The Canadian Pork Council reports that the second tender of Canada's Hog Farm Transition Program showed 43,182 sows removed from production for the next three years. The first tender, last November, took 22,777 sows out of inventory. A third tender is planned for Jan. 20, 2010.
The $75 million program is funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and administered by the Canadian Pork Council.
Paragon Economics President Steve Meyer says he believes many of these sows were culled during the summer months since Canadian total culling was 24% higher than year-ago levels from June through September and has been 10% lower than year-ago levels since October 1.