Excerpt from Friday’s USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report, available here

United States Hog Inventory Up 4 Percent

United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on September 1, 2015 was 68.4 million head. This was up 4 percent from September 1, 2014, and up 2 percent from June 1, 2015. This is the highest inventory of all hogs and pigs since quarterly United States estimates began in 1988.

Breeding inventory, at 5.99 million head, was up 1 percent from last year, and up 1 percent from the previous quarter.
Market hog inventory, at 62.4 million head, was up 4 percent from last year, and up 2 percent from last quarter. This is the highest market hog inventory since quarterly United States estimates began in 1988.

The June-August 2015 pig crop, at 30.6 million head, was up 1 percent from 2014. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.94 million head, down 2 percent from 2014. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 50 percent of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was a record high 10.39 for the June-August period, compared to 10.16 last year. Pigs saved per litter by size of operation ranged from 8.00 for operations with 1-99 hogs and pigs to 10.40 for operations with more than 5,000 hogs and pigs.

Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Inventory –United States: September 1

US Hog Inventory Sept 1 2015

United States hog producers intend to have 2.92 million sows farrow during the September-November 2015 quarter, down 2 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period in 2014, but up 5 percent from 2013. Intended farrowings for December-February 2016, at 2.87 million sows, are down 1 percent from 2015, but up 4 percent from 2014.

The total number of hogs under contract owned by operations with over 5,000 head, but raised by contractees, accounted for 47 percent of the total United States hog inventory, up from 46 percent last year.

Excerpt from Friday’s USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report, see the full report – available here

As of July 1, 2015 there are new regulatory requirements for Ontario corn and soybean growers to buy and use neonicotinoid treated corn and/or soybean seed.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) held several regional information sessions in late August and early September 2015 to ensure stakeholders are aware of and understand the new regulatory requirements.

OMAFRA will hold the following two additional teleconference/webinars for stakeholders to learn about the new requirements:

Teleconference/Webinar (English)

  • September 14, 2015 – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • September 18, 2015 – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Register online at http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/pollinator/regional-reg.htm or by contacting the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca

Farm Management Canada (FMC) and the Canadian Association of Diploma in Agriculture Programs (CADAP) are proud to announce the launch of the 2015-16 Excellence Award for Agricultural Students, designed to encourage students to improve their critical thinking, communication and leadership skills through a national competition.

How to Apply

FMC and CADAP are collecting submissions from agricultural students across Canada and will award three winners with scholarships towards furthering their education in agriculture. First place stands to win $1,500!

The award is designed to help students develop their communication skills by having the opportunity to voice their opinion on a subject related to farm management.

Students are asked to submit a multimedia presentation, a video, a Twitter chat,
a blog or a Wiki, responding to the following question:

What top 3 priorities should Canada’s agricultural industry focus on in order to be a leading agricultural body going forward? How will you, as a new graduate, positively contribute to these priorities? 

To take part in the competition, please apply on the FMC Website:


*All applications must be received no later than May 6th, 2016.

Contact :

Mathieu Lipari

Program Manager, Farm Management Canada

613-237-9060 ext. 24 or 1-888-232-3262 ext. 24


The program for the 2015 Shakespeare Swine Seminar is available:

Shakespeare Brochure 2015 (pdf)



Larry Coleman, Broken Arrow, Nebraska, USA and Steve Horton from Thomas Livestock Co., Broken Bow, Nebraska, USA will talk about loose housing and high sow productivity and if they can co-exist? They will also speak on increasing employee engagement.

Other speakers will talk about PED eradication; new livestock medicine rules in the U.S.; load out designs; and additional topics relevant to the pork industry.

See the brochure for the full program.

Cost: (Cash or Cheque Only)
$ 30 — if pre‐registered by Sept 22, 2015
$ 25 — for additonal people from the same farm
$ 40 — at the door

Hazardous gases on farms can be found in silos, manure storages, anaerobic digesters, grain bins and improperly ventilated barns – structures that provide a confined space in which gases can accumulate to dangerous levels or deprive the air of enough oxygen to sustain life.

Manure that is stored for a long time undergoes anaerobic decomposition, which produces manure gases. Warm weather and poor ventilation can increase the concentration of these gases. Liquid manure tanks can contain toxic levels of gases or can be devoid of oxygen. High hydrogen sulphide gas levels can also deteriorate exposed concrete above the liquid manure surface.

The OMAFRRA factsheet Hazardous Gases on Agricultural Operations focuses on dangerous gases found around farm operations and the safety precautions required.

Visit the OMAFRA Livestock and Business Tent at the 2015 Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show to see a scale model demonstration of how to stay safe from manure gas hazards. Eight Lane North Middle.

As of January 1, 2016 all unvented heaters used in livestock barns must be inspected. Visit the OMAFRA livestock tent at the Outdoor Farm Show on Eight Lane North Middle Machinery Mall to learn more.  unvented gas heater

Flashback Friday post.

Licensed Deadstock Operators in Ontario List Updated

The list of licensed deadstock operators in Ontario has just been updated by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The interactive map provides exact locations and information on the species operators will pick up.

Originally posted August 1, 2014.


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