Canadian Hog Journal Fall 2017
Hot Issues: Let the Barn Building Begin!, Increasing Slaughter Capacity, Manitoba’s War on PED
- Barn construction related to herd expansion is occurring in Ontario as demand for pigs rise.
- As herd expansion continues, slaughter capacity must follow. Building a slaughter facility in Ontario would prevent the need for exporting pigs across borders.
- PED cases started in May and continues to spread. Biosecurity measures are continually being used to decrease transmission
Industry News: Le Porc Show Returns for an Encore
- The forth annual event is occurring on November 27th and 28th. This event has something for everyone in the pork industry.
Social Licence: Alberta SPCA Celebrates 50 Years of Legislated Protection for Alberta’s Animals, Ontario’s Pig Mobile is on the Job of Public Education.
- The Alberta SPCA is a charitable organization that can enforce the Animal Protection Act. A small number of investigations relate to hog production, when these arise, Alberta Pork also joins in the investigation. Alberta SPCA has helped keep animals safe for 50 years.
- A trailer with plexiglass allows for mobile viewing of pigs, providing an opportunity to interact with the public and show how production works.
Research and Innovation: Analyzing and Optimizing Slaughter Results, Being too Thin in Late Pregnancy is not a Good Thing for Mammary Development, Optimum Space Allowances for Nursery Pigs
- Slaughter grids are discussed along with the NPI Slaughter Analysis Program.
- Body condition of gilts affects mammary development. Feeding regime in gestation has an impact on lactation performance in gilts.
- Lower space allowances have a negative impact on average daily weight gain, especially in weeks 3 and 5. Drinking and feeding behaviour was also altered, indicating future decreased productivity. Nursery pigs are less willing to overlie at the end of the nursery phase.
Consumer Trends: The Daily Bacon
- Halloween themed stories about pigs are described.
Fall-2017 (full journal)