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Preventing the spread of wild pigs in Ontario is an important opportunity for Ontario. Wild pigs are considered one of the most damaging invasive species in North America and have been called an ‘ecological train wreck’ for the sheer damage...
Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics British Pig & Poultry Fair Report Last week we attended the British Pig & Poultry Fair held in Stoneleigh Park, England. Our report: This was the first Pig & Poultry Fair in four years due...
There are a number of zoonotic infectious diseases that have the ability to cross from animals to humans and humans to animals. “Zoonotic spillover” describes the transmission of a pathogen from a vertebrate animal to a human. Examples of Zoonotic...
Last week we attended the National Swine Congress of Mexico held at Barceló Maya Riviera a grand resort located south of Cancún in the Riviera Maya. This coming week we will be at the British Pig and Poultry Fair in...
Streptococcus equi subspecies zooepidemicus (Strep zoo) is most commonly identified as a commensal bacterium of horses. Strep zoo was first reported as a severe clinical disease in swine in Canada in the spring of 2019.  This Manitoba case occurred...
Abstract The goal of this study was to evaluate survival of important viral pathogens of livestock in animal feed ingredients imported daily into the United States under simulated transboundary conditions. Eleven viruses were selected based on global significance and impact to...
Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics We have been commenting for several months about European record low sow cull prices, low feeder pig prices, and low slaughter hog prices. All leading to massive losses throughout when coupled with high...
In Canada, there are approximately 4 million cases of food borne illness each year. Salmonella is the third highest cause of infectious food borne illness with 88,000 cases identified per year. This results in 925 hospitalizations per year. Fortunately...
This past week U.S. Cash Lean Hogs stayed strong with Iowa – S. Minnesota averaging $106.15 a lb. We expect lean hog prices to continue to rise as supply declines. Lean Hog Futures for June closed at $118.17 last...
Swine ear-tip necrosis (ETN) is a disease found in most pig producing areas of the world. The lesions can range from mild to severe with almost complete loss of the ear. The lesions are quite ugly looking and certainly...
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