Canadian pig producers face crisis
Due to the high value of the Canadian dollar and low
pork prices, many pig producers in Canada could lose their farms, according to
president of the Canadian Pork Council, Clare Schlegel.
Schlegel says the situation at present is critical with producers looking
at staggering increases in feed that have added at least CAN$25 to the cost of
raising a pig. He says it now costs about CAN$125 to raise a pig, but producers
are only getting about CAN$80 per animal at market.
Schlegel says that the government needs to provide some form of short term
assistance to help pig producers. Curtis Littlejohn is the Chair of Ontario pork
and says the Ontario government has to recognise this is a world class and
He says the instability of the Canadian dollar has not given the industry
time to transition into a new market and what is needed is a cash infusion to
help the producers deal with this crisis.
Littlejohn says this cash injection is needed before Christmas, because if
no aid is coming, he predicts many hog farmers will simply go out of
Schlegel says there are more meetings planed with both Federal and
Provincial agricultural representatives to try and work out a plan to protect
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