Don’t take a chance on porcine plasma

Some Canadian pork veterinarians do not recommend feeding porcine plasma to nursery pigs, because pigs that have ingested it have the risk of developing porcine epidemic diarrhea. “We know that the porcine plasma found in the initial cases in Ontario was PCR positive for PEDv,” said veterinarian Egan Brockhoff. When those positive samples were fed […]

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Officials hopeful in PEDv battle

The number of new cases of the deadly pig virus is falling, 
but experts fear it could soar again

The number of new cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea is falling, but it’s too soon to say if the corner has been turned, says Alberta veterinarian 
Egan Brockhoff. “One of the key things for all of us as we move into the summer will be what happens in the U.S. this fall,” the owner of […]

Klassen: Feeder market surges like a rocket — steers hit $330 — July 27, 2014


Western Canadian feeder cattle prices were extreme volatile and relatively undefined as the market made fresh historical highs. U.S. weekly beef production continues to come in below expectations and the market appears to be in a “supply shock.” At the same time, market-ready supplies of slaughter cattle are rather tight moving into August causing packers […]

Fungus in your forage? Try moose drool — July 25, 2014


York University researchers have found a surprisingly effective way to fight against a certain species of toxic grass fungus — moose saliva. Their paper published this month in Biology Letters shows that moose and reindeer saliva slows growth and reduces toxicity of a fungus in red fescue. “Plants have evolved defence mechanisms to protect themselves, […]

LIVESTOCK: CME hog futures slide on weaker cash, pork prices — July 24, 2014


Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange hog futures on Thursday finished lower, pulled down by softer cash hog and wholesale pork prices, traders said. August finished 1.375 cents per lb lower at 123.200 cents, and October at 107.900, 2.550 cents lower. The average price of market-ready, or cash, hogs Thursday morning in the eastern Midwest, fell […]

U.S. court upholds FDA animal feed policy despite health concern — July 24, 2014


Reuters — A divided federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a U.S. Food and Drug Administration policy allowing the use of various antibiotics in animal feed, even if such use might endanger the public health. Reversing a lower court ruling, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said the FDA was empowered […]

Panel’s report likely to tie farm antibiotics to human resistance — July 23, 2014


Reuters — A White House advisory committee is expected to acknowledge the link between antimicrobial resistance in humans and livestock being fed antibiotics when it issues its report in the next few weeks, according to the transcript of a committee meeting held earlier this month. But how much of the public health problem can be […]

LIVESTOCK: CME hogs drop 3-cent price limit as funds sell off — July 23, 2014


Chicago/Reuters — Most Chicago Mercantile Exchange hog futures on Wednesday closed down the 3-cents per lb maximum daily price limit in the wake of fund liquidation, traders said. August ended 3.000 cents per lb lower at 124.575 cents, and October at 110.450, 3.000 cents lower. Packers snug on supplies for the week, and grocers reluctant […]

Slow sales, transportation keep Prairie feed grain supported — July 23, 2014


CNS — Feed grain prices are above milling prices in some areas of Western Canada right now due to complicated travel logistics and patient farmers, says an industry analyst. “Just in general right now, farmers aren’t really big sellers of crop,” said Charlie Pearson, a provincial crops market analyst at Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. […]