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January 8, 2016
FEATURED NEWS: PSIW continues to grow
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Temporary foreign workers not the answer to meat plant labour shortage: minister

Skills training and better recruiting—not hiring more temporary foreign workers—are the best way to deal with a chronic labour shortage in Canadian meat plants, says federal Employment Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk. The Canadian Meat Council says a shortage of about 1,000 meat cutters and other staff is preventing companies from operating at full capacity or increasing exports. >> Read full article

Canadian scientists on trail of MCR 1 gene that makes some bacteria drug resistant

The discovery that a gene which turns some bacteria into antibiotic-resistant superbugs has been in Canada for at least five years has scientists wondering when it first emerged and how to stop its spread. The MCR-1 gene makes E. coli and some other species of bacteria resistant to colistin, an antibiotic considered the drug of last resort for some diseases. >> Read full article

Hendrix-ISA to build new 24 million layer hatchery in Nebraska

Hendrix-ISA (part of the Layer Business Unit of Hendrix Genetics) has announced it will expand its capacity by building a new 24 million layer hatchery. The hatchery will be built on 20 acres of land in Grand Island, Nebraska that the company plans to purchase. >> Read full article

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Midwest Poultry Federation Convention 2016

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PSIW continues to grow

The Poultry Service Industry Workshop (PSIW) celebrated 40 years of bringing the latest information and technology to poultry service personnel in Western Canada October 6-8, 2015 in Banff, Alberta. To mark it’s 40th anniversary, the organizing committee decided to grant a Lifetime Achievement Award, honouring an individual who has played an integral role in advancing the poultry industry in Western Canada. The recipient of the award was Lilydale's Sunny Mak. >> Learn More…


Cranberries may boost broiler chicken immunity

Dr. Moussa S. Diarra, a research scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Guelph Research and Development Centre, is currently conducting trials to examine the effects of cranberry fruit extracts on the immunity of broiler birds during their first 14 days of life, a critical period when “they need something to build up their immunity” against infectious disease. >> Read full article

Aviagen Appoints Dr. Benton P. Hudson to Global Nutrition Team

Aviagen has announced that it has appointed Dr. Benton P. Hudson as a nutritionist on its Global Nutrition Team (GNT). Beginning Jan. 11, Dr. Hudson will join a team of eight nutritionists on the GNT, which currently supports customer worldwide. Serving mainly the U.S. and Canada, Dr. Hudson will be located in Alabama, and will report directly to Dr. Alex Corzo, Global Head of Nutrition Services. >> Read full article

Farm & Food Care Ontario announces new executive director

Farm & Food Care Ontario is pleased to announce the hiring of Tracy Hussey to the role of Executive Director. Hussey replaces Crystal Mackay who has transitioned to the new national chief executive officer (CEO) position for Farm & Food Care Canada. >> Read full article

 Event Calendar 

International Production and Processing Expo

January 26-28, 2016
Location: Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta >> More Info

Pacific Agriculture Show

January 28-30, 2016
Location: Tradex Exhibition Centre (Abbotsford Airport) >> More Info

B.C. Poultry Conference

Marhc 9-11, 2016
Location: Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, B.C. >> More Info