August 23, 2017  – McDonald’s said Wednesday that it is broadening its move away from serving chicken fed with certain antibiotics.

The fast-food titan said it will no longer buy chicken raised in other countries that has been treated with antibiotics also used by humans and deemed important to fighting serious infection. Two years ago, McDonald’s announced a similar policy for its U.S. suppliers.

Routinely feeding antibiotics to animals raised for food has been linked to the surge in resistant strains of bacteria that cause serious human illnesses and are blamed for about 23,000 deaths annually and $20 billion in healthcare costs, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Under the new blueprint, McDonalds will stop purchasing poultry treated with a small number of antibiotics that the World Health Organization has said often are the only drugs available to fight serious infections in humans.

A fire that late Tuesday afternoon destroyed a poultry barn just outside Debec in Carleton County.

There were no chickens in the barn at 40 Ivey Rd. in Limestone, since the operation was changing stock.

Chief Greg Williams of the Debec Fire Department said the call came in around 4 p.m.

No one was injured in the blaze, which destroyed the building in minutes.

The Crown is seeking a four-year jail term for a former manager of a Coquitlam poultry company who stole $1.9 million from his bosses.

In sentencing submissions Thursday, Crown counsel Kevin Marks noted that Bruce Steven Arabsky, 54, had committed his crime against Superior Poultry Processors Ltd. because he was financially over-extended.

“He was drowning in debt. It’s fair to say that at the end of the day, Mr. Arabsky was desperate and as a result he did what he did.”

Marks told B.C. Supreme Court Justice Miriam Gropper that Arabsky’s moral culpability for the theft was high and argued the offender had showed a “wanton and reckless disregard” for the welfare of his employer.

July 12, 2017, Abbotsford, B.C. - The B.C. SPCA is investigating yet another case of alleged chicken abuse.

The latest probe was launched after a concerned citizen in Abbotsford filmed footage of a chicken farm, according to a media release from Animal Justice, a legal advocacy group for animal-welfare cases.

On June 28, a woman was walking her dog on a public street early in the morning when she passed a chicken farm and spotted workers picking up chickens upside down and allegedly throwing them into crates and jamming them shut while chickens were still protruding.

The footage filmed by the passerby has since been passed on to the B.C. SPCA, along with an official complaint filed by Animal Justice. The group is now pushing for charges under B.C.’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. READ MORE
June 8, 2017, Abbotsford, B.C. - Tens of thousands of chickens have died in an Abbotsford, B.C., barnfire.

Firefighters were called to the property in the Ross Road area around 1 p.m Tuesday. They arrived to find the two-storey barn fully engulfed by "flames from one end to the other."

Assistant fire chief said there were around 25,000 chickens inside. READ MORE
May 24, 2017, Toronto, Ont. - Flashfood, a mobile app allowing grocery locations to sell surplus food directly to consumers at a massive discount prior to discarding, has partnered with Longo's in downtown Toronto for a 3-month beta to reduce their food waste.

Flashfood users see deals on perfectly good surplus food on their phone, usually with 3 days to a month until the best before date, at massively reduced prices.

Users get notified on their phone when new deals are available, pay through their phone, and pick their purchase up at the Flashfood zone in store – same day. Flashfood users then check out just like they normally would while at the store.

Flashfood launched in January with Farm Boy at their Beaverbook location in London, which is still running. Farm Boy has plans to add more stores with Flashfood in the next few weeks in London Ontario.

To date, if you annualized Flashfood's top shoppers savings, they would have an additional $5k in the bank at year-end by using Flashfood.

A lot of people don't realize this, but when food gets thrown out, it ends up in a landfill, gets covered by other garbage and rots without oxygen. This produces methane gas, which is a leading cause of climate change.

If International food waste were a country, it would be the third leading cause of GHG emissions behind the US and China.

In their partnership with Flashfood, Farm Boy and Longo's have diverted over 1,500 meals from landfill - the equivalent GHG emissions to driving more than 1,800km.

'We want to fundamentally change the way grocery chains are viewing their surplus food. Right now, perfectly good food is being thrown out well before the best before date. We're providing our partners a profitable, seamless way to reduce the amount of food they discard while also making food more affordable for our users' founder & CEO Josh Domingues.
February 16, 2017 – Up to 23,000 chickens are expected to be culled after a suspected case of bird flu in Suffolk.

