Maple Leaf and government policy
is to blame for the continued loss of hog producers and a risk to “thousands of
jobs” at the Brandon slaughter plant.
Manitoba Pork Council general
manager Andrew Dickson would have us believe that the province-wide hog
production ban and new manure treatment regulations are the culprits.
Does Dickson forget that the
loss of most independent hog farmers started when the Maple Leaf, Hy-Tek and
Puratone corporations set up their pyramid scheme-like operations and the
conservative Filmon government removed single-desk marketing protection in the
late 1990s? Well before a moratorium and phosphorus regulation was put in place.
Further details here.