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): Manitoba Pork Council
Publication Date: January 1, 2002
Reference: Manitoba Pork Council
Country: Canada


Hog farming is one of the most regulated activities in Manitoba. Manitoba’s hog farms are required to follow numerous provincial and federal laws and regulations, as well as local by-laws and requirements. Manitoba hog farmers must follow Manitoba’s Environment Act (specifically the Livestock Manure and Mortalities Regulation), Water Rights Act, Planning Act, Animal Care Act, Pesticides and Fertilizer Control Act, Animal Diseases Act and Farm Practices Protection Act. Farmers must also follow the federal Animal Care Act and Fisheries Act, as well as municipal development plans and zoning by-laws. The province recently introduced legislation further safeguarding the quality of drinking water in Manitoba. Government initiatives saw the establishment of the Office of Drinking Water, the re-introduction of subsidized water testing for private well owners and the certification of drinking water operators. And since 2001 the provincial government invested $31.2 million to upgrade water systems. All of this helps reinforce existing regulations to provide a safe, clean water supply for all existing and future users. It is also important to note that a Water Rights License is required for all activities that use 25,000 litres or more of water per day. The Livestock Manure and Mortalities Regulation (MR 42/98) governs the storage, transportation and land application of livestock manure, the storage and disposal of livestock mortalities and mandates the filing of manure management plans by livestock operations over a certain size. The current regulation requires that all operations of 400 animal units (AU) or greater (a 2800 head hog feeder barn or 800 feeder calves) must file a plan on an annual basis with Manitoba Conservation. The province now proposes to lower that threshold to 300 AU (2100 feeder hogs or 600 feeder calves). Between the release of the Livestock Stewardship Report in December of 2000 and mid-July 2002, the government changed several laws and regulations governing animal agriculture. Further, in their July 22nd formal response to the recommendations of the Livestock Stewardship Report, the province announced several additional improvements to the livestock review and approval process to occur over the next 12 to 18 months. These laws, rules and regulations will help ensure that agriculture remains socially, economically and environmentally sustainable. Hopefully hog farming will continue to figure prominently in the mix of agricultural activities. It is noteworthy that in 2001, pigs represented more than $850 million in farm gate receipts, nearly 25% of the provincial total. In that same year, hog farming generated more than $2 billion for the provincial economy and employed 15,000 people directly. The bottom line is that sustainable and responsible agriculture makes for a stronger more vibrant Manitoba.

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