By Lilian Schaer for AgInnovation Ontario
Peterborough ON, 12 July 2016 – Live goats can now be tested for scrapie susceptibility and resistance thanks to newly completed genetic research by Dr. Bradley White, a biology professor at Trent University.
Scrapie is a slow-moving but fatal degenerative central nervous system disease in sheep and goats that is related to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle and Chronic Wasting Disease in deer.
Currently, testing for the scrapie disease in goats is only possible on dead animals and no treatment or vaccine is available. The disease can be spread by positive animals that don’t show any symptoms of the disease, and all goats on farms where scrapie is found are destroyed. Continue reading
Improvements to a made-in-Ontario record keeping system for livestock mean farmers can now work with their herd records even when they’re not connected to the Internet. All they need is their phone.
The bioTrack software, developed by producer-owned co-operative BIO, lets beef, sheep and goat farmers easily capture and use pedigree, performance, health, movement and economic data on-farm.
Recent improvements have made it “range ready” which means the software is compatible with any Internet-ready smart device and will keep functioning even when that phone or tablet is offline. Continue reading
A new electronic manifesting system developed in Ontario will help the province’s pork industry meet traceability requirements.
Ontario Pork, together with the province’s two largest pork processors, Conestoga Meat Packers Ltd. and Sofina Foods, has developed AgManifest, which will replace the paper-based receipts that have traditionally been used when shipping livestock. Continue reading
Here’s a great story about innovation on an Ontario egg farm:
It’s easy to tell a Ferme Avicole Laviolette egg from others being sold in Ontario. Each one has an alphanumeric code that signifies the date of packaging, batch date, and producer.
Every time their customers see the stamp, they are reminded that Laviolettes take quality and accountability very seriously. The code is also an important food safety measure, helping make any product recall both fast and accurate.
For being the first in the province to implement traceability that goes beyond the carton, Marcel Laviolette recently won a 2014 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence.
To read the rest of this story, written by Treena Hein for Farm & Food Care, visit http://www.facesoffarming.ca/index.php/coded-eggs-stand-out-from-most-others-produced-in-ontario/#sthash.W2wB8JIG.dpuf.