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Market Commentary: Wednesday, March 29/17


Cash hog bids are expected to continue the steady to lower trend as for now, ready market hog numbers continue to trump early spring product demand. Prices are lower on the National and unreported on the Iowa Minnesota morning reports; the cutout value is also lower.

Hog futures are trading mostly lower with only June showing a small gain at midday. The futures remain weak although the pressure has started to ease even though fundamentals continue to soften. The ability to bring a sense of stability back into the market following strong market losses in the complex over the last several trading days has been a breath of fresh air to the entire market, but at this point there is little support redeveloping in long term fundamentals as supplies are growing through the summer and fall.

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

For Wednesday, March 29, the Western Hog Exchange OlyWest price is $1.608/kg dressed and the OlyWest plus price is $1.618/kg dressed. This is Kerrie Simpson reporting for the Western Hog Exchange.


March 20, 2017

Due to an increased number of incidents of full stomachs on the kill floor in 2017, we are asking producers to review their feed withdrawal practices.   Any feed left in the gut goes entirely to waste and has a negative impact on your dressing percentage and feed conversion.  Failing to properly withdraw feed from hogs before slaughter can increase transportation losses as they are more prone to vomiting, harder to move and more susceptible to die in transit.  The increased skin, brisket and head contaminations further complicate packer operations causing line stoppages.  These contaminations also threaten Canada’s pork export markets by reducing pork safety.

Please ensure you are allowing enough time (12 hours recommended) before the expected slaughter time.  Check with Paul Aschenbrenner (587-315-8972) at the barn for your arrival schedule and slaughter time.


January 16, 2017

Dear WHE Customer:


The Western Hog Exchange (WHE) continues to realize the challenges that hog producers face these days. In January, 2016, WHE made the commitment to reduce or eliminate the market levy per hog to $0.00 for WHE shareholders and $.50 per hog for non-shareholders. This was to provide some cost relief for our valued customers and was implemented for a 12 month period from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.

After review of the benefits that it has provided to our customers, the WHE Board of Directors has decided to extend the levy reduction from January 1st, 2017 to March 31st, 2017.

Although this decision will affect the WHE with no operational revenue for another three month period, we feel that WHE must do what we can to assist producers during this time and will reward WHE shareholders with no levy fee for the complete year of 2016 as well as the first three months of 2017.

The market levy fee will be reinstated starting April 1, 2017 at the same rate that it was in December 2015 before the market fee holiday.

The Western Hog Exchange would like to thank our customers for your loyalty and support.

Yours Sincerely,



Brent Moen

Chairman, Western Hog Exchange

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’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