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In his chair’s report at Alberta Pork’s virtual AGM, Brent Moen used this chart to illustrate the financial woes of hog producers. The bottom (orange) line shows the price of hogs relative to 1996. It is basically flat while the Consumer Price Index (yellow line) has gone up more than 50 per cent and farm expenses (blue line) have more than doubled.

Beleaguered pork producers consider move to single desk

After years of losses, many will abandon the sector if things don’t change, says Alberta Pork

When it was wheat, Alberta led the fight to get rid of single-desk selling. But it’s a very different story when it comes to pork. Two-thirds of Alberta Pork producers voted in favour of investigating a single-desk marketing system similar to Quebec at their virtual annual general meeting held November 23. Thirty per cent voted […] Read more

This photo was taken back in the days when Alberta Pork was the single-desk seller of hogs in the province. While returning to a single desk might not be possible, hog producers should consider collective marketing, the farm organization argues.

Alberta Pork urges producers to consider marketing co-op

Banding together would fix a ‘broken’ system and force packers to pay a fair price, says organization

Alberta Pork is urging hog farmers in the province to band together to force packers to pay a fair price for their animals. And that includes thinking about returning to a single-desk model or forming marketing co-operatives to “shift the balance of power back to producers.” In an analysis of the sector covering the past […] Read more


Species-specific webinars on livestock transport regs

A presentation from this spring’s Livestock Care Conference has led to a new webinar series on transport regulations, to be offered by Alberta Farm Animal Care with technical expertise provided by the CFIA. The conference presentation on humane transport by CFIA meat hygiene inspector Nancy Simmons prompted questions that “highlighted the great demand producers have […] Read more

Hog producers are losing a lot of money, says the executive director of Alberta Pork.

Hog sector is grim, cattle is recovering

Cattle backlog is being cleared but hog producers are losing upwards of $50 on every pig they sell

The beef sector is regaining some optimism, but pork producers are still fighting to stay afloat. “Our producers are losing a lot of money,” said Darcy Fitzgerald, executive director of Alberta Pork. “It truly is, right now, related to COVID-19. The price that we’re seeing that they’re being paid, is related to what is going […] Read more


An ‘out-of-whack’ pricing system means hog producers here are losing $30 or more per pig during what should be their most profitable time of the year, says Alberta Pork.

Pork is profitable, but pigs are a money-loser in Alberta

Summer is when hog producers make their money — but this year, they’re losing big time, say officials

It’s an everyday act — but one that shows why hog producers in this province are getting near the end of their rope. An Alberta producer recently delivered 200 pigs to a packing plant and got paid $4,000 less than it cost to raise those animals. And then he had to disinfect his truck at […] Read more

Pork groups seek a new deal

Alberta Pork and its sister organization in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and B.C. are asking Maple Leaf Foods, Olymel and Donald’s Fine Foods to work with them on a new “value-sharing model” that boosts prices for producers. In a letter to the three large pork buyers, the farm groups say “the normal economic principles of supply and […] Read more


Plant shutdowns because of COVID-19 have greatly reduced processing and threaten to leave producers with nowhere to sell their pigs.

Producers need $35 a hog immediately, says Alberta Pork

Sector facing losses of $675 million and ‘desperately needs a lifeline’ in the face of plunging prices

Alberta’s pork producers need government aid of $35 a head just to keep their heads above water in the short term, say industry officials. “The hog industry desperately needs a lifeline,” said Alberta Pork chair Brent Moen. “Our producers are drowning in a sea of red ink, and we have our federal and provincial bureaucrats […] Read more

Was this the future that pork producers envisioned half a century ago when Alberta Pork was founded?

Alberta Pork celebrates 50 years — and looks back at many, many changes

It’s almost easier to ask what hasn’t changed in the pork sector in the last half-century

The changes just keep on coming as the organization representing Alberta’s pork producers marks its 50th birthday. The industry has been transformed again and again since Alberta Pork was formed in 1969, said executive director Darcy Fitzgerald. The top one is the number of producers. “We used to have a lot of farms with few […] Read more



Officials in Alberta have undertaken an extensive program for the PED virus but so far all tests have come back negative. Transport trucks are a particular focus and with mucky spring weather, the risk of the virus spreading only increases.

The mystery deepens as third case of PED found in Alberta

It’s not known how the devastating virus arrived or how it showed up in one isolated room on a second farm

Alberta hog producers are no closer to answers about how a devastating virus found its way into the province after a third case of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) was confirmed at the start of March. “There are several possibilities about how it’s spreading that involve transportation, and we’re still looking into that at this […] Read more