Industry Partners

Prairie Swine Centre is an affiliate of the University of Saskatchewan

Prairie Swine Centre is grateful for the assistance of the George Morris Centre in developing the economics portion of Pork Insight.

Financial support for the Enterprise Model Project and Pork Insight has been provided by:

Author(s): Treena Hein
Publication Date: January 1, 2007
Reference: Pigs, Pork and Progress 2007
Country: Canada


In order to help the public recognize and appreciate how
far Ontario agriculture has come, a research project known
as “A Century of Achievement” was launched. The final report,
chock full of hard numbers and images which demonstrate
agricultural progress in the swine, dairy and poultry sectors
over the last century, will allow agricultural spokespersons to
do justice to agriculture’s good news story. “A Century of Achievement” provides many numbers to
illustrate the extent of the changes that have taken place.
For example:
• The number of hog farms has decreased over the last 100
years from more than 120,000 to below 3,300.
• The number of hogs on Ontario farms has increased from
1.5 million to 3.6 million.
• The amount of pork produced per sow per year has more
than doubled in the last 50 years.
• The number of days to reach market weight (100 kilograms)
in the past 20 years has decreased by one-fifth.
• Water requirements to raise a pig from birth to market
weight in the last half-century have decreased by 40
per cent.
• The market weight of a hog carcass has increased by
approximately 15 kilograms per hog in the past 30 years.
The report provides considerable information
on improved nutrition, enhanced health and better
management, which can be used by the feed industry,
veterinarians and farm organizations to convey to public
audiences the successes in animal production and the
increased efficiency with which the industry uses Ontario’s
Copies of the full report are available by contacting
James White at (905) 453 1174. Further information can be
obtained by contacting either or

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