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MCFA technology: New Option for Swine Producers’ Toolbox

Posted in: Pork Insight Articles, Production by student on June 19, 2018

Publication: Prairie Hog Country, June/July 2018

Summary: MCFA is feed additive technology that utilizes molecules of carbon to enhance the pigs gut morphology. Supporting gut morphology should influence performance parameters such as gain and feed conversion ratio and beneficial wellness support.  MCFA aids in helping to reduce the use of antimicrobials in the diet. This is necessary as the industry focus is to enforce the use of antimicrobials only under veterinary provision. Due to the natural occurrence of MCFA’s they fulfill niche market requirements which are becoming more preferred and accepted by consumers. Research has demonstrated that the health status of the gastrointestinal tract is strongly associated with the overall health of the animal. MCFA’s help to optimize gut health and performance.

Despite HyLife Shutting Down RWA Program, Clearwater Colony Stays With it

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Author: Harry Siemens

Publication: Prairie Hog Country, June/July 2018

Summary: Clearwater is a 700 sow farrow to finish operation located near Balmoral, Manitoba. The facility decided to raise pigs without antibiotics in October of 2015, shipping their first RWA pigs in April of 2016. The decision to raise RWA pigs steamed from current goals for the use of antibiotics in feed. This transition had been going fairly well until May of 2017 when a new strain of PRRS (Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome) affected the barn. PRRS decreased the overall productivity of the barn by decreasing sow productivity, increasing time until being shipped due to decreased appetite, and increasing the heard mortality rate. In November and December the facility was only able to ship half the amount of pigs that they usually do. Clearwater has a contract with HyLife for RWA pigs at a higher premium than pigs raised with antibiotics. However, they have decided that in the next year they will no longer offer the premium for RWA pigs. Clearwater will continue to raise pigs RWA in hopes to end their contract with HyLife and develop a new agreement with a processor willing the pay premium for the RWA pigs.

Manitoba Has its First PED Virus Case in 2018

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Author: Harry Siemens

Publication: Prairie Hog Country, June/July 2018

Summary: In Southeastern Manitoba, the first new case of vPED of 2018 has been confirmed. As a result it is recommended by the Chief Veterinary Office that producers enhance biosecurity on the premise. Looking back to the premises effected by the 2017 outbreak, there are 68 that are presumptive negative, 11 in the transitional and one positive site. Producers have the ability to log on to the Manitoba Coordinated Disease Response (MCDR) that is online to find detailed information regarding status and location of all infected premises. Examining disease standing for the first quarter of 2018 it is apparent that Erysipelas is evident in the background with clinical signs appearing when producers choose not to vaccinate. Other diseases that have seen an increase in 2018 are Greasy Pig, Rotavirus and Influenza.

Lessons Learned Looking Back to 2017 PEDv Outbreak in Manitoba

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Author: Harry Siemens

Publication: Prairie Hog Country, June/July 2018

Summary: Looking back at the 2017 PEDv outbreak in Manitoba as a lesson for future disease control project workers conducted interviews. These interviews were held with producers, feed companies, transporters, assembly yards, diagnostic labs and representatives of the Manitoba Chief Veterinary Office and Manitoba Pork. Through these interviews they analyzed what was working well and what did not, where they needed to change and established some recommendations for future outbreaks. Biosecurity varied significantly within the industry, having some producers practices little to none. They looked at short term strategies that these and other producers could implement to enhance their biosecurity in times of outbreak. These protocols were not sustainable but would help to protect the farms during these times. They would include restricted access protocols, reducing people entering the farm, limited visitors, reducing frequency of movements and dedicating the staff to restricted barns.

Hope Remains for a New NAFTA

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Author: Harry Siemens

Publication: Prairie Hog Country, June/July 2018

Summary: Although informal deadlines have passed there is still hope regarding the development of a new NAFTA. There are still some issues that remain unresolved; however it has become apparent that there is significant government support for the NAFTA. Both the Canadian and US agriculture sectors have benefited from the NAFTA in the past. Although there is still an abundance of work to be done revising and rewriting some aspects of the NAFTA there is belief that the because of the support it is receiving the outcome will be a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement.

