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US Veterinarians report more cases of PEDv

April 24, 2014 - The National Animal Health Laboratory Network reported that 262 tests for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) proved positive out of 819 conducted at six veterinary diagnostic labs in the week ended April 12, according to the American Association of Swine Veterinarians' latest update.

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    Producer Survey Information Assists in Establishing Swine Traceability

    April 24, 2014 - Manitoba Pork reports information gathered through a 2012 producer survey is playing a key role in developing the infrastructure needed to accommodate swine traceability today. A survey of Manitoba's pork producers launched in 2012 was designed to collect information for use when representing producers to government, to update producer contact information and to gather information to be used by the provincial agriculture department in assigning premise identification numbers to premises with hog population.

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    New Video Addresses Whether Animals Are Aware and Afraid of Being Slaughtered

    April 24, 2014 - The newest video in the Meat Mythcrusher series addresses one of the most common myths about the meat industry: that animals are aware and afraid of being slaughtered. The video features animal welfare expert Temple Grandin, Ph.D., professor of animal science at Colorado State University, explaining her research into animal behavior prior to slaughter. Dr. Grandin has studied behavior by comparing animal reactions to entering a slaughterhouse versus a veterinary chute and found that they react the same.

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    Feeder cattle market flattens out

    April 22/2014 - Feedlot buying interest appears to be waning at the higher levels as breakeven pen closeout prices on 750-pound-plus feeders continue to creep higher. Upcoming uncertainty in feed grain prices, along with softer wholesale beef values, has the ability to squeeze feeding margins in late summer and feedlot managers are carefully assessing the risk/reward economics.
    (by Jerry Klassen)

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    Maple Leaf Closes Brockley Road Weiner Plant

    April 21, 2014 - Maple Leaf Foods Inc. announced that it has closed its wiener production facility on Brockley Road in Hamilton, Ontario and transferred production to its new prepared meats facility also in Hamilton.

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