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Re: Canadian Pork Producers:
« Reply #435 on: October 22, 2013, 04:03:08 AM »

Canada-EU Trade Deal Opens Doors for Pork Exporters
18 October 2013
Alberta Pork
CANADA & EU - Canada can sell more cars, engineering services, beef and pork to Europe as a result of a tentative European free-trade deal, gains which come partly at the expense of the Canadian dairy industry.

As part of an expected agreement with the 28-member European Union, Canada will see Europe more than double its duty-free access to the domestic cheese market.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Wednesday via Twitter that Canada and the Europe Union would conclude negotiations “soon.” The long delayed deal must still be approved by the provinces, which have been closely involved in what has been more than four years of negotiations.

With the talks now winding down, Ottawa is expected to turn its attention to several other proposed deals, including the 12-country Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks plus bilateral agreements with Japan and South Korea.

Major business groups applauded the European deal, which Ottawa says will create 80,000 jobs and add $12-billion a year to the economy.

“That’s underestimated,” said Jayson Myers, president and chief executive of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. “We see a lot more business between Canada and the European Union than what has been predicted.”

Just as importantly, the agreement will become a model for future free-trade deals, including the Trans Pacific Partnership and US Europe free-trade agreement, he said.

The Dairy Farmers of Canada, which speaks for the country’s 12,500 milk farms, warned that the deal “gives away” the country’s cheese market and will spell the demise of countless specialty cheese makers.

“We are shocked and dismayed,” said Wally Smith, the group’s president, who owns a small Vancouver Island dairy farm.

The deal goes beyond tariff reductions to cover a vast array of services, intellectual property, product standards and certification as well as local government purchasing markets.

“This agreement really sets the standard for our trade agreements in the future,” Mr Myers added. “It’s a major opportunity and we can’t afford to miss it.”

Whatever Canada loses in the home market, businesses will more than make up for by exporting more to Europe, including Canadian cheese, Mr Myers predicted.

“As with every bilateral deal, neither side will get everything it wants,” John Manley, president and chief executive of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, said in a statement.

Many Canadians may be taken aback by the sheer scope of the agreement, which will make the North American free trade agreement look “modest” by comparison, according trade lawyer Lawrence Herman of Cassels Brock. “The government hasn’t prepared Canadians well enough,” he said.

Pork and beef producers expect the deal will add as much as $1-billion in exports.

The pork industry, which now exports virtually nothing to Europe, said it expects to gain “tens of thousands” of metric tonnes of additional access, worth roughly $400-million, according to Martin Rice, executive director of the Canadian Pork Council. That access will allow the industry, battered by a drop in US sales, to invest in new plant capacity, he said.

The Detroit Three automakers could also emerge as winners in the deal. Canada exported a mere 13,000 vehicles last year to Europe, versus 114,000 imported from Europe.

Europe has apparently made significant concessions on the minimum Canadian content in vehicles that would allow car makers to export as many 100,000 vehicles duty free.

That has caused some consternation among the Japanese automakers, who worry that the Canadian units of the Detroit Three – General Motors, Ford and Chrysler – will now have unfair access in the European market for cars made in Canada.

Officials of Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies, which are expected to secure greater patent protection, de


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Re: Canadian Pork Producers:
« Reply #436 on: November 02, 2013, 09:11:17 AM »

Pork Commentary: June Lean Hogs Reach 99.95
29 October 2013


Jim Long is President &
CEO of Genesus Genetics.


CANADA - Last Friday's June Lean Hog futures reached $99.95. The market is now beginning to realise there was no expansion to get more hogs to market by next summer. With feed costs about $100 per head farrow to finish, the $100 spread from $1.00 lean hogs and $100 feed cost is really nice after too many months of financial losses, writes Jim Long.

Other Observations
•USDA cash early weans averaged $56 last week, cash 40 lb. feeder pigs $72.54. We expect to see $70 early weans and $100 plus feeder pigs. Farmers hate empty barns. The empty bar space will continue to chase pigs.


•Sow prices continue to stay strong with 500 lb. sows bringing 66.71¢ a lb. or almost $335 each. Sow marketings of 57,000 a week is not a low number.


•Hog weights are running about 5 lbs. heavier than a year ago. This tells us producers are pushing up weights as feed prices have declined, also we expect we have slowed down hog marketings. This past week US hog marketings were 105,000 fewer than the same week a year ago, continuing a trend that has been occurring the last seven weeks. Year to date the US has marketed 1.3 million fewer hogs than last year.


