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A myriad of factors have likely contributed to keeping infection numbers down so far this year.

Why are Manitoba’s PED numbers so low?

Spring weather, residual immunity, biosecurity awareness and efforts to avoid COVID-19 may have all played into keeping Manitoba’s porcine epidemic diarrhea numbers down

It’s been a good year so far for PED in Manitoba’s hog barns. The province has had only two cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) this year; one in the northeast and one in southeast Manitoba, both in nursery barns confirmed June 10. This is in comparison to 60 cases by July 22 last year,

Canada’s pork sector has been hard hit by processing bottlenecks and market free fall due to COVID-19.

Pork sector temporarily halting ractopamine-free program audits

The pork sector says temporarily postponing ractopamine audits is small potatoes, compared to the other stresses facing its industry

Audits to check against the use of the feed additive ractopamine are the latest casualty of COVID-19. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said May 20 that third-party audits under the Canadian Ractopamine-Free Pork Certification Program may be postponed. Facilities with audits between March and the end of May are impacted, the agency said. Why it matters: Ractopamine was


People enter Smithfield Foods through a screening tent on April 16, in Sioux Falls, S.D. The plant is currently closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, sending shock waves through the hog sector.

Weanling barns wrestle with market free fall

U.S. market disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic has sent the swine weanling market diving

One of Manitoba’s top livestock exports is in a tight spot after market implications of COVID-19 sent the swine market for weanlings into a tailspin. Hams Marketing put average ISO wean price at US$7.38 as of April 17, a dramatic drop from the end of January, when the company estimated average ISO wean price at


China replenishes world’s biggest hog herd

Six planes carrying more than 4,000 high-quality French breeding pigs have arrived in China so far this year, the first of an expected dozens of planeloads as the world’s top pork producer rebuilds its decimated hog herd. China is ramping up imports as it rushes to restock after an outbreak of African swine fever swept


China encourages firms to raise pigs overseas

Officials aim to plug domestic pork shortage

Beijing | Reuters — China said Monday it is encouraging companies to build pig farms overseas to plug a severe domestic pork shortage after a worse-than-ever African swine fever slashed almost half of its pig herd. China has urged local authorities to support qualified domestic firms to “go out,” and build hog farming bases in

U.S. says it would ban pig shipments if swine fever detected

Chicago | Reuters — The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday it will prohibit shipments of all pigs for at least three days if the nation ever finds a case of a fatal hog disease that has ravaged China’s herd. The federal government is preparing to contain and eradicate African swine fever if it spreads

Colombia cleared of foot-and-mouth

Country now aims to double meat exports

Bogota | Reuters — Colombia will look to double its meat exports now it has regained its status as a country free of foot-and-mouth disease, President Ivan Duque said on Thursday. Foot-and-mouth is a highly contagious viral disease found in animals and is one of the most serious to affect livestock, including cattle, sheep and


‘Weak positive’ PED turns up in Alberta sample

A “weak positive” finding of the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus from ongoing sampling in Alberta offers a warning that the hog disease may not have yet left the province alone. The chief provincial veterinarian’s office (OCPV) on Monday reported that the agriculture department’s lab in Edmonton on Jan. 22 found a weak PED positive

No turkeys, pigs, goats: U.S. to let airlines limit service animals

Miniature horses still up for discussion

Washington | Reuters — The U.S. Transportation Department on Wednesday proposed giving airlines the power to bar emotional support animals from cabins and limit the definition of a service animal to a trained dog. The proposed new rules are aimed at preventing passengers from falsely claiming their pets are service animals aboard U.S. airline flights.