Banff Pork Seminar to Focus on Solutions For Canadian Pork Industry

by 5m Editor
11 January 2008, at 8:15am

CANADA - The chair of the Banff Pork Seminar says surviving the cost price squeeze currently facing the Canadian hog industry will be among the key issues explored at the 36th annual symposium, writes Bruce Cochrane.

The Banff Pork Seminar, which has focused on technology transfer for the pork industry since 1972, kicks off next week.

Seminar chair Daryl Possberg observes there's been a whirlwind of activity around the strength of the Canadian dollar, escalating feedgrain prices and other challenges specific to Canadian production, particularly western Canada, that make competing with the U.S. industry a different situation than it was 12 months ago.

Daryl Possberg-Banff Pork Seminar

This year we're focusing on changing the industry with new solutions.

With the changing of the world dynamics, particularly around the American dollar, really the most competitive place to raise pork in the last 12 months has been in the United States of America.

We have a great advantage here by being very closely tied to the United states but there is also a competitive issue that we really have to get our heads around.

We do have opportunity very close to our neighbors to the south but we have to work on understanding how we fit into that new competitive reality being the strength of the American market and the American export market.

Possberg notes other key issues that will be addressed during this year's session will include trade, including the potential impact of U.S. Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling on the Canadian industry, issues surround agriculture's impact on the environment and reinventing agriculture as a solution to world challenges looking at the role of agriculture in providing not only food but fuel and other products that weren't considered ten years ago.

5m Editor