Caught between years of underinvestment, unfair US trade laws and PEDv, Canada's pork output and exports are poised to stay flat. Although Canadian swine rearing's profitability continues to improve, both market forces and overhangs from yesteryear limit farmers' incentive to expand inventories.
Amid a PEDv epidemic, high prices falling feed costs, returns are high as output and exports top out. America's swine sector finds itself beset by both hope and challenges. Hog numbers have taken a hit and exports are stagnant, but at least profit margins are healthy.