Working in collaboration with Ontario’s federal packing plants, we have developed a swine movement document (Annex 4). This swine movement document reflects the recent changes made to the Canadian Ractopamine-Free Pork Certification Program and must accompany all shipments of pigs to Conestoga and Sofina, federally inspected plants.
Assemblers please note: one new addition to this version of the document is an assembly yard sign off, which must be filled out by the person in charge of the yard if pigs are assembled prior to being shipped to slaughter. If the pigs are shipped direct to slaughter, the assembly yard statement can be checked off as not applicable.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ontario Pork. You can also contact Conestoga Meats at firstname.lastname@example.org and 519-648-2506 x369 during the day, or 226-755-0627 after hours. To contact Sofina, please call 1-800-398-9666 for more information.
Conestoga & Sofina - Annex 4 Swine Movement Document
Olymel - Annex 4 Swine Movement Document
Les Viandes du Breton - Annex 4 Swine Movement Document
Warm Weather Transport
With warmer weather soon approaching, Ontario Pork in conjunction with the processing plants, would like to remind producers and transporters of warm weather protocols for pig transport. It is important that the swine industry can demonstrate proactive measures to ensure good animal health and welfare during warm weather transport.
This year, both Conestoga Meats and Sofina will be sending out a mass email notice to producers and transporters the night before shipments if severe weather is expected the following day. The notice will state the maximum number of animals that the plant will expect to be transported on a standard 53’ trailer. Shipments arriving on trailers outside of the range will be required to look up to appropriate number on the hot weather loading charts. Failure to comply with these notices may result in monetary penalties from CFIA and administrative actions from the plants.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) enforces load density for livestock based on the Transportation Codes of Practice for Livestock. According to the Codes, load density must be reduced in hot and humid weather. Hot weather loading charts have been revised in 2019 with approval of the plants and can help you with the decision of how many pigs to load.