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A man walks with his pet dog as he talks to a vendor who sells dog meat at a market during the local dog meat festival at Yulin in China’s Guangxi Autonomous Region on June 21, 2018. (File photo: Reuters/Tyrone Siu)

China reclassifies dogs as pets, not livestock

New guidelines drafted in post-virus regulatory push

Shanghai | Reuters — China has drawn up new guidelines to reclassify dogs as pets rather than livestock, the agriculture ministry said, part of a response to the coronavirus outbreak that the Humane Society called a potential “game changer” in animal welfare. Though dog meat remains a delicacy in many regions, the ministry of agriculture […] Read more

File photo of goats on display at the Hanover Agricultural Fair in Grunthal, Man. in August 2019. (Dave Bedard photo)

No turkeys, pigs, goats: U.S. to let airlines limit service animals

Miniature horses still up for discussion

Washington | Reuters — The U.S. Transportation Department on Wednesday proposed giving airlines the power to bar emotional support animals from cabins and limit the definition of a service animal to a trained dog. The proposed new rules are aimed at preventing passengers from falsely claiming their pets are service animals aboard U.S. airline flights. […] Read more

Stock dogs are an important part of Ken MacKenzie’s ranching operation.

Help Wanted: Four-legged livestock handler

Stock dogs ease the work load for beef producer Ken MacKenzie

At times, work on the farm and ranch appears never-ending, so when something comes along to make things easier, it’s usually worth a second look. Ken MacKenzie of Drayton Valley, Alta., has a solution to this labour dilemma as he has been raising border collies and using them around his ranch for years. “As a […] Read more

History: Wolves

History: Wolves

By H.A. Riviere, Pincher Creek, Alta. Reprinted from the October 1949 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

I will relate some facts about range conditions way back in 1884. Although the calves and colts in the Cypress Hills Country were never weaned and the buffalo on which the wolf packs fed were no more, I have no recollection of any damage done to stock by wolves on my range at that time. […] Read more

Border collie walking on grass, tongue lolling out of mouth

Beef industry could learn from ‘Champion’ pet food maker

The Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence is a great start, as long as we fully understand our customers

Mankind has long claimed the sharing of food is an international activity that crosses all borders and beliefs. Ancient history depicts food in love and war and those recordings in stone, paper, parchment, canvas and thread always included other under-the-table guests. For 10,000 years these revered companions, dog or cat, have occupied our historical pages. […] Read more