Small Lot Pork Producers

Bringing a new animal home is an exciting time!  If you have never raised pigs before, you may be thinking, “What do I do with them now?”  Even if this isn’t your first time raising pigs, you may have questions about feeding or management.  Take some time to look through the resources and information in this package.  Note that it is intended for those raising weaned pigs through growing and finishing to slaughter weight, and does not contain much detail on the management of sows, breeding or farrowing.  We have included basic information on housing, management, nutrition/feeding and health, along with what you need to know for slaughter time and PigTrace, Canada’s national hog traceability program.

Whether you have two pigs, twenty, or two hundred, it is important for you to be aware of the management and welfare requirements of the industry, and of the traceability requirements for movement of animals and slaughter.

Enjoy your pigs!

Resources for small lot producers

African Swine Fever

African swine fever is very contagious and is killing pigs and wild boars in Africa, Asia and parts of Europe. Let’s work together so African swine fever does not make its way to Canada!

For more information:

or visit the Canadian Pork Council’s website on ASF at:

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED)

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) is a highly contagious, viral disease of pigs that has not previously been detected in British Columbia. PED causes severe diarrhea and death in suckling pigs and milder diarrhea in older pigs. Any sudden onset of unusual diarrhea should be investigated immediately by a veterinarian. It has been detected in other provinces including Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta as well as several US states.

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