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Simple Changes Can Reduce Hog Transport Losses

Bernie Peet Peet on Pigs Losses of pigs between the farm and the point of slaughter can be reduced significantly by relatively simple changes to facilities and handling, according to two speakers at the recent Red Deer Swine Technology Workshop. Dr. Jennifer Brown from the Prairie Swine Centre described an observational study of 10 commercial

Better Times Ahead For Hog Producers?

So far this year, Canadian producers have had their best period of profitability in the last five years, a relief for those who survived a four-year period of unprecedented hardship, with low hog prices and high feed costs. With market hogs fetching up to $200 a head and sometimes more during the summer, the only


Using DDGS Effectively To Reduce Feed Costs

Over the last decade, the availability of dried distillers grains with solubles, or DDGS, has increased rapidly, while the price of cereal grains has escalated. This is forcing the livestock industry to take a hard look at how to utilize the byproducts of industrial processes that use not only grains, but also oilseeds and pulses.


Extending The Sow’s Productive Lifetime

Bernie Peet is president of Pork Chain Consulting Ltd. of Lacombe, Alberta, and editor of Western Hog Journal. His columns will run every second week in the Manitoba Co-operator. While many producers use pigs per sow per year as the benchmark for success in the breeding herd, there is now much more focus on lifetime


Pellets And Fine Grind Most Efficient For Pig Diets

Bernie Peet is president of Pork Chain Consulting Ltd. of Lacombe, Alberta, and editor of Western Hog Journal. His columns will run every second week in the Manitoba Co-operator. Pelleted feed made of finely ground ingredients is considerably more efficient than more coarsely ground feed provided in meal form, according to a recently published large-scale

Early Nursery Performance Not Affected By Diet Complexity

Bernie Peet is president of Pork Chain Consulting Ltd. of Lacombe, Alberta, and editor of Western Hog Journal. His columns will run every second week in the Manitoba Co-operator. Recent research by Dr. Denise Beaulieu at the Prairie Swine Centre suggests that the response of newly weaned pigs to two dietary regimes based on a

Innovative Research Addresses Industry Challenges

BERNIE PEET Peet on Pigs Bernie Peet is president of Pork Chain Consulting Ltd. of Lacombe, Alberta, and editor of Western Hog Journal. His columns will run every second week in the Manitoba The Prairie Swine Centre (PSC) plays a unique role in the Canadian pork industry as one of the few establishments carrying out


Danish Research Targets Sow Longevity

Bernie Peet is president of Pork Chain Consulting Ltd. of Lacombe, Alberta, and editor of Western Hog Journal. His columns will run every second week in the Manitoba Co-operator. In my previous article, I explained how the Danish industry is improving productivity and reducing production costs through a focused research and development program which quickly

Danes Focus On Efficiency To Counter Lack Of Profit

Bernie Peet is president of Pork Chain Consulting Ltd. of Lacombe, Alberta, and editor of Western Hog Journal. His columns will run every second week in the Manitoba Co-operator. Despite losing money for most of the last four years, Danish producers are optimistic they can survive and prosper by improving productivity and efficiency. Danish producers