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GOING BIG: Chinese pork producers supersize

The country is the world’s top pork market, but until recently most of it has been raised on small operations

Surrounded by mountains in a remote part of southwestern China, Xinguangan’s first large-scale, modern pig farm is getting ready to produce its first offspring. By the end of the year, 10,000 sows will live inside two huge barns on this 73-hectare (180-acre) site, producing up to 280,000 piglets annually, or about 20,000 tonnes of pork. […] Read more


U.S. pork demand strong, but trade disputes could hit exports

Growing U.S. domestic demand will only go so far as the 
U.S. government picks trade fights with key export markets

American consumers are snapping up plentiful low-cost pork, but U.S. farmers are worried that trade spats with key export markets in China, Mexico and Canada could hurt a lucrative part of their pork business. The domestic demand outlook remains bright, thanks to the strong U.S. economy, upcoming spring grilling season and Easter holiday ham purchases. […] Read more

Uncertainty puts brakes on hog barns

Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler is optimistic about NAFTA, 
noting Trump can’t end the deal without support from the Senate 
and the House of Representatives

Manitoba needs 40 new hog barns over the next five years to meet nearby processor demand, but the province’s agriculture minister says NAFTA uncertainty is hindering that development. “I would say that is part of the problem, to be honest,” Ralph Eichler told reporters at Ag Days here Jan. 16. “There’s that uncertainly. But let’s […] Read more

Hog Days celebrated in Brandon

Dec. 14 marked the return of Manitoba’s Hog and Livestock Days, a biennial show highlighting the pork sector

It was all about the pigs in Brandon. Manitoba’s Hog and Live­stock Days, more commonly known as Hog Days, returned to the Keystone Centre Dec. 14. The biennial show was last held in 2015. The pork-specific trade show was up about 25 exhibitors, bringing participation up to 135 booths. “In two years, a lot of […] Read more

Pork sector mixed victories and challenges in 2017

Policy changes positive war with the worst PEDv outbreak on record and renewed criticism from Hog Watch as pork producers look back on 2017

Manitoba’s pork sector has racked up victories on paper, but challenges on the ground during 2017. In perhaps one of the biggest wins for the industry, 2017 ended the freeze on new barns, something industry has fought for since a rule requiring anaerobic digesters in new barns was first introduced in 2006 and expanded province-wide […] Read more

Pork sector learns biosecurity lessons from PEDv

2017 was by far the worst PEDv year on record, but it also forced a hard look at biosecurity and those lessons may lay the groundwork against future pig diseases

The summer’s PEDv outbreak has been a hard teacher on biosecurity issues, but the Manitoba Pork Council says those lessons will help fight future diseases like PRRS (porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome). The pork sector was rocked in the east this year, with 80 barns testing positive for PEDv, including the first cases west of […] Read more

Pork industry watching PRRS in wake of PEDv

PEDv has been on every pork producer’s mind this summer, but the sector hasn’t forgotten about PRRS

Manitoba’s worst PEDv year on record may be drawing to a close, but the pork sector already has a wary eye on what might be the next big disease threat. In 2016, veterinarians identified a new, aggressive strain of PRRS (porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome) in Manitoba. A total 15 sites have been impacted so far, […] Read more

pigs feeding

Precision pig feeder faces market delays

The system promises to cut down on feed cost and extra manure, but there’s no word yet on when 
the equipment will be ready for market

The science of precision pig feeding has come along nicely, but the manufacturing industry has been slow to climb on board, according to the project’s lead researcher. Candido Pomar, of Agri­culture and Agri-Food Canada, was set to bring his pig-specific feeder to commercial trials in 2016 at Prairie Swine Centre, the Manitoba Co-operator reported in mid-2015. Since […] Read more

Manitoba Pork to take harder line on late hog levies

The Manitoba Pork Council hopes a hit to the wallet will convince producers to pay their hog levies on time

Producers shirking on their hog levies may face a financial penalty in the near future, the Manitoba Pork Council has said. Chair George Matheson says failure to pay fees has been a standing concern with the board, but council efforts to solve the problem have lacked teeth until now. Read more: Development corporation to assist […] Read more

Development corporation to assist hog barn builders

With Bill 24 passed, hog barns expansion is once again a possibility, 
but Manitoba Pork Council says the approval process still frequently 
leaves producers looking for help navigating it

The Manitoba Pork Council hopes its new Swine Development Corporation will help farmers navigate the waters of building new barns. Chair George Matheson says the service is about halfway ready for its launch. The pork council has allocated $60,000 for the new program, which Matheson says will be run primarily by the pork council’s general […] Read more