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02 March 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Veterinarian Advises Against Use of Blood Plasma in Swine Rations
CANADA - An Alberta based swine veterinarian is advising pork producers to avoid the use of blood plasma products in swine rations and where the products are used to source them only from certified processing...
Pig Industry News from Canada Colder Weather Increases Challenges Posed by PED
CANADA - A Red Deer based swine veterinarian reports, as expected, the colder winter weather has added to the challenge of controlling PED, writes Bruce Cochrane....
26 February 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Lower Live Hog Values Expected to Curtail Thoughts of Expansion
CANADA - The chair of the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board expects a dramatic slide in the value of live hogs since November to curtail any plans to increase North American pork production in 2015....
Pig Industry News from Canada Researchers Target Specific Strains of Brachyspira
CANADA - Researchers with the University of Saskatchewan are working to identify the most effective antimicrobials for treating specific strains of brachyspira....
Pig Industry News from Canada Tests Find First Positive PED Environmental Sample in Saskatchewan
CANADA - It was reported this week that the first ever PED-positive sample in Saskatchewan was detected towards the end of January....
24 February 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Lack of Workers Impacts Livestock Sector Profitability
CANADA - The Canadian Meat Council warns the inability of Canadian meat processing plants to access workers jeopardizes the viability of the plants, the profitability of livestock producers, and existing...
23 February 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Automated Truck Washing to Improve Farm Biosecurity
CANADA - The general manager of Sask Pork is confident automating the washing and disinfecting of the trucks that haul livestock will improve biosecurity while cutting costs and speeding up the process,...
20 February 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Successful PEDv Containment Credited to Quick Early Response
CANADA - A Tillsonburg based swine veterinarian credits quick action taken by pork producers, veterinarians and epidemiologists when PED was first identified in Ontario for the high level of success in...
19 February 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Canada Hog Market
CANADA - The OMAFRA Swine Team has just put out an excellent summary of 2014 by month. Truly the “Year of the Pig Farmer” and one for the record books. If this were your report card this would rocket...
Pig Industry News from Canada Consumers Can Expect to Pay for Changes in Animal Welfare Practices
CANADA - An associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University says ultimately consumers will pay for the changes they're demanding in animal welfare, writes Bruce...
Pig Industry News from Canada Chinese New Year Celebrated with Launch of New Chinese Sausage
CANADA - To celebrate Chinese New Year and Canada's proud heritage of diversity, Maple Leaf Foods is launching two Chinese-style sausage products with the authentic flavours that Chinese-Canadians love...
18 February 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Government Supports Traceability and Swine Health Projects
CANADA - The Canadian pork industry has welcomed over C$1.6 million in funding for five projects related to the pork industry’s traceability system and swine health....
17 February 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Controlling Air Quality for Better Swine Health
CANADA - The president of Armco Solutions suggests controlling relative humidity is key to maintaining optimum air quality and controlling energy costs, especially during the winter, writes Bruce Cochrane. ...
Pig Industry News from Canada Failure to Address M-COOL Could Cost US Economy $2 Billion Per Year
CANADA and US - The president of the National Pork Producers Council warns in the event Canada and Mexico impose retaliatory tariffs on imported American products it will cost the US economy upwards of...
16 February 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada First Canada-Korea Trade Mission Welcomed
CANADA - The Canadian meat industry has welcomed the first international trade mission to Korea following implementation of the historic Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA)....
Pig Industry News from Canada Producer-Customer Connection Important to Retain Trust
CANADA - A professor of agriculture with Newcastle University is encouraging the Canadian pork industry to maintain frank and open dialogue with consumers to avoid the type of mistrust of agriculture that's...
13 February 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Future Looks Bright for Animal Science
CANADA - An animal science professor with the University of Guelph says, as a result of Canada's growing reliance on agriculture as an economic driver, the future for animal science looks bright, writes...
Pig Industry News from Canada New Swine Health Information Network Under Development
CANADA - The general manager of Manitoba Pork says a new initiative under development in western Canada will allow veterinarians to share swine health information, writes Bruce Cochrane....
11 February 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Canada Publishes Wholesale Meat Specifications
CANADA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has published the Wholesale Meat Specifications Document (WMSD) for fresh beef, lamb, poultry, pork, turkey and veal....
Pig Industry News from Canada PEDv Unlikely to be Eliminated from Ontario But Still Containable
CANADA - A Tillsonburg, Ontario based swine veterinarian says, while it's unlikely Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea will be eliminated from Ontario, the virus is containable, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Pig Industry News from Canada Welfare During Transports Varies According to Trailer Compartment
CANADA - A national study which looked at the effects transport on animal welfare has shown the trailer compartment in which pigs are shipped has a significant effect on their levels of stress during transport...
10 February 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Researchers Target Faster Truck Washing, Reduced Costs
CANADA - Scientists working on behalf of Swine Innovation Porc are exploring options to speed up the disinfection of swine transport vehicles while cutting the cost, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Pig Industry News from Canada Manitoba Relaxes Restrictions on New Hog Barn Construction
CANADA - The general manager of Manitoba Pork reports the Manitoba government has agreed to relax restrictions on new hog barn construction in the province, writes Bruce Cochrane....
09 February 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Piglet Iron Supplementation Protocols Need Reevaluating
CANADA - Research conducted by the Ontario Veterinary College has shown changes iron supplementation protocols may be needed to ensure piglets are getting enough iron to meet their needs, writes Bruce...
Pig Industry News from Canada Disease Genetic Research Making Headway
CANADA - Investment in swine health research and specifically in the genetics of swine diseases has increased substantially in the last several years, writes Bob Kemp, PhD PAg, Vice President Genetic Programs...
Pig Industry News from Canada Ontario Reports Two New PED Outbreaks
CANADA - Ontario has reported two new outbreaks of porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) last week....
Pig Industry News from Canada Canada Calls for Legislative Fix to Country of Origin Labelling
CANADA - Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz called for a legislative fix to the argument over Country of Origin Labelling is a series of meetings in Washington, DC, last week....
06 February 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Good Faith, Dialogue Key to Maintaining Trust of Consumers
CANADA - A professor of agriculture with Newcastle University in the UK suggests by engaging in dialogue and showing good faith the Canadian swine industry should be able to maintain the trust of its customers,...
Pig Industry News from Canada Call for Added Vigilance as PED Risk Rises with Cold Weather
CANADA - A veterinary epidemiologist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development is encouraging pork producers to step up their vigilance as the risk of spreading porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) increases...
Pig Industry News from Canada Pig Producers Advised to Avoid Porcine Blood Plasma Products
CANADA - A pig veterinarian based in Camrose, Alberta, is advising pork producers who use blood plasma products in feed to take steps to ensure those products do not contain porcine blood plasma, writes...
 
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