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21 April 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Pork Producers Encouraged to Consider Benefits of Live Swine Movement Reporting
CANADA - The Canadian Pork Council is encouraging pork producers to consider the many benefits of complying with new regulations requiring the reporting of movements of live hogs, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Pig Industry News from Canada US Pork Exports Down 10 per cent: A Small Miracle
US - US pork exports were 10 per cent lower in February compared to a year before. At 377 million pounds this year, a 38 million pound decline. In our opinion a small miracle considering the US Pacific...
20 April 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Manitoba Agrees to Allow New Hog Barn Construction
CANADA - The Manitoba government's introduction of a new special pilot project permit evaluation protocol will allow the construction of swine barns in the province to resume under 11 new conditions, writes...
Pig Industry News from Canada Interest Builds Among Western Canadian Pork Processors in Expanded Pork Production
CANADA - The chair of Sask Pork says, despite indications that the US will produce considerably more pork this year than last, there is interest in western Canada in expanding production, writes Bruce...
17 April 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Canada’s Food Production Growing but Wasting More
ANALYSIS - Canada wastes 6 billion kilogrammes of food each year – nearly a third of its total production....
Pig Industry News from Canada New Canadian Humane Society Helped Prevent Animal Protection Lapse
CANADA - The executive director of the fledgling Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan says creation of the new organisation has avoided any lapse in enforcement of Saskatchewan's Animal Protection...
16 April 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Increased Saskatchewan Hog Production Expected to Come From Empty Facilities
CANADA - The chair of Sask Pork says the bulk of any expansion in western Canadian hog production is likely to come from existing facilities that have been sitting idle, writes Bruce Cochrane....
15 April 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Consumers, Media, Regulators Increasingly Interested in Antibiotic Resistance
CANADA - A Saskatchewan based veterinary consultant is encouraging pork producers to be aware of the potential ramifications of the use of antibiotics on their farms, writes Bruce Cochrane....
14 April 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Pork Commentary: Hog Prices Poised to Go Higher
CANADA - We expect from now into summer to see a relentless increase in Lean hog prices. Easter has passed and the subsequent short hog-marketing week is over. Packers will have full week activities until...
13 April 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Michael McCain to Address Manitoba Pork AGM
CANADA - Over 200 industry stakeholders and government representatives are expected to be on hand next week in Winnipeg when the president of Maple Leaf addresses Manitoba Pork's 2015 Annual General Meeting,...
Pig Industry News from Canada Public Enjoy Royal Manitoba Winter Fair Pig Exhibit
CANADA - Manitoba Pork's re-designed "Pig Tails" display is once again part of the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair's Thru the Farmgate exhibit, writes Bruce Cochrane....
10 April 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Researchers Strive to Improve Rations for Newly Weaned Piglets
CANADA - Scientists working on behalf of Swine Innovation Porc are evaluating a range of feeding strategies aimed at improving the performance of baby pigs during weaning, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Pig Industry News from Canada Strong Working Relationships Needed to Address Challenges
CANADA - The outgoing chair of Manitoba Pork says it's important for pork producers to maintain good working relationships with government, other commodity groups and other associations to deal with ongoing...
09 April 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Suspected PEDv Outbreak in Saskatchewan Highlights Biosecurity Importance
CANADA - A Veterinary Epidemiologist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development says a suspect positive PED sample identified in Saskatchewan highlights the importance of inspecting vehicles and equipment...
08 April 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Lower Live Hog Prices Slow North American Herd Expansion
CANADA - A swine specialist has said that the recent slide in live hog prices appears to have tempered any plans to expand North American hog production, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Pig Industry News from Canada Canada Hog Markets
CANADA - Last commentary I wrote about how 2014 was truly the “Year of the Pig Farmer” and one for the record books with an unprecedented $60 margin average for farrow to finish on the year, writes...
Pig Industry News from Canada Soap Use Encouraged to Keep Canadian Farms PED-Free
CANADA - A Red Deer-based swine veterinarian is encouraging pork producers who wash their own trailers to use soaps and disinfectants to ensure those vehicles are free of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED),...
Pig Industry News from Canada Canadian Pork Industry Continues to Face New Challenges
CANADA - The chair of Manitoba Pork has said his replacement will be dealing with a wide range of issues from the management of disease, to trade, to the replacement of aging production infrastructure,...
Pig Industry News from Canada Canada Livestock Manure Application Begins Early
CANADA - Manitoba Province's fertiliser application season typically runs from 10 April 10 to 10 November, but restrictions were lifted early, allowing more livestock manure to be applied in spring, writes...
07 April 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Olymel Anticipates Return to Work at Quebec Pig Processing Plant
CANADA - Olymel has welcomed the early resumption of operations at its pork processing plant at Vallée-Jonction in the Beauce, Quebec....
02 April 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Canadian Pig Nutrition Requirements Ignore New Technology
CANADA - A professor of swine nutrition suggests minimum phosphorus requirements for swine rations in Canada need to be re-evaluated, writes Bruce Cochrane....
01 April 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada New Humane Society to Protect Animals in Saskatchewan
CANADA - A new humane society has been established in Saskatchewan to take over enforcement of the province's Animal Protection Act, writes Bruce Cochrane....
30 March 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Genesus Discusses the Intricacies of Carcass and Meat Quality
CANADA - Raising pigs is all about feeding a rapidly growing human population and profitability. It is easy to identify the key components to a successful and profitable operation: sow productivity, growth...
Pig Industry News from Canada Feeding Lower Cost Nursery Diets Reduces Costs Without Compromising Performance
CANADA - Research being conducted on behalf of Swine Innovation Porc suggests pork producers can improve profitability by feeding nursery pigs less complex lower cost rations, writes Bruce Cochrane....
27 March 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Canadian Winter Wheat Gains in Popularity for US Livestock
CANADA - The executive director of Winter Cereals Canada reports an increasing level of interest among US livestock operations in Canadian winter wheat, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Pig Industry News from Canada Pork Producers Advised of Heightened PED Threat with Spring
CANADA - An animal care specialist with Manitoba Pork is encouraging pork producers to maintain their focus on biosecurity as the spring approaches, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Pig Industry News from Canada New PED Outbreak Reported in Ontario
CANADA - A new outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) has been reported earlier this week in the province of Ontario....
26 March 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Scientists Research Automated Disinfection of Livestock Trailers
CANADA - Scientists are looking into ways of speeding up disinfection of livestock trailers and reducing costs by automating the process, writes Bruce Cochrane....
Pig Industry News from Canada New Pig Display at Royal Manitoba Winter Fair
CANADA - The 2015 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair will have a brand new swine display featuring live pigs, writes Bruce Cochrane....
25 March 2015
Pig Industry News from Canada Producers Urged to Register with PigTrace Canada
CANADA - The Saskatchewan Pork Development Board is encouraging any pork producer in the province who is not yet set up to report hog movements to contact Sask Pork or PigTrace Canada to be issued a premise...
 
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