•We expect the hog supply will soon start to be impacted by PED that hit in May. In our opinion in the coming weeks marketings will continue lower year over year. We expect Lean Hogs will be in the 90’s plus through August of next year.


•US Corn harvest is progressing. We continually hear reports the yield is better than most expected. Corn prices at life of contract lows seem to be verifying the good harvest.

We Can’t Help It

We will write about what’s going on in the Swine Genetic business. We can’t help it! It’s our business.
•This past week Genus-PIC closed on the purchase of Genetiporc. There is one less competitor now as industry consolidation continues. Now Genus-PIC must begin the nasty work of cutting $11 million per year in synergies they have promised their shareholders via their own press release. The only way possible to accomplish this goal in our opinion is to cut staff and overhead. This could include geneticists, sales people, logistics, accounting and management. As we say, nasty business.


•We are expecting higher genetic prices for Genetiporc customers as PIC price point is more aggressive. Genetiporc at times were the cheapest breeding stock in the market. Pic will help pay the $40 million purchase price with higher margins on Genetiporc and PIC customers.


•Last week we wrote about the new Genetic company DNA which is the new name for the old Danbred North America. We had some unhappy DNA people. They didn’t really disagree in what we wrote. They just thought we shouldn’t say it. Old Company – becomes a new Company and with a press release declares a new genetic product with new characteristics. We called it “Abracadabra Genetics”. They didn’t like the characterization. The point we were making is a press release does not make new genetics!


•Last week Danbred in Denmark in a press release reiterated their commitment to North America. We understand plans had been in the works for months for Danbred to enter North America with another dealer to compete with what was existing. We expect this was part of the incentive for the creation of DNA genetics. That was a smart move. They probably had no desire to continue promoting Danbred and a new dealer benefit from its brand development. New Danbred will take years to re-establish itself in North America. In the Danbred press release this past week they announced their goal to be number 2 in the world. Tough to do with no North American Market?

Summary

Feed prices down. Hog Prices seasonally strong. No sign of expansion. This past week June lean hog futures hit 99.95. The sun will be shining for the next 10 months. Time to make hay!


Author: Jim Long, President & CEO, Genesus Genetics


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Re: Canadian Pork Producers:
« Reply #437 on: November 16, 2013, 01:07:36 AM »

Canada: Hog Markets
15 November 2013
Genesus - The first power in genetics

CANADA - Given the time of year, Canada continues to enjoy strong hog prices. A few years ago, Ontario had the lowest price in North America but today, it arguably has the highest price in North America, writes Bob Fraser from Sales & Service at Genesus Ontario.

Ontario's high hog price, coupled with the drop in feed driven by the precipitous drop in corn price (see John Bancroft’s excellent graph below) has led to margins only dreamed of, and thought by many to never be seen again.

Now, with the combination of the lowest corn price in North America coupled with one of the most competitive market hog prices in North America, we are seeing a significant shift to SEWs and feeder pigs remaining in Ontario/Canada rather than flowing south to the US. This is demonstrated in the chart below.



Canada-EU to Close Trade Deal

While the rest of the of the world, if they were paying any to attention to Canada at all, were being entertained or dismayed by the “gong show”, that is, the ongoing sad saga of the mayor of our largest metropolis (Toronto) or the unseemly Senate expense scandal, Canada and the European Union appear to have moved ahead with a significant new trade agreement. Canadian government sources told the press that Ottawa has struck the "political framework for a deal" and has been seeking the consent of all provinces before finally agreeing to the package.

Unfortunately, with all the other political noise, specific details of the initiative are difficult to come by. It appears that this could have great significance for Canada and not least Canadian pork and beef that have gained significant access to the huge EU market.

The Canadian Dairy industry claims this all came about because Ottawa agreed to more than double the amount of European cheese that can enter Canada without steep tariffs and they’ve been “thrown under the bus”. Even if this to be completely true there is unlikely to be little if any sympathy from the Canadian Pork industry who have lived and died by export markets which have taken well over half their production for a very long time.

The Economist, whose weekly focus, as it trots around the world often doesn’t even fall on Canada. However, its October 26th issue had high praise for Canada showing the way forward in world trade with two articles. 1)Trade liberalization - Canada doesn’t get any sexier than this - A trade pact with Europe points the way to a global market in services 2)The Canada-EU trade deal - Atlantic accord - A landmark agreement could show the way for future deals.

Hopefully in the very near future we will get affirmation that it a completely done deal and all the details.

