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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

The threat of ASF recently prompted U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to record a video warning discussing the disease's

Decimation of China’s hog herd has a silver lining for Canada

African swine fever outbreak fuelling price surge but if the disease comes here, it would be a nightmare

African swine fever outbreak fuelling price surge but if the disease comes here, it would be a nightmare

African swine fever could be a boon for the pork sector — if North American producers can keep the devastating disease at bay. “You always hate to make money at the expense of disease in other countries, but nonetheless, the opportunity is there,” said Brent Bushell, general manager of the Western Hog Exchange. The virulent […] Read more


The hog sector knows it’s under scrutiny and has “made significant strides in improving our level of animal care and husbandry,” says the chair of Western Hog Exchange.

Fewer downers being shipped, says hog exchange

An undercover video showing abuse has prompted widespread changes at the hog assembly yard

The Red Deer hog assembly yard at the heart of animal abuse allegations almost two years ago has seen industry-wide improvements in animal handling. “Since the Mercy for Animals incident, we have made significant strides in improving our level of animal care and husbandry,” said Brent Moen, chair of the Western Hog Exchange. “And I […] Read more

The Western Hog Exchange has seen a sharp drop in unfit hogs being shipped since launching a zero-tolerance policy.

Crackdown on shipping unfit animals working

The Western Hog Exchange now seeing far less downers, 
but officials say even a few are too many

A crackdown on shipping unfit animals is paying off, says the chairman of the Western Hog Exchange. “I don’t have the statistics to back it up, but the general consensus is that we have seen a significant improvement in the animals coming to the plants,” Brent Moen said in an interview. The Red Deer hog […] Read more


“I don’t want to use a carrot and a stick, but frankly, if we can’t get significant change in attitude with a carrot, then we will move to introducing actions with a stick.” – Brent Moen

Western Hog Exchange to producers: Stop shipping injured animals

Chair Brent Moen says facility will now ‘walk the walk’ on animal care, and that 
includes cracking down on shipments of sick or injured animals

There’s no doubt in Brent Moen’s mind that Western Hog Exchange staff accused of animal welfare violations behaved inappropriately. “We were talking the talk, but not walking the walk,” said the chairman of the farmer-owned hog facility in Red Deer. “We had a significant disconnect between our procedure manual and actual implementation. We broke six […] 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


Finally some good news for bruised and battered pork producers

PEDv has pushed down hog supply and sent prices soaring

Murray Markert sums up the mood of Alberta pork producers these days in a single word. “Relief,” said the Vulcan farmer when asked about recent record-high pork prices. “The money we’re getting right now will help fill in the hole that most of us dug to stay in the game.” For most, that likely means […] Read more