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…

Humane transport regulations in effect next month

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) Health of Animals Regulations will change next month, following several years of consultation with industry. The changes, affecting animal transporters, were first announced in February 2019 and will officially come into force on February 20, 2020. The new requirements have been introduced and take an outcome-based approach to ensure…

Overseas farm visitor protocol introduced

Are you or your workers headed overseas? Especially with Christmas approaching, increased international travel poses a risk for transmitting serious and foreign animal diseases to Canadian pig herds. For those who visit farms while overseas, extra precautions must be taken, which is why Alberta Pork has developed a biosecurity protocol for international travel. Whether or…

Small producer handbook outlines best practices

New small producer handbook for reference Alberta Pork has just launched a new resource: our small-scale producer handbook. This handbook serves as a useful reference guide for best practices related to your production. The handbook can also be found on our Small-Scale Production webpage, which includes additional information. For questions about pork production, please contact…

Production Economist joins Alberta Pork

Alberta Pork is pleased to announce the arrival of Bijon Brown as our new Production Economist. Bijon has joined the team to focus on taking a closer look at cost of production, by collecting information from producers, aggregating the data and comparing it to pricing reports to better understand pork cost margins in Alberta. In…