Canadian Pork Council

Canadian Pork Council

March 14, 2011 15:30 ET

Statement by North American Hog Producers on the Availability of Feed Grain

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 14, 2011) - Leaders of Hog farmer organizations in Canada, the United States and Mexico have a major concern in common regarding the availability of feed grain.

Meeting in Merida, Mexico, the pork producer representatives identified the critical importance to the hog industries in all three counties of having physical availability to feed grain over the next year. Hog producers have been vigorously competing for a resource that is in high demand and shows no signs of dropping. The sense of anxiety over the availability of feed grain for the hog industry was only heightened with the release of the United States Department of Agriculture's Grain Supply and Production Reports that indicated that the crop planting this coming spring and normal yields would provide only a modest easing of tight feed supplies.

The lack of a stable supply of feed grains for livestock and poultry industry will significantly increase the cost of production, and consequently, the retail price of our products and make it all the more difficult for families to make healthy choices.

Below is a statement signed by the three Pork industry leaders. For a PDF version of the document with signatures, please go to http://www.cpc-ccp.com/Feed_Statement.pdf

Mérida, Mexico; March 11, 2011.

Today the pork industries of the three North American countries met in Merida, Yucatán in Mexico.

In that meeting the main worry expressed by all participants was the short and long term availability of feed grain. 

Industry representatives have already expressed these worries to their national governments but country delegates agreed to make a call for NAFTA agricultural ministers to meet and address this issue seriously.

If the availability of feed is not addressed in a responsible manner, the ability of hundreds of millions of people to consume pork and other meat and poultry products will be jeopardized. 

Rigoberto Espinoza
Presidente de la
Confederacion de Porcicultores Mexicanos
  Doug Wolf
President,
National Pork Producers Council
  Jurgen Preugschas
President,
Canadian Pork Council

The CPC serves as the national voice for hog producers in Canada. A federation of nine provincial pork industry associations, our organization's purpose is to play a leadership role in achieving and maintaining a dynamic and prosperous Canadian pork sector.

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  • Canadian Pork Council
    Gary Stordy
    Public Relations Manager
    613-236-9239 Ext. 277
    stordy@cpc-ccp.com