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Jim Long Pork Commentary, US Hog Market Shows Some Rebound, April 23rd 2018

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics   US Hog Market Shows Some Rebound Last week the US hog market showed some rebound, 53-54% lean hogs, going from 51.95¢ to 56.13¢. A year ago, 53-54% lean hogs were 59.99¢. Market seems to be next to terrible (losses $30 per head) But put in context of

Doug MacDougald from Southwest Ontario Veterinary Services, PED pelleting

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) continues to be a problem in both the USA and Canada. PEDV elimination projects routinely make use of supplemental heat as a means of enhancing virus neutralization. Because of this heat sensitivity, these US researchers hypothesized that a steam conditioner and pellet mill that mimicked traditional commercial thermal processing could

Jim Long Pork Road Commentary Trip – Great Britain, Netherlands and Denmark, April 17th 2018

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics Last week we visited Great Britain, Netherlands and Denmark. Our report.   Great Britain   We had been invited to speak to the producer owned marketing group named, Thames Valley Cambac. The group began 26 years ago, it now markets just under 3 million head per year to

Clint Lichty from Southwest Ontario Veterinary Service, Sanitation Reduces Salmonella Prevalence at Slaughter

Salmonella continues to be one of the most important zoonotic infections. A reduction of Salmonella at the farm level helps to mininimise the contamination pressure at the slaughterhouse. Although this is not the entire answer when it comes to preventing |Salmonella infection in pork consumers it is expected that pork producers will do their part

Jim Long Pork Commentary, China Puts Tariffs on US Pork, April 9th 2018

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics   Last week China put a 25% tariff an all US Pork that would be imported. Let’s look at US Pork Exports for February 2018 We calculate that China imported 8.5% of US pork exports in February. This percentage is relatively consistent to percentage of exports in the

Christine Pelland from Southwest Ontario Veterinary Service, Antimicrobial Treatment in Tail Bitten Finishers Reduced Systemic Infection

The incidence of tail biting is an important metric that is used as a measure of animal welfare. Tail biting can also lead to infections such as osteomyelitis or abscesses in other areas of the pig’s body. These lesions can cause substantial economic losses when partial or total carcass condemnation occurs at slaughter. The use

Jim Long Pork Commentary, USDA March Hogs and Pig Report More Pigs. April 3rd 2018

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics There is no doubt that the US continues to increase pig production. This is being accomplished by two things – more sows and increased productivity. March USDA Hogs and Pigs (x 1,000 head) With the increase in the breeding herd and more pigs per litter, the U.S. market

Christine Pelland from Southwest Ontario Veterinary Service, Needle Stick Injuries Can Be Very Serious!

Pork producers and their employees sometimes experience unintentional “needle stick injuries” while blood testing, vaccinating or injecting medications into animals. The skin of animals is more easily stretched than human skin. Swelling associated with needle stick in humans may lead to restricted blood flow and tissue damage due to lack of oxygen. This is especially

Jim Long Pork Commentary, Russia Road Trip, March 27th 2018

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics Last week we spent in Russia. Arrived on the weekend in the midst of Russia elections. Sunday afternoon in Moscow, we were at Red Square, but it was closed due to elections. A lady walked by, asked if we were foreigners (maybe it was the Genesus coat?). She

Weekly Livestock Market Update with Scott Brown, March 26th 2018

  Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •This week in markets – Cash hog prices are down $2.00 for the week, while lean hog futures dropped $7.00 as trade talks continue to make for uncertain markets. The pork cutout value dropped $2.00 again this week. With weakness in both ham and belly

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