Profits seen as hog prices rise, feed dips

Return of $30 to $50 per hog | Hog prices may decline this fall, but corn is also expected to drop

Severe stress in the Canadian hog business is easing as profits replace losses, but many farmers still walk a knife’s edge. If today’s trends continue, most producers should be on the road to recovery, but everything depends on factors beyond farmer control. “After five years of ‘next year will be better,’ we’ve gotten a little […] Read more


Full farrowing crates key to producer’s success

Forget pigs per sow philosophy | Focusing on numbers leads to poor barn management and reduced meat quality, says expert

John Carr says the holy grail of pig production often contains poison wine. “Pigs per sow per year actually drives down profit,” the international hog production and profitability expert told the Manitoba Swine Seminar. “The only thing that is truthful on a farm is the money the slaughterhouse pays you.” Carr said the industry’s obsession […] Read more


Falling corn prices lift hog producers’ spirits

Stable U.S. sow herd surprises market | North American pork exporters could profit from European open housing rules

Falling corn prices today and a weak corn price outlook have saved pork producers’ bacon from what could have been a brutal New Year’s setback. The most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture Hogs and Pigs report revealed that the U.S. sow herd isn’t shrinking, which would normally be expected to lower hog prices. However, the […] Read more



Weanling prices rebound as feed price dips

Anyone expecting to find depressed farmers and a morose outlook at Manitoba Hog and Poultry Days would have been surprised. The show wasn’t deserted and lots of farmers wandered the aisles of the trade show, looking to spend money on their recently money-losing operations. “If there’s an economic benefit at the end of the day, […] Read more


Producer reaction mixed to hog loan plan

NIVERVILLE, Man. — A hog industry stabilization plan proposed for Manitoba has left producers feeling either abandoned or relieved. The difference in reaction depended on what they do in the industry. “It sounds like a stabilization thing, which makes sense if they can cover the fall and winter,” said farrow-to-finish producer Jerrold Siemens of Morris. […] Read more



Hog industry seeks assistance

Farms at risk | Increasing feed costs, import restrictions and a surging loonie cripple hog production

Canada’s hog industry, hit by a 60 percent increase in feed costs, import restrictions into the United States and a strong Canadian dollar, is appealing for government help. Soon. “We already have lost 30,000 sows from the herd in Manitoba and if this isn’t reversed, the cobwebs will be rolling into barns with the spiders,” […] Read more


‘Golden age of profitabilty’ ahead?

INDUSTRY WOES | Economic crises at two of the Prairies’ largest hog companies are the latest events in a tumultuous 15 years for the industry. In this second installment of a two-part special series, Karen Briere and Ed White examine the root causes and the industry’s future.

Economic crises at two of the Prairies’ largest hog companies are the latest events in a tumultuous 15 years for the industry. In this second installment of a two-part special series, Karen Briere and Ed White examine the root causes and the industry’s future. Livestock producers are on the verge of what could be a […] Read more


A series of unfortunate events

Economic crises at two of the Prairies’ largest hog companies are the latest events in a tumultuous 15 years for the industry. While the number of hog operations contracted, the number of hogs soared and then contracted. Low cost feed and a cheap loonie initially prompted expansion but a currency now at par, expensive feed […] Read more



Hog sector seeks help; looks for market solution

‘We didn’t forget you’ | Ag minister addresses producers’ concerns

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Near the end of an industry and analyst-heavy conference on animal agriculture sustainability, Ontario hog farmer Amy Cronin offered what she thought was a bit of reality to the picture. “I don’t think we’re sustainable as pork producers in Ontario or Can-ada, and we need to change and have a different approach,” […] Read more


Hog price outlook strong for next year

Conditions ripe for profits | Pork demand is good and breeding herd reductions may reach five percent

The hog profitability outlook is good. Repeat: Good. That might come as a surprise to many in this period of extreme losses and near-panic, but market analysts say hog producers should be making profits next summer and all the way through the following calendar year. “We should see profitability in the summer,” said Purdue university […] Read more