Hytek Ltd. is relocating 40,000 hog-finishing spaces from the United States to Saskatchewan.
The La Broquerie-based company last October bought four barns at Leroy, Saskatchewan, east of Humboldt, and will use them to finish market hogs for its processing plant in Neepawa.
The U. S. country-of-origin labelling rule is one reason for the move, said Dave Penner, Hytek’s vice-president of integration and production.
But the need to supply hogs to the Springhill Farms plant, which Hytek purchased from the Hutterite Brethren last year, is also part of the plan, according to Penner. “It’s been our vision for a while,” he said.
Hytek continues to send “a fair number” of weanlings from its sow barns in Manitoba to operations in the U. S. for finishing on contract. But the company eventually plans to finish all its pigs in Canada, said Penner.
Springhill Farms is currently killing approximately 900,000 hogs a year. Hytek hopes to increase the plant’s annual capacity to 1.4 million hogs when a waste water plant upgrade is completed next year.