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Tariffs raise tough questions for pork industry

CNS Canada — Representatives from the two largest pork-exporting states in the U.S. were in Winnipeg Thursday to take in the Manitoba Pork Council’s general meeting. The delegates, who hailed from Iowa and Minnesota, talked about the various challenges facing their industry. In 2017, over a quarter of the U.S. pork industry’s C$6.5 billion market […] Read more

“The whole of the value chain, whether it be in the pork industry or the beef industry, is really quite concerned about this issue.”

Worker shortage handicapping ag sector

Plants have jobs but not enough Canadians interested in them

A chronic shortage of workers isn’t just a problem for meat packers, but all of agriculture, say experts. Mark Chambers sees the impact every day at Sunterra Farms, but also knows his experience is being mirrored across the country. “If we can’t get enough labour to produce the value-added products or to expand and grow, […] Read more


The future continues to look bright for pork producers

While it’s not entirely smooth sailing, the ‘optimistic sentiment’ in the 
industry is well founded, two experts told the Banff Pork Seminar

The animal welfare issue won’t derail a positive outlook for Canada’s pork industry, says an American agriculture economist. “There is a very optimistic sentiment today in the entire pork industry — I think we’re going to expand pork production throughout North America,” Glynn Tonsor of Kansas State University said at the recent 2015 Banff Pork […] Read more

The latest undercover video by animal rights group Mercy for Animals Canada was taken at
Western Hog Exchange’s Red Deer facility.

Officials at Red Deer hog facility vow animal abuse won’t happen again

Western Hog Exchange chair says he doesn’t like animal rights group’s tactics 
but says its undercover video will result in ‘very positive changes’

The Western Hog Exchange has one message for the pork industry in the wake of animal abuse allegations at its Red Deer facility. “What we saw is not acceptable,” said Brent Moen, chairman of the farmer-owned exchange. “We’re introducing changes, and we’re taking responsibility for this. And we will make improvements to our process.” An […] Read more


Frank Novak, chair of Alberta Pork, said that the co-operation in the industry has helped pork producers keep PEDv out of Alberta.

Pork industry successful at preventing PEDv

Funding from Growing Forward 2 helps pork industry to increase 
programs to prevent porcine epidemic diarrhea virus

Alberta’s pork industry is getting another $1.35 million to improve biosecurity and thwart the arrival of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). “The funding comes at a critical time for our industry,” said Alberta Pork chair Frank Novak. “There’s a sense of guarded optimism for the future after a series of very challenging years.” Alberta […] Read more