Canadian and American Pork Producers Recognize Value of Trade

Full Interview 11:30Listen      Farmscape for February 21, 2017 The Chair of Manitoba Pork says pork producers on both sides of the Canada U.S. border recognize the value of trade and value the essence of free trade. Last week trade was among the items on the agenda as pork industry representatives gathered in Minneapolis

Changing Attitudes to Animal Welfare Increasingly Reflected in Behaviour

  Full Interview 8:07 Listen  Farmscape for February 21, 2017 A Professor with the University of Melbourne says consumers are becoming more involved in animal welfare issues and that involvement is starting to have a greater impact on their behaviour. “How Public Attitudes Predict Community Behaviours” was discussed earlier this month as part of the

Unresolved Technical Issues Could Delay Canadian Beef and Pork Access to Europe Under CETA

Farmscape for February 17, 2017 Full Interview 8:15 Listen The Canadian Meat Council fears unresolved technical issues could delay the movement of Canadian pork and beef into Europe under the Compensative Economic and Trade Agreement. Tuesday the European Parliament approved the Compensative Economic and Trade Agreement and the bill has arrived in the Canadian Senate

DDGS Value Analysis in Swine Rations, February 2017

Cost Savings of Incorporating DDGS into Swine Rations up to $5.09/pig at Conservative Levels and up to $7.41/pig at Aggressive Levels To illustrate the cost-savings of incorporating DDGS in swine diets, Gowans Feed Consulting has collected the most up to date regional ingredient costs from the U.S. Grains Council and formulated examples of optimized diets with and

Improved Use of AI Offers to Increase Access to Superior Swine Genetics

Farmscape for February 15, 2017 Full Interview 6:55 Listen PIC’s Global Gene Transfer Centre’s Quality Assurance Manager says, by making more efficient use of artificial insemination, North American pork producers can increase the level of access to superior swine genetics. “How to Make Better Use of Superior Genetics” was discussed earlier this month as part

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

Before adopting new technology we need to consider the value of what is being measured as well as the accuracy, cost and practicality

Keeping on top of new technologies is critical for businesses to remain competitive and profitable. Technology for data recording is becoming increasingly important and more affordable in pork production whether you are a commercial hog producer, a swine genetics company or involved in the packing and processing of pork. It simply comes down the old

Discontinuing Tail Docking Is Not Always Easy

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

Scott Brown Weekly Livestock update from the University of Missouri, February 12th 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •Cattle and hog markets ended the week mixed. Week over week live cattle were flat in most months, feeders were lower in the most active months, and the hog market saw fairly strong gains. •USDA released its WASDE report on Thursday. Scott and Meghan discuss what

Changing U.S. Trade Policy Requires Reformulation of Canada’s Approach to Trade

Farmscape for February 10, 2017 Full Interview 11:42 Listen The research Lead with Agri-Food Economic Systems says, given the dramatic change in U.S. trade policy, the Canadian government will need to reformulate its approach to international trade. Agri-Food Economic Systems has released an independent Agri-Food Policy Note, “Resetting a New Agri-Food Trade Policy Agenda. Dr.