Canadian producers to take part in international effort
The final regulation is better than an interim one now in effect say Canadian farm organizations
Other provincial packing plants respond to federal funding windfall
But the word is still out on whether the federal advance payment program will be continued for another year
Americans have eased up on regulations but producers aren’t convinced the changes will help them
A Lambton County pork producer is challenging the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission proposed changes to Ontario Pork. He says they’ll hurt the family farm.
One producer is calling for a plebiscite to determine support of stripping Ontario Pork of its marketing powers and more protest is in the works, says a Perth County producer.
Pigs are no more likely to contract circovirus from pigeons than they are from farmers' boots or truck tires, says Ontario agriculture ministry swine disease prevention specialist Tim Blackwell.
UPDATED Thursday June 26, 2008, 11:56 a.m. (Links added)
LONDON - Greg Haskett knows an overhaul of Ontario Pork won’t fix the financial crisis Ontario producers currently face. Nevertheless, Haskett, president of the Oxford County Pork Producers, says taking a proactive approach to establishing future directions for the hog producers’ provincial organization is a “good” step for “the health of the industry.”
Live market hogs netting payments of $140 is a goal within the grasp of Canada’s troubled pork industry. But at least two of those who keep track of market trends caution that amount isn’t enough to buy the industry a ticket out of the woods.