GFM Network News

Must Reads


Stories from our other publications

Pork producers are looking for better pricing mechanisms.

Hog sector eyes pricing revamp

Pig producers say it’s time for a hard look at how live animals are priced in Canada

Pork producers are looking for a better deal on hog prices. Following some tough times involving COVID disruptions and issues watching finished pork prices soar while farm gate prices fell, four western Canadian pork producer group boards, the Manitoba Pork Council (MPC) included, met with packers to discuss pricing issues. Three major Canadian packers were

Feds back pork producers with new levy on imports

New national pork agency to be up and running next summer

A new agency will use funds from a new levy on imported pork to pay for research and promotion for the Canadian pork sector. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie Claude Bibeau on Thursday officially announced the creation of the Canadian Pork Promotion and Research Agency (PRA). The Farm Products Council of Canada (FPCC) and Agriculture and

Swine flu strain makes first jump to person in Canada

Alberta reports 'one isolated case' in central region

Further risk to people is believed to be low after a person in central Alberta was confirmed to have caught a variant of H1N2 swine flu, in the first case of its kind in Canada. The virus was spotted in mid-October after a patient sought medical care with “influenza-like symptoms,” provincial chief medical officer Dr.

Shutdown urged for Quebec pork plant after COVID-19 death

Union calls on Olymel to close site for at least two weeks

The union for over 1,000 workers at a major Quebec hog slaughter plant is calling on the owner to temporarily close the facility against a COVID-19 outbreak now blamed for the death of an employee. Le Syndicat des travailleurs d’Olymel Vallee-Jonction-CSN said Wednesday the death of a worker earlier this week led it to demand

File photo of domestic hogs on a German farm.

Germany finds two more African swine fever cases in wild boar

Two more cases of African swine fever (ASF) have been confirmed in wild boars in the eastern German state of Brandenburg, Germany’s federal agriculture ministry said Oct. 1. The new discoveries bring the total number of confirmed cases to 40 since the first one discovered in September. All were in wild animals with no farm

Manitoba’s swine genetics sector is hailing a relaxing of some federal regulations seen as outdated and unnecessary.

CFIA rules smooth path for AI facilities

Canada’s pig genetics industry is expecting big savings on time and money thanks to new rules on disease testing and isolation

Boars going into a domestic-use semen centre won’t have to clear the same hurdles now that changes on disease testing and isolation periods have come into effect. Why it matters: Swine artificial insemination facilities that cater to domestic customers say new CFIA rules will reduce replacement times by weeks and save money due to less

China seeks to essentially raise all its own pork

Rapid rebuild of swine herd could dash hopes of exporters like Canada for lasting inroads into market

Reuters – China is aiming to produce 95 per cent of its pork at home, according to a cabinet document outlining plans for its livestock sector, underscoring a goal to quickly rebuild its huge pig herd after a major disease epidemic. The document comes amid a heightened focus on food security by Beijing, with coronavirus

Hog producers want $50 million invested in ASF prevention

Disease outbreak would rapidly outstrip the impact of BSE, Canadian Pork Council says

Canada’s hog producers are calling on the federal government to invest $50 million over three years to combat African swine fever (ASF). In an open letter released Sept. 11, chair of the Canadian Pork Council Rick Bergmann spells out the impact an outbreak of the disease would have on the industry. The call comes on