October 29, 2014

BEEF TAKES CENTRE STAGE AT FALL FAIR IN HALIFAX . . . COMMENTARY: THE BIG FAT SURPRISE . . . ENDANGERED BATS HEADING OUT WEST . . . TRAINER WORKSHOP ON SAFE FARM PRACTICE . . . OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST...

  Connor Morse of CDM SImmentals, purebred at the halter of his Supreme Champion Simmental bull.

Connor Morse of CDM SImmentals, purebred at the halter of his Supreme Champion Simmental bull.

BEEF TAKES CENTRE STAGE AT FALL FAIR IN HALIFAX
by Trevor MacDonald
While Thanksgiving weekend for many people means that last trip of the year to the cottage or planning a big turkey dinner, for others it means loading up the cattle and heading to Halifax for the Maritime Fall Fair. The Fair took place Oct. 9-13 at Exhibition Park in Halifax. Attendance numbers appeared to be good with many spectators touring the rows of cattle on display. (read more

COMMENTARY: THE BIG FAT SURPRISE
Source: Pork Network
Does it make sense that the foods people have eaten for millennia — meat, milk, eggs butter – should suddenly become enemies of public health? Plenty of scientists 50 years ago thought so. How sound science and common sense got stampeded in an effort to address an epidemic of heart disease back in the 1960s. (read more)

ENDANGERED BATS HEADING OUT WEST
Source: Chronicle Herald
Don’t be afraid of bats this Halloween. Be afraid for them, warn biologists tracking a disease that has nearly wiped out the airborne mammals in Eastern Canada. The Lttle brown bat, Northern myotis, and Tri-coloured bat have been “functionally extirpated” by white-nose syndrome in some areas of eastern Canada, said Graham Forbes, a biologist at the University of New Brunswick and a member of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada subcommittee. In New Brunswick, it’s estimated about 99 percent of Little brown bats have died. Nova Scotia was hit hard last winter and the syndrome has now spread to Cape Breton, Forbes said. First documented in New York in the winter of 2006, the disease surfaced in Canada in 2010. It has since been confirmed in 25 U.S. states and in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, P.E.I., and Nova Scotia. (read more)

TRAIN-THE-TRAINER WORKSHOP ON SAFE FARM PRACTICE
Source: CFWDR
Canadian Farmers with Disabilities Registry is hosting a one-day Train-the-Trainer Workshop on Safe Farm Practices in Truro, N.S. on November 26. This training is geared toward anyone involved in the agricultural industry who is required to communicate safe farm practices to youth, agricultural workers, volunteers, and the general public. The workshop will provide training on best practices to communicate the message of agricultural safety to different audiences and provide an overview of the basics of safety.  (read more)