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Hog futures are trading higher, but have backed away from session highs seen earlier in the day. Traders still remain faced with short and long term uncertainty surrounding the ability to move current production levels, but at the end of the week, traders have quickly moved away from pressure which has developed through the week. It is still uncertain if there is enough buyer depth to sustain the aggressive triple digit gains seen during the morning.
Cash hog bids are expected to be steady to lower. Cash prices are lower on the National and unreported on the Iowa Minnesota morning reports. The cutout value is lower at midday.
The Canadian dollar is trading lower against the US dollar this morning.
For Friday, August 26, the Western Hog Exchange OlyWest price is $1.481/kg dressed and the OlyWest plus price is $1.491/kg dressed. The OlyWest weekly price is $1.491/kg dressed and the OlyWest plus weekly price is $1.501/kg dressed. This is Kerrie Simpson reporting from the Western Hog Exchange.
It is the transporter’s responsibility to protect pigs during all weather conditions.
Hot weather and high humidity can be deadly to pigs due to their lack of functional sweat glands.
Livestock can be moved safely under most weather conditions when the proper precautions are taken.
When moving pigs in warm weather, following these few rules will prevent needless losses:
PLEASE REMEMBER, the In Transit Protection Program (ITPP) does not cover preventable losses.
At 260 pounds live, 4.6 square feet per animal is required, and at 270 pounds live, 4.8 square feet per animal is required; providing weather conditions are ideal (20 degrees and cooler)
21 to 25 degrees, reduce load size 10%
26 to 30 degrees, reduce load size 20%
30 degrees and above, reduce load size 25%
The WHE has had to retire their phone system due to old age. We now have a new system in place and the following changes have had to be made:
RED DEER YARD will now have a single new number:
The RISK MANAGEMENT direct line is now:
These changes are effective immediately.
(Updated March 2014)
These procedures are necessary to help prevent the spread of PEDv from the processing plant.
The transporter is a key figure in breaking the contamination cycle.
After leaving the processing plant yard; it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure his trailer is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to returning to the farm or traveling to another farm for reloading.
PEDv Preventative Protocol
*Driver should not go to the office/scale house unless he is wearing disposable boot covers or a dedicated set of boots that will not enter the trailer and will be washed and disinfected separately.*
This procedure is intended to minimize the contamination of trailers leaving the plant. Walking in the trailer with dirty contaminated boots will potentially contaminate the trailer.
Upon departure; it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure his trailer is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to returning to the farm or traveling to another farm for reloading.
February 6, 2014
PEDv (PORCINE EPIDEMIC DIARRHEA VIRUS) BIOSECURITY PROTOCOL PROCEDURE NOTICE
Attached are the procedures for producers and transporters to help prevent the spread of PEDv from the processing plant. We are asking that you pay special attention to these protocol procedures because the key to breaking the contamination cycle for PEDv remains with the transporter.
In the U.S. where PEDv first surfaced in North America according to the Daily Livestock Report, in mid-January AASV (American Association of Swine Veterinarians) reports that there are well over 200 new cases per week. As of today’s date in Ontario there have been 8 cases of PEDv confirmed. To date no PEDv cases have been discovered in Alberta. The Western Hog Exchange (WHE) and its industry partners must play a role in keeping it that way. The WHE is participating with a team consisting of pork producers, veterinarians, processors and the representatives of AARD (Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development) to refine the specific biosecurity approach.
The WHE has implemented extra cleaning protocols at our WHE assembly yards in Red Deer and Lethbridge. Our staffs at these facilities have been instructed to keep truck contact to a minimum.
Good biosecurity practices on farms will aid in reducing the risk of animals becoming infected with PEDv. Of equal importance are precautions that should be practiced in the transportation of your animals to the processing facility. The WHE is distributing suggested protocols to its customers in order to help provide protection against PEDv. Please review the attached document with your barn staff and with those who transport your animals.
Strict transportation biosecurity is critical to preventing PEDv.
Your cooperation and participation in these biosecurity protocol procedures is greatly appreciated and will go a long ways towards helping to keep PEDv out of Alberta.
Western Hog Exchange