Alta. hog farmers cut production to pressure packers on price
For much of 2020, representatives of the provincial pork associations in Western Canada have been in talks with the major packers ? Olymel, Maple Leaf Foods, Donald's Fine Foods of Regina and others ?to boost the price paid to hog farmer
By Robert Arnason, The Western Producer (Canada)
February 12, 2021
Alberta hog farmers are considering steps or taking action already to reduce their production, to show packers that the current pricing system is failing farmers.
This week, the leaders of Alberta Pork met with six commercial hog producers in the province. The farmers had questions about Alberta Pork抯 ongoing efforts to increase pig prices in Western Canada.
As part of the meeting, the farmers asked Alberta Pork to support their decision.
揂lberta Pork will support producers wishing to make production reductions by (bringing) awareness of the initiative to others, including other producers, packers, and the media,?the organization said in a statement. 揥hile Alberta Pork supports all legal approaches to encourage pricing reform, the organization will not ask producers to damage their operations against their will for overarching strategic considerations. That choice rests with each individual producer to do what they feel is best for their farm and the industry.?/p>
Darcy Fitzgerald, Alberta Pork executive director, said some hog producers are already downsizing their sow herds.
揥e had a meeting?with a group of producers in Alberta who are starting the process of reducing their breeding herd. It抯 because they don抰 receive enough money (for their pigs) and they抮e desperate.?/p>
For much of 2020, representatives of the provincial pork associations in Western Canada have been in talks with the major packers ? Olymel, Maple Leaf Foods, Donald抯 Fine Foods of Regina and others ?to boost the price paid to hog farmers...