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Re: Canadian Pork Producers:
« Reply #438 on: December 01, 2013, 11:57:33 PM »

Sow Longevity in the Swine Industry
25 November 2013
Genesus - The first power in genetics

CANADA - Sow longevity in the commercial swine industry, like in many other livestock industries, has long been recognised as an economically important but complex trait, writes Genesus geneticist, Dr Pius B. Mwansa.

The expression of this trait is influenced by genetic and non-genetic factors and, therefore, can be improved by selection. Before endeavouring to improve sow longevity in commercial herds and analyzing causes of variation in the trait, a clear definition of longevity is needed. Historically, this trait has been defined in many different ways. For example, the trait could be defined as her herd life (e.g. days of productive life before disposal) or stayability to a certain time point before removal (e.g. removed or not after a specific number of parities).

Sows are removed from breeding herds for many reasons. Some reasons for removal may be voluntary (e.g. maximum age) while others are involuntary (e.g. lameness). Moeller and Stalder (2006) summarized the distribution of reasons for sows being removed from the herd as due to reproductive problems (28.5 per cent), old age (16.7 per cent), poor performance (11.7 per cent), feet, leg and locomotion disorders (10.9 per cent), and death (7.1 per cent).

When these reasons were evaluated across many data sources, they concluded that increasing sow longevity requires a focus on reducing reproductive failure with concomitant improvement in structural soundness. Stalder et al. (2004) concluded that current selection emphasis on compositional traits that contribute to the production of lean pork products to meet market demands has resulted in a decrease in sow productive lifetime. Similarly, Lopez-Serrano et al. (2000) reported that the relationship between stayability to second parity with average daily gain and back fat thickness were both unfavourable resulting in poor stayability in fast growing, leaner sows.



Longevity of sows has a direct bearing on economic returns. The investment in a sow to get her from birth to parity 1 is essentially the same for every sow. Thus, the longer the female is in the herd the more litters she produces and more pigs the investment can be spread over. Sehested (1996) reported that improving sow longevity by a single parity showed the same economic impact as improving lean meat content by 0.5 per cent.

However, he also found that this impact had little effect beyond parity five. It is generally encouraged that producers analyze their own production system to determine their own break-even parity. Free software programs developed by Dr Ken Stalder with others are available from Iowa State University (http://www.ipic.iastate.edu/software.html) for breed-to-wean and farrow-to-finish operations.

Molecular markers may soon be available to identify traits important in the variation observed in sow longevity. Iowa State University researchers have identified and reported on a number of genes with the potential to improve sow longevity.

This group of genes showed significant associations with leg and body conformation traits (Onteru et al., 2008). Tart et al (2011) identified allelic variants of SNPs with additive effects on sow’s lifetime number of parities. Clearly, incorporation of DNA markers into established selection programs will go a long way in improving sow longevity and related component traits.

The Genesus genetic improvement program already includes litter size, piglet mortality and conformation components and is currently designing methods to include sow longevity and reproduction traits directly.

In addition, Genesus has invested significantly in research projects to understand sow efficiency, including sow feed intake during lactation and sow body weight and composition changes during lactation. Together these traits will enhance the genetic improvement of sow efficiency and longevity.

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Re: Canadian Pork Producers:
« Reply #439 on: December 18, 2013, 10:33:16 AM »

Pork Commentary: Manitoba Hog Days Report
17 December 2013

Jim Long is President &
CEO of Genesus Genetics.


CANADA - Last week we attended Manitoba Hog Days which was held in Brandon, Manitoba, writes Jim Long.

Our Observations

Manitoba has about 300,000 sows – 40 per cent held by corporations – the rest independent producers.

Optimism – Producers see cheaper feed and strong lean hog futures. Everyone expects to make some real money in the next year.

PED There is no PED in Manitoba and Canada up to now. There is much talk how to keep it out. Most believe it will come if it comes on trucks-trailers that pick it up in the US.

Grain is plentiful – Manitoba and the province next to it Saskatchewan had their largest grain crops ever.

The Manitoba Government imposed a moratorium on construction of any new swine buildings a few years ago. This has increased the cost of contracting existing finishing barns. They range from $55-60 per head space; far higher than the $38-45 in the USA. It’s what happens when no new barns can be built, there is no other options and less competition. It puts the Manitoba pig owners at a competitive disadvantage and is a trigger to keep sending about 60,000 early wean and feeder pigs a week to the US to be finished (there are no barns for them in Manitoba). Meanwhile because there are no new barns to finish pigs, the largest slaughter plant in Canad, Maple Leaf scrambles to find hogs to fill their shackles.

