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Sow cull program to spread out funds

The federal cull program for breeding swine is moving into a second phase to spread out remaining funds across all provinces.

The Canadian Pork Council, which operates the $50 million program, said Thursday that in this second phase, funds will go only to hog farmers in provinces that haven’t yet met the target of cutting their breeding swine herd by 10 per cent from Jan. 1, 2008 levels.

As of Wednesday, the council reported, Ontario had committed 10.4 per cent of its breeding herd, Nova Scotia 46.9 per cent and Prince Edward Island 37.5 per cent during the first phase, in which applications had been accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applications from farmers in all other provinces will now be accepted with “date sent” records ranging from April 14 to May 21.

However, if funds are still available after May 21, the program will again accept applications from all producers in all provinces with a “date sent” range from April 14 until Sept. 1 (or until all funds are allocated).

Under the cull program, qualifying hog farmers will get $225 per breeding swine culled after April 14 or $225 per animal culled between Nov. 1, 2007
and April 13, 2008 less the selling price received. The program also reimburses costs of euthanasia, further processing, rendering and disposal.

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