The Canadian swine industry continues to shrink in size. We won’t know the exact numbers of pigs until the results of the July 1 inventory count is released by Statistics Canada in late July. However, we are seeing the impact of their financial woes in the US.
There has been a sharp drop in the number of Canadian SEW and feeder pigs crossing the border so far this year compared to previous years. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, the number of Canadian pigs per week thru the first week of June averaged 90,019, 90,285 and 92,307 pigs per week. For the same period this year the number has fallen to 81,456 head per week, a marked reduction.