Is the Hog Business Drowning in Canada - Harry Siemens

I have never owned a hog or participated in the business at all but from the outside it does appear to be a very tough financial business. I have had several chats with producers that have been in the business for a long time and the concerns are real for the long term sustainability of… Read More

Manitoba Harvest Update - Harry Siemens, Siemenssays.com

Harry Siemens discusses the Manitoba harvest with me. Every province really has a different story to tell this year and Manitoba is no different. The crop went in quick but the bite of an early fall is providing challenges to many farmers.  In the spring Manitoba farmers were able to get the crop in fas… Read More

Canadian Wheat Board Election Controversy -- Siemenssays.com

Harry Siemens of SiemensSays does a great job in the following article and podcasts to bring to light the controversy over who has or hasn’t reported their donor list in the past CWB elections.  Harry interviews former board candidate Rolf Penner, Ian Craven of Meyers Norris Penny and Larry Hill, Canadian Wheat Board Chair. Get… Read More

Is This The End of the Independent Hog Producer in Western Canada?

Hog production in Western Canada had a rough go this week. First, Big Sky Farms entered receivership — for the second time in less than four years — then, just yesterday, Puratone Corporation filed for creditor protection. It is not a good time to be a hog farmer, with reported losses per hog ranging from… Read More

Niverville, Manitoba-based Puratone Corporation is the second major hog producer in as many weeks to hit the skids, Harry Siemens reports . Puratone filed for creditor protection today, after the board of directors agreed it was the only viable alternatives given the present financial state of the company. Puratone is a major hog supplier to Maple… Read More

There is pressure building in the halls of Washington to rescind the mandatory ethanol mandates.  With tightening supplies of corn creating higher feed prices for livestock producers and higher food costs for consumers, the pressure mounting  in Washington is real. To this point though, according to Kevin Grier of the George Morris Center, nothing has changed.  Kevin believes that… Read More

With the recent ruling by the World Trade Organization declaring elements of the U.S. Country Of Origin Labelling program to be unfair, Canadian livestock producers feel that the first steps have been made in restoring exports lost when the program began. While Canadian producers applaud the move, there is an underlying skepticism that this decision… Read More

Seeding Intentions & Timing in Manitoba

There is no doubt that this year farmers in the Red River Valley region of Manitoba will be watching water levels closely. An above average amount of snow this winter as well as runoff from upstream could mean trouble for anyone caught in the flood plains. A slow melt so far has helped brighten the… Read More

Will You Be Eligible To Vote in the Next CWB Election?

The federal government is proposing to change who is eligible to vote in the upcoming Canadian Wheat Board Election.  My understanding is currently that if you have or had a permit book you could vote.  The proposed change would require a farmer to at least deliver 40MT of production from one of the seven major… Read More

Crops in Minnesota, North Dakota and Manitoba are Affected by Rain

Harry Siemens of SiemensSays.com provides this pictorial commentary of the wet situation in Manitoba, Minnesota and North Dakota. On the weekend certain areas had 3 more inches of rain which is causing great difficulties for the land that did get planted. Harry points out that the land with the best drainage is showing the best… Read More

Hog Support is a Struggle in Manitoba

Talking to hog producers in Manitoba, there is a real head scratching issue taking place. Hog producers are strongly criticizing the provincial government for not stepping up to compensate hog farmers for this terrible economic environment. The province think that it is a Federal government issue but others disagree. My friend journalism friend Harry Siemens… Read More