Packer Pays Premium For Hypor Hogs

CANADA - In Quebec, Hypor Genetics will not only give you preference to packers, but it could also put some premium dollars in your pocket.
calendar icon 8 January 2008
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Aliments Asta, a Quebec packer, has released stringent criteria on the hogs it is accepting from producers, and Hypor is one of the few accepted genetics.

Asta's goal is obtain uniform pork supplies with specific characteristics relating to genetics, feed, traceability, practical breeding and sending weight. The company currently slaughters 1,000,000 hogs per year and wants to slaughter around 600,000 hogs per year for specific hogs and will pay a premium of $4.50 per hog to accredited producers.

Aliments Asta is located at Saint-Alexandre de Kamouraska (Bas-St-Laurent region). It was founded in 1982 and is recognized as a top player in the pork transformation industry in Canada. In May 2002, the company received HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) recognition for the quality and health control of animals from their arrival at the plant to the production and expedition of finished products. The company’s commitment to a superior quality product has led to constant upgrades to its high-tech equipment, superior hygiene standards and also to the hogs it transforms.

Aliments Asta is looking for producers that can supply hogs with uniform weight and uniform quality. Meat quality criteria:

Criteria: Goal
Weight carcass weight (kg) 90 - 105
Average weight carcass (kg) 97
minimum monthly % inside of this stratum weight 85%
Objective for carcass back fat 16 - 22
Objective for muscle 62 - 70
Meat yield (%) 58 - 63
Flank deep (cm) 2.5 - 4.8
Fat flank texture White and Firm

In addition, the farm must be CQA and the feed supplier must have HACCP accreditation. In terms of genetics, Asta Aliments is looking for 100% Duroc boars (Genex Duroc from Hypor), and F1 type females such as the Hypor Hybrid. The premium paid to producers meeting the Aliments Asta standard includes cost transportation.

Most of the hogs received under this program (75%) will be processed for the export market, with a majority of the exports going to Japan. Aliments Asta said programs such as this one have contributed to maintaining the company at the cutting edge of their particular field and ensuring they remain abreast of increasing market demands.

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