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Hog farmers plot exit from ailing industry

by 5m Editor
26 September 2007, at 10:12am

NOVA Scotia - The handful of hog producers left in Nova Scotia say the industry as they know it is finished.

There are now only 38 hog producers in the province, down from 175 just five years ago and about 100 in 2006. Many of those remaining want out of the business, or are looking for a new way to raise hogs.

"I've had enough of this," said Martin Porskamp, chairman of the board of Pork Nova Scotia, the voice of the industry.

"I'm tired physically and emotionally, and I don't want to do this anymore," said Porskamp, who raises 6,000 hogs a year in Sheffield Mills, in the Annapolis Valley. "It's no fun."

With the high cost of grain and low prices for meat, it costs producers $70 every time they sell a pig to a meat-packing plant.

Source: CBC Nova Scotia

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