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Market Commentary: Thursday, November 23/17

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The hog futures and cash hog markets are closed today due to the US Thanksgiving Day holiday. 

The Canadian dollar is trading lower, but trading is subdued because of the US holiday.

For Thursday, November 23, The Western Hog Exchange OlyWest price is $1.391/kg dressed and the OlyWest plus price is $1.401/kg dressed. This is Kerrie Simpson reporting from the Western Hog Exchange.

Forward Contracting at Christmas/New Years

Re: Forward  Contracting for the holiday shortened weeks of December 24, 2017 to January 6, 2018

 

Dear Western Hog Exchange Producers,

Please be advised that due to the 3 day week during the Christmas break and 4 day week of New Years, Forward Contracting limits have been reached.  No further Forward Contracts will be taken for those weeks.

 

We recommend talking to Olymel Hog Bookings, early to schedule your loads.  It may be advisable to ship early if that is possible for your operation.  They can be reached at: at (403) 343-8700 or 1 (877) 488-8700 ext 5281 or ext 5287.

Pork Plant Parade Shouldn't Swamp Hog Prices

The US pork industry is gearing up for major expansion, with new plants coming online or ramping up in Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota, but Spam maker Hormel Foods (HRL) doesn't expect that to meaningfully boost prices for hogs. Even though more slaughterhouses will be competing for hogs to process, Hormel executives believe farmers' efforts to expand their herds work out to sufficient supply to go around. The plants' fluctuating needs for hogs could rattle prices on a day-to-day or week-to-week basis, but a long-term rally's unlikely, Hormel officials say on investor call.

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.

PEDv BIOSECURITY PROTOCOL PROCEDURE NOTICE

February 6, 2014

Dear Producer,

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.

Thank you.


Western Hog Exchange