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Smithfield makes move on market for pig-human transplants

Chicago | Reuters — Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, has established a separate bioscience unit to expand its role in supplying pig parts for medical uses, with the ultimate goal of selling pig organs for transplantation into humans. Routine pig-human organ transplants are years away, but recent scientific advances are breaking down barriers

PEDv spread like wildfire in the U.S., but Canada successfully limited its spread.

Standing tall: How Canada’s pork sector survived the attack of a killer virus

PEDv decimated the U.S. hog herd, but Canada showed how to do biosecurity right

When it comes to finding expert advice on biosecurity, cattle producers might want to sit down with their local hog farmer. The country’s outstanding record on controlling the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has a host of lessons for the cattle sector, says a swine veterinarian who was deeply involved in Alberta’s battle against PEDv. Start


Dr. Tim Blackwell speaks to producers about their public image during the annual Manitoba Swine Seminar in Winnipeg.

Scientific claims won’t counter ethical questions about animal welfare

Pork producers can say that consumers don’t get it, that science is the basis for welfare and that castration doesn’t hurt, but the public won’t buy it — and that’s bad for business

If you’re a pork producer trying to convince someone your welfare practices are up to snuff, the last words you should pull out of your phrase book are “science” and “based.” Speaking to representatives of Manitoba’s pork industry during the annual Swine Seminar in Winnipeg, Dr. Tim Blackwell outlined the pitfalls and missteps that hurt

With big U.S. pork buy and diet shift, China now asks: ‘Where’s the Beef?’

With more money in their pockets, millions of Chinese are seeking a richer diet and switching to beef, driving imports to record levels and sending local meat firms abroad to scout for potential acquisition targets among beef farmers and processors. The need to feed the world’s most populous nation has seen Chinese firms gobble up

Cattle market report

Activity was on the quiet side at auction yards across the province during the week ended June 7. Only a handful of Manitoba’s cattle markets held sales, as marketings slow down heading into the summer. Of the sales that were held at Winnipeg, Brandon, Virden and Grunthal, volumes were varied, ranging from as little as


LIVESTOCK-Hog futures up on firm cash, Smithfield deal discussed

* Trade digesting market impact of Smithfield deal * Firm cash hog markets support hog futures * Strong wholesale beef supports cattle futures By Sam Nelson CHICAGO, May 29 (Reuters) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) lean hog futures rose on Wednesday on firm cash hog markets while traders digested news that a Chinese firm said

Activists turn investors in a bid to change farm practices

The Humane Society said it plans to introduce shareholder proposals next year promoting alternatives to sow stalls


The Humane Society of the United States has bought shares in four major financial services companies in a bid to use shareholder pressure to force two of the nation’s largest pork producers to stop housing pregnant sows in gestation stalls. The animal rights group said Aug. 31 that its investment — a relatively small $3,000

Smithfield Foods Accused Of Abusing Pigs

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has accused Smithfield Foods Inc., the world’s largest pork producer, of inhumane treatment of pigs and piglets, releasing a video documenting what the group said were cruel practices. The society said that it documented mistreatment of the animals after a month-long investigation at a Waverly, Virginia, facility


The “Level Playing Field” Of Trade

Some phrases just make the heart flutter. “Call the vet,” was one that always tripped my father’s ticker. “Level the playing field of trade,” has the same effect on me. Level the playing field of trade. Hmm, is it a negotiating strategy, a goal, an ideal? Wait a second: don’t I want an unlevel field

Small Hog Farmers Blamed For Destabilizing China Market

Small hog farmers have helped destabilize pork prices and played havoc with feed demand forecasts, according to the chairman of China’s top corn buyer New Hope Group. “Individual farmers, small in scale, have no plans in their breeding scale. Whenever the prices are good, they increase breeding and when prices are lower, they reduce pig