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Canadian Hog Inventory numbers for April 1, 2012 are available at http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/23-010-x/23-010-x2012002-eng.pdf

Highlights are:

  • Number of sows on Canadian farms April 1 was reported at 1,293,000 head unchanged from one year ago with the total pig inventory up 1.8% from April 1, 2011
  • Ontario sow herd reported at 341,900 head indicating a virtually stable sow herd over the last 2 years

 

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Want up to date corn and soybean planting conditions?  The Ontario Field Crop Report is updated regularly.  http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/field/reports/2012-04-18cropreport.htm

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The March Swine Budget can be found at: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/swine/facts/info-b-mar2012.htm

The interactive swine budget worksheets are excel worksheets for Ontario swine producers to calculate the income, variable costs and fixed costs for farrow to finish, farrow to wean, farrow to feeder, nursery, wean to finish and grower to finish operations.

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Subscribe to get the Weekly Hog Market Facts by emailing john.bancroft@ontario.ca.  The Weekly Hog Market Facts give you Ontario specific hog marketing information that can help you make decisions.

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Check it out the 2012 London Swine Conference Proceedings are available in pdf on the Conference website at:  

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Justin Roelofs, AgStar Financial Services, Minnesota spoke at the London Swine Conference on Managing Volatility – Short and long term price and input forecast. He describes tools, techniques and strategies to manage price and input volatility. 
Complete Presentation (7.8 MB), Part 1 (3.5 MB), Part 2 (4.3 MB), and Questions (2.3 MB)

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It is estimated that there are about 45 certified organic pork producers in Ontario with a total annual production of about 24,000 market hogs. The revised factsheet An Overview of Organic Pork Production 11-043 highlights the process for becoming organic and things to think about before starting the process.

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