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Trade wars cast a long shadow over hog industry

Trump tariffs a significant factor, NAFTA weighs in too

The ongoing trade war between the United States and the rest of the world is side-swiping Manitoba’s pork industry. Hog prices have tumbled since last spring, leaving producers worried about their future just as the industry is recovering from a decade of economic woe. “It’s pretty terrible. It’s about as bad as it’s been in […] Read more

Manitoba cuts the ribbon on blueblood boar genetics

Pork genetics company Topigs Norsvin has officially opened its doors in Manitoba

Manitoba’s hog sector is adding to its pedigree. Global swine genetics company Topigs Norsvin has officially opened the doors to Delta Canada, a boar genetics and research facility located northwest of Winnipeg near Woodlands. The company, which markets itself as the second-largest swine genetic company globally, opened the $15-million facility June 27 and aims to […] Read more

Five more cases of PED confirmed as of June 1

CVO and Manitoba Pork working to trace back source of virus

The hog sector remains on high alert following more confirmed cases of the deadly PED in barns in southeastern Manitoba. Six cases of PED have now been confirmed as of June 1. The first case was confirmed in a finisher barn May 15. As of the end of last week, the virus has been found […] Read more

Just passing through

Pigs that better digest their nutrients could reduce pork industry’s carbon footprint

Pigs will eat what’s put in front of them — but digesting it is another question. In particular, according to one research scientist from the South China Agricultural University, nitrogen and phosphorus can pass through the pig undigested, causing downstream environmental challenges. Lead author of the study Xianwei Zhang, published recently in the online journal […] Read more

China’s multi-storey hog hotels elevate industrial farms to new levels

The structures are as high as 13 floors and save land costs but production experts worry about disease risk

On Yaji Mountain in southern China, they are checking in the sows 1,000 head per floor in high-rise “hog hotels.” Privately owned agricultural company Guangxi Yangxiang Co. Ltd. is running two seven-floor sow-breeding operations, and is putting up four more, including one with as many as 13 floors that will be the world’s tallest building […] Read more

New case of PEDv confirmed May 15

Heightened biosecurity essential for large area in southeast

A new case of PEDv confirmed in a finisher barn May 15 in southeastern Manitoba once again has the hog sector on high alert. Biocontainment procedures were immediately put on the site where the virus was detected, while Manitoba Pork and the Chief Veterinary Office recommended all premises heighten biosecurity in a large swath of […] Read more

HyLife Foods wraps expansion

It’s been two years coming, but the new cut floor is ready to go at HyLife Foods in Neepawa

More pork will be running through HyLife Foods in Neepawa in the near future. The company has completed two years’ worth of upgrades, HyLife announced April 3, a move that HyLife president Claude Vielfaure says will lengthen their product’s shelf life and quality as well as doubling space on the cut floor. “An example of […] Read more

Manitoba Pork worries after Chinese tariffs against U.S.

Canadian pork will not suffer the same Chinese tariff hikes as the U.S., but those tariffs will still be felt locally, experts warn

Manitoba’s pork producers may not know the exact impact from China’s tariffs against the United States, but they know it’s coming. The U.S. pork sector has been caught up in the latest round of trade volleys between the United States and China. The Chinese government announced a sweep of tariffs April 1, blaming new U.S. tariffs against […] Read more

Plainview Colony brings home the bacon from Royal Manitoba Winter Fair

Organizers say the annual competition was smaller than normal, but judges had nothing but good feedback for the entries that were there

Quantity may have been lacking, but there was no shortage of quality on display at the 2018 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair pork quality competition. Judge Jason Care said the smaller-than-average show was one of the few he has seen where every entry earned warm carcass points. “Most of the shows that I do, I have […] Read more