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F. Menard’s pork industry assets cleared for sale

Antitrust regulators have cleared the path for La Coop federee to take up a significantly larger, vertically integrated share of its home province’s pork packing, feed milling and hog production sectors. The agribusiness co-operative announced Thursday its Olymel and Sollio Agriculture arms have “received the green light” from the federal Competition Bureau to buy the […] Read more

HyLife co-founder Paul Vielfaure, 59

Funeral arrangements are pending for one of the founding brothers behind Prairie hog production and pork processing firm HyLife. Paul Vielfaure died suddenly Nov. 23 at age 59, his family reported in a brief obituary in Winnipeg and Steinbach newspapers this week. Radio-Canada reported Tuesday that Vielfaure had died in Phoenix, Arizona. While Vielfaure was […] Read more



“We have to be prepared to live in a world where this infection and this disease is going to continue to recycle throughout herds in the United States, the world, and potentially herds in Canada.” – Egan Brockhoff

Hog industry braces for PED re-infection

A farm in Indiana has suffered a second outbreak of the deadly PED virus, and Canadian hog producers 
can expect the same risk in their own herds

Canadian hog producers could see increased mortality in their herds as the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus begins to re-infect hog herds, says an Alberta livestock veterinarian. “We have to be prepared to live in a world where this infection and this disease is going to continue to recycle throughout herds in the United States, […] Read more


Optimistic outlook for hog producers in 2014

Feed prices and exchange rates are more 
favourable, but disease is a concern

As we entered the new year, industry commentators in North America unanimously declared optimism for American and Canadian hog producers in 2014. For once, I agree with them. Regular readers will know that I have been less than enthusiastic about prospects for the Canadian industry in recent years. Last March, I described the outlook as […] Read more