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Jim Long Pork Commentary, Brazil – Glass House Syndrome, March 26 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics The Brazil Meat Scandal is a big deal in Brazil and has global ramifications.   The gist of the event is that allegedly some meat packers in Brazil bribed food sanitation inspectors to approve sales to domestic and foreign buyers.   The same allegations include details of smelling

Christine Pelland, DVM from South West Ontario Veterinary Services, – Use of Recreational Straw Common in Sweden, March 27th 2017

Tail biting is a common problem in pig farming and has a direct effect on the welfare of the pig. Infectious arthritis, lung abscess, carcass abscess and pleuritis that result from tail biting can be the cause of significant economic loss to the producer. The lesions of tail biting and the sequelae are easily detected

Jim Long Pork Commentary, U.S. Market Update, March 20th 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics The U.S. lean hog price is flat lining over the last couple weeks, hovering around $0.71/lb for 53-54% lean hogs.   Other Observations Iowa-Minnesota Average Hog Weight a week ago 281.9 lbs liveweight, down 1.5 lbs from a year ago (283.4 lbs). Tells us hogs are moving about

Western Hog Exchange Market Commentary, March 20th 2017

Recording Click this link to download/play recording in MP3 format. Transcript Hog futures are trading lower in all months. Firm losses have quickly developed through lean hog futures trade at midday as the overall lack of trade activity has continued to pressure the overall market. Nearby contracts have backed away from initial market pressure, but

Jim Long Pork Commentary, United States and Canada Inventory Up 3% March 13th 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics Twice a year, the United and Canadian Swine Inventories are combined together. It is a significant number, as the two countries are in essence one large inventory and production base. It’s a virtually integrated continental market. Last week, the latest report was released.   United States and Canadian

Jim Long Pork Commentary, European Swine Inventory, March 6th 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics   Last week, Eurostat released inventories of the breeding herd and pigs in inventory in the 28 countries in the European Union.   The latest E.U. census shows a fall of the EU pig population of 1.0% to 147.3 million and a drop of 1.6% of the sow

Kevin Vilaca from South West Ontario Veterinary Services, Discontinuing Tail Docking Is Not Always Easy, February 27th 2017

Tail docking has been banned in the European Union for several years. If there are problems with tail biting, producers are allowed to dock tails under the direction of a veterinarian. Tail docking continues to be widespread in the EU because of this provision. Some stakeholders argue that as long as producers follow the recommended

Jim Long Pork Commentary, U.S.D.A Pork in Storage Report, February 27th 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics Record Low Belly Inventory   Last week, the USDA reported the inventory of pork bellies at the end of January at 14,014 (1,000 pounds), the lowest amount recorded since records began in 1957. This is down significantly from a year ago, when it was 60,698 (1,000 pounds). Record

Jim Long Pork Commentary, Bacon Shortage? February 13th 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics Over the last few years, the demand for Bacon in the North American market has greatly increased. Bacon on burgers, Bacon in all day breakfast programs such as McDonalds, Bacon on everything. What has that meant to US pork cut-outs? Below is some historical values.   As you

Western Hog Exchange Market Commentary, February 13th 2017

Recording Click this link to download/play recording in MP3 format. Transcript Hog futures are trading higher in all months on short covering as traders focus on the moderate market pullback seen yesterday. There is likely to be some additional follow through support developing in all hog futures as commercial support remains firm. The firm support

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