00 was awarded to the five finalists in the Canadian Angus Foundation Legacy Scholarship program and a $3,000 heifer voucher prize was awarded to one lucky attendee. Matthew McGillivray of Kamloops, B.C., placed first and received a $5,000 scholarship. Jarrett Hargrave of Proton Station, Ont., placed second and received a $3,000 scholarship. Har-

grave is a second-year student enrolled in animal science technology at Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alta. Placing third and receiving a $2,000 scholarship is Naomi Best of Harding, Manitoba. Best is a second-year student at the University of Saskatchewan. Charlene Elliott of Kenilworth, Ont., and Tyra Fox of Lloydminster each received $500 as runner ups in the competition. Elliott is a second-year student at the University of Guelph. Fox is a second-year student at Lakeland College in Lloydminster working on the

pre-veterinarian program. She plans to pursue a doctor of veterinary medicine degree, specializing in embryology. The Legacy Scholarship program awards $11,000 in prizes to Canadian Junior Angus members recognizing overall academic achievement, leadership and community involvement, and industry knowledge. The top five applicants attend the GOAL conference for an interview and panel discussion and the scholarships are awarded during the conference. In addition to the scholarships, Jasmine Broeder of Assiniboia won a

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$3,000 heifer voucher. All attendees had their names entered into a draw and her name was selected. Broeder will use the funds toward the purchase of an Angus female in 2019. CJA members participated in many events as well as workshops throughout the weekend. Highlights from the event included motivational speakers Chad Owens, past NFL/CFL player and Bruce Vincent, a third-generation logger from Libby, Mont.; a presentation on livestock water quality from Colby Elford and Leah Clark of Saskatchewan Agriculture which was followed by water sample testing; a presentation on beef cattle

nutrition by Breanna Anderson of Blairs Family of Companies; and participants also completed a Verified Beef Production Plus workshop and were able to tour the Tunnels of Moose Jaw. The GOAL Conference promotes leadership skills within the Angus breed. Junior members from all over the country attend this three-day event held in a different Canadian location each year. During the event, juniors hear from nationally recognized speakers, participate in workshops designed to improve their leadership skills, get involved in teamwork activities, and develop beef and industry knowledge.

Participants are also given the opportunity to network and socialize with fellow Junior Angus members. Canadian Junior Angus is a group of Angus enthusiasts under the age of 21. GOAL is an annual networking and interactive function organized by the Canadian Junior Angus board. It rotates throughout the country every February. In other news, the Canadian Junior Angus won the Grand Prize in the McDonald’s Sustainable Beef Pilot Project Video Contest. The Saskatchewan Junior Angus Association also submitted an entry and placed third.

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United We Roll! glad they rolled to Ottawa By Brian Zinchuk Reprinted from Pipeline News

REGINA – By the afternoon of Feb. 20, some of the Weyburn contingent in the United We Roll! convoy to Ottawa had made it back to the Land of Living Skies, having flown back. And to a one, they thought the effort to take a message to Ottawa about the need for pipelines, opposition to the carbon tax

and related issues was worth it. Dale Mainil, Josh Mainil, Terry Benning and Cliff Anderson spoke to Pipeline News on their way back from the Regina airport. Dale, Terry and Cliff had flown out to Ottawa. Josh had driven the Jerry Mainil Ltd. semi, which was covered with signs, along with Kent LaCoste. Josh was spelled off by Calvin Tracey, who flew out for the rally

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and would be driving back with Kent. Terry is a Weyburn-area farmer, and his semi grain truck, with giant decals on the side, was parked right at the gate to Parliament. It had been driven there by Doug Brownridge. Cliff owns Southern Glass in Weyburn, and Dale works with Jerry Mainil Ltd in addition to farming. Josh spent several years working on Panther Drilling’s rigs, and now spends most of his time on the farm. Cliff said, “I’m glad I went. I went to see first hand what it was really like. I felt

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a bit like a pep rally.” He noted there were some on the fringes, including the counter protesters. But he said there were probably 30 counter-protesters, and many more people there as part of the United We Roll! group. “We had a big contingent,” he said. He wasn’t too pleased with the United We Roll! group being forced to stand in deep snow instead of on the dry sidewalk when they listened to the speeches. “They herded us like cattle,” he said. “We had a good turnout. It was a very positive thing,” Cliff said. Dale said, “I’d do it again. We’ve got to continue doing it.” He noted it was a big commitment, with eight to

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Trudeau responds to United We Roll! convoy protest By Brian Zinchuk Pipeline News

In the building on the left is the prime minister’s office, which endured regular air horn blasts from the trucks parked before it. This was the rally on the sidewalk in front of Parliament. The day before, when there were more people, they were forced to stand in up to knee-deep snow in the area on the left. Photo courtesy Jay Riedel

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