Agriculture Roundup for Monday, November 6, 2023

Nov 07, 2023

Canadian authorities have detected the presence of avian flu at two B.C. locations over the weekend.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said the presence of avian flu was detected on Saturday at two commercial poultry locations, one in Langley, the other in Abbotsford.

The development comes after four detections were reported in less than a week last month at commercial poultry operations in the Fraser Valley.

The outbreaks in October were the first since April, when infected wild birds migrating north were blamed for spreading the disease in B.C. and several other Canadian provinces.

An executive with the Manitoba Craft Brewers Association said the the brewing industry is facing significant cost pressures.

Tim Hudek said inflation and the war in Ukraine are driving up costs, and it’s harder for operators to bring their prices down because their products tend to be purer than those sold by national brands, as less adjuncts are used.

Hudek said the industry is witnessing a slowdown, noting that when people are squeezed financially, they might not necessarily be able to afford to go out to eat at their favourite restaurant as much.

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