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Editor’s Take: Pork sector inefficiently efficient

Has the drive for efficiency gone too far in the pork sector? For the past few decades the drive has been to vertical integration, closely matching production and processing capacity, and larger and more efficient (and far fewer) processing plants. In this MBA-driven world view, any excess surge capacity is viewed as an inefficiency to

Pork producers have long been underwhelmed by the available price insurance and their lack of participation reflects that.

Hog price insurance: D.O.A. from the get-go

RISK MANAGEMENT | WLPIP is available in Manitoba but was never a viable option for hog producers. Why?

Since 2014, Manitoba and Saskatchewan have had livestock price insurance for hogs. It’s been used exactly once. “We were pretty excited when they introduced it because I mean we, at that time, didn’t have a lot of risk management options,” said Mark Ferguson, general manager of Sask Pork. In 2014, Alberta-based Western Livestock Price Insurance

Manitoba Pork Council chair George Matheson and federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announce funding for a two-year pilot insurance program for Manitoba hog producers. (Dave Bedard photo)

Manitoba to pilot insurance program against hog disease risks

Pork council study backed with federal, provincial funds

“Private sector solutions” to manage financial risks caused by disease outbreaks on hog farms are on the drawing board in a new Manitoba-led pilot project that could go nationwide. Coming out of a Thursday morning meeting with hog producers in Winnipeg, federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced $482,158 from the AgriRisk Initiatives (ARI) arm of

Timely records of pig movements are becoming even more important as livestock diseases sweep the globe.

PigTRACE hog traceability program to get an overhaul

Five years after participation became mandatory, not all producers are reporting movements, Manitoba Pork says

The accuracy of PigTRACE, Canada’s industry-led, live animal traceability initiative, is being re-evaluated as the threat of African swine fever looms. “Is it good enough to have 80 per cent of the reports in at seven days or should we have that done sooner?” Manitoba Pork general manager Andrew Dickson asked producers at a meeting in Portage on October 30.

Manitoba Pork swine health programs manager Jenelle Hamblin.

Hog sector biosecurity changes paint target on PEDv

PEDv has not reached the heights this year that gripped the pork industry during Manitoba’s historic outbreak in 2017, but the sector is still on high alert. Nine new cases have been reported in 2018 as of June 18, while 78 of Manitoba’s total 91 PED-positive cases were dubbed presumptive negative as of mid-May. This

Five more cases of PED confirmed as of June 1

CVO and Manitoba Pork working to trace back source of virus

The hog sector remains on high alert following more confirmed cases of the deadly PED in barns in southeastern Manitoba. Six cases of PED have now been confirmed as of June 1. The first case was confirmed in a finisher barn May 15. As of the end of last week, the virus has been found

Proposed changes would give municipalities more say over development decisions.

Province proposes changes to approval process for livestock operations

Bill 19 is ‘a balanced approach’ that will reduce red tape for municipalities, 
says Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton

A bill introduced in the Manitoba legislature March 19 will make it easier for livestock producers to rebuild or renovate existing barns. Bill 19, The Planning Amendment Act (Improving Efficiency in Planning) proposes changes to how livestock operations are approved by municipalities, and other matters related to zoning bylaws and appeals. Under the bill, owners

Legislative Affairs sign

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