Government of Canada Invests in Competitiveness of Hog Industry

February 10, 2011
OTTAWA – Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer is pleased that the Government of Canada is once again supporting the livestock industry as they develop a national traceability system. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced an investment today of more than $3.7 million to strengthen the Canadian Pork Council’s national swine traceability system, bringing the total investment for this initiative up to $7 million.

“There is no doubt that a strong traceability system benefits Canadian producers, the value chain and consumers alike,” said Minister Ritz. “This investment will help the Canadian Pork Council continue the development of its hog traceability system and give our hog farmers the competitive edge they need to access markets around the world.”

“Today’s announcement demonstrates our Government’s dedication to helping the Canadian pork industry compete and capture new markets,” said Dreeshen.  “The recovery of the Canadian pork industry was a topic of discussion during our latest economic roundtable meetings in the Red Deer riding.  “I am pleased that Minister Ritz’s announcement reflects what I have been hearing from local industry leaders and the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce’s Policy Committee.”

The Canadian Pork Council’s traceability system, PigTrace Canada, is designed to track the movement of hogs across the country. Phase 1 of this initiative focused on the creation of a tag distribution system for hogs, Phase 2 will focus on combining swine movement information into a national centralized database.  A national traceability system will not only give Canada a competitive edge when working to access new markets but it can also be used as a marketing tool for producers to help get a better return for their high quality products. During a potential animal disease outbreak, a national database would allow the Canadian Pork Council to quickly identify what farm the hog came from and what other animals it may have come in contact with, in an effort to limit the economic and trade impacts of such emergencies.

To find out more about this initiative, please visit:
www.agr.gc.ca/cifsi

Information on Phase 1 can be found here: http://www.agr.gc.ca/cb/index_e.php?s1=n&s2=2010&page=n100514a