Alberta Pork AGM 2020: going virtual

Alberta Pork’s 51st annual general meeting (AGM) will take place for all registered producers and industry partners during the afternoon of Thurs., Nov. 26. Please save this date in your calendar if you plan on attending. COVID-19 has impacted our lives and industry greatly, including placing restrictions on in-person gatherings. This year, Alberta Pork’s board…

Low pig prices prompt production cutbacks

Historical ups and downs in the hog marketplace have come to be expected. However, since last year, and more dramatically this year, low pig prices are sending a signal to Alberta’s pork producers that they should reduce barn inventory to minimize financial damage to their businesses. In the past few months, with increasing frequency, producers…

Hog price calculator now available

The eagerly awaited hog price calculator, developed by Alberta Pork with technical support and funding from the Canadian Pork Council (CPC), is now freely accessible through our Economics web section. Plug in your information and find out if your current contract is providing you the best returns possible. In March 2020, Alberta Pork introduced the…

Swine Tech 2020 explores new possibilities

Every year, the Red Deer Swine Technology Workshop attracts more than 150 pork producers and farm employees to attend presentations and networking sessions with industry partners. Swine Tech 2020—what would have been the workshop’s 25th installment—was originally scheduled to take place in late October. Due to the uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic and provincial health…

Economic tools highlight a system in need of change

Alberta Pork has launched a new economics web section designed to support producer success by providing the necessary tools for effective financial decision-making. The new section includes pork market and hog supply reports, contract pricing breakdowns, information on our cost of production study and the latest economic research. In the coming weeks, Alberta Pork, in…

Board of Directors welcomes new and returning members

The Alberta Pork Board of Directors welcomes its latest members, following an election for two available Director-at-Large positions. On Mar. 16, a representative from the Alberta Agricultural Products Marketing Council visited Alberta Pork’s office in Edmonton to witness the unsealing of the ballot envelopes and boxes, and to verify the count performed by Alberta Pork…

Coronavirus has not hurt pork demand in China

As of this article’s publication, nearly 45,000 cases of the recently named COVID-19 novel coronavirus have resulted in more than 1,100 deaths worldwide since first reported in China on January 27, 2020. Almost immediately, comparisons were made with the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak that also started in China in 2002 and ended up…

Alberta sample tests weak-positive for PED

A sample collected by Alberta’s swine disease surveillance program has tested weak environmental positive for porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus. The sample was taken from a location in Alberta and analyzed at Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s laboratory on January 22, 2020. Alberta Pork is working closely with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry to mitigate any risks…