Canadian farmers had 11.8 million hogs on their farms as of April 1, up 1.4% from the same date in 2010, despite a 3.5% reduction in the number of hog operations, according to Statistics Canada.
Sow inventories remained unchanged from April 1, 2010, at 1.3 million head. In addition, farmers anticipated no significant changes in the number of sows expected to farrow during the second and third quarters of 2011.
Approximately 5.5 million hogs were slaughtered during the first quarter, down 2.8% from a year earlier, and 1.4 million hogs were exported, down 3.6% from the same period in 2010.
Use of thermal imaging will help detect heat energy loss from pig buildings
Organizational realignment and senior management appointments to better support Smithfield's market position as a global leader in branded packaged meats
Business agreement is expected to be finalized in May
While not required, testing for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is encouraged by the British Veterinary Association and Pig Veterinary Society
New line from Tyson Fresh Meats includes 16 value-added pork and beef products
Under legislation, swine and dairy farms would be exempted from North Dakota’s anti-corporate agriculture law
Public comment period on latest US dietary guidelines should be extended to 120 days, says North American Meat Institute
However, losses have been halved as company nears end of plan to replace outdated plants
With proposed rule, live animal and hatching egg exporters will work to meet specific requirements of the importing country
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