Pig Producers use alternatives due to plant closure

09-07-2008 | |

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 board.

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 Winnipeg facility.

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.

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