Program Updates

OVA MEMBERSHIP IS A REQUIREMENT OF PROGRAM

(Spring 2000)
Being a member in good standing of the Ontario Veal Association is a mandatory requirement of participation in the OVQAP. Membership fees are very reasonable and it not only entitles you to vote at the annual meeting but it also includes your subscription to the Ontario Veal News. The fees for membership are $20 for one year OR $50 for three years. Your OVA membership fees are completely separate from the one-time registration for the OVQAP seminar and program.

If you are not already a member of the OVA or your membership has expired we have included an application form and a postage paid envelope. Please fill out the form and return with payment to the OVA as soon as possible. Any producer who completes the OVQAP validation and is not a member of the OVA will not receive OVQAP tags or certification.

Ian Foster, OVA President suggests that your OVA membership serves many purposes. It helps us identify who is actually producing veal in Ontario. Most importantly though, it also indicates your support of the OVA’s activities and projects.

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USE OF WOOD PRESERVATIVES IN ANIMAL HOUSING

(Spring 2000)
Untreated softwoods, which are placed in contact with the ground, last only a relatively short period of time. It is estimated that untreated softwoods can rot within 3 to 12 years. Woods that are pressure treated with preservatives, on the other hand, can last 25 to 40 years under the same usage. There is obviously quite an economical advantage in using wood treated with preservatives.

The major chemicals used by Canadian plants which pressure treat wood are: Creosote, Penta Chlorophenol (PCP) and Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA). Less frequently, Ammoniacal Copper Arsenate (ACA) is also used. Since Creosote and PCP are not soluble in water, they are dissolved in light oil for pressure treatment purposes and could have a tendency to ?bleed? from wood after treatment. Both can be absorbed through the skin and some of the by-products of PCP formulation are very toxic. CCA and ACA, on the other hand, are composed of a combination of water-soluble salts. Typically, woods that are treated with these products remain clean and dry after treatment. CCA and ACA are often tinted a light green in colour and neither can be absorbed through the skin? Wolmanized wood is one trademark under which wood treated with these products is sold.

A calf through licking and chewing on treated surfaces, however, could absorb all four of these products. The residues from these products would then be stored in the animal’s body tissues and all of them have the potential to be toxic to human consumers. It is important that wood preservatives not be used on lumber, which will be used in areas of animal housing facilities where calves will have contact with it. For those who use wood shavings for bedding, it is also important that the shavings not be derived from wood, which could have been treated with preservatives. Ask your suppliers about their source of shavings and keep pressure treated wood and its by-products away from your veal calves.