Small-scale pig farmers are being targeted by a new survey.

Small pig farm survey part of ASF initiative

Learning more about small-lot producers could make it easier to communicate with them about African swine fever

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Whether pigs are kept as pets or for a personal pork supply, Canadians who keep a small number of pigs on their property are the target respondents for an online survey expected to be distributed in early 2021. Why it matters: There’s little good data on what motivates small-scale hog producers, and […] Read more

Consumers have become more interested in pork over the last 10 years as they learn more about its preparation.

Pork’s affordability may create opportunities

Industry told it can capitalize on COVID-19-driven changes with cheaper meat and convenience

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Sylvain Charlebois sees opportunities for pork, and by extension hog producers, amid trends emerging from the pandemic. The Dalhousie University professor and researcher, who has become known as The Food Professor, told participants at the Banff Pork Seminar that the hog industry should find new ways to present pork to capitalize on […] Read more

A professor from the University of British Columbia says social licence to continue raising food animals depends on the industry’s ability to keep in step with community values.

Education campaigns about agriculture have drawbacks: professor

Engaging the public about animal agriculture’s vision is called a better option than abruptly pulling back the curtain

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Engaging the public rather than trying to educate the public could be the best path to ensure continued trust in animal agriculture. Marina von Keyserlingk, a professor in animal welfare at the University of British Columbia, said she has given a lot of thought about the future of animal agriculture and the […] Read more

Early results indicate lower chick mortality when hatched on the farm, as well as better average daily gain of the chicks.

On-farm hatching may benefit bird welfare

A poultry company is studying the logistics and benefits of bringing the eggs to the farm and hatching them there

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Hatching chicks on the farms where they are raised, rather than in a hatchery for later shipment to the farm, might improve bird welfare and performance. Groupe Westco, a New Brunswick poultry company, has undertaken research on the subject, with full results expected in 2021. Why it matters: Concerns about chick mortality […] Read more

Many plant operators are pondering greater automation of the process as a hedge against future disruptions.

Meat plants consider automation

Tyson hires former Google research executive as president

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Hundreds of meat plant workers in North America fell ill with COVID-19 when the pandemic hit earlier this year. It caused many processors to temporarily close or slow production. That was combined with high absenteeism because workers feared getting sick and higher rates of worker absence persist in some regions. Why it […] Read more

China was forced to cull 60 per cent of its hog herd starting in 2018 because of an African swine fever outbreak.

China’s hog herd recovery forecast questioned

Inventory levels aren’t expected to reach pre-ASF levels this year, and sow herd quality is likely to be lower than before

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Claims from China that hog production in that country will recover by next year to pre-2018 levels do not pass the smell test, says economic analyst Brett Stuart of Global AgriTrends. African swine fever forced the culling of an estimated 60 per cent of the Chinese herd after an outbreak began there […] Read more

Not every dog is cut out to handle stock, says stock dog trainer Jared Epp.

Take a dog to work, says trainer

Making a dog’s work on the farm the fulfilment of its instinct can help make dog training easier

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Productive and successful use of a stock dog to herd livestock is based on using the natural behaviours of canines, said an experienced stockman and dog trainer. Jared Epp shared his expertise on the subject with participants in a video presentation at the Ag in Motion Discovery Plus event in mid-July. Why […] Read more

Meat market experts for beef, turkey and pork say demand was strong in the first part of 2020 and further gains could come if livestock sectors successfully navigate their way through COVID-19.

Long-term market outlook appears promising for pork and beef

Demand for Canadian beef was up by 17 per cent in 2019 over 2018

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The outlook is cautiously optimistic for Canadian beef and pork trade, say industry experts, so long as the worst effects from the pandemic are over. Fawn Jackson of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Phil Boyd of Turkey Farmers of Canada and livestock and meat market analyst Kevin Grier each said demand for beef, […] Read more

Subcutaneous injections in the neck have become the norm but care must be taken to administer the vaccine in the right spot.

What producers need to know at vaccination time

Injections should be at least six inches apart and syringes should be marked so same vaccine is always in same syringe

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Spring turnout is the typical time for cattle farmers to vaccinate calves, and Dr. Roy Lewis offered a few reminders about that process during a recent webinar organized by Verified Beef Production Plus. Subcutaneous injections in the neck have become the norm and generally two injections are provided to calves in spring: […] Read more

Gillian Grieves works for South West Ontario Veterinary Services.

Ontario invention wins national swine award

This year’s F.X. Aherne prizes were presented to the inventors of an easier way to handle piglets

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The inventors of a device to allow easier handling of piglets and the developers of a system that provides more even heat to young piglets received awards for their efforts Jan. 9 at the Banff Pork Seminar. Tess Faulkner and Gillian Grieves of South West Ontario Veterinary Services invented the Hammock, a […] Read more