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“We know we need to have more finisher barns in the province, we need to bring more balance between our production capacity, and our processing capacity.” – Andrew Dickson.

Pork sector builds on hope

Four new barns will be built in 2016

After years of dealing with new diseases, hog barn restrictions and country-of-origin labelling, pork producers at the annual Manitoba Swine Seminar were told things are looking up for the industry. “There is a lot of good news,” said Andrew Dickson, general manager of the Manitoba Pork Council, during his state-of-the-industry address. He cited the U.S.

Cows crowded in pen, Alberta, Canada

Beef 911: Factors which can contribute to bullers in feedlots

Close observation and working with your vet on a customized plan are key to dealing with this problem

Bullers are, fortunately, a rare, sporadic occurrence in western Canadian feedlots and backgrounding operations. When dealing with cases of steers mounting other steers, one must bear in mind the economic loss to the entire pen when frequent riding occurs. Because the incidence is so sporadic (one to six per cent in U.S. feedlots), no hard

weeds growing in soil

Glyphosate resistance: Change now or pay later

A USDA-ERS report shows managing glyphosate resistance is more cost effective than ignoring resistance and farmers need to work together

The United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service recently published the results of a study into the economics of glyphosate-resistance management on U.S. corn and soybean farms. Through surveys and computer models it determined the relative costs of ignoring the problem versus taking action to address it. The following is an excerpt from that

Genetic tweaking caused a fertility problem in Ross roosters, which sire 25 per cent of the commercial broiler flock in theU.S.and virtually all of Canada’s.

Infertile roosters increase shortage in U.S. chicken supplies

Canadian hatcheries depend on U.S. imports but have been unaffected to date

A genetic problem in a key breed of U.S. rooster could affect Canada’s broiler chicken industry, which imports nearly all its parent breeding stock from south of the border. The U.S. is already experiencing a shortage of breeder birds and the genetic issue could make supplies even tighter, American officials say. If that happens, it

U.S. weekly PEDv reports increase

The outbreak is increasing costs and reducing production

Confirmed cases of a deadly pig virus spreading across the U.S. Hog Belt jumped by 215 to its highest weekly increase since it was discovered in the country in April 2013, according to USDA’s National Animal Health Laboratory Network. NAHLN announced the rise in cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) on Jan. 28. Each

Cases of strawberry foot rot may go unnoticed because there is not much swelling evident at first.

Strawberry foot rot is on the increase in feedlots

An infection previously mostly found in dairy cattle is showing up in some western feedlots

It has come to my attention that “strawberry foot rot” or “hairy heel wart” or “Montellaros disease,” which was once considered a dairy disease is now making its way into feedlots in Eastern Canada. The disease is potentially caused by a treponema bacteria. The infection starts at the back of the hoof on or near