Canadian producers can now access an E. coli cattle vaccine without facing any restrictions – other than availability of supply.
The Ontario Cattlemen’s Association is watching the confirmed case of bovine tuberculosis in a five-year-old beef cow from a Manitoba herd but currently it isn’t a huge concern.
Expect a slight increase in payback for involvement in a program intended to enhance the marketability of Ontario beef. Beginning March 1, each calf born this year and registered under the voluntary Age Verification Program run by the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) is eligible for a $5 credit.
Last year marked the second full year that the U.S. border was open to Canadian cattle shipments since 2002 and the outlet for exports finally appears to be having an effect on the size of the country's cattle herd.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will license a cattle vaccine owned by a Canadian company. Belleville-based Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. announced today that it had received approval for a conditional license for the vaccine, intended to reduce the presence of E. coli 0157:H7 in cattle.