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Pork Production Slowed At End Of 2016

Canadian pork production in 2016 appears to have peaked earlier than usual.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada reports pork production ended the year 0.8 per cent above 2015’s production.

Typically, production is highest just before Christmas but that clearly wasn’t the case as national production was up 2.3 per cent earlier in the fall.

AAFC notes total pork exports for 2016 were up 5.9 per cent for the year.

Feeder pig exports were up 7.1 per cent while gilts, boars, sows and barrows were down 14 and a half per cent.

The money generated from those exports totalled 3.11 billion dollars, which was 10.9 per cent more than in 2015.

AAFC also points out Canada’s overall hog slaughter was up .3 per cent at the end of the year.

Slaughter in the U.S. ended up 2.4 per cent higher, while total pork production increased by 1.8 per cent.