Animal Health is Our Livelihood
Keeping pigs healthy and ensuring they thrive is a farmer’s pride and passion. Farmers follow strict standards when it comes to animal care, including safe handling, air quality, transportation, and more.
At a Glance
- Certification programs, such as the Canadian Pork Excellence program, provide direction on animal care, on-farm food safety, and traceability.
- Over 2,500 people are employed on-farm as veterinarians, animal care technicians and managers.
- Manitoba Pork has a long-standing commitment to funding research, including the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences.
- Over 95% of all pigs in Canada are raised in open, group pens.
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Everyone who works with hogs in Manitoba is expected to follow the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs, government legislation including the Criminal Code of Canada and Manitoba’s Animal Care Act.
Manitoba hog farmers have zero tolerance when it comes to animal abuse. We support strict penalties against animal abusers that are included in the Criminal Code of Canada and the Animal Care Act of Manitoba. Cases of abuse, cruelty, or neglect must be immediately reported by anyone who observes them.
Manitoba Pork is committed to providing those working with hogs with knowledge, skills, resources, and a workplace culture that reinforces the empathy and high standards of animal care we expect for our herds. Hog farmers ensure that their employees have access to the appropriate training.
Most animal transport movements in Manitoba are less than four hours long. The animals have access to water until they are loaded onto a trailer and then again as soon as they are unloaded. As temperatures rise, transporters reduce the number of pigs on trailers to allow for increased air circulation.
Transporters stop very little so that the pigs remain comfortable.
The Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) program is a training and certification program designed for transporters, producers and handlers of hogs that are involved in the loading, unloading and transport of pigs. All transporters delivering to federally inspected pork processing plants in Manitoba must be certified.
Canadian Pork Excellence
All farms that market pigs to federally inspected processing plants in Manitoba, as well as those farms that supply to federally inspected plants, must be registered on the Canadian Quality Assurance program. As of 2019, Manitoba’s hog farmers are transitioning from the current CQA program to the Canadian Pork Excellence (CPE) program. CPE is a national platform that allows registered pork producers to demonstrate compliance with food safety, animal care, and traceability requirements.
New Livestock Transportation Regulations
Canadian Food Inspection Agency Health of Animals Regulations
Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs
Criminal Code of Canada
Manitoba Pork’s Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) Program
Canadian Pork Excellence Program