Archive for May, 2014

Ontario Pork Congress, June 18 & 19, 2014, 10 am to 5 pm

Stratford Rotary Complex, 353 McCarthy Road Stratford Ontario, Canada N5A 6W1


Workshops of Interest

Hosted by RBC Dominion Securities Inc. at 95 King Street South, 3rd Floor, Waterloo, On

2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Friday, May 30, 2014 – Hog Hedging – Pre-register by May 28

Friday, June 13, 2014 – Feed Hedging – Pre-register by June 11

Friday, June 27, 2014 – Gross Feed Margin Hedging for Hog Producers – Pre-register by June 25

Webinar Details can be found at www.bertcaputo.ca

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Mike Tregunna at 1-866-989-0997 or michael.tregunna@rbc.com

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The Ontario Ministry of Labour has an extensive collection of resources for farming operations on their website at ontario.ca/farmworkersafety.

“Farming operation workplaces should be safe, and the employers, supervisors and workers are all responsible for health and safety. Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act applies, with some limitations and conditions, to all farming operations that have paid workers under the Act.”

Familiarize yourself with this information. One resource on the site is A Guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Act for Farming Operations.  This guide provides important information in an easy-to-read format.

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July 9 and 10, 2014.

The diagnostic day is designed specifically to improve the problem solving skills of seed, fertilizer and chemical industry personnel and agricultural consultants.

 The Diagnostic Day is an annual event that highlights current topics of interest. The goal of the day is to provide quality, state-of-the-art training in all aspects of crop production and management.

Registration information and topics planned can be found in the brochure or on the website at www.diagnosticdays.ca


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The National Farm Animal Care Council new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs, released in March, has a requirement for pigs to be provided with multiple forms of environmental enrichment to improve their welfare through the enhancement of their physical and social environments.

In an interview with Farmscape, Prairie Swine Centre president and CEO Lee Whittington says the requirement is very general acknowledging that pigs are curious animals.

“The way I would interpret this is that all kinds of aspects of enrichment become part of that, so simply pigs having access to other pigs, access to feed and feeders and some producers put toys in the pen.
On a recent trip to Denmark one of the most popular things for enrichment that they use is really just a wooden post in a sleeve in the corner of the pen that pigs chew on, pick up, knock down and it’s treated just like another piece of equipment in the pen. Enrichment is not prescriptive in any way.
It just recognizes that all pigs are curious and all pigs would benefit, their welfare would benefit by having some enrichment. Producers are open to interpret that and include the kind of enrichment that works. It is not prescriptive and doesn’t require straw, I think, is the important thing that producers need to realize, that whether it’s rubber toys, suspended ropes, in the UK I’ve seen lots of people using rubber garden hose suspended on a chain and then they simply keep replacing the garden hose as it becomes chewed up. We know that pigs are curious and they have great oral capacity to touch and move things and that’s what this enrichment area is all about.”

For information on what has been done in the UK, see the Pig Site article, Environmental Enrichment for Pigs, it identifies key things pigs need in enrichment toys.



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The Net Return for Farrow to Finish in the recently posted April 2014 OMAF Swine budget was $103.19 per pig, a historical high and over $130.00 more than the April of 2013. The market pig base price in April 2014 was $248.51 which is up more $100.00/ckg than this time last year.  The higher price in 2014 was a reflection of record high U.S. market hog prices and a decrease of about 8 cents in the Canadian dollar value compared to April 2013. The farrow to finish feed cost was down by over $12.00 in April 2014 due to lower corn priceseven with the Hot Carcass Weight increasing by 3.51 kg year over year. The Net Return Farrow to Finish ($/pig) over this time period is at historical highs for producers after many years of red ink and low prices.  For more information go to 2014 April Monthly Swine Budget .

2014 Swine Budgets Summary

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There is a new national program that everyone in the pork industry needs to know about (see PigTrace Canada for full details).

Effective July 1st of this year federal regulations will make pig traceability mandatory in Canada. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has developed regulations under Canada’s Health of Animals Act that will require both the sender and receiver to report the movement of pigs within seven days of shipment or reception.  A document containing the movement information must accompany all pig shipments and records must be retained for 5 years.  These regulations have been in process for several years and were developed through extensive consultation with industry representatives, including Ontario Pork and the Canadian Pork Council.

Administration of the database is being conducted by PigTrace Canada, which is an industry led pig traceability program. The goals of the system are to ensure protection, prosperity, and peace of mind for the Canadian pork industry and its customers.  The program is designed to improve the response to animal health or food safety emergencies, which will minimize the impact of market disruptions and will also support market access.

Having valid premises registration numbers for each location (for example farms assembly yards, or abattoirs) that ships or receives pigs is a requirement of the PigTrace Canada system.  There are certain features of the program that simplify movement reporting in certain circumstances, but it is the responsibility of both the sender and receiver of animals to ensure that all pig movement is recorded and reported.

Watch for the information packages that Ontario Pork will be mailing to producers later this month.

If you’re not aware of the requirements of these new regulations, which come into effect on July 1st, be sure to visit the Ontario Pork booth at the Ontario Pork Congress in Stratford, June 18 and 19.  You can also check out the June issue of Pork News and Views to learn more. Complete information on the PigTrace Program is available on Ontario Pork’s website (www.ontariopork.on.ca) or at www.pigtrace.ca

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• What is the potential impact on your risks? i.e. price, margin, cash flow, and financial risks
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futures prices for hogs

bar graph of Ontario hog prices



































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