Fewer Hogs Could Impact Manitoba Processing Plants

CANADA - The vice chair of Manitoba Pork Council warns the economic pressures that have prompted the provinces pork producers to reduce production threatens the supply of hogs available for Manitoba's pork processing plants, writes Bruce Cochrane.
calendar icon 9 April 2013
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Efforts to address the economic challenges facing the Canadian pork industry will among the topics discussed tomorrow in Winnipeg as Manitoba Pork Council hosts its 2013 annual general meeting.

Last week during a meeting with the provincial agriculture minister representatives of the organization were informed the Manitoba Government will not support a Hog Stabilization Program which had been proposed by the provinces' pork producers.

Manitoba Pork Council vice-chair Rick Bergmann says, in talking with producers, they are indicating they will not use up all of their equity in order to raise a pig so they are making some significant decisions.

Rick Bergmann-Manitoba Pork Council

We have spent a tremendous amount of time and effort and money working on a stabilization plan and, as you know, there's a very key missing link in that to be able to come to fruition.

We've met with government numerous times on this initiative and we certainly would need them to partner with us to bring sustainability, not just for producers, but our province has been fortunate to have some very good processing facilities here.

A good quality pig goes in, a good quality product goes out of those plants and a challenge now moving forward is going to be seeing if there's going to be enough pigs going into these plants primarily due to some of the economic challenges and burdens that producers have had.

Mr Bergmann says, in the areas where he has travelled, there has been a significant reduction in the number of hogs being produced and if its not already being noticed it will be coming into the second quarter.

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