It’s The Brand Folks!

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Author: Harry Siemens

Publication: Prairie Hog Country, June/July 2018

Summary: Verified Canadian Pork is the brand that focuses the many things that producers do, including the Canadian Quality Assurance Program. This brand has aided in selling pork to markets such as Japan. Traceability, which is mandatory within Canada, is one of the key components to the successful brand. Another component aiding in the development of verified Canadian pork is that it is developed hormone free. These aspects have helped to increase the acceptability from consumers, such as the Japanese, who are unable to be self-reliant. This creates a lucrative opportunity for the export of pork.

Pine Haven Processing Plant Resumes Production After CFIA Recall

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Author: Brenda Kossowan

Reference: Prairie Hog Country, June/July 2018

Summary: Pine Haven processing plant in Alberta will resume production after being shut down due to an outbreak of E.coli 0157:H7. The outbreak resulted in the infection of 37 individuals, one being fatal. Pork products from several Alberta retailers were also affected, including K&K Foodliner and Irvings Farm Fresh.

The company is following the example set by Maple Leaf President Michael McCain during their production of listeria contaminated meat, and being transparent. The company is making sure to be upfront in dealing with the situation at hand. When taking samples at Pine Haven, E. coli was only found on one of the samples of more than 100. This sample was of raw meat, all of the cooked meats had tested negative for the presence of E. coli.

HyLife Finishes $176 Million Expansion at the Neepawa Processing Plant

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Author: Harry Siemens

Publication: Prairie Hog Country, June/July 2018

During an open house HyLife displayed the $176 million dollar expansion, which mostly focused on the Neepawa processing plant. The company installed leading edge technology as well as added 100 thousand square feet to the processing plant.

This $176 million also includes the establishment of a feed mill in Killarney and hog barns in western Manitoba. Through the upgrade and expansion HyLife created 165 jobs for Canadians. The majority of the meat that is produced by HyLife is exported to Asian markets in the form of fresh chilled pork.

The expansion added technology that will aid in increasing the shelf life of this pork as it is essential being as there is a significant amount of travel time for these markets. Most of the pork that HyLife exports the company produces, however they do purchase some of it from producers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Grower/Finisher Feeders: Design, Behavior and Performance

Posted in: Pork Insight Articles, Prairie Swine Centre, Production by student on June 12, 2018

Authors: H.W. Gonyou and Z. Lou

February 28, 1998

Summary: Researchers categorized commercial feeders into four groups which were analyzed for their influence on different style. It was determined that anything smaller than 34 cm restricted market pigs and larger than 39 cm allowed for two smaller pigs to feed at the same time. They also anaylzed the effect of different feeder types on feed intake and average daily gain (ADG). It was apparent that feed intake and ADG were 5% higher in wet/dry feeder than the dry feeders. Feed efficiency did not differ among any of the different types of feeders. When feeders provided protection for the pigs it resulted in the pigs being removed by other pigs through force. All feeders were in the range of 2-5.8% for spillage with no statistical differences between the different feeders. It was also concluded that pigs eating wet feed ate at a rate 3 times faster than those consuming dry feed.

Through the use of an adjustable feeder (adjustments could be made to lip height, feeder depth, width and feeding shelf height), they determined that the depth of the feeder had  the most significant influence on the amount of times the pigs stepped into the feeder. It was also concluded that pigs prefer to feed at an angle of 30°.

Grower-Finisher Feeders – Design, Behaviour and Performance

Nutrition Updates from Canada’s Top Researchers

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Prairie Hog Country June/July 2018

Summary: Researchers described their current goals and strategies pertaining to nutrition in the swine industry.

These goals include:

  • Improving milk production from hyper-prolific sows. Research by Chantal Farmer has discovered the benefits of adding flax seed to gestating sow diets. The flax see aids in mammary development of both the sow and her female piglets.
  • The use of prebiotics as an alternative to antibiotic use for promoting gut health.
  • Maximizing the use of dietary co-products such as canola meal and distillers’ grains

 

 

 
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