H1N2v influenza

Alberta Pork has been notified about a confirmed case of H1N2v influenza discovered in Alberta. H1N2v influenza is an infectious respiratory disease caused by type A influenza viruses. It is commonly found in populations of livestock around the world. As noted by Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health, this animal virus is…

BRM still important despite barriers

From low pig pricing to COVID-19 impacts, and from rising farm costs to less opportunity for farm businesses to thrive, Alberta hog producers today are in a very tight spot. As time goes on and profitability continues to decline, some producers are reducing production or exiting the industry altogether. Despite these challenges, it is as…

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…