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Pig pats promote productivity

The less fearful of humans a swine herd is, the higher its productivity will be

It turns out one bad human can spoil the bunch — at least when it comes to pigs. Speaking to producers and pork industry representatives at the annual swine seminar in Winnipeg earlier this month, Grahame Coleman told those gathered that pigs can’t always distinguish between people, particularly if they are dressed in similar garb […] Read more


U.S. trade rumblings unnerve Canada’s beef producers

Uncertainty rules as 
Trump eyes trade deals, 
but nobody is sure if Canada is in his line of fire

An atmosphere of uncertainty hangs over the Canadian cattle industry as it awaits a possible trade war with the U.S. The newly minted U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly signalled his 
intention to either scrap or renegotiate NAFTA, which has helped make the U.S. Canada’s largest market for beef and cattle exports. A more immediate […] Read more



Old is new in hog barn approvals

Public opposition has not gone away after a decade of no development

The first application under a new protocol for approving hog barns in Manitoba has run into an old problem: local opposition. The Rural Municipality of Oakview council last month turned down an application for a 6,000-space feeder/finish operation near Rivers even though a technical review committee report said it met the necessary requirements. Council gave […] Read more


International success leads to HyLife expansion

After finding success overseas in the Asian markets, Manitoba pork processor, 
HyLife will be undertaking a major expansion to keep up with demand

A planned expansion at the HyLife pork-processing plant in Neepawa is good news for the entire hog sector. HyLife is planning a major expansion of the company’s finishing and processing capacities, a move made necessary by strong demand for its products, the company says. We produce a great product and consumers want to buy it, […] Read more



Farm and agri-food employers hail call for foreign worker reform

A new parliamentary report backs their recommendations to fix critical shortage of workers, 
but will the federal government act on them?

Farm employers and food processors are hoping a new report will spur Ottawa to revamp its temporary foreign worker program. “There are a lot of things in the report that are very positive for ag and agri-food,” said Mark Chambers, senior production manager with Sunterra Farms and co-chair of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Labour Task […] Read more


Province confirms the 10th case of PEDv

Ten cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea have been confirmed in Manitoba since May 26

The number of confirmed cases of on-farm porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in Manitoba has officially entered the double digits and more are expected to arise over the next few months. “We are entering the season now where it is getting cooler and damper and those are the ideal conditions for this disease to spread. […] Read more



Fines now possible under traceability program

This little pig went to market, this little pig stayed home — but both need to register with PigTrace

No matter how big or small, you have to start to tag them all. With the final phase of the Canadian Pork Council’s PigTrace national traceability program now in effect, both commercial and hobby farms can face financial penalties for failure to comply. Right now though regulators appear to still be focusing more on education […] Read more


PEDv vaccine on horizon but biosecurity still key

A PEDv vaccine, field tested during the recent Manitoba 
outbreak, still needs to be registered in Canada


Canadian pork producers are one step closer to having a powerful new tool in the fight against porcine epidemic diarrhea. A vaccine developed by the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre, also known as VIDO-InterVac, at the University of Saskatchewan has entered its final phase of testing. But while the vaccine is a much […] Read more



Winnipeg home to new ‘bacon centre of excellence’

More of the bacon people bring home will soon come from an expanded Maple Leaf plant in Winnipeg

A so-called “bacon centre of excellence” is coming to Winnipeg. Manitoba’s minister of agriculture used the phrase to describe a planned expansion of Maple Leaf Food’s bacon plant in Winnipeg during a Growing Forward 2 funding announcement last week. “This is one of my favourite products… and I know our customers to the south certainly […] Read more


PEDv outbreak remains localized

No new cases of PEDv have been found in Manitoba, but possibility of future outbreaks can’t be ruled out

While the origin of recent porcine epidemic diarrhea outbreaks has not been identified, Manitoba’s chief veterinarian has determined the strain is not unique to Manitoba. “What we do know is that all three barns have the same strain of PEDv and that the strain is not one that is unique to Manitoba, it’s been found […] Read more