Workers in protective suits disinfect a pig farm as a prevention measure for African swine fever, in Jinhua, Zhejiang province, China.

China announces step forward on African swine fever vaccine

The pork sector has welcomed news that a viable ASF vaccine might be in the works out of China, but it’s early days yet

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The world may be one step closer to a workable vaccine for African swine fever (ASF), but one expert warns that a local debut is a long way off — if the vaccine makes it to Canada at all. According to a research article, recently published in a Chinese science journal, researchers […] Read more

Auction marts urged to introduce social distance

Cattle are still flowing through auction marts as scheduled

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Livestock Markets Association of Canada wants to see more social distance at auction marts in the wake of COVID-19. The association has released an emergency response policy, asking its members to implement social distancing and prevention measures against the virus. “What we are looking at is trying to get a consistent message out to […] Read more

Maple Leaf Foods says they are over half done their conversions to open sow housing.

Maple Leaf Foods says group sow housing switch moving quickly

Maple Leaf Foods says it is on track to be the first large-scale producer to completely shift to open sow housing

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Maple Leaf Foods expects to complete its change to open sow housing with years to spare. The company has completed more than half of its transition, according to Dr. Greg Douglas, vice-president of animal care. Along the way the company has learned a lot about housing and managing sows in groups. Why […] Read more

Dirty animals coming into a slaughter plant continue to post food safety risks.

National Beef Quality Audit shows carcass defect cost rising

One of the biggest and growing issues for processors is a significant jump in liver defects

Reading Time: 4 minutes Canada’s beef processors are paying more to deal with carcass defects, even though body condition scores have improved. Results from the 2016-17 National Beef Quality Audit show that the cost of carcass defects has risen steadily since the first national audit in 1994 and now tops well over $100 million. Why it matters: Understanding carcass […] Read more

Refund scam flagged by Canadian beef breeders

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canadian cattle breeders should be on their guard after reports of an online scam. The Canadian Beef Breeds Council issued a warning after numerous producers reported fake emails looking to set up a sale, then requesting a refund before cheques clear. “It’s generally pretty high dollar values, so it gets the people excited that they’ve […] Read more


Manitoba confirms fourth PED case of year

Reading Time: 3 minutes Another finisher barn in southeastern Manitoba has tested positive for porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) in the province’s fourth on-farm case of the disease this year. Manitoba Pork Council general manager Andrew Dickson said barn staff noticed symptoms Sunday. Tests were taken the following day with results confirmed Tuesday. “That doesn’t mean every pig in the […] Read more