Maple Leaf Foods officials say they will implement a "full, second shift" hog slaughter run at the company's Brandon, Manitoba, plant late next year. This move will increase the plant's weekly hog slaughter rate another 11,000 head, pushing it to 86,000 hogs. Upgrades to Brandon's wastewater plant will allow the slaughter expansion.
The Manitoba government still has a moratorium to prevent the construction of new hog barns or any expansion of existing barns. It applies to three of the province's regions.
However, Maple Leaf officials report that the moratorium on new production is not an issue of concern for the company. "Maple Leaf has had no problems sourcing hogs for its facility in Brandon and does not foresee any upcoming problems," says Jeanette Jones, Maple Leaf's communications director.
Source: Maple Leaf, Meatingplace.com