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Manitoba prepares for African swine fever

The hog industry is planning ahead and learning from the past

The Manitoba pork sector says it won’t be caught flat footed if African swine fever (ASF) makes its way here. The virulent disease is wreaking havoc in China and industry and government both concede it could be just a plane ride away from Manitoba. “In my opinion, I think you can never be prepared enough,” […] Read more


Two in a row for Plainview Colony

Plainview Colony has had a good few years at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair pork quality competition, chalking up another win this year

Plainview Colony was the best in show for the second year running at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair’s annual pork quality competition. The colony’s north barn successfully defended its grand champion spot. Last year, the barn claimed both first and second in the annual winter fair competition on top of a fourth-place finish in December […] Read more



Researchers create algorithm to predict PEDv outbreaks

The high-tech approach already has an 80 per cent accuracy rate

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed an algorithm that could give pig producers advance notice of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) outbreaks. The proof-of-concept algorithm has potential for use in real-time prediction of other disease outbreaks in food animals. PEDv is a virus that causes high mortality rates in preweaned piglets. The virus […] Read more


African swine fever hits huge, foreign-invested Chinese farm

Despite government claims to the contrary, little progress in containing the disease is apparent

Reuters – China reported an outbreak of deadly African swine fever on a huge pig farm part owned by a Danish investment fund, showing the spread of the virus to modern industrial farms expected to have the best levels of disease prevention. The outbreak occurred on a farm in Suihua city with 73,000 pigs in […] Read more



Biofilters a natural way to control hog barn odour

Odour mitigation is an important question for the future of Manitoba’s growing hog industry

A new research project at the University of Manitoba is taking aim at hog manure odours the natural way. PhD student Desmond Essien is investigating the potential of using biofilters as an odour mitigation technology for use in swine barns in Manitoba. Essien spoke about his research at the New and Emerging Research sessions at […] Read more


Barrickman Colony wins big at pork quality competition

The annual event capped off the Prairie Livestock Expo in Winnipeg last month

Barrickman Colony of Cartier took the top two spots in the pork quality competition at the Prairie Livestock Expo last month. The contest, the largest in North America, celebrated its 22nd year at the annual livestock event this winter. In the entire history of the competition, this is the first time that one producer took […] Read more



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Leaving lighter footprints

An upcoming study of the environmental footprint of the Canadian hog industry could shed new light on an important question

Just how big is the environmental footprint of the Canadian pork industry? There are a lot of opinions but fewer facts when it comes time to try to answer that question. Filling in those blanks is the subject of an upcoming multi-year study by Mario Tenuta, a professor of applied soil ecology at the University […] Read more


RMs near halfway mark on hog barn rule revisit

The clock is ticking for municipalities to set their own size limits when it comes to conditional use for hog barns

Municipalities have a little over half a year left to review their policy on how big a new hog barn has to be before it sparks a conditional use hearing. The province rolled back its own conditional use requirements in June, part of a list of changes made to the Planning Act around large-scale livestock […] Read more



Pork industry chalking up wins

While poor prices have grabbed the headlines the long-term trends are more positive

The Manitoba Pork Council is quietly celebrating a string of low-key wins during its fall producer meetings. From falling numbers of PED cases to a modest barn-building boom and new trade deals that will stabilize and expand markets, long-term trends look positive, the group says. Why it matters: The industry needs to stay focused on […] Read more


Hog barn expansion poses questions

Hog Watch says the approval should have been subject to different rules

A hog barn near Strathclair has come under scrutiny after critics say it failed to meet the proper approvals prior to construction. The wrangle over the facility has revealed grey areas in the regulations which some feel are open to interpretation. Capacity in question In a September submission to the RM of Yellowhead council, advocacy […] Read more