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.
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
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