Ottawa funds 10% cull of pigs
$50 million program will pay to eliminate 150,000 breeding sows
Amid soaring food prices and global shortages of some commodities, Canadian farmers are being offered $50 million by the federal government to destroy 150,000 pigs – or 10 per cent of the herd – this summer.
The program, announced in February, came into effect yesterday and is aimed at rescuing the industry from economic collapse.
Canada's hog farmers badly need help to cope with soaring feed prices and a higher dollar, said the Canadian Pork Council, which is administering the program.