Western Hog Exchange

Market Commentary: Monday, September 26/16


Hog futures continue to hold narrow to moderate losses but are still under light pressure with nearby contracts trading 20 cents to 27 cents per cwt lower. Light follow through pressure is expected to redevelop through the market as traders remain unsupported early in the week as any expectation that buyer interest which may have developed late last week was unable to unfold and become established in either fundamental or technical factors and could bring about additional buyer pressure through the end of the month.

Cash hog bids are expected to remain under pressure, with bids ranging from steady to lower. Prices are lower on the National and unreported on the Iowa Minnesota morning reports. The cut out value is lower at midday.

The Canadian Dollar is trading lower against the US dollar this morning.

For Monday, September 26, the Western Hog Exchange OlyWest price is $1.240/kg dressed and the OlyWest plus price is $1.250/kg dressed. This is Pat Matthezing reporting from the Western Hog Exchange.

Hot Weather Transport

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:

  • Reduce feed prior to shipping.
  • Move hogs to market early in the morning, or late in the day.
  • Load a minimum of ten percent less pigs.
  • Bed the truck with wet shavings or sand.
  • Do not throw water over the pigs; dampen the floor prior to loading.
  • Good ventilation is required at all times.
  • Use partitions to separate sows, boars, feeder hogs and market hogs.
  • Load and go.  Trucks should be kept moving to provide sufficient air flow through the cargo space.
  • Do not over handle or rush the loading and unloading of the pigs.

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%

WHE Phone Number Changes

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.

Red Deer PEDv Biosecurity Procedures

 (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

  1. Driver to arrive with at least one pair of disposable footwear
  2. Driver should place disposable boot covers on prior to exiting the cab of his truck.
  3. *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.*

  4. Driver will be supplied, on request, with two pairs of clean disposable boot covers.
  5. Driver should use one pair of disposable boot covers to walk from the cab of the truck to the unloading dock.
  6. Driver may proceed to the back of truck and wait for WHE employee to process the paperwork.
  7. Once the Driver gets the okay to begin unloading, they should remove their plastic boot covers, so that his boots or disposable footwear are used to step on to his trailer to unload.
  8. The driver will handle hogs on the trailer up to the unloading dock. WHE personnel will handle hogs on the unloading dock into the barn.
  9. Once the Driver enters the trailer, he should not leave the trailer unless he puts on boot covers.
  10. After unloading, the driver should step down and remove his dirty boots and coveralls before putting his plastic boot-covered cab shoes on. Dirty boots and coveralls should go into a tote for washing and disinfection.
  11. Driver needs to inform a WHE employee of DOA’s and or animals to be euthanized.
  12. At the dead pile, or manure clean out, the driver should again wear disposable boot covers while outside his cab or trailer. While in the cab or on the trailer the boot covers should be removed.
  13. Drivers utilizing this protocol would dispose of all boot covers in a designated trash cans before leaving the property.
  14. WHE employee will deliver paperwork to the truck if required.
  15. Driver should leave the premises as soon as possible.

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

Dear Producer,


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‚Äôs 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.

Thank you.

Western Hog Exchange