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High Feed Costs Continue to Challenge Pork Producers

11 July 2013
Manitoba Pork Council

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CANADA - The president of H@m's Marketing Services reports while increased live hog prices have improved the profitability picture for Canada's pork producers high feed costs continue to create challenges.

As a result of drought last year in the US Midwest North American hog producers faced dramatic increases in the cost of feed grains, particularly corn and soybeans resulting in dramatic losses.

H@m's Marketing Services present Brad Rodgers, on hand yesterday in Headingly for the official opening of the organization's new head office, says right now producers are doing better.

Brad Rodgers-H@m's Marketing Services:

At this point the producers are doing not too bad because the prices have gone up.
They're still facing a lot of challenges with the feed grains.
The feed grains are very expensive.

At one point the producer was losing over 30 dollars a pig from any of the plants and now it is above that now that we are making a little bit of money.

One of the things that we're noticing in our region is that at one time barley was a crop that was grown a lot in Manitoba.

Because of the price of soybeans being so high and corn being so high a lot of the barley acres are completely disappearing.

Farmers aren't growing those crops anymore.
That's becoming more of a challenge for us because Maple Leaf mandates that we have to have a certain amount of barley in our rations and so it's getting harder and harder to find barley and at a reasonable cost.

Rodgers notes H@ms used to represent a lot of family farms and colonies especially in southeastern Manitoba but, as a result of the dramatic economic changes within the hog industry, a lot of producers have gone out of business.

He says H@ms currently represents about 290 producers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the bulk of those being colonies.

ThePigSite News Desk

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