Jim Long Pork Commentary: US sow slaughter continues to accelerate

June US Sow Slaughter was 294,500, up from last year's 241,900 - that’s 52,000 more sows gone to market in June compared to a year ago.
calendar icon 29 July 2020
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A Personal Note

24 years ago, I traveled from Ontario to Manitoba for the first time. I had been asked to speak to the Hutterite District of the Manitoba Pork Board by their director Henry Maendel.

Henry prior to the meeting invited me to the Rosebank Colony where he was hog boss. I had never been to a Hutterite Colony indeed I had never met a Hutterite. That day will be ever etched in my mind as Henry who had a very strong personality showed the workings of Rosebank. The church, housing, hog barn, shops, land and kitchen. All very impressive. I remember the dinner we had duck; it was good. The ladies who cooked the dinner watched us. We talked and I ate slow. At that time, I didn’t know eating slow isn’t what you do. I wondered why the ladies kept staring, later I learned they wouldn’t leave until we were done. Lesson learned.

Later Henry told me about the history of the Hutterite Community. A religion-focused in the early 16th-century agrarian-based communal living and common ownership founded by Jacob Hutter as part of the Anabaptist movement of the reformation. He told me the 500-year journey to where today there are over 400 colonies in the USA and Canada. It was an enlightening and memorable day for me.

Unfortunately, Henry Maendel passed away last week. I pay tribute to Henry as a powerful personality who embodied the Hutterite religion and culture. Since first meeting Henry I have come to know many Hutterites as friends and customers. In the 24 years, I have come to admire the tremendous will and dedication it takes to maintain a distinct community and culture.

Henry was an impassionate leader of the Manitoba Pork Industry. A number of years as director of the Manitoba Pork Board he pushed for producers’ interests. At his passing, he was overseeing as Hog Boss the building of a new swine barns at Rosebank Colony. A continued belief in the future of the swine industry.

Our condolences to Henry’s Family and all at Rosebank Colony. May he rest in peace.

"The biggest year-over-year declines are expected in China (-17 percent), the Philippines (-9 percent) and Vietnam (-8-11 percent)."


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-Winston Churchill-

Jim Long

President - CEO at Genesus Genetics
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