As far as we understand Chicken and Cattle barns can still be built. In the eyes of the socialist government in Manitoba that manure must be no threat to the environment? Next thing you know a government will think it’s a good idea to subsidize burning grain to fuel our cars.

At Hog Days there were quite a few feeder pig brokers looking for pigs due to PED, normal seasonality, lower feed costs and strong lean hog futures. They told us some spot cash feeder pigs $90 plus, early weans in the 70’s. They don’t expect much higher prices for early weans but expect some feeder pigs to sell for $100 plus in the coming weeks.

Last week we heard a vet in the USA which has been involved in several PED breaks estimate that a PED break will cut annual production in a heard by 2.5 pigs per sow per year. If 2 million sows get it, that would be 5 million fewer hogs, or almost a 5 per cent reduction in US production. A huge market mover. We would not be surprised to see $1.10 lean hogs this coming summer.

Manitoba Hog Days was well organized but in our view made a mistake to go to one day from its previous two. As an exhibitor we have the same costs but less of an opportunity in time to speak to people. We were very bust at the Genesus booth (Part of this is we have more customers in Manitoba than our competitors). At one day, visitors are less apt to stay over. At one day, there was not time to dialogue with other exhibitors. We believe that a trade show brings many components, business, education and inter personal dialogue. A one day show 10AM – 4PM doesn’t allow this to happen. Hopefully organisers will reconsider and return to a two day show.

Summary

Producers in Manitoba are optimistic. Many of the independent producers own grain and feed it to their farrow to finish operations. They have had record crops. Most realize grain in not going to be very profitable for the next couple years. Feeding their grain to their hogs is the best was to make money. Due to the building moratorium, there will be no expansion other than a handful of empty sow units that could get restarted.


Author: Jim Long, President & CEO, Genesus Genetics

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Re: Canadian Pork Producers:
« Reply #440 on: January 08, 2014, 10:19:30 AM »

2014 Expected to be Most Profitable Year for Pork Producers
06 January 2014

Manitoba Pork Council



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CANADA - The chair of the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board says, thanks to lower feed costs, 2014 could be the most profitable year since 2006 for the province's pork producers.

As a result of drought that devastated the U.S. corn crop in 2012 North American feed grain prices spiked.

Florian Possberg, the chair of the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board, points out feed is far and away the largest part of the cost of raising a hog.

Florian Possberg-Saskatchewan Pork Development Board:

Toward the middle of 2012 we really ran into high feed prices that went on into 2013.

At times probably the first half of the year our producers were losing up 40 dollars per hog but we had an excellent crop this year and supplies are much more plentiful.

The world price of feed grain has come down quite a bit actually, probably about 30 dollars a hog and we've continued to see prices that seem to allow our producers to finally make a profit after quite a length of time where they actually lost money.

I think 2014 could very well be our best year since probably 2006.

That's based on the projections that our prices will remain somewhat equivalent to what they were in 2013.

Meanwhile we could very well see our feed cost be reduced by 30 dollar a hog, which is about 30 percent by the way, 25 or 30 percent.

So, if our cost of production goes down and our revenues stay at a reasonable level, 2014 could very well be a very good year for us as hog producers.

Possberg notes, not only have we seen the price of feed come down but the quality of the crop was much better in 2013 than in 2012 so we're also seeing fewer problems with light grains and toxins.


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« Reply #441 on: January 12, 2014, 02:43:12 AM »

Pork Commentary: 2014 – The Year of the Pig Farmer
07 January 2014


Jim Long is President &
CEO of Genesus Genetics.


CANADA - The Chinese have the year of the horse, dragon, dog, etc. The last few years in North America and much of the world it’s been the years of the Grain Farmer, writes Jim Long, President-CEO Genesus Inc.

High Grain prices pushed mostly triggered by US Government Corn Ethanol Mandates and by regional drought not only lead to record grain production profits but unprecedented farmland appreciation. (If there is 315 million arable acres in USA, each $1,000 an acre appreciation of land was $315 billion dollars). This created wealth or at least paper wealth.

The huge jump in Global Grain Prices has triggered grain development in much of the world. For the last few years we have written as we travelled the world especially Russia, Ukraine, China and Brazil our observations of millions of acres of land coming into Grain production. In 2013 the wold produced 55% more corn than in 2006. An unprecedented increase. The old saying “The surest cure for high prices is high prices” comes to mind.

