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Producers Advised on Implications of Proposed Revised Pig Code of Practice

14 June 2013
Manitoba Pork Council

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CANADA - Sask Pork is encouraging pork producers to look at how a proposed revised Pig Code of Practice will impact their operations, writes Bruce Cochrane.

A proposed updated Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs in Canada was released by the National Farm Animal Care Council June 1 triggering a 60 day public comment period.

To help familiarize pork producers with what's contained in the proposed code and explain the public comment process the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board has scheduled two information sessions, one in Swift Current June 20 and one in Saskatoon 21 June.

Sask Pork producer services manager Harvey Wagner says the revised code will affect pork producers directly so it's important for them to know what it contains and the implications for their operations.

Harvey Wagner-Saskatchewan Pork Development Board

We certainly encourage all producers to have a look at the code itself.

It's a big document, it's 60 some odd pages but good if they would read that.

The code was developed by a committee with a number of people from different areas of the pork value chain, producers, packers, transporters, consumers so it's important that everybody has an opportunity to make a comment.

This isn't just a producer code although producers are the ones who basically are charged with implementing it.

The other thing, the code is very important to producers in particular because in many provinces including Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta the code is the basic document that, if there's ever a concern about how animals are cared for on the farm in a legal sense the code is what the judge will need to look at to determine whether the animals have been properly cared for so it becomes in effect a legal or quasi-legal document so it's really important that it's right and works for everybody involved.

For more information on the revised Pig Code of Practice or to submit comments visit the National Farm Animal Care Council web site at NFACC.Ca.

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