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Soy protein concentrate a replacement in piglet diets

It’s a functional — and less expensive — alternative to 
animal protein sources

Animal nutritionists have long known that plant-based protein sources are less expensive for swine feed rations. But until recently they’ve worried over some anti-nutritional factors that can negatively affect gut health and growth performance in weanling pigs. Recent research from the University of Illinois has shown that soy protein concentrate (SPC) may be partly or […] Read more

Pork posts positive export growth

The Canadian Pork Council says export growth will determine future industry growth

Canadian pork producers and processors have responded actively to new trade deals — and their success during the last decade has them looking for more opportunities. Statistics from the Canadian Pork Council show that in the decade ending in 2016, exports rose in value by 51 per cent to $3.8 billion from 2006 and by […] Read more

Blumenort sow plant unique

A pre-rigor processing plant promises a unique product that’s not widely available

Blumenort is now home to the Canada’s first federally inspected pre-rigor sow-processing plant. Pre-rigor processing refers to harvesting and processing the animals without an extended hanging time in coolers. Jowett Farms harvested a total of 15 sows at its state-of-the-art facility and owner Robert Jowett says they’re able to produce sausage within an hour of […] Read more

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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