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JBS predicts profits will be stronger this year

Sao Paulo | Reuters — JBS SA executives said Friday the Brazilian meat company will deliver higher earnings in 2019 on strong demand for beef in the U.S. and Australia as well as growing Chinese demand for various proteins. Still, first-quarter results will reflect lower cattle availability in the U.S. due to rains and a […] Read more

Canada beats U.S. in pork sales to China – feet, elbows and all

Winnipeg/Chicago/Beijing | Reuters — Canada has overtaken the United States as the top North American supplier of pork to China as farmers and meat packers in both nations battle for lucrative shares of the biggest global market. Canada’s pork sales to China, after a sharp rise last year, exceeded those of the U.S. in the […] Read more

Hog prices fighting for stability

CNS Canada — Canadian hog prices have been drifting slightly lower over the past few weeks but are showing signs of turning the corner, according to one industry expert in Saskatchewan. Brad Marceniuk, a provincial livestock development specialist in Saskatoon, said he expects prices to stabilize in the next couple of weeks as slaughter numbers […] Read more

Pork producers urged to remain vigilant for PED virus over the fall and winter

New cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea in Manitoba have 
Alberta producers being warned not to drop their guard

Alberta pork producers are being warned to remain vigilant about a deadly pig virus, but may face another threat — falling prices if the U.S. herd rebounds from the PEDv crisis. The province’s pork sector has been successful in keeping porcine epidemic diarrhea out of Alberta, but new cases in Manitoba in the past month […] Read more

Converting a barn to a group-housing system can cost up to $1,000 per sow.

Novak: New pig welfare code shows ‘extremists’ wrong

Frank Novak says new guidelines on pain mitigation and gestation 
stalls show pork producers are responding to concerns

New rules phasing out gestation stalls and requiring pain medication for castration are proof pork producers are responding to consumer concerns, says the chair of Alberta Pork. “We think it’s an important thing to have, and if we follow the code, we’ll have to deal with less random outside influence, if you will,” said Frank […] Read more