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CPC applauds hog cull extension

The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) has applauded the announcement made by Canada's Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), to change the initial date covered by the Cull Breeding Swine Program from November 1, 2007 back to August 1, 2007.

"Canadian hog producers continue to battle an unprecedented period of losses on their farms. The Cull Breeding Swine Program was a response to a very difficult situation facing hog producers and while the crisis was set in motion by rapidly rising exchange rates and high feed costs, these variables have moderated.

"Unfortunately, they have been replaced with the global economic crisis resulting in reduced access to credit and the United States' introduction of mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (COOL)," stated CPC's Chair, Jurgen Preugschas.

"The announcement to extend the time period covered by the program is welcomed by producers who made the tough business decision to reduce their herds before this program started."

The CPC is pleased that the Minister acted on the information received from producers to improve the program. Preugschas added, "we are looking forward to working with the Minister as the industry continues to deal with the uncertainty in the implementation of COOL".

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