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Canadian sow cull falls short of target

The Canadian Pork Council's first-ever breeding swine cull program will fall short of its target to reduce the Canadian swine breeding herd by 10 per cent.

However, a spokesperson for the council said it's not disappointed about having missed that amount. Under the Cull Breeding Swine Program, Canadian hog producers were eligible to receive funds for animals culled from Nov. 1, 2007 to Nov. 30, 2008. The $50 million program is funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada but administered by the CPC.

When the deadline for applications closed on 1st September, 121,000 sows had been culled or were eligible to be culled under the program, short of the intended target of 150,000.

The program was meant as a tool for producers who, for financial reasons, needed to remove a portion of their production. It allowed them to get paid for their culled sows and helped them restructure their operations.

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