Manitoba pork industry grows despite ‘uncertainty’

Bacon plant, breeding facility show sector strength


By GFM Network News/Glacier FarmMedia Feed

Grainews (Canada) - September 16, 2022


MarketsFarm — The current state of Manitoba’s pork industry is evident in a pair of large investments within the sector, according to the general manager of Manitoba Pork.


Cam Dahl, who was named GM of the provincial pork organization in February last year after previously working for Manitoba Beef Producers and Cereals Canada, cited two projects he considers to be a boon for Manitoba’s pork industry.


The first was the $182 million, 73,000-square foot expansion of the Maple Leaf Foods plant in Winnipeg. built for packaging pre-cooked bacon and completed last October.


“Those were 350 jobs we were exporting to the United States previously,” Dahl said.


Later this month, Dutch hog breeder Topigs Norsvin will officially open its new nucleus facility named Innova Canada in the Municipality of Westlake-Gladstone, at a site about 100 km northwest of Portage la Prairie. The company’s Canadian headquarters are in Oak Bluff, just outside Winnipeg.


“It’s a $35 million investment and it comes with 35 high-tech jobs,” Dahl added. “These are the kinds of investments that are happening because we have that critical mass of production here. The industry’s growing and maybe there are some bottlenecks that are holding that up, but… we see the demand for the product.”


Worldwide, there is plenty of uncertainty according to Dahl. African swine fever (ASF) continues to threaten pigs in countries including China, the Philippines and more recently in Germany...