Western Hog Exchange

Market Commentary: Thursday, October 27/16


Cash hog bids are steady to lower at midday. Prices are lower on the National and higher on the Iowa Minnesota morning reports; the cutout value is higher at midday.

Hog futures are trading higher with December and February holding triple digit gains, although nearby contracts have retreated from session highs as traders remain concerned by the lack of fundamental support in the hog market. The expectation is that the support seen early today will hold through the rest of the session, allowing traders to assess the market situation and potentially draw more open interest back into the market late in the week.

The Canadian dollar is trading lower against the US dollar at midday.

For Thursday, October 27, the Western Hog Exchange OlyWest price is $1.118/kg dressed and the OlyWest plus price is $1.128/kg dressed. This is Kerrie Simpson reporting from the Western Hog Exchange.

Cool Weather Transport

With cooler weather ahead of us, a reminder that precautions should be taken in the transportation of pigs. Pigs have little natural protection from the cold and suffer frostbite quickly.

Observe weather conditions and adjust ventilation accordingly. Too much cold air can cause frostbite but insufficient airflow in the box may result in suffocation.

Line the sides and floors of metal vehicle boxes with wooden liners and provide plenty of bedding. Unprotected skin touching bare metal freezes rapidly.

If the temperature is below 10?C use plenty of straw as it is a good insulator, helping to keep pigs warm and dry. Small amounts of shavings or sand on the bed of the vehicle improves footing. Remove wet bedding after each delivery to prevent it from freezing to trucks.

Protect pigs from freezing rain.  Moisture entering the sides of the truck causes the pigs to lose body heat resulting in hypothermia and death, even at temperatures above freezing.

Should you experience a breakdown, accident or be delayed by bad weather, have an emergency plan. Take what ever actions are necessary to ensure the well- being of the pigs.

PLEASE REMEMBER, the In Transit Protection Program (ITPP) does not cover preventable losses.

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