A control zone has been set up around Bridge Farm in Redgrave, UK, after the H5N8 Avian Influenza virus was identified, the government said. READ MORE
The Canadian pickup truck market is huge. It caters to the multiple needs of work, institutional and personal trucks - sometimes all of them in one package. In fact, pickups that serve the workplace and family are becoming the norm – this fact alone makes choosing the right one simply that much more complex.
February 2, 2017, Atlanta, GA – More than 31,000 poultry, meat and feed industry leaders attended the 2017 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) from all over the world.

In addition, the show featured more than 533,000 of net square feet of exhibit space and 1,275 exhibitors.

Sponsored by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, the American Feed Industry Association and the North American Meat Institute, IPPE is the world's largest annual feed, meat and poultry industry event of its kind.

“This year’s tremendous exhibit floor and attendee and exhibitor numbers are a compliment to IPPE’s unmatched education programs, ample networking opportunities and diverse exhibits,” the three organizations stated in a joint press release. “The excitement and energy displayed by this year’s attendees and exhibitors will continue to safeguard the success and growth of future IPPEs.”

The central attraction was the large exhibit floor. Exhibitors demonstrated the most current innovations in equipment, supplies and services used by industry firms in the production and processing of meat, poultry, eggs and feed products. Numerous companies highlighted their new products at the trade show, with all phases of the feed, meat and poultry industry represented, from live production and processing to further processing and packaging.

A wide variety of educational programs complemented the exhibits by keeping industry management informed on the latest issues and events. This year’s educational line-up featured 25 programs, ranging from a conference on Listeria Monocytogenes prevention and control, to a program on FSMA hazard analysis training, to a program on whole genome sequencing and food safety implications.

Other featured events included the International Poultry Scientific Forum, Beef 101 Workshop, Pet Food Conference, TECHTalks program, Event Zone activities and publisher-sponsored programs, all of which made the 2017 IPPE one of the foremost annual protein and feed event in the world.
Almost twenty years ago the Super Duty line of Ford trucks was born. Built to tackle the biggest jobs that pickups could handle, the Super Duty gained a following right away.  Today, the newest Super Duty introduction is just as important as that original one – because the number of jobs for these trucks just keeps on growing.

This F-series Super Duty line-up of trucks is all new for 2017, including the adoption of the same aluminum cab that the F-150 got two years ago.  That fact alone makes this next generation of Super Duty special.   With the engineers adding the all-aluminum body, this now means there is only one design for both classes of Ford trucks; and that in turn means that updates and improvements to any and all the cab systems will now be available to both half-ton and Heavy Duty trucks in the same year.  It also seems appropriate then that this alignment of truck bodies is coming on an all-new chassis as well.

Adding strength and reducing weight, this new Super Duty is 24 times stiffer than its predecessor. The fully boxed frame is taller and has up to 10 cross-members, which include the under-box supports for the factory-installed fifth wheel/gooseneck hitch receiver.

The new Super Duty is claiming several victories - its latest top numbers are 32,500 pounds towed, with an F-450 and a maximum payload of 7,630 pounds. Both these numbers are now being touted as best in class.  But as every truck guy knows, what you can haul is just as important as being able to brag about your engine.  So the second generation of the 6.7-litre Power Stroke turbo-diesel (the most common Super Duty powerplant) has also boosted its horsepower and torque to 440 and 925 pound-foot respectively.

Of course, one of Ford’s strengths is the offer of multiple features, including engines. The base engine is a 6.2-litre V8 that makes 385 horsepower and 430 pound-foot of torque.  For Super Duty chassis cab buyers there is also a gas V10 option.

 At the press drive in Denver, there were a variety of trucks available to drive but I was immediately drawn to the F-450 towing the gooseneck trailer with a nice 30,000-pound load of landscaping stone. I too wanted to experience those maximum tow limits, in part because I still find it amazing that pickups today are built to haul weights that were considered commercial loads back when I started driving tractor-trailers in the early 1980s.

The Power Stroke powered F-450 handled the weight and the chassis is noticeably stiffer – even in jackknife 180-degree U-turns the truck does not tilt or squat.  Under moderate braking it retains a level attitude without any hobbyhorseing and much of the driving was up and down the foothills at the start of the Rocky Mountain range.  So, while my initial focus was devoted to the weight claims that Ford was making, as the kilometers clicked by, another side of the towing experience caught my attention. This new line of Super Duty has more towing help/convenience features than any that have come before it.

It starts with seven cameras placed around the truck, including one in the rooftop brake light array. With this one you can easily see the trailer pin as the truck backs up to the hitch. It even has a “magnify” button that doubles the image size.  Hooking up (bumper or in-bed) is now an easy one-man job. Meanwhile the other cameras offer 180-degree views off the nose or a 360-degree birds-eye-view.  

