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Workers in protective suits disinfect a pig farm as a prevention measure for African swine fever, in Jinhua, Zhejiang province, China, August 22, 2018.

China announces step forward on African swine fever vaccine

It may be too soon to jump for joy, but the pork sector says that ASF vaccine progress out of China is heartening

The world may be one step closer to a workable vaccine for African swine fever (ASF), but one expert warns that a local debut is a long way off — if the vaccine makes it to Canada at all. According to a research article, recently published in a Chinese science journal, researchers out of the

China is the world’s top pork consumer and has seen a sharp rise in pork prices ever since an outbreak of African swine fever began in August 2018.

Industry relieved as China lifts pork, beef suspension

Prime Minister Trudeau announced the breakthrough through social media

UPDATED: Nov. 6, 2019] Glacier FarmMedia – Canadian Pork Council chair Rick Bergmann let out “a sigh of relief” Tuesday, after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced exports will continue to China roughly four months after pork and beef products shipments were blocked. Trudeau announced the news on Twitter. Since June 25th, meat shipments to China


Barbecued pork.

Meat sector braces after halt to China trade

Livestock producers and meat processors are still determining the impact as China turns off the tap on all Canadian meat


It’s hard to say how much damage has been done since China announced its sudden aversion to Canadian meat. “It’s a bit too soon to tell to get a real dollar figure on it, because it is a situation where, when we want to sell pork, we’re trying to maximize the value of that product,”

Chinese consumers have a voracious appetite for pork, but three Canadian companies have seen their exports to the country halted.

Reported ractopamine finding locks third pork company out of China

The CFIA is investigating the Chinese claim that a pork shipment tested positive for ractopamine

The pork industry says it’s too soon to say the trade spat with China is leaking over into its sector. It’s awaiting the results of a CFIA investigation, launched after a third Canadian company was suspended from exporting pork to China. On June 18, news dropped that China would be temporarily suspending imports from Quebec

Henrik Thomsen’s Roblin-area hog operation will nearly triple once construction is complete.

High hog prices ‘sure nice’ for expanding producers

Relaxed regulations sparked a building boom in the Manitoba pork industry; higher prices are just the icing on the cake

High hog prices are a boon, but hardly a deciding factor, for hog producers building and expanding in Manitoba. “It’s sure nice,” said Henrik Thomsen, owner of Canmark Family Farming Ltd. “It’s good timing while we’re building.” Thomsen will nearly triple his Roblin-area operation when he adds 3,700 sow farrow-to-isowean spaces, 700 nursery spaces, and


Value chain for sale

The recent HyLife deal demonstrates how foreign buyers love vertically integrated companies

Offshore buyers don’t just love your products anymore. Some also want a cross-section of the whole value chain. For evidence, look no further than the recent sale of Manitoba’s HyLife Foods to the Thai-based conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF), the third-largest sow company in the world. Once finalized, the deal will hand off 50.1 per

If and when African swine fever comes calling, Manitoba’s pork sector plans to be ready.

Manitoba prepares for African swine fever

The hog industry is planning ahead and learning from the past

The Manitoba pork sector says it won’t be caught flat footed if African swine fever (ASF) makes its way here. The virulent disease is wreaking havoc in China and industry and government both concede it could be just a plane ride away from Manitoba. “In my opinion, I think you can never be prepared enough,”

Farmers and producers are still digesting the updated Canada's Food Guide, released Jan. 22.

What does the updated Canada’s Food Guide mean for farmers?

Animal foods now housed in a protein category shared 
with milk, pulses, tofu and nuts

The new Canada’s Food Guide and its new emphasis on plant proteins drew swift but measured response from agricultural groups and organizations across the country last week. In a news release after the guide’s rollout January 22, Ron Bonnett, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) said it was “unfortunate that the revised food


Most Canadian farmers praise quick passage of CPTPP law

New opportunities and a levelled playing field with other agriculture exporters are lauded

Canada’s grain farmers and other export-oriented producers have issued statements praising the Canadian government for quickly passing legislation ratifying the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) paving the way for Canadian farmers to see increased export volumes that could result in higher farm revenues as early as next spring. Alberta Wheat and Barley

Most agri-food groups welcome end to NAFTA drama

Many are still wading through the fine print of the new USMCA to understand its full implications

Most Canadian farm groups are relieved a new North American trade deal will preserve existing agriculture commitments. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) still needs to be ratified by the three countries, but the negotiations have concluded and the text of the deal has been released. One exception was the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) which