The world for Grain Farmers is now going upside down. On the Chicago Board of Trade last January-March was $6.50 a bushel, last week March closed at $4.23. The USDA estimates that it cost around $4.10 a bushel to produce corn. The bloom has gone off the proverbial rose for grain farmers.

In 2014 it will be the Year of the Pig Farmer. Feed Costs have dropped about $35 per head while lean hog futures (i.e. June) at 1.01 are $20 per head higher than they were last summer for June 2014.

Hog Farmers who are in business are survivors. The last five years have not been good. Most Producers have less equity in their swine business that they did five years ago. A few days ago the USDA released the December 1 Hogs and Pigs Report. It indicates fewer breeding animals and fewer market hogs year over year. This seemed to surprise the “Chicken Little Economists” who were predicting expansion. We note that these predictors of expansion do not own hogs, never have, and never will. They don’t understand how hard owning pigs are, they never lost money raising hogs, never borrowed money, gave personal guarantees, struggled to make payroll, never had a pig disease (i.e. Prrs, PED, etc.). Bottom line, there is no expansion because there isn’t the capital and courage to get it done. The equity hole is huge. It needs to be backfilled. These producers that hung in and survived are now going to be rewarded in 2014.

2014 will be the Year of the Pig Farmer. Lower Feed prices, fewer pigs, a stronger domestic economy, record high beef prices, good pork exports, PED all are a recipe for a 2014 that will be the most profitable in a decade. We all need our turn. We expect summer Lean Hogs will reach $1.10. Happy New Year – 2014 the Year of the Pig Farmer.


Author: Jim Long, President & CEO, Genesus Genetics

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« Reply #442 on: January 21, 2014, 05:45:27 AM »

Alberta Signs Deal to Unlock Agricultural Opportunities in India
20 January 2014
Alberta Pork
CANADA & INDIA - Premier Alison Redford signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Sunday with the State of Meghalaya, India that will provide new opportunities for Alberta agricultural producers.

The MOU supports an immediate increase in the sale of livestock genetics from Alberta to Meghalaya and facilitates further trade and cooperation on food processing and safety and on products such as canola, pulses and agriculture machinery.

"This region of India has a population of more than 40 million -that's more than Canada's population -and it holds huge opportunities for Alberta agriculture producers. In particular, this means Alberta's innovative and efficient pork producers will have new and exciting opportunities in India," said Premier Alison Redford.

This MOU will allow a smooth flow of Alberta agrifood products to India, including, but not limited to, swine genetics. It will also and create an agricultural working group which will meet on a regular basis to discuss further trade and cooperation on products such as canola, pulses, and agriculture machinery. The MOU signing comes on the first day of meetings of the trade mission to India led by Premier Alison Redford.

"Cooperation between the two Governments and their respective departments and agencies provides a great opportunity to work with the Indian Ministries of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Bureaus and agricultural and veterinary institutions. This will open the door for Alberta companies to meet with agriculture departments and provide more access for our province's agricultural products," said Alfred Wahl, President, Polar Genetics Canada.

India represents a market of more than one billion people and is one of the world's fastest growing economies. With a growing middle class, and an increasing demand for healthy foods and alternative sources of animal proteins, India is a high priority market for Alberta's agriculture sector. India is already Canada's largest market for pulses (dry beans, chickpeas and lentils) as well as the world's largest consumer and importer of pulses.

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« Reply #443 on: January 25, 2014, 09:12:07 AM »

Rising Costs of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus; First Outbreak in Canada
24 January 2014

US & CANADA - Between 30 and 40 per cent of US sows have been infected with the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus and pig losses there have already exceeded four million, according to a Canadian veterinarian speaking at the Banff Pork Seminar 2014. Since he made these remarks, Canada has reported its first outbreak of PED - in Ontario.

Since it was first identified in the United States in May 2013, the PED virus (PEDv) has "spread to a significant amount of the US pig industry", Dr Doug MacDougald told Bruce Cochrane of Farmscape in an interview at the 2014 Banff Pork Seminar earlier this week.

So far, there have been no suspicious or positive cases of PED in Canada, stressed the veterinarian with the South-west Ontario Veterinary Service.

The virus causes diarrhoea and vomiting as well as high mortality in young piglets between two and five weeks of age, he explained.

He said that between 30 and 40 per cent of US sows have been infected with PEDv and that pig losses there have already reached four million "with more coming".

