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Door opens to hog expansion

Anaerobic digesters out, new barns in

New hog barns will be built Manitoba. After an all-night session at the Manitoba Legislature, Bill 24 has passed its final reading and received royal assent. Better known as the Red Tape Reduction and Government Efficiency Act, Bill 24 covers legislation ranging from consumer protection and labour relations, to residential tenancies and transportation of dangerous […] Read more


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Bill 24 to allow new hog barns

A diverse group of individuals and organizations spend two nights making the case for and against the hog industry

Untreated manure is good for the soil, anaerobic digesters are ineffective, hogs will poison Lake Winnipeg, farm expansion has ignored Treaty Land Entitlements and immigration relies on the pork industry. Those are just a sampling of the varied opinions heard by an all-party committee of the provincial legislature last week during two days of public […] Read more



Swine health hire highlights disease management

PEDv has highlighted the need to take a proactive approach to swine health issues

When Jenelle Hamblin agreed to join Manitoba Pork a couple of months back, she always knew it would be trial by fire. She was joining the organization as its swine health program manager in the midst of an outbreak of the porcine disease PEDv, a situation that’s roiled the pork sector throughout North America in […] Read more


‘Farm fresh’ is Oakburn couple’s slogan

Steve’s Farm Fresh Pork offers a variety of products to area consumers

Encouraging strong roots for a better food and agriculture system for all, a young Oakburn couple operating a third-generation family farm, has diversified their operation by offering 100 per cent fresh pork from the farm gate. Steve’s Farm Fresh Pork, owned and operated by Stephen and Vicki Yanyk, offers a variety of products to Oakburn-area […] Read more



Hog production faces opposing ideologies

Hog Watch holds events opposing legislative changes, Manitoba Pork responds

Manitoba’s pork industry found itself treading on hostile ground at the University of Winnipeg on Sept. 21. Manitoba Pork Council chairman George Matheson stood up at a Hog Watch Manitoba event last week to refute some of the claims made by the activist group, including assertions that hog production is inhumane and poorly regulated. “Gestation […] Read more


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Recovering pigs being moved to other barns

Though pigs survived latest PEDV outbreak, officials concerned about disease spread

Manitoba hog farmers whose barns are affected by the ongoing porcine epidemic diarrhea (PEDv) outbreak are running out of space to put the surviving pigs. Five unaffected barns recently had to receive pigs from locations battling the virus due to space constraints, Dr. Glen Duizer of Manitoba’s chief veterinary office said last week. While the […] Read more



Expanded staff to put hog disease in the crosshairs

Manitoba Pork says it hopes to fill the new swine health programs manager by early fall

Manitoba Pork hopes revisiting its disease management and prevention programming will help the industry dodge the next disease threat. The council will be expanding staff to include a swine health programs manager as part of the process, chair George Matheson said during a recent interview with industry-run broadcast “Farmscape.” The new hire will take on […] Read more


PEDv crosses into south-central Manitoba

A finisher barn in the Altona/Gretna region was confirmed PEDv positive July 14

Porcine epidemic diarrhea (PEDv) has been confirmed west of the Red River for the first time after a farm in the Altona/Gretna region tested positive for the virus July 14. Dr. Glen Duizer of Manitoba’s Chief Veterinary Office (CVO) said the barn was exposed after a shipment of pigs from a farm that was later […] Read more




Manitoba Pork turns to producer-based program to stem PEDv outbreak

Manitoba Pork is hanging its hopes for combating PEDv on a newly launched disease response program

Manitoba’s PEDv outbreak is still in full force, but the industry hopes a new initiative to connect producers will help combat the spread. This has already become the worst year on record for the virus with over four times as many cases reported as in the previous three years combined. The Manitoba Coordinated Disease Response […] Read more