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Pork innovators urged to enter contest

Entry deadline Oct. 31

The Banff Pork Seminar is going virtual this year but the tradition of awarding the FX Aherne Prize for Innovative Pork Production will continue. The contest is open to anyone who has developed an innovation — big or small — that is relevant to the North American pork industry. “The creativity and innovation of entries […] 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


The massive cull of China’s pig herd because of African swine fever hasn’t made a lot of headlines but has been a “game changer” for the global meat trade, says a leading market analyst. Pictured is the pork meat hall inside the Yuegezhuang wholesale market in Beijing in June.

African swine fever: The other virus that is changing the world order

A third of global pork production has been vaporized, and the effects are being felt worldwide

There’s another virus that has been upending the world order in ways that no one ever could have predicted, although it’s mostly flying under the radar. “Right now, 75 per cent of the world’s hogs are threatened, and a third of the global swine herd just vanished last year,” Brett Stuart of Global AgriTrends said […] Read more

Battered pork sector proposes ‘simple solution’ to trigger aid

Upping the payout from AgriStability would throw a lifeline to hog producers facing ruin, says pork council

With pork producers fighting to stay afloat but government unwilling to step in, industry leaders have come up with a new pitch: Instead of making it easier to get assistance, have AgriStability pay out more when things are really bad. In a recent letter to the country’s ag ministers, Canadian Pork Council chair Rick Bergmann […] 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


A New Hope Group company video shows a modern hog barn. New Hope Group, one of China’s biggest feed and livestock producers, says it’s one of numerous well-financed companies that are quickly rebuilding the country’s hog herd. newhopegroup.com

China says it’s winning the battle against African swine fever

When processing returns to normal, Chinese demand — if it continues — could lift battered markets here

Chinese hog industry officials say the country is poised to put African swine fever behind it as early as next year. But a leading Canadian authority says that may be premature. The fatal pig disease devastated China’s hog herd — the world’s largest — reducing it by around half last year and prompting the government to […] 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


COVID-19 forces Tyson to shutter two major U.S. pork plants

UPDATED — Reuters — Tyson Foods is shuttering two pork processing plants, including its largest in the United States, to contain the spread of the coronavirus, further tightening meat supplies after other major slaughterhouse shutdowns. The closures are limiting the amount of meat the U.S. can produce during the outbreak and adding stress on farmers […] Read more

Pork supply chain not experiencing disruptions, says hog marketing agency

Entire sector has strong biosecurity protocols, says general manager of the Western Hog Exchange

Prices are soft but the hog supply chain is working well, says the general manager of the Western Hog Exchange. The typical mid-March price rally hasn’t occurred but COVID-19 has roiled all markets, said Brent Bushell. “It’s no different than the stock markets, and everything else. It’s the uncertainty,” said Bushell. “I think people are […] Read more