Everything but the oink

No other animal provides us with a wider range of products than the pig. Pigs are raised for a variety of meats such as bacon, ham and pork chops. We also appreciate pigs for the many additional products they provide.

Some examples include:

Medicines – Insulin from the pancreas and about 40 other pharmaceuticals are made with help from pigs. Blood vessels, tendons, heart valves and tissue are used in a number of medical procedures on humans. As well, pig gelatin is used to harden the shells of medicine-containing capsules.

Household items – Fatty acids from the bone are used in a variety of everyday products like candles, crayons, paint, fabric softener, soap, shampoo and lipstick. The hair from pigs can be used to make durable paintbrushes or processed into fertilizer.

Paper and film – Bone collagen and gelatin is used to improve the stiffness of paper and as a bonding agent in photographic film.

Foodstuffs – Gelatin from pig skin is used to thicken and texturize many common foods like ice cream, butter, marshmallows and chewy sweets. Gelatin is also used to clarify beverages like beer, wine and fruit juices by absorbing the particles that would otherwise leave them cloudy.

Leathers – Pig hide is used in many products, from safety gloves to footballs and footwear, to leather jackets.

Alternative energy – Even products that would otherwise go to waste are sometimes used as fuel to produce electricity.


Pig Products

Did you know?

Pig by-products make up an estimated 30% of the live weight of market hogs, while about 60% is used for meat.


Manitoba Pork represents 624 Manitoba hog farms

Manitoba Pork

Manitoba Pork’s office at 28 Terracon Place is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, closed from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. for lunch. As much as possible, please contact by emailing or phoning in requests for information, ear tags, and other resources. Contact us by phone, fax, email or regular mail.

Tel: 204-237-7447
Fax: 204-237-9831
24-hour Emergency Contact Line: 1-833-310-0108

28 Terracon Place
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
R2J 4G7