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U.S. pork packer Smithfield offers ultra-cold vaccine storage

COVID-19 vaccines need storage at -20 C, -70 C

Chicago | Reuters — Smithfield Foods, the world’s biggest pork processor, said on Thursday it had offered to help U.S. health officials distribute COVID-19 vaccines and store them in ultra-cold freezers that are in high demand to support a public vaccination campaign. U.S. states, cities and hospitals are scrambling to buy freezers that can safely

U.S. grains: Soy futures touch new four-year top

Pfizer update on COVID vaccine sends shares, oil higher

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures reached a new four-year high on Monday as the first successful data from a late-stage COVID-19 vaccine trial fueled hopes of the economy recovering quickly from the pandemic-driven crisis. Broad optimism about Pfizer’s vaccine trials added support to a soybean market already buoyed by strong Chinese demand and


PMU mares like this have become a rare sight in Manitoba following years of cuts.

PMU ranchers see cuts

The industry remains a shrinking shadow of its former self

Equine ranchers serving the hormone replacement therapy industry are seeing another round of cuts. The news came March 29, in an official statement from Pfizer Canada and affects a total of five operations in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. It results in a 17 per cent reduction in production, which equals 33,000 grams of estrogen. Producers are




PMU mares.

Pregnant mare urine sector to expand

Industry officials caution it is a small increase

An expected increase in contracted volumes of pregnant mare urine over the next two years is a small bit of good news for Manitoba’s long-beleaguered PMU industry. Pfizer Canada says it will increase the amount of PMU collected from ranches in Manitoba and Saskatchewan during 2016 and 2017. Pfizer uses estrogen from PMU to manufacture

Pfizer separates animal health unit

Pfizer Inc. plans to separate its animal health unit into a stand-alone company, a move Wall Street expected as the largest U.S. drug maker focuses more intently on its core pharmaceuticals business. Pfizer said on Thursday that preparations were underway for a public offering of a minority stake in the new animal health company, which

Pfizer cuts jobs at Brandon plant

There will be no impact on the 26 remaining equine ranching operations in Manitoba and Saskatchewan despite plans by U.S.-based drug giant Pfizer to cut 50 jobs from its Brandon pregnant mares’ urine collection and processing facility by 2013. “The focus of the restructuring is a result of operational efficiency initiatives and to best position


Keeping an eye on tame pastures

Agri-News / Pasture assessments help producers decide if a pasture needs to be rejuvenated and if so, how best to rejuvenate it. The Alberta Tame Pasture Scorecard is a quick and easy way of doing a pasture assessment. The Sustainable Resource Development Health Assessment forms are another good tool that provides a more detailed assessment.

Vaccinate At One Day

Canadian swine producers can now vaccinate for mycoplasma pneumonia when they process baby pigs. A new label claim makes RespiSure-ONE by Pfizer Animal Health the only vaccine approved for administration at one day of age, the company says in a release. Vaccination as early as one day of age with RespiSure-ONE effectively generates long-term protective