2011 Work Plan

Hog Industry Development Trust Fund

1. Environmental Projects:
Project A : Dead Animal Disposal – Rendering

Purpose : An effective waste disposal system for dead animals.

Proponents : West Coast Reduction / BC Pork Producers Association

Background : 
For all livestock industries, disposal of dead animals can be challenging due to the volume of organic material. Simple solutions such as on-farm burial are not environmentally friendly while high tech methods tend to be effective but costly. For the BC Pork industry, historical records show that, on average, mortalities total 100,000 lbs per month.

Prior to this program the commonly used on-farm disposal was burial. There are environmental and animal health issues associated with burial and producers are anxious to utilize alternatives. Fortunately, there is a rendering plant in BC where dead animals can be processed into commercial products. Rendering is an effective although expensive solution at this time.

Anticipated outcome:
An effective, environmentally sound, dead-animal disposal system.

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Project B : ”Sharps” Disposal

Purpose : Provide for safe disposal system for of needles and related
materials used by pork producers.

Proponents : BC Pork Producers Association

Background :
Producers must medicate animals to prevent and cure sicknesses. Methods involve needles (“sharps”) and disposal can create potential hazards, environmental concerns and disease issues. A commercial company exists that will provide disposal containers and a pick up service. Greenbelt Veterinary Services offers to provide a central collection point where producers can deliver used containers and pick up replacements.

This program would be a one year pilot and if successful would be fully funded by producers going forward. During this project, the Association will fund the industry portion of the costs.

Anticipated outcome:
An effective program used by the majority of producers, to dispose of “sharps”.

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Project C : Dead Animal Disposal Alternatives

Purpose : Encourage development of practical, economically feasible, on farm disposal of dead animals.

Proponents : Individual Producers and the BC Pork Producers Association

Background : The “Alternatives” study completed in the 2009 HIDF Work Plan, identified possible alternatives to rendering for dead animal disposal. Foremost among these was incineration and composting. Producers may also be able to develop disposal proposals incorporating those or other practical solutions.

The HIDF Advisory Committee determined that the best way to move forward with alternatives is to offer a program with financial incentives and invite producers to submit proposals. The component of the 2011 Work Plan achieves that objective.

To increase the likelihood of success for the program and to reach out for new environmentally sound alternatives, BC Pork is contacting the Ministry of Environment inviting them to assist with ideas or systems that could be used to dispose of dead animals.

Anticipated outcome:
Practical proposals from individual producers suggesting alternatives for dead animal disposal.

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Project D : Canadian Quality Assurance (CQA)

Purpose : To upgrade and maintain food safety standards on BC pork
farms to the level of “CQA” designation.

Proponents : Greenbelt Veterinary Services Ltd / BC Pork Producers
Association

Background :

The BC Pork industry is implementing its Strategic Plan to transition from “commodity” to “specialty” production. Specialty production includes several common components namely food safety, environmental standards, and animal care, and some specialized components namely genetics, nutrition and medications. The CQA program is the foundation of food safety.

In 2010 the program was expanded to include Animal Care Certification. This component is consistent with BC Pork’s Production Protocol Enhancement Plan (PPEP) to differentiate BC Pork as a specialty product in the market place. To be certified producers must meet the minimum space requirements for each animal and must attend approved courses on animal care and transport.

Anticipated outcome:
Industry transition to specialty production with CQA certification.

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Project E : Market Development – Niche Markets – BC Pork / Verard
Farms (This Year 2 of 3 year project)

Purpose : To promote BC pork and the BC pork industry locally in
Chilliwack and Agassiz and to market local pork production
directly from farmer to consumer in farmers markets in
those locations.

Proponent : BC Pork Producers Association & Verard Farms

Background :
Verard Farms Ltd. is a farrow to finish hog farm located in East Chilliwack. Ard and Verna Hoogeveen have been operating this family farm for 13 years. They have 295 sows and send 6500 round and market hogs to market every year. Verard Farms ships most of their hogs to Johnston Packers in Chilliwack.

Anticipated outcome:
Increased exposure and profile in Chilliwack and Agassiz for BC pork and the BC Pork industry and sales of identifiable local production in those two locations.

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Project F : Market Development – Specialty Markets – Tannadice Farms
(This Year 2 of 3 year project)

Purpose : To promote BC pork and the BC pork industry on Vancouver
Island and to market local pork production in specialty, restaurants, and local retail outlets.

Proponent : BC Pork Producers Association & Tannadice Farms

Background :
Tannadice Farms is a 105-acre farm located in the Dove Creek area of the Comox Valley. It has been family owned and operated by the McWilliams family since 1974.

Tannadice Farms has established a method of farming that is ethical, sustainable and healthful. They take great care of their animals because they believe that the way food is produced has a profound effect on its nutritional value. Healthy animals produce healthy meat. They do not use growth hormones or animal by-products, and they only use antibiotics when necessary to prevent a sick animal from suffering. Tannadice pigs live in naturally lit, well-ventilated barns and always have access to clean bedding, clean water and a minimal stress environment. We believe this is a positive image for BC Pork.

Tannadice Farms intends to market its production in specialty, restaurants, and local retail outlets on Vancouver Island focussing on how their pork products are different from ‘commodity’ pork.

Anticipated outcome:
Increased exposure and profile on Vancouver Island for BC Pork and the BC Pork industry and sales of identifiable local production on the island.