Archive for April, 2014

The following is from an OSCIA media release:

Ontario pork producers and related businesses are better protecting pigs with more than 1,000 projects and $8.8 million from a special biosecurity program aimed at reducing the spread of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus.

Producers are tackling more than 85 per cent of the projects, which include building or improving wash stalls, buying pressure washers for the barn, and/or buying heaters for the water in existing pressure washers.

Other farm projects include:
• Building or improving Danish entry systems (which have distinctly ‘clean’ and ‘dirty’ sides to maintain sanitary conditions inside the pig barn).
• Constructing separate driveways for incoming and outgoing vehicles.
• Improving deadstock-handling systems, including pouring concrete pads for composting.

Transporters, assembly yard owners and abattoir operators are also participating, with projects aimed at better cleaning and disinfection of trucks, and upgrading biosecurity systems at loading docks.

The special program is funded by the governments of Canada and Ontario through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. It is being delivered by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA).

“The pork industry’s tremendous response shows how seriously everyone is taking this disease, as well as their commitment to protecting themselves and the entire sector,” said Allan Mol, President of the OSCIA. “Best of all, the biosecurity measures taken under this program will protect against any disease, so its effects will be felt for years to come.”

Some participants are working on more than one project. Several are investing substantially more money in improving their biosecurity systems than was available through the program’s cost-share formula.

“The number of applications was impressive, especially given the tight timelines,” said OSCIA program manager John Laidlaw. “We had dedicated displays at many meetings and shows. Ontario Pork was also very helpful in providing information to their members and worked especially hard at getting transporters qualified to get in on the program.”

As of April 14, 2014, there were more than 50 confirmed cases of the PED virus in Ontario, since it was first identified on January 22, 2014. Industry and provincial government officials continue to encourage farmers and others to be vigilant and to maintain high biosecurity standards. Research is ongoing into possible sources for the disease (e.g. feed) and methods for boosting the swine herd’s immunity to the virus.

The PED virus is not a risk to human health or food safety. It is, however, a serious disease in swine production, which can cause 100 per cent mortality in piglets.

See the full release:


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The Huron County Pork Producers invite you to come on a bus trip to the 2014 World Pork Expo (June 4-6) at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.A.  It will be a 3 day trip and will cost approximately $500 per person.  If you are interested in attending, or would like more information, please contact Ron Douglas at (519) 327-8558.


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An Advisory from OMAF/MRA:

Industry Advisory

Animal Health and Welfare Branch

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus

To date, the rate of PEDv infection continues to decline.  Currently, similar proportions of infections are being reported in finisher and farrow to finish/nursery operations. These infections may be the result of PEDv contaminated vehicles entering the premises, breaches in on-farm biosecurity and previously-infected younger animals moving through the production system. While it is suspected that PEDv initially entered Ontario in feed ingredients, the virus continues to circulate and remains an ongoing risk to the Ontario pork industry. The cooperation of all levels of industry and government has been essential in minimising the impacts of PED to the Ontario pork industry.   Vigilance and strong biosecurity at the farm level, diligent cleaning and disinfection by transporters, renderers, processors and other service providers will be imperative to reduce the viral load and prevent further dissemination of PEDv within Ontario and neighbouring provinces.

OMAF-funded research will soon begin at the Ontario Veterinary College to learn more from the PED outbreak experience.

PED has become established in the United States, and other pathogens like Delta coronavirus present new threats.  The efforts made to prevent the spread of PED must continue as regular business practices as the industry manages these risks and moves forward. Growing Forward 2 and OMAF funding to Ontario Pork will continue to strengthen efforts in the areas of greatest risk and provide the necessary infrastructure and education to help meet these challenges.  Federal officials continue to work with the USDA to reduce the risk of contaminated feed stuffs entering Canada.

PED is considered an emerging significant disease in Ontario, and veterinarians are still required to report suspect cases to OMAF under the Animal Health Act. OMAF will continue to cover the cost of diagnostic testing of clinical suspects at the Animal Health Laboratory until further notice, and will continue to offer support to veterinarians and their clients in the management of PED cases.  Testing of non-clinical or environmental samples will not be covered by OMAF.  Producers are encouraged to work with their veterinarian to prevent PEDv infections or to contain or eliminate the virus from infected farms.

For further information please contact the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food at 1-877-424-1300, or Ontario Pork at 1-877-ONT-PORK.
Resources on PED prevention and management are available from OMAF at www.ontario.ca/swine.

