Pig Producers use alternatives due to plant closure
The province's swine producers have adjusted well to
alternatives following the closure of Winnipeg Assembly yard which accepted its
last load of pigs in June, according to Manitoba marketing
At the end of June Manitoba Pork Marketing accepted the last load of pigs
at its assembly yard in Winnipeg. The closure of the yard followed the October
2007 closure of Maple Leaf's Marion Street pork processing plant and the shift
of that capacity to its facility in Brandon.
Alternatives are Manitoba
Pork board's facility at Qunitaine's, or direct to Brandon or Neepawa and also
an additional facility which is currently being worked on.
This would be
located around number six highway in the perimeter, with similar facilities as
at Qunitaine's. It would be much smaller in nature than what producers who were
delivering to Winnipeg were accustomed to. It would be a straw based facility
whereby the animals would be bedded on straw, and unheated unlike the closed
Phasing out of the Winnipeg yard has resulted in
significant cost savings that are being passed to producers in the form of a 20
cent reduction in levies from 70 cents to 50 cents per
pig.Related WebsiteManitoba Pork Board
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