Archive for February, 2015

Taken from a Canadian Food Inspection Agency Industry bulletin.

INDUSTRY BULLETIN – February 20, 2015

Levels of Aflatoxins in Imported Corn Exceeding Canadian Livestock Feed Regulatory Standard

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) verifies that livestock feeds manufactured, sold and imported into Canada are safe, effective and are labelled appropriately. Safe and effective feeds contribute to the production and maintenance of healthy livestock and safe foods of animal origin.
High levels of aflatoxin have been detected in organic feed corn originating from India. Samples were found with as much as 20 times the permitted level of 20 ppb as defined in the Feeds Regulations (section 19(1)(i)). In addition, visible mould and insect infestation was noted. The importation of corn or other feed ingredients containing levels of aflatoxin in excess of 20 ppb and/or deemed to be musty, mouldy or damaged from heat or any other cause that would render the feed unfit or unsafe for feeding, is a contravention of the Feeds Regulations (i.e., section 19(1)(i) and 19(1)(c) respectively).
Imported corn destined for livestock feeds must comply with the regulatory standards as specified in the Feeds Regulations. Importers, purchasers, feed manufacturers and livestock producers are encouraged to request further information from their suppliers regarding the source of any corn and contaminant specifications of any ingredients they are purchasing.
Aflatoxin is a type of mycotoxin produced by the fungus Aspergillus flavus, which grows on seeds and plants. Aflatoxins can cause serious health effects. They are potent toxins which are toxigenic, carcinogenic, mutagenic, and teratogenic in various animal species. Symptoms of illness due to exposure to aflatoxins often depend on species, gender, age, stress level, and reproductive and health status of the animal. Aflatoxin from feed is readily transferred to milk and other animal products, and as such could present a food safety issue. Aflatoxin is a highly stable toxin, and is resistant to heat, cold and light.
Blending to dilute aflatoxin levels is not permitted in Canada. Some concerns associated with blending are:
• safety issues associated with chronic increased exposure to aflatoxins;
• hot spots; and
• potential increase of aflatoxin levels during storage.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Animal Feed Division at the following e-mail address: AFD-DAA@inspection.gc.ca or Annie Savoie by telephone at 613-773-7510.

Animal Feed Division

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The monthly Swine Budget provides a guide and format to estimate the cost of production for a swine enterprise.Check out January 2015.

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Over the next month, Agricorp will be mailing renewals to existing customers in AgriStability, Production Insurance and the Risk Management Program. New customers can visit agricorp.com for more information or call to speak with a customer care representative who can help the​m get started.


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Hog Market Price Trend Report

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Lots of great resources available on the OMAFRA Website including these updated business publications. To get a copy go to ontario.ca/bzt1 or visit the OMAFRA Resource Centre near you.
2015 Field Crop Budgets Publication 60
Programs and Services for Ontario FarmersPub 540 cover
Ontario Farm Record Book (cost $20)

Lease Agreements:
Flexible Cash Leases
Crop Share Leases
Pasture Leases
Farm Equipment
Leasing Farm Buildings
Land Leases


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Piglet deaths prompt Sweden to trial new pig gestation methods

By Gerard O’Dwyer, in Helsinki, 16-Feb-2015

Sweden’s ministry of agriculture is funding a new pilot-project that seeks to establish if holding sows in farrowing crates allows more piglets to survive if the sow is immobilised during lactating.

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Mycotoxin test results for corn have been quite varied across the province this year. Producers are encouraged to test their corn and get individual results.  A list of labs that do mold and mycotoxin analysis is available on the OMAFRA website.

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