Allison Feed hit by fire
August 22, 2016 - Alliston Feed Service has been hit by a fire that spread through the first and second level of the main milling building.
“It’s a cluster of buildings. We’ve controlled it to the main part of the mill itself,” said fire chief Dan Heydon.
“Behind the loading dock area, crews are working to control the extension as well as some storage on the north side,” he told Global News.
Several residential buildings and homes nearby were temporarily evacuated as a precaution.
Officials say one firefighter suffered minor injuries due to the heat.
ChemChina-Syngenta deal gets another okay
August 22, 2016 - A national security panel in the United States has cleared ChemChina's $43 billion takeover of Syngenta.
That increases the likelihood that China’s largest foreign purchase will go through.
The two companies reached a deal in February.
Syngenta has not said whether it offered concessions to win approval from the U.S. national security panel.
While China is winning on this deal, last week it lost in a bid to buy a major electricity company in Australia. The country nixed the deal on the basis of national security.
HSUS targets broiler chicken industry
August 18, 2016 - First it was sow gestation crates, then laying-hen cages and now the Humane Society of the United States is going after the broiler chicken industry.
It has called for meetings with all of the major growers and processors to copy a deal HSUS reached with Purdue Farms.
It includes commitments to convert all its slaughterhouses to Controlled Atmosphere Stunning (CAS); to start installing windows to provide birds natural light and adding enrichments; testing slower-growing birds; and providing more space per bird.
HSUS pressured the hog industry to move sows out of gestation crates by pressuring retailers to set deadlines beyond which they want their pork to come from farms that don’t use the crates.
It did the same for caged hens.
What started in the United States then migrated to Canada.
Linda Underwood elected Goat federation president
August 18, 2016 - Linda Underwood has been elected president of the Canadian National Goat Federation, taking over from Beth Peers who is retiring after 10 years on the board of directors.
Underwood is president of the British Columbia Goat Association; she and her husband, Tom, own and operate a dairy goat farm in the Armstrong area.
“I look forward to working with the CNGF Board and its provincialrepresentatives to give goat producers the national voice they needwhen it comes to issues like traceability, scrapie, and on-farm food safety”, says Underwood.
The vice-president is Brian Pelleboer who is chairman of the Ontario Dairy Goat Co-operative, and the treasurer is Laurie Fries, chair of the Alberta Goat Association.
Smithfield posts record profit
August 18, 2016 - Smithfield Foods posted a record profit of $137.8 million for its second quarter. Revenues increased two per cent to 3.5 billion.
Profits from hog production fell off a cliff – down by 61 per cent.
And the company’s North American pork division suffered a 14 per cent decline in sales, explaining the dismal profit result.
But international sales more than made up for the domestic market decline.
The company is owned by Chinese W.H. Group.