Canada''s strong dollar and a declining pork industry is causing the country to purchase more U.S. pork.

USDA''s Foreign Agricultural Service reports that U.S. pork sales to Canada rose 20 percent to 164,334 metric tons in 2007. That compares to 137,302 metric tons in 2006. Most of the imports were of fresh or chilled pork cuts, including back ribs and processed pork, including pre-packaged sausages.

Canada''s demand for U.S. pork is expected to increase further this year as the country''s pork producers continue to cut production. There''s also no sign that the Canadian dollar will weaken or the U.S. dollar will strengthen. So far, export reports show that in January and February, 40 percent more U.S. pork found its way into Canada than for the same period in 2007.

According to Statistics Canada profit pressures are forcing the country''s pork producers to exits the industry "at an unprecedented rate." The total number of Canadian hog farms on April 1, fell to 8,820 farms, down 19.3 percent from April 1, 2007.

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