November 26, 2020
Ontario Pork is pleased to share an update with producers regarding the Canada-Ontario COVID-19 2020 Hog Feed Maintenance Initiative.
In the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, market disruptions led to delays for some producers in shipping market-ready hogs. Ontario Pork has worked closely with government to calculate the impact on producers and develop a framework for payments to offset associated feed costs.
Agricorp announced that eligible producers may receive a one-time payment to help offset the cost of additional feed for hogs held back due to plant closures between April 5 and June 13, 2020.
To qualify for this initiative, a producer must demonstrate that they owned market-ready hogs which:
- Were scheduled to be processed at Olymel and Weston processing plants between April 5 and June 13, 2020
- Were held back from shipping for a minimum of eight (8) days
- Were shipped for processing between April 5 and June 13
Ontario Pork will contact eligible producers in the coming days. If you believe you qualify to receive compensation for hogs held during this period but do not receive an email or letter from Ontario Pork in the next week, please contact Patrick O’Neil, manager of business economics and development at 519-767-4600, ext. 1150, 519-820-8520 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your situation.
We appreciate the support of our provincial and federal government partners on this initiative and look forward to their continued support as pork producers in Ontario work to ensure a safe and sustainable food supply through the COVID-19 pandemic.