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Exploring economic advantages and disadvantages of finishing hogs in Alberta : a comparison with Iowa / Minnesota

Description

This report explores and compares production practices and cost of production (in 2012 and 2014) in hog finishing barns of Alberta and Iowa/Minnesota. The report also discusses on a high level other important factors that contribute to profitability of hog producers in Alberta and in the US, such as policy, labor, hog feed, and pricing. It is concluded that, compared to the US (Iowa/Minnesota) hog producers, Alberta hog producers have advantages related to production practices and processes (such as days to market, biosecurity, land base), but at an economic disadvantage of higher production costs and lower hog prices. The message of this report is that in terms of production efficiencies and product quality, Alberta hogs are at least as good as the US hogs (and some aspects of production practices may be even better). It is a combination of relatively higher prices and lower cost of production in the US that makes the US hog producers enjoy higher returns on average compared to Alberta hog producers.

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hog finishing barns hog producers hogs

Title and publication information

Type
Report
Alternative Title

Exploring economic advantages and disadvantages of finishing hogs in Alberta

Extent

20 pages

Frequency

Once

Publisher / Creator Information

Publisher

Agriculture and Forestry

Contributor

Komirenko, Zoia

Place of Publication

Edmonton

Resource Dates

Date Created

2015-11-01

Date Added

2015-12-22T16:23:29.067303

Date Modified

2015-11-01

Date Issued

2015-11-01

Audience information

Identifiers

NEOS catalogue key

7297894

Usage / Licence

Contact

Contact Email

zoia.komirenko@gov.ab.ca

Contact Other

Zoia Komirenko Livestock Economist Economics Branch Economics and Competitiveness Division 780-422-5027 zoia.komirenko@gov.ab.ca