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Maple Leaf to buy four Saskatchewan hog barns

Pork processor plans future upgrades

Reading Time: < 1 minute Two sow barns and two nursery hog barns in central Saskatchewan are set to become the property of meat processor Maple Leaf Foods. Toronto-based Maple Leaf announced Wednesday it plans to buy the four barns from Polar Pork, a group of farms spearheaded by members of the Possberg family — well known as the founding […] Read more

F. Menard’s retail butcher shop at Ange-Gardien underwent a major renovation in July 2018. (

F. Menard’s pork industry assets cleared for sale

Reading Time: 2 minutes Antitrust regulators have cleared the path for La Coop federee to take up a significantly larger, vertically integrated share of its home province’s pork packing, feed milling and hog production sectors. The agribusiness co-operative announced Thursday its Olymel and Sollio Agriculture arms have “received the green light” from the federal Competition Bureau to buy the […] Read more

“If we stay together as a unit and focus on that common vision of where we can get to, we will eventually get there,” says Brett Israel, here with grandfather Carl and father Jamie.

Definitely the road less travelled

Taking to organic in crops and in hogs takes trust, vision and teamwork

Reading Time: 7 minutes Brett Israel is looked upon as a young, entrepreneurial producer with one eye firmly fixed on the road ahead, while honouring and respecting those who have come before him. It can be a bit of a tightrope walk for Israel, whose family has been farming on the same concession in Wellington County for six generations. […] Read more


HyLife co-founder Paul Vielfaure, 59

Reading Time: < 1 minute Funeral arrangements are pending for one of the founding brothers behind Prairie hog production and pork processing firm HyLife. Paul Vielfaure died suddenly Nov. 23 at age 59, his family reported in a brief obituary in Winnipeg and Steinbach newspapers this week. Radio-Canada reported Tuesday that Vielfaure had died in Phoenix, Arizona. While Vielfaure was […] Read more

Human hand holding soybean, with field in background

The outlook for Canadian agriculture is one of ‘surprising strength’

Crop and livestock prices are off their highs, but demand, 
supply, and the low dollar are positive factors

Reading Time: 2 minutes Here’s some encouraging news. Farm cash receipts should be relatively stable across all provinces in 2016-17. Each province combines a different mix of crops and livestock products that result in varied provincial receipts, but the overall trends appear steady. There are a number of reasons this is likely to be the case. Commodity prices show […] Read more

The Mike and Amy Cronin with their family.

VIDEO: Bluevale, Ont., family named Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers

Reading Time: < 1 minute Mike and Amy Cronin’s management skills, sound core-business values and team of trusted employees have helped build a successful international hog operation that has not only survived, but grew in often volatile market conditions. “I think it’s pretty humbling, actually,” says Amy Cronin on the couple’s win as Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmer. “It could have been any one […] Read more