Canada East Swine Commentaries

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Dr. Kevin Vilaca from Southwest Ontario Veterinary Services, Is PCV3 One of the Infectious Causes of PDNS?

Next generation sequencing is making it easier to find novel viruses in diseased pigs. It is not quite so easy to know if these novel viruses are causing disease or just happen to be “innocent bystanders”. We know all too well from past experience that Porcine circovirus-associated disease (PCVAD) is clinically manifested by postweaning multisystemic

Jim Long Pork Commentary, Le PORCSHOW – Quebec, December 4th 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics Le PORCSHOW – Quebec   Last week we attended the Quebec PORCSHOW that was held in Quebec City. Over 1,000 people registered for the conference, expo and festivities.  We have travelled and attended Pork events all over the world; Le Porcshow, we have to say was one of

Ed Metzger from Southwest Ontario Veterinary Services – Disinfection Programs: “Getting More Bang For The Buck!”

The gradual move towards reducing the use of antimicrobials has forced us to reload on a number of “best management practices” that help to prevent disease in the first place. One of the best management practices that is often overlooked is the proper application of disinfection techniques following washing.  It should be noted that there

Jim Long Pork Commentary, Proposed New U.S Grade System, November 27th 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics he USDA has proposed a new pork grade system, where new categorises are proposed: Prime, Chioce and Select. An article on the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Website by Rick Stein, Vice President of Fresh Foods FMI captures the essence of retailer’s desire to see a new grade system that

Marty Misener from Southwest Ontario Veterinary Services, How Rapid Is The Onset of Clinical Signs of SVA?

Senecavirus A (SVA) is an emerging picornavirus that has been associated with vesicular disease and neonatal mortality in swine. It can also become a  very “pesky “ problem as we try to market our cull animals into the US. These US researchers wanted to better understand the timing of how the SVA virus was affecting

Jim Long Pork Commentary, November – Producers never do well, November 20th 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics This time of year, is never a good time for producers. Year after year this is the time of maximum seasonal hog numbers. This always results in lower hog prices. It is also usually the time packers, historically have the highest gross margins.   This year cash hog

Chip Whalen, CIH Hog Market Watch, November 20th 2017

Margins dropped sharply over the first half of November due to a selloff in hog futures as feed costs actually dropped over the past few weeks. Spot Q4 margins are now negative again, with below breakeven margins also projected through Q1 of 2018. Deferred margins in Q2 and Q3 also lost ground, though not as

Jim Long Pork Commentary, Europe, November 13th 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics For many years, North America has seen an influx of European swine genetic companies. Today Genesus stands as the last North American global swine genetic company. This in itself is mostly irrelevant as producers need to purchase their genetics based on profitability, not on the country they come

George Charbonneau from Southwest Ontario Veterinary Services, PCV2 Genetic Change: How Are The Vaccines Performing?November 13th 2017

Prior to 2005, the only genotype of PCV2 that was believed to be circulating within North America was PCV2a. The subsequent spread of PCV2b was responsible for the disease  outbreak that started in 2005. The initial PCV2 vaccines, which were based on PCV2a did not become available until 2006. Although they were quite limited in

Jim Long Pork Commentary, U.S. Hog Market Continues Strong, November 6th 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics Another week of strong seasonal prices in the United States. 53-54% lean hogs 68¢ lb; a year ago, they were 50¢ lb. That’s almost $40 dollars per head higher! Who would have thought. A few weeks ago, when we wrote that lean hogs would stay above 55¢ lb

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