The main risk factor in the spread of PEDv is contaminated animal transport and, with regular trade across the US-Canadian border, this is an area that needs to be the focus of biosecurity for both countries - as well as extra attention to manure and fomites.

As the signs of PED in growing pigs may be mild, they could easily be missed, said Dr MacDougald, and so it has been proposed to extend surveillance at assembly yards and packing plants in Canada. A decision on this was expected by the end of the Pork Seminar.

Finally, offering advice to pork producers, Dr MacDougald told Farmscape they should work closely with animal transport companies and wash-bays to ensure that all vehicles entering their farms are thoroughly washed and disinfected.

Enhanced biosecurity will make it possible to keep PED out of Canada, he added, and to contain the infection if it does enter the country.

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« Reply #444 on: January 25, 2014, 09:14:53 AM »

First Canadian PED Outbreak: Unwelcome, Not Surprising
24 January 2014

CANADA - Just before the Banff Pork Seminar 'boar pit' session kicked off on 23 January, a bombshell had dropped - news of the first case of deadly pig virus, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) confirmed in Canada.

Understandably this topic dominated the session, which is designed as an open-format, no-hold-barred, frank and interactive discussion of the hot issues in pork production, reports Meristem Land and Science.

Leading the session were three panelists, including producer Claude Vielfaure, Dr Doug MacDougald of SouthWest Ontario Veterinary Services and economist Steve Meyer of Paragon Economics, along with moderator Shannon Meyers of Fast Genetics.

Managing a Potential Crisis

PED has become a major problem for the US pork industry recently. Dr Doug MacDougald has been at the forefront of Canada's effort to understand and rally support for precautions to limit PED risk. He provided an update based on the day's news.

"There's a 500-sow farrow-to-finish operation confirmed positive as of today," says MacDougald. "It's a closed herd. At this point, there is no short-list of probable introductions of the virus. The direction today is containment. The direction is also to follow contacts on where people, supplies and equipment have gone. As of today and tomorrow, the focus is marshalling resources and doing extensive investigating. We will know 30 hours from now on at least the initial contacts to this farm if it has spread by those means or not."

There is no need to raise panic, he said. "There are a lot of misconceptions on the manner and speed of how this has spread in US. It may be acting like a supervirus but folks, it's not. It's a coronavirus, there's good history and knowledge, and we know if it's handled right in most situations, the track record is sow herds can eliminate this in 90 to 100 days."

"The most important thing in a case like we've found today is put your arms around and contain it. That's what's happening now."

More cases are likely and the industry is expected to enter a lock-down mentality to limit spread.

Several participants noted the risk has been very high given the close interaction between the Canadian and US industries, so while the news is not welcome it is also not surprising. The tone in the room reflected a resolve to make good decisions and work diligently to turn a challenging situation into a speed bump that will not derail a Canadian pork sector that has been looking very strong.

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« Reply #445 on: January 29, 2014, 08:34:40 AM »

Weekly Overview: PED Crosses into Canada
27 January 2014


ANALYSIS - The unwelcome, although not entirely unexpected, news came through at the end of last week that Canada has had its first outbreak of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED), writes Jackie Linden

The outbreak is in Ontario and has been confirmed after a farmer reported typical symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea in his pigs. The virus has also been reported at a pig processing plant in Quebec.

With so much trade in pigs between with United States - where the virus has caused outbreaks in 23 states since April/May 2013 and shows no sign of abating - and the challenges in eliminating the virus, especially from animal transport vehicles, it was probably only a matter of time before the PED virus (PEDv) crossed the border into Canada.

Speaking at the annual Banff Pork Seminar, which took place last week, a Canadian vet stressed the need to maintain high levels of biosecurity.

Dr Doug MacDougald of the Southwest Ontario Veterinary Service advised pig producers to work closely with animal transport companies and wash-bays to ensure that all vehicles entering their farms are thoroughly washed and disinfected.

Enhanced biosecurity will make it possible to keep PED out of Canada, he added (before the first outbreak was announced), and to contain the infection if it does enter the country.

On the economic effects of PEDv on the US pig industry, he said that between 30 and 40 per cent of US sows have been infected with the virus and that pig losses there have already reached four million "with more coming".

In other news, a new report launched last week in London highlights that, between 2008 and 2012, the UK pig industry reduced its climate change impact by 800,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

The report, published by the British Pig Executive (BPEX) and entitled ‘Positive Progress: An Update on the Roadmap for the Environmental Sustainability of the English Pig Industry’, demonstrates that over this period, the climate change impact (per kilo of pork) has fallen by more than 26 per cent. There have also been significant reductions in measures of eutrophication, acidification and resource depletion.

