The Manitoba Advantage in Pork Protein

Manitoba has extensive expertise and infrastructure to support competitive pork production. Manitoba is home to numerous service companies that offer expertise and knowledge in herd management, animal health and marketing. 

Rural Manitoba has many locations where hog operations can be built and offer a good supply of locally-grown grains. There is also demand for hog manure as a valuable fertilizer in these regions. The low density of pigs in most regions of the province helps to maintain biosecurity and the high health status of the provincial swine herd. 

Farms can also take advantage of low cost, sustainably produced hydro electricity. Moreover, bacon produced in Manitoba is a premium product, because the barley-based diet fed on prairie farms results in bacon with a firmer white fat compared to the soft, orange-coloured fat when corn diets are fed.

The province has seen significant investment in both primary production and further processing facilities.


Manitoba’s Pork Industry

The hog sector is the second most valuable commodity in the province. There are 595 hog farms in Manitoba, producing 8.1 million pigs. The average herd size of over 5,000 head per farm represents the largest-sized pig farms in Canada.

About 73 per cent of hog operations in Manitoba are farrow to finish, with barns separated by operation type for biosecurity reasons.

In 2018, Manitoba processed over 5.4 million pigs, amounting to 532 million kilograms of pork products ranging from fresh and frozen pork to processed meats including bacon, deli products and prepared meals.

There were $995 million in farm cash receipts in 2018, representing 15 per cent of Manitoba’s total.

Processors exported pork and pork products to 33 countries with Japan, United States and China being the top three markets. Over the past five years, the value of these exports has increased by approximately $143 million, reaching $1.0 billion in 2018. The pork industry is a major employer in the province.

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Market and Consumer Trends

Approximately 50 per cent of all Canadian pork is further processed into cooked and cured products. 

Competitive pork prices and advanced-processing technology have resulted in an efficient production of bacon, ham and sausage products.

There are export opportunities for pork, particularly in Asian markets. In addition, there are strong market access conditions, with new trade agreements such as Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership.


The University of Manitoba and its Glenlea Research Station have swine-research facilities.

Researchers at the university have extensive publications in the field of swine nutrition, including antibiotic alternatives, feed enzymes, evaluation of feed ingredients and digestive physiology. The importance of pig housing and management on productivity and animal welfare has been highlighted in numerous research initiatives.

The Glenlea Research Station is home to the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre. The centre demonstrates how food is raised from the farm to the kitchen plate.The centre demonstrates how food is raised from the farm to the kitchen plate. A viewing area for visitors exhibits a day in the life of a pig.


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