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Agriculture Report

Slow Loans for Hog Farmers


Hog producers uncertain about future of industry.


Hog producers -- uncertain about the future of the industry -- have been slow to sign up for loans through a federal loss recovery program.

Martin Rice of the Canadian Pork Council reports uptake of loans has been slow and he's not sure why.

He suspects producers unsure about the future of the industry also have doubts about whether they should participate in the loan program.

Rice notes the council is working with the agriculture minister's office and the Canadian Bankers Association to fix problems with the program.


Domestic demand for pork is bringing some optimism to the hog market.

Tyler Fulton, of Manitoba Pork Marketing, says American demand is up roughly four per cent over last year.

Fulton says that number can be used as a benchmark for Canadian demand.

He says the optimism in the market is coming from the demand side as pork supply is not changing as quickly as many would like.

Fulton says the four per cent growth in demand exceeds most analysts' expectations as demand for other meats has dropped through the recession.


Kincardine's Farmer's Market has operated each summer Saturday for four years now, but organizers want the Saturday event to have more exposure.

Spokesperson Janice McKean there are two markets at two different places and times in town, and that's confusing to people.

McKean says market organizers want council to provide some signage directing Saturday shoppers to Connaught Park.

The Kincardine Farmer's Market has eight permanent vendors selling a wide variety of local produce.


Needle-free injectors are becoming more common in Manitoba hog barns.

Producers can apply for a government rebate of up to two-thousand dollars for the purchase of a needle-free injector.

Officials say they are beneficial for food safety, food quality, animal welfare and employee safety.

They claim the injectors reduce handling time and stress on the animals and eliminate the risk of breaking a needle or self-injection.


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