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Major Ontario pork packer expects to re-open Monday

Conestoga Meats went offline April 27

Reading Time: 2 minutes The hog slaughter and processing plant billed as Ontario’s second-biggest pork producer expects to be back in business Monday after a week-long COVID-19-related shutdown. Conestoga Meats, based at Breslau, just east of Kitchener, notified hog farmers and shippers on Friday that it would suspend “most operations” during the week of April 27 to May 1, […] Read more

Piglets aborted, chickens gassed as pandemic slams meat sector

"We have to have less hogs somehow"

Reading Time: 5 minutes Chicago | Reuters — With the pandemic hobbling the meat-packing industry, Iowa farmer Al Van Beek had nowhere to ship his full-grown pigs to make room for the 7,500 piglets he expected from his breeding operation. The crisis forced a decision that still troubles him: He ordered his employees to give injections to the pregnant […] Read more


Transport agency orders Hudson Bay Railway to start repairs

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Canadian Transportation Agency has ordered the current owners of the Hudson Bay Railway to get repair work underway by July 3 at the latest. The CTA — the quasi-judicial tribunal and regulator for the Canadian transport sector — on Wednesday granted a request filed by an unnamed representative of Manitoba’s provincial opposition New Democrats […] Read more



Force majeure declared for CBOT soy shipping stations

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters –– CME Group declared force majeure for all soybean shipping stations until further notice because of flooding on the Illinois River, a notice from the exchange operator said Monday. A majority of facilities on the river, which are delivery points for soybean futures traded on CME’s Chicago Board of Trade, are unable […] Read more