New, efficient barn opens to curious visitors

Visitors from near and far, producers and other community members, gathered near Mayerthorpe on October 12 for a barn opening. The $1.8 million state-of-the-art facility will feature an over-4,000-head contract finishing operation, shipping three full cycles annually to the Olymel processing plant in Red Deer. Operating the barn will be Pigs R Us Inc., owned…

Keeping ASF out of Canada

On September 19, a town hall teleconference was held in collaboration with Canada West Swine Health Intelligence Network (CWSHIN), Alberta Pork, Saskatchewan Pork and Manitoba Pork, highlighting how CWSHIN is acting to prevent the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) and share critical information with those who need it. This was a successful meeting involving…

New resources for the people side of your business

People are at the heart of every organization. Alberta Pork is proud to offer its producers resources and support in partnership with the Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council (CAHRC). The Alberta Pork 2018 Labour Project includes the development of an HR toolkit, the introduction of e-learning resources, and the launch of informational webinars. The first…

Producers eye foreign worker reforms

While the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) can help Canadian pork producers and their staff, employers who rely on the program report many frustrations. Farmers often find a drawn-out application process. In fact, applicants can wait six to eight months before they can hire for the role. “Without the foreign worker program, we would be…