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From Statistics Canada the Daily, August 18:

“As of July 1, there were 7,035 hog farms in Canada, up 0.1% from the same date a year earlier. These farms reported 1.2 million sows and gilts, up 0.7% from July 1, 2015.

Canada exported 2.9 million hogs in the first half of 2016, down 0.1% from the same period in 2015. There was continued strong demand for hogs in the United States. According to the most recent US data, hog inventories reached their highest June 1 level in over 50 years, up 2.0% from June 1, 2015. Hog slaughter in the US was 1% higher in the first six months of 2016 compared with the same period in 2015.

Hog slaughter increased in Canada in the first six months of 2016, up 1.3% from the same period in 2015 to 10.6 million head.

The January-to-June 2016 pig crop was 14.4 million head, up 2.2% from the same period in 2015.”

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certificationf10The Canadian Organic Growers (COG) will be hosting a second round of webinars in February to bring people up to speed on the changes to the Canadian Organic Standards:

“The revised Canadian Organic Standards were released Wednesday, November 25, 2015. To prepare Canadians for the changes, COG is offering a series of webinars on the changes called Changes to The Canadian Organic Standards – An Essential Update. These webinars were [originally] presented in the fall and highlighted important changes in the standards and allowed producers, certifiers and verification officers, among others, to ask questions and fully understand the revisions before they come into effect later this month.

The next round of webinars will be presented in February:

  • Crop Production: Tuesday, February 2, 7 PM Eastern Register here;
  • Livestock Production: Thursday, February 4, 7 PM Eastern Register here;
  • Preparation including Processing: Tuesday, February 9, 7 PM Eastern Register here.

For more information please visit COG National’s website and e-news for updates.”

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Learn from pork producers who use direct marketing. Ontario pork producers from The Whole Pig and Thatcher Farms will share how they’ve built their businesses and what they’ve learned along the way, making it easier for you to start or improve your direct sales business.  Staff from Ontario Pork and OMAFRA will also offer resources they have available for you.

Join us for this lunch hour webinar.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Noon to 1 p.m.

To register, contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre (AICC):

Toll-Free : 1-877-424-1300

TTY : 1-855-696-2811

Email : ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca

 

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The November Swine Budgets and budgets for the entire year are available on the OMAFRA swine website 2015 Swine Budgets.

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Grain Farmers of Ontario farmer-members are invited to attend a full-day marketing seminar during the months of January and February. These seminars will introduce producers to Options on futures. Participants will be shown how to incorporate Options into their marketing strategies.

Seminars will be led by Marty Hibbs, grain merchandiser with Grain Farmers of Ontario. Hibbs is a 25 year veteran futures trader, analyst, and portfolio manager. He was a regular guest analyst on BNN for four years and is currently authoring the Market Side education series on futures trading basics in the Ontario Grain Farmer magazine.

January 14 – New Liskeard* February 9 – Chatham
January 26 – Belleville February 10 – Stratford
January 27 – Avonmore February 11 – London
  February 25 – Brantford

* Futures Seminar

Class size is limited to approximately 25 participants per location

Note: Pre-registration is required. No walk-ins will be permitted. To reserve a seat call Marty Hibbs 1-800-265-0550; email: mhibbs@gfo.ca; or go online at course information. Venue and start time details will be provided through an email with your registration confirmation.

 

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The Canadian livestock estimate has been released by Statistics Canada.

Canada exported 2.8 million hogs in the first half of 2015, up 17.8% from the same period in 2014. There was strong demand for hogs in the United States as slaughter was 7% higher in the first six months of 2015 compared with the same period in 2014. According to the most recent US data, hog inventories increased 9% from June 1, 2014.

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Hog Inventory Tables

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The Ontario hog market situation for the first six months of 2015 was summarized in the recent issue of Pork News and Views (click image to view).

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Download or view this page (pdf): PNV_Aug2015 4

or the entire August issue, which includes the full OMAFRA Swine Budget for June (pdf): PNV_Aug2015

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