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Hogs raised without antibiotics at Spring Creek Hutterite Colony are growing as fast, 
and often faster, as conventional hogs.

Hutterite colony blazes antibiotic-free trail

You don’t have to sacrifice productivity or compromise health standards by 
going antibiotic free, say swine managers at Spring Creek Hutterite Colony

Spring Creek Hutterite Colony has become one of the first large hog operations on the Prairies to ship RWA (Raised Without Antibiotics) pigs to market. The colony, located near Walsh, shipped 200 hogs to Britco Pork in Langley, B.C. earlier this month and sent a second load a few days later. Britco, a specialty pork-processing […] Read more

Safety expert Don Andrechek (l) is working with Paul Wipf of the Viking Colony to develop 
a safety program specifically for Hutterite colonies.

Hutterite colony creates first-of-its-kind farm safety program

The Viking Colony is partnering with a safety expert to create a 
program geared to Hutterite colonies and their diverse enterprises


Paul Wipf has a passion for safety and has always wanted to raise awareness about farm safety on his colony. That prompted the farm manager of Viking Colony to partner with a workplace health and safety consultant to develop a first-of-its-kind safety program specifically for Hutterite colonies. “This has been in my heart and mind […] Read more


Massive biosecurity effort in hog sector proves its worth

The list of changes is long and no detail was deemed too small in the effort to keep PEDv out of Alberta

When it comes to biosecurity, all the rules, time, and expense are worth it. And the proof can be seen in the successful effort to keep PEDv (porcine epidemic diarrhea virus) out of Alberta, attendees at the recent Canadian Livestock Transport conference were told. “Everybody in the chain has done their job to prevent PEDv […] Read more