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Managing the Multi-Generational Family Farm  Price: $29.00

The material in the book is organized in building blocks, and is best viewed in order so each section builds on the previous one. The first few sections deal with the management of the all-important ‘family component’ followed by the management of the business component and ending with the management of the succession process. Each section provides strategies that will facilitate the activities in the subsequent sections.

The book includes the “Interactive Farm Transfer Tool”, a CD designed specifically to help users prepare to transfer their farm business. This multi-media tool includes an interactive questionnaire, a list of resources and programs available for each region, testimonials from farm families, and a review of the steps involved in a transfer in order to facilitate the preparation of an action plan.

Visit book coverFarm Management Canada’s website to order this book.

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The income shown for the market pig in the recently posted March 2014 OMAF Swine budget was $257.52 which was over $100 more than the March 2013 Swine Budget. The market pig base price in March 2014 was $228.82 which is up more $85/ckg than this time last year. This price increase was due to the US reference price being up $36 per cwt. and a seven cent slide in the Canadian dollar value. The farrow to finish feed cost was down almost $17.00 in March 2014 due to lower corn prices. The Net Return Farrow to Finish ($/pig) over this time period has gone from a loss to very strong positive return for producers. For more information go to the 2014 March Monthly Swine Budget.

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London, ON, April 4, 2014 – On March 26 & 27 the pork industry gathered for the fourteenth annual London Swine Conference (LSC). Attendance over both days was strong, with 320 attending Sow day and over 200 for Wean to Finish day. Producers made up over 50% of the audience on day one and 35% on day two.

Positioning for Success was the theme of this year’s LSC. Experts from across the North American Swine industry made an impressive line-up of speakers. Attendance levels for this two day event continue to illustrate the value of the conference for primary producers and industry alike.

Comments from participants highlight the quality of speakers and information presented:

“Interesting/informative/relevant. Good opportunity to mingle with producers and suppliers”
“Well organized event with a good cross-section of speakers”

Speakers highlighted aspects of loose housing of sows, disease issues, herd management, health, reproduction and nutrition The LSC program delivered a balance of new ideas and evolving science with practical on-farm applications. Workshops used teams of presenters to provide a varied perspective on each topic. The interactive nature of the workshops helped participants to compare and contrast their own operation to the examples presented. In the big picture, presentations on market position, international trade and disease monitoring helped to round out the conference agenda.

This year the conference moved to the Hilton London and received numerous positive comments from attendees about the new venue. A new reception format saw a named sponsor hosting the industry reception on Wednesday afternoon and this was very well received.
Conference proceedings will soon be available online at www.londonswineconference.ca along with proceedings from all past conferences.
The planning committee extends their thanks to Premier Sponsors: Total Swine Genetics Inc., Zantingh Direct Inc. and Better Pork Magazine. The support of these and over 30 additional industry sponsors make it possible for LSC to continue as a premier education event for the swine industry in Ontario.
The London Swine Conference began in 2001, and continues as a joint effort of the University of Guelph, Ontario Pork, the Ontario Pork Industry Council and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs. Its main aim is to provide a forum for the exchange of credible, science-based information for decision makers and influencers in the pork industry, to encourage the exchange and adoption of knowledge for the betterment of the industry.

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 A notice from Ontario Pork:

Deadstock Disposal Reminder

Despite best efforts, mortalities are inevitable and must be dealt with to safeguard everyone’s well-being. The alternative poses risks to environmental quality, animal health, and public health. Improper disposal of deadstock is also a sensitive public relations issue.

This winter has been difficult for disposal and pick up.  We ask that producers ensure dead stock is picked up in a timely manner.  There are several workable deadstock disposal options that can be put in place on the farm, even in cold weather.

Information is available outlining the four recommended on-farm deadstock disposal approaches: composting, use of a disposal vessel, burial and incineration. These approaches are approved under the deadstock regulation and are designed to minimize environmental risk.


Regulations under the Nutrient Management Act state:
1. The dead farm animal must be monitored at least daily until it is collected.
2. The dead farm animal must be stored in a manner that:
i. prevents liquids that leak from the animal from escaping onto the ground,
ii. protects it from scavengers, rodents, insects and other pests, and
iii. conceals it from public view

For PED updates and resources: www.ontario.ca/swine

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