Sow cull program problematic say producers
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's CAD50m (USD49m)
cull breeding swine program is due to get off the ground today, however, some
pork producers are convinced that prices offered for sows are far too low to
attract much interest.
"I think the value they've placed on the sow isn't high enough to encourage
enough people to join," said Salford, Ontario producer John DeBruyn. "It's going
to take a little more money to ask people to leave with dignity."
DeBruyn added that the program
"sends the right message to the industry and our trading partners that we need
to reduce our herd here but the figure should be doubled to ask the producers to
step aside for at least three years."
Other commentators believe that the program may be suitable for older
producers considering leaving the industry but it does little for others in it
for the long run - especially the matter of leaving the barn empty for three
Price structure was also of concern to Oxford County Federation of
Agriculture President John VanDorp, who stated that many producers might show
more interest in the program if they were offered CAD500 (USD442). "But right
now, the CAD225 total is barely above what a fair-sized culled sow would go for
through normal channels. So why would you want to settle for this and tie up
your barn for three years?"
â€¢ Agriculture and Agri-Food
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