Hog farmers across the country have had it bad for a while. Market crashes, disease and deteriorating consumer confidence have been major issues for pork producers for quite some time. Running a hog farm is not easy or glamorous. They require an incredible amount of hands on management from farrow to finish. Hogs are hard on facilities, frustrating to work with at times and let’s face it, feed isn’t cheap either. Hogs are a high input animal that is very exposed to moves in feed grains prices. Now couple all of that to a terrible price and you’ve got a snapshot of the troubles farmers have had. Small producer or large, you have got to be a special kind of person to weather the storm pressuring the Canadian hog producer in the past five years.
This week producers got together at The London Swine Conference in London, Ontario to talk about the future of the industry in Canada. The mood was one of cautious optimism, with prices on the rise and the expanding markets abroad being some of the topics discussed. We talked with Andrew Campbell (@agrinewshound) of Fresh Air Media about what went on this week at the convention centre.
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