Category: Pork

Maple Leaf Foods on track to have all sows in open housing by 2024

Moving forward with its plan of having all sows in an open housing system, Maple Leaf Foods confirms as of now, 40,000 sows, or roughly 50 per cent of the herd, have moved over to the new system. When fully complete, Maple Leaf will become the first large-scale producer to have all of its female… Read more »

‘The risk is low, the risk is real’: Vet, producer talk African swine flu

With more than 20 cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) reported overseas, Canadian hog producers are taking note of this serious disease. Stewart Skinner, a hog producer from near Listowel, Ont., says he’s worried it will come to Canada through person-to-person, or rather, farm-to-farm contact. “Without sounding alarmist, if we did have a case in… Read more »

Modified tobacco plants help reduce post-weaning diarrhea in piglets

Genetically modified tobacco has proven successful in helping reduce potentially fatal post-weaning diarrhea in piglets. The tobacco contains a protein called FaeG, derived from a bacteria called F4 enterotoxigenic E.coli . This protein prevents pathogenic E. coli, the causal agent of post-weaning diarrhea, from taking hold in piglets’ small intestines. The genetically modified tobacco is… Read more »

Removing trade uncertainty from the agri-food market a positive step: Innes

The long, drawn out NAFTA negotiations really weighed heavily on the nerves of agricultural exporters. The fear of losing the U.S. market or the real threat of the border possibly becoming thicker was a huge stress for beef, pork, oilseed, and cereal producers. The news, then, that there is a trilateral deal to be ratified… Read more »

Get livestock antibiotic information FAAST

Most livestock producers are aware that significant changes are coming to how they’ll access antibiotic medication for animals as of December 1, 2018. Beginning then, several commonly used antibiotic medications (especially those important for human medicine) will no longer be available through your feed or animal supply store, instead being accessible only through your veterinarian…. Read more »

Canadian Pork Council looks for price support as hog markets drift lower

Although the majority of recent NAFTA 2.0 talks have been focused on Canada’s dairy farmers, the pork industry is feeling the pinch when it comes to prices. As the Canadian Pork Council (CPC) points out in a recent news release, pigs are being sold at prices 30 per cent lower than this time last year,… Read more »

HyLife Foods announces new feed mill, processing expansion at Neepawa

Canada’s largest hog production company, with support from the Government of Manitoba, has announced a major new build in western Manitoba. HyLife Food Ltd. announced today a brand new feed mill will be built in the R.M. of Killarney-Turtle Mountain with the help of tax increment financing (TIF), to the tune of $9.5 million over a… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Trade exports still rockin’!

July was a strong month in the beef market both for the U.S. and Canada according to Anne Wasko, market analyst with Gateway Livestock Exchange. “On the U.S. front, strong pork and beef exports continue to be the story,” she says adding that in July alone,  beef exports from the U.S. to the rest of the… Read more »

La Coop federee purchases 50 percent stake in Ontario feed company

Quebec-based agri-food cooperative La Coop fédérée is buying into Ontario’s animal feed industry. La Coop has announced a deal to purchase a 50 percent stake in W-S Feed & Supplies Limited, an animal nutrition company that operates feed mills in Tavistock and Mount Forest, Ontario. “This investment represents a strategic entry into the Ontario market, in… Read more »

U.S. Department of Transport undertakes hours of service review

The trucking industry has been concerned about the increasing number of regulations that prevent haulers from keeping clients happy and being profitable in the long-term. Livestock haulers specifically have taken issue with the implementation of the electronic logging device (ELD) rule that took effect earlier this year. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier… Read more »

Beef Market Update: A lot of mouths to feed

You might be forgiven for thinking that every fall is the same when it comes to cattle leaving the summer range and heading off to the auction ring. Every fall is different and every fall farmers study the markets to see how they can best react to what they see coming up. Anne Wasko, market… Read more »

BIXS updates name ahead of going public

Cattle traceability platform BIXS is getting a rebrand ahead of its parent Business Information Exchange Systems (BIXS) moving forward on plans to go public in late 2018. BIXSco Inc. announced this month that the company has rebranded as BIX Systems, comprised of Viewtrak Technologies and BIXSco Inc., as they work on first round fund-raising with… Read more »

U.S. coalition calls for reinstatement of COOL

A U.S. lobby group that is closely aligned with the Trump administration on trade policy is trying to bring mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) back into the spotlight through the NAFTA negotiations. The Coalition for a Prosperous America, whose board includes R-CALF USA director Bill Bullard, sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on… Read more »

Two environmental samples test positive for PEDv in Saskatchewan

What we know A tweet posted July 26th by Dr. Egan Brockhoff, DVM, stated that two environmental samples (not livestock) in Saskatchewan had tested positive for PEDv.   Heads up! PED Virus +ve environmental samples. Saskatchewan has found a #livestock trailer and #truckwash positive for the virus. Direct connection to US transportation identified as the… Read more »

Topigs Norsvin opens $15 million boar testing facility in Manitoba

Dutch swine genetics company Topigs Norsvin officially opened a $15 million hog research centre in Manitoba on Wednesday. The company’s Delta Canada facility is located near Woodlands, in Manitoba’s Interlake region, which was chosen due to its isolation from other pig production and its proximity to Winnipeg’s Richardson International Airport for shipping breeding stock and… Read more »