In this Super Duty, Ford has installed an inter-related series of new stopping features meant to keep you cool and your shorts clean.

It starts with the Towhaul feature that uses the transmission to slow the load, as does the engine exhaust brake found on the diesel. The gearshift lever also has a manual gear selector; and if the transmission is kicked down using the brake, it will hold its gear.  But the most significant improvement comes with an addition to the adaptive cruise control.  It will use the truck’s brakes, engine brake and the trailer’s brakes – through the trailer brake controller to hold the pre-set speed of the rig; while going downhill, all automatically.   Similar to the system that General Motors uses, this improvement will relieve the white knuckles often caused by being pushed by your load.

 The other feature that made itself noticeable was adaptive steering.  As the name implies the steering ratio “adapts”. At slower speeds when the driver is turning pin to pin the travel shortens up (by as much as one complete revolution of the wheel) while at highway speeds it gets longer offering a more sensitive on-centre feel.  Again, for backing up while towing, this is a great innovation.

How about tire pressure monitoring?  Old hat you say. Yes - but this is tire pressure monitoring of your trailer.  Ford offers wireless sensors that can be fixed to the trailer tires to display pressures right in the centre dash display.

If you’re sensing a theme, it’s because clearly there is one. First you have to build a truck that can handle the weight it’s claiming – Ford has done that. Then – you need to give the driver the tools to haul all that weight safely and create systems that reduce the stress that comes with trailering.  Sure you may have the skills that towing demands, but the systems in this truck can only make you better at it. The 2017 Super Duty Ford has accomplished both goals.  

The pricing for the 2017s starts at $39, 849 for the base F250, regular cab, gas model and walks up through the varied cab models and trims to $46,749 for the F-350 crew cab – again the two-wheel-drive, gas model.   Add four-wheel-drive and dual wheels (F-350s) and you’ll plunk down another
$6,000 on average on each model.  For pricing with the Power Stroke diesel, just add another $9,950 to any model
you choose.   

Trucks will be at dealers this fall.
After 10 years as editor of Canadian Poultry magazine, I have decided it's time for me to move on to a new adventure.  This decision has been bittersweet; I will greatly miss my colleagues and everyone that I have met in this great industry during my tenure.  

When I started with Annex Business Media, publisher of Canadian Poultry, I was new to the poultry industry and the learning curve was steep.  I'm thankful to the company for providing me with a fantastic opportunity to learn, but it's the people of the Canadian poultry industry from which I have learned the most and I am forever grateful.

In the past ten years, I’ve witnessed the industry grapple with many challenges, from trade to animal welfare.  Without a doubt it has been the latter, as well as the issue of “social license” that has had the greatest impact, and the two issues I have found myself covering the most in the magazine in recent years.  

The Canadian and U.S. poultry industries have been under a rapid transition away from what has always been done - what’s been “industry standard” – and are navigating a new world of housing birds and rearing them without drugs.

But I am confident that the industry has the knowledge and support it needs to traverse this new reality.  Canada in particular has a strong poultry research base and innovative companies that are dedicated to helping poultry producers.

One thing that has always stood out for me, and that I will remember fondly, is the passion of the people in this industry.

Thanks for allowing me to be part of your world for the past ten years. I leave the magazine in great hands, and wish Lianne Appleby success as the new editor.

Lianne Appleby returns as editor
Lianne Appleby is excited to return as editor of Canadian Poultry, beginning immediately. Having studied animal science at the University of Guelph, Lianne completed a Master of Science degree in broiler nutrition.  Combining a passion for writing and science, her first “editor” assignments were with the University of Guelph/OMAFRA publication “Nuggets” and the Poultry Industry Council’s “Fact Sheets” during her student career.  From there, she worked in communications and government relations with Chicken Farmers of Ontario, before moving to Beef Farmers of Ontario as communications manager and editor of Ontario Beef magazine.  Prior to joining Annex Business Media, Lianne served as marketing and communications manager with Hybrid Turkeys. In 2013, her first assignment with Annex was editor of Canadian Poultry magazine during Kristy Nudds’ maternity leave.

Most recently, Lianne has been the Digital Editor for all of Annex Business Media’s agriculture publications (Manure Manager, Top Crop Manager, Potatoes in Canada, Canadian Poultry and Fruit and Vegetable magazine). Lianne looks forward to once again working with her poultry industry peers.