Explaining how the reductions were achieved, BPEX's Environmental Programme Manager said that much of this progress had been achieved with the close co-operation of the feed industry and feed formulations have gradually changed. Further contributions to climate change impacts have been made by improved pig housing, reduced electricity consumption and in the management of slurry and manure.

And finally, food security has returned to the top of the global political agenda.

An international call has been made for closer links between agricultural and food policies in the fight against global hunger. Speaking at the agricultural ministers' conference during Green Week in Berlin, the German Federal Minister of Agriculture, Dr Hans Peter Friedrich, said that it was not enough to only look at the output volumes.

He called for the preservation of agricultural diversity and the conservation of resources worldwide.



Jackie Linden, Senior Editor



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« Reply #446 on: February 18, 2014, 01:23:17 AM »

Pork Commentary: Manitoba Swine Seminar
11 February 2014


Jim Long is President &
CEO of Genesus Genetics.


CANADA - Last week, we attended the Manitoba Swine Seminar (Canada), writes Jim Long.

Manitoba has about 300,000 sows. The event was well attended with several hundred participants. Genesus was the sponsor of the main reception. Genesus has more customers than all other competitors in Manitoba.

Observations

Thomas Stein DVM, MS, PhD – Meta Farms Inc.

Stein had an excellent presentation on real time use of data by a world leader in data collection and understanding.

We are continued to be amazed by what hard data shows in production instead of the coffee shop data reports.



1.8 ADG. growth, 2.92 feed conversion, mortality 4.1 per cent. Coffee Shop Data 2lbs. plus, 2.5 feed conversion, 2 per cent mortality. Reality versus myth.

Meta Farms top 10 per cent in database. Finishing – A.D.G. 2.02, feed conversion 2.56, mortality 1.6 per cent.

Mark Greenwood, Ag Star Financial Services

Part of the Farm Credit System. Agstar has a managed portfolio of 1.5 billion USD. They have Client relationships with 60 per cent of the top 25 largest US Pork Companies.

Mark as usual was an excellent communicator. He pushed hard on producers need to limit risk. First you need to know the cost of production and what to expect for margin. He strongly recommends a futures program to manage risk on feed and hog prices. Canada producers have a third risk and that’s currency fluctuation which makes futures hedging more complicated.

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED)

There was a panel of experts at the Seminar on PED. We were surprised that the Panel did not include anyone that actually had dealt with PED. Manitoba as of writing this commentary does not have PED. The take home message: “Try to keep PED out of your barn!” Makes sense to us.

Genesus current PED plan includes all of Canada-USA operations:
•PED test sample all breeding stock orders before they are shipped.
•Wash, dry, disinfect, vet inspect and PED swab as many trucks-trailers as possible.
•Protocol on all people and vehicle movement.
•We have 36 locations with breeding stock – it takes a big co-operative effort with all involved.

Breeding stock

Not sure what will happen going forward re: breeding stock Sales and PED. Will it be PRRS where de-pops are a must, or Circo-virus where it doesn’t stop breeding stock sales?

Currently the largest breeding stock company in the world with a three-letter acronym is selling PED-positive gilts actively, according to Mr Long. We expect (unless there is a customer backlash) for this to become the norm. In the meantime, we at Genesus are doing everything to stay PED-negative. Who needs three to four weeks of dead pigs if they can help it?

Markets

July through to December Lean Hog Futures set new contract highs last week. July is 23 higher than December or about $50 per head! Big difference July-Dec.USDA Cash Early Weans averaged $84.73 and Cash 40 lb. Feeder pigs $103.07. Both prices are in the stratosphere.Cash Lean Hogs need to get moving higher. A year ago 53-54 per cent hogs were 88.92¢/lb., this year 84¢. That’s over $10 per head less year over year. Last week DTN Agdata showed packer margins around $35 per head, versus about $20 a year ago. If correct, Packers have been making good money recently. We expect as market numbers decline; packers will work for less margin. (They will have to.)

Summary

Futures showing further strength, small pig prices are strong. PED hitting industry hard. We expect Summer Cash Lean Hogs to push past $1.10. 2014 – The Year of the Pig Farmer.


Author: Jim Long, President & CEO, Genesus Genetics

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Re: Canadian Pork Producers:
« Reply #447 on: March 12, 2014, 08:35:15 AM »

PED in Canada; 27 Pig Farms Affected
11 March 2014

CANADA - There are now 27 farm premises that have tested positive for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) across Canada - one in Manitoba, one in Prince Edward Island, one in Quebec and 24 in Ontario.

The Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) reports the investigation into how the PED virus may have arrived on the single infected farm in Manitoba continues, according to the province's government, but feed and the movement of an infected pig onto the farm have been ruled out as possible sources.

The Office of the CVO has tested samples from all of the farm premises that had contact with the infected farm. To date, tests from 60 premises have been completed and confirmed negative for PED.

PED is a reportable disease in Manitoba and veterinarians have received updated information from the Office of the CVO on the requirements to report suspected cases of PED. The rapid-detection monitoring program for facilities that move or handle large numbers of pigs continues.

There are now 27 farm premises that have tested positive for PED across Canada including one in Manitoba, one in Prince Edward Island, one in Quebec and 24 in Ontario. Manitoba remains in regular contact with chief veterinary officers and industry stakeholders across the country on this issue.

Producers are encouraged to remain vigilant with the necessary biosecurity protocols that prevent the spread of PED and are reminded they must report all suspected cases to their veterinarian. The CVO will continue to work with the pork industry to help any affected producers eliminate the disease from their herds and prevent the disease from spreading. Producers who have questions about PED, biosecurity and related issues should contact the Manitoba Pork Council at 1-888-893-7447 (toll-free) or online at www.manitobapork.com for its resources and expertise.

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Re: Canadian Pork Producers:
« Reply #448 on: March 18, 2014, 04:32:25 AM »

Canada-South Korea FTA Expected to Reverse Declining Pork Exports
17 March 2014

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CANADA - The vice chair of the Canadian Pork Council is confident a new free trade agreement between Canada and South Korea will help reverse a steady decline in Canadian pork exports to that market, writes Bruce Cochrane.

Earlier this week Canada and South Korea concluded negotiations on a landmark free trade agreement that will virtually eliminate tariffs on pork and level the playing field for Canadian exporters.

Rick Bergmann, the vice chair of the Canadian Pork Council, notes because of the lack of a free trade agreement with South Korea Canadian pork producers and processors have seen a steady loss of market share to key competitors, most notably the United States, the European Union and Chile, which already have free trade agreements in place with South Korea.

Rick Bergmann-Canadian Pork Council

South Korea has played a very significant role in regards for us to export products there.

In the past it's been quite strong actually.

In 2011 we sold well over 200 million dollars worth of product to South Korea and, as time has gone on because of some of the tariffs that have been in place and because we haven't had a free trade agreement recently it has dropped as far as 76 million in 2013.

Now that we've got a free trade agreement those tariffs are going to be reduced as time goes on so it gives us an opportunity of rebuilding the relationship that we've had in the past with them and making it even stronger.

We're very encouraged that, with this new agreement in place, we will see those numbers climb back up again and hopefully surpass the numbers we've experienced in the past.

Mr Bergmann suggest deals like this don't just happen.

He says we've seen in the past and we see again strong commitments by the federal government in cultivating relationships and building deals that enhance agriculture, particularly pork production in Canada, and he applauds the efforts of prime minister Stephen Harper and trade minister Ed Fast who were in South Korea this week to sign the deal and agriculture minister Gerry Ritz.

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Genesus Announces Opening of Canadian Centre of Gene Transfer
01 April 2014
Genesus - The first power in genetics

CANADA - Garth Braun General Manager has announced the opening of the Canadian Centre of Gene Transfer.

The state of the art Boar Stud at an isolated location near Hamiota, Manitoba will be an exclusive Gene Transfer Centre for Genesus Genetics for domestic and international AI Production for fresh and frozen semen. Genesus is the world's largest high health producer of purebred registered breeding stock.


This Canadian facility with a capacity of 483,000 doses per year will be using State of the art CASA system with auto morphology. The facility features a state of art water system including reverse Osmosis technology and double ultra violet protection against bacteria with a De ionizer with a backup polisher and continuous circulation for Type 1 water.

The Canadian Centre will be a positive pressure barn with HEPA filtration and Isolation with Noveko filter for protection against aerosol pathogens.

Garth Braun the General Manager for the Canadian Centre has over 16 years of reproduction and gene transfer experience with Hylife-Fast Genetics.

Mr Braun has been integral in producing over ½ million straws of frozen semen, shipped to EU, China & USA. He is a published co-author in an industry journal on frozen semen. He has helped to produce over 5 million bottles of fresh semen.

 

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