Better Pork June 2016
Beyond the Barn: Stratford Hope Bacon and Ale will Lure Shakespeare Buffs, PRRS Resistant Hog a ‘Potential Game Changer”, Turning Manure Mountains into Gold, Spike in Barn Fires Causes Rising Public Concern
- Unique tastings of beer and bacon samples are available at many locations as a promotion for visitors in Perth County.
- Genus plc has licensed gene-editing research that is expected to produce porcine reproduction and respiratory syndrome resistant pigs.
- Converting manure into more manageable mineral and soil conditioning products may help reduce pollution and cut back on synthetic fertilizers.
- Options for preventing barn fires are discussed
Pork News and Views: Is ‘Social License’ Relevant to Pork?, Banff Pork Seminar – Optimizing Feed and Farm Management to Market Conditions, April 2016 Swine Budget
- It’s in producers best interest to stay up to date on social license. Monitoring these trends can help with future business.
- Changing market conditions should be in mind when making management and feed decisions.
- The budget sheet for April 2016
Herd Health: Reproductive Failure Caused by Bacteria
- Different types of bacteria are discussed that can cause reproductive failure. Many are zoonotic so precautions should be in place to keep everyone safe.
Legislation: Updates Coming to Pig Code
- Post-procedure pain in castration and tail docking needs to be mitigated with analgesics at any age of pig.
Eye on Europe: Antibiotic-Free Pork from Denmark Well Received in USA, Weaners Thrive on Liquid Feed Plus Straw Pellets, Dutch Welfare Group Calls for Limits on Litter Size, Dairy-Style Silage Ration Proves a Hit with Gloucestershire Old Spot Hogs
- Danish Crown is providing bonuses to producers who can produce antibiotic-free pigs
- Straw pellets provided encouraged extra feed intake and may have diverted aggressive behaviours.
- The Netherland’s Action Group Swine in Danger wants to limit litter sizes with extra pigs being fostered or artificially reared.
- Low-cost hog rations can be made up of alfalfa sileage and homegrown peas and barley plus required minerals.
Marketing: Hog Futures Should Hit Their Seasonal High in Summer
- Hog prices are matching the predictable seasonal pattern so far, with the seasonal high anticipated for June or July.
Second Look: Farm Succession Planning Should Start Sooner than Later
- A strategy should be in place to successfully transfer knowledge, management, labour and ownership onto the next generation.
Better Pork – June 2016 (full journal)