The Alberta pork sector continues to operate normally during COVID-19. However, the situation is quickly changing. Find the latest updates on the provincial situation below.
- Monday, March 30, 2020: Alberta Pork will have a conference call with Devin Dreeshen, Minister, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry to discuss pork producers’ needs at this time. The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) will meet to discuss supply chain impacts.
- Monday, March 30, 2020: Alberta Pork, with the help of the Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council (CAHRC), hosted a webinar on the topic of managing farm workers during the unique situation presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. View a recording of the webinar.
- Sunday, March 29, 2020: the Olymel pork processing facility in Yamachiche, Quebec was closed after employees tested positive for COVID-19. Alberta hogs are not sent to this plant.
- Friday, March 27, 2020: the Harmony Beef processing facility in Rocky View County, Alberta was closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. Alberta Pork is monitoring the situation.
Producers are reminded to consider developing or updating contingency plans at this time, with specific acknowledgment given to potential processing facility closures, transportation barriers and farm worker illness.
As we continue to watch these events unfold, producers’ plans should take account of labour needs, feed ingredient availability and barn space. Consider speaking with your processor’s procurement contact about accepting lighter-weight hogs, in the interest of keeping supply lines functioning effectively.