Claire Schlegel, president of the Canadian Pork Council says the Canadian industry and its U.S. customers can survive the added cost during the six months it will take for the Commerce Department to reach a final finding of injury but says a price war in the export market could happen if the decision goes against Canada. U.S. producers will be forced to step up production of feeder pigs and Canadians will be forced to increase slaughter and processing capacity. This will cause both countries to put more pork on the export market.
Schlagel says Canadian pigs are essential to the prosperity of the U.S. industry. “Weaner pigs and early weans go down there, they’re fed U.S. corn, they’re purchased by U.S. farmers, they’re sold to U.S. processors and processed as American pork and then exported around the world.”
Schlagel points out that the weanlings number between 5 million and 6 million out of the 100 million hogs marketed in the United States, saying U.S. producers have become very dependent on Canadian weaner pigs.
In addition, Ontario Pork issued a press release stating its disappointment with the ruling. “This decision is unfair to Ontario hog farmers,” says Larry Skinner, Chair of Ontario Pork. “Ontario hogs are fairly traded: there is one North American price, and we sell at that price in both Canada and the United States. Ontario farmers should not have to defend themselves against protectionist litigation.”
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