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Few avian flu cases found in Western Canada

It’s been a quiet spring on the Prairies for cases of avian influenza despite fears of an imminent return of a highly contagious strain of the virus.

Two cases have been reported in Western Canada at the end of the first week of May, only one of which has impacted a commercial poultry operation in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley.

Amanda Brittian, chief information officer for the B.C. Poultry emergency operations centre, said the latest case, reported at the end of April, is an area dense with commercial operations.

But since then, no further operations have detected an infection.

“It is in an area that is very dense with poultry farms,” said Brittian of the case found in a Chilliwack-area poultry operation. “It’s over 100 farms within the primary control zone.”

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Trails End Farm Demonstrates How Innovation and Tradition Can Coexist On a Pig Farm In a world of ever-evolving technology and increased environmental consciousness, Trails End Farm has balanced respect for tradition with a passion for innovation. Owned by Dale and Lori Stevermer, the Minnesota farm is a testament to five generations of stewardship and dedication to sustainable agriculture.

Pig Farming for Purpose and Profit

At the heart of the Stevermers’ pride is their pork production operation. Every step is taken with utmost care and respect, ensuring that the pork produced on their farm is of the highest quality.

Trail’s End Farm grows about 450 acres of corn and soybeans. They plant cover crops on 90% of these acres between harvest and planting which protects against soil erosion and recycles nutrients for cash crops. Additionally, Trail’s End Farm raises an average of 4,000 pigs each year, with about 2,000 pigs in finishing barns at any time.

The Stevermers recognize the value of innovation and build on the practices started by generations before them. Adopting new practices does not go without challenges. To navigate these challenges, they participate in the Pork Cares Farm Impact Report program.

By leveraging this report, they've been able to evaluate their return on investment before they implement new technologies and practices. The results? Enhanced farm productivity, better care for pigs, less impact on the environment and long-term financial viability for their farm business.