Archive for February, 2015

Taken from a Canadian Food Inspection Agency Industry bulletin.

INDUSTRY BULLETIN – February 20, 2015

Levels of Aflatoxins in Imported Corn Exceeding Canadian Livestock Feed Regulatory Standard

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) verifies that livestock feeds manufactured, sold and imported into Canada are safe, effective and are labelled appropriately. Safe and effective feeds contribute to the production and maintenance of healthy livestock and safe foods of animal origin.
High levels of aflatoxin have been detected in organic feed corn originating from India. Samples were found with as much as 20 times the permitted level of 20 ppb as defined in the Feeds Regulations (section 19(1)(i)). In addition, visible mould and insect infestation was noted. The importation of corn or other feed ingredients containing levels of aflatoxin in excess of 20 ppb and/or deemed to be musty, mouldy or damaged from heat or any other cause that would render the feed unfit or unsafe for feeding, is a contravention of the Feeds Regulations (i.e., section 19(1)(i) and 19(1)(c) respectively).
Imported corn destined for livestock feeds must comply with the regulatory standards as specified in the Feeds Regulations. Importers, purchasers, feed manufacturers and livestock producers are encouraged to request further information from their suppliers regarding the source of any corn and contaminant specifications of any ingredients they are purchasing.
Aflatoxin is a type of mycotoxin produced by the fungus Aspergillus flavus, which grows on seeds and plants. Aflatoxins can cause serious health effects. They are potent toxins which are toxigenic, carcinogenic, mutagenic, and teratogenic in various animal species. Symptoms of illness due to exposure to aflatoxins often depend on species, gender, age, stress level, and reproductive and health status of the animal. Aflatoxin from feed is readily transferred to milk and other animal products, and as such could present a food safety issue. Aflatoxin is a highly stable toxin, and is resistant to heat, cold and light.
Blending to dilute aflatoxin levels is not permitted in Canada. Some concerns associated with blending are:
• safety issues associated with chronic increased exposure to aflatoxins;
• hot spots; and
• potential increase of aflatoxin levels during storage.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Animal Feed Division at the following e-mail address: AFD-DAA@inspection.gc.ca or Annie Savoie by telephone at 613-773-7510.

Animal Feed Division

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The monthly Swine Budget provides a guide and format to estimate the cost of production for a swine enterprise.Check out January 2015.

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Over the next month, Agricorp will be mailing renewals to existing customers in AgriStability, Production Insurance and the Risk Management Program. New customers can visit agricorp.com for more information or call to speak with a customer care representative who can help the​m get started.


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Hog Market Price Trend Report

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Lots of great resources available on the OMAFRA Website including these updated business publications. To get a copy go to ontario.ca/bzt1 or visit the OMAFRA Resource Centre near you.
2015 Field Crop Budgets Publication 60
Programs and Services for Ontario FarmersPub 540 cover
Ontario Farm Record Book (cost $20)

Lease Agreements:
Flexible Cash Leases
Crop Share Leases
Pasture Leases
Farm Equipment
Leasing Farm Buildings
Land Leases


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Piglet deaths prompt Sweden to trial new pig gestation methods

By Gerard O’Dwyer, in Helsinki, 16-Feb-2015

Sweden’s ministry of agriculture is funding a new pilot-project that seeks to establish if holding sows in farrowing crates allows more piglets to survive if the sow is immobilised during lactating.

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Mycotoxin test results for corn have been quite varied across the province this year. Producers are encouraged to test their corn and get individual results.  A list of labs that do mold and mycotoxin analysis is available on the OMAFRA website.

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Centralia 2015lSpeaking at the 34th Centralia Swine Research Update on Wednesday, Dr. Lisa Becton, Director of Swine Health and Information with the US National Pork Board highlighted their efforts to be better prepared when the next health threat emerges. Lessons learned from their experiences with PED helped determine their strategy.

The US was not well prepared for PED. In 2014 the NPPC produced a resolution for a plan of coordination and preparedness for the US Swine Industry in the event of the identification/introduction of any new economically significant but non-reportable swine disease. It’s now recognized that industry needs to take enhanced responsibility for non-regulatory diseases. The US Pork Board is playing a key role in improving the industry’s readiness for emerging diseases.

She described an approach to improving preparedness in three main areas:  a Response Plan including a coordinated state-federal-industry response; a Swine Matrix Project to identify potentially important diseases globally and have information about them in hand or knowledge gaps identified, and to improve diagnostics and surveillance systems; and improved swine information sharing, including the creation of a new Swine Health and Information Center.

Dr. Becton concluded by emphasizing that:

  • PEDV probably will not be the last emerging disease the industry faces; therefore, an emerging disease plan is essential
  • As part of that plan, monitoring of global disease issues is critical and includes pre-emptive plan for key needs for disease diagnosis and management
  • Cooperation and collaboration between all sectors of industry and government is a must

The Proceedings of the Centralia Swine Research Update are now available online. It includes summaries of all presentations on pain control, nutrition, health, and many written updates on a wide range of topics.

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Reposted from an OPIC email of February 10, 2015

Ontario Pork Industry Council is looking for nominations for the annual OPIC Volunteer of the Year award. Do you know a person who has given freely of his/her time and provided distinguished service that has contributed to the betterment of the Ontario pork industry?
Please submit their name and contact information, along with a paragraph or two setting out why you think this person has earned recognition for their outstanding activities and achievements, to Lori Moser at lori.moser@rogers.com. Let’s show that we appreciate those individuals in our industry who have made a difference!
Lori Moser
OPIC/OSHAB/OPC Managing Director

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Have you developed and implemented an innovative product or process within your agriculture or food business? If so, you could be eligible to receive one of the following awards from the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program:

■Premier’s Award (one award valued at $75,000)
■Minister’s Award (one award valued at $50,000)
■Leaders in Innovation Awards (three awards valued at $25,000 each)
■Provincial Awards (45 awards valued at $5,000 each)
Eligible applicants include: primary producers / farmers, processors and agri-food organizations.

A copy of the Program Guidebook and Application Form, as well as information on previous award recipients is available at www.ontario.ca/agrifoodinnovation or by calling 1-877-424-1300.

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM, Friday, April 10, 2015.

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