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Hog market at seasonal lows, turnaround expected

MarketsFarm — The Canadian hog market may be at its seasonal lows, but tightening worldwide supplies should underpin values over the next few months. “We’re at a seasonal time of year when prices move lower,” said Brad Marceniuk, livestock economist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, pointing to higher U.S. slaughter numbers and a slowdown in North American […] Read more

China can’t ban hope — pork sector is eyeing a great year

The supply-and-demand calculus is clear: Demand is high, supply is low, and those selling pork will find buyers

International pork markets are in disarray, but the prospects are good for pork producers here — even after Beijing’s new ban on Canadian pork exports. China had been a hot market for Canadian pork this year, with its purchases jumping by more than half in the first four months and moving the nation ahead of […] Read more





China to accept Canadian chilled beef, pork in pilot project

Exporters of Canadian beef and pork are set to get expanded access to the “massive” Chinese market through a new bilateral pilot project. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Monday announced a series of joint initiatives and agreements in several fields including “a pilot project for the export of Canadian chilled […] Read more

Canada untangles pork label rule for EU export

A domestic technical obstacle has been cleared out of Canadian pork’s export path to the European Union, the Canadian Pork Council said Friday. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency last week made changes to its Manual of Procedures, which will allow pork packers to apply health mark labels after pork has been frozen, the council said. […] Read more


Prairie pork industry leader Bill Vaags, 82

UPDATED, Sept. 15 — A memorial service is planned for Sept. 19 in Winnipeg for a prominent Prairie figure in the business of promoting and securing export markets for Canadian pork. Bill Vaags, a pork producer at Dugald, Man. who led the Canadian Pork Council from 1985 to 1990 and chaired Canada Pork International from […] Read more

India to accept Canadian pork

Canadian pork and pork products may now be exported to India under a new agreement for market access announced Friday. Canada, whose overall agrifood exports to India are mainly in pulse crops such as lentils and peas but also include oilseeds, canola oil, cereal grains, dairy goods, apples and cattle, expects to move $2 million […] Read more


Chinese demand seen eating into pork supply glut

CNS Canada –– Canadian pork producers have seen increased demand from China in recent weeks, which could boost prices in coming months. Despite turbulence in the China’s economy, an industry specialist says exports should be little affected. Pork prices are sensitive to economic change to an extent, but not as much as non-food markets, said […] Read more

Alberta Pork optimistic despite Russia’s tit-for-tat sanctions

Numerous agricultural products are being shut out of Russia, but pork is most affected

Russia’s ban on Canadian pork will have some impact, but the executive director of Alberta Pork says the hope is that it will be more of “a big hiccup” than a severe blow. “We had the same problem with our ractopamine last year, where almost half of the pork that was shipped from Canada to […] Read more