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Final Tender Under Hog Programme Set for March

by 5m Editor
11 February 2010, at 11:25am

CANADA - The Canadian Pork Council is encouraging farmers interested in submitting tenders under the hog farm transition programme but who have not yet registered to do so by 17 February, according to Bruce Cochrane.

The Hog Farm Transition Programme is part of a three pronged federal government approach to restructuring the Canadian pork industry.

Under the programme, hog farmers are awarded compensation based on a tendering process in return for idling swine production facilities for a minimum of three years.

Canadian Pork Council public relations manager Gary Stordy says there has been a range of accepted bids.

Gary Stordy-Canadian Pork Council

For the most part those ranges have been anywhere from 300 an animal equivalent unit up to just under one thousand dollars per unit.

As for the actual inventory, about 50 per cent of what has been registered has most likely been removed with a remaining 30 per cent still outstanding.

The difficulty is to calculate that on a per animal basis is a bit difficult.

We based the program on three categories.

There's certainly some weanling animals which is from nursery to 30 kilograms, 30 kilograms higher and then also the sows.

This is from cross country but, when we look at numbers, there's been approximately over 100 thousand sows registered under the program to be removed, also from wean to 30 kilograms 227 thousand and then market hogs 339 thousand.

Approximately 14 million dollars will be allocated under the fourth and final call.

Mr Stordy encourages producers who have not registered for the transition programme to submit their applications before 17 February to allow administrators to review the information and send out bid forms in time for the 10 March tender.

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