In 2017, approximately 2.2 million pigs were marketed by 94 individuals/companies located in Saskatchewan. This includes 1.8 million market animals, 360,000 feeder pigs and approximately 50,000 culled sows and breeding stock exported to the U.S.
As of 2018, Saskatchewan had 80 registered individuals/companies producing hogs on approximately 150 active CQA production units in the province. In addition to this, Saskatchewan has 230 non-CQA registered premises with hogs.
In 2017, Saskatchewan produced 9 percent of all pigs in Canada.
Saskatchewan is the 5th largest producer of hogs in Canada behind Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, and Alberta.
Canada as a whole accounts for less than two percent of world pork production.
Saskatchewan has one of the lowest concentrations of pigs per square mile of arable farmland in the world at 16.6. This compares favourably to many jurisdictions including Alberta (41.3), Manitoba (142.7), Iowa (457.3), and Denmark (1459.3).
Saskatchewan exports significant quantities of pork and live pigs inter-provincially and internationally. In fact, residents of Saskatchewan only consume 14 percent of the market hogs produced in the province.
Nearly 70% percent of the pork produced in Canada is ultimately exported.
Canada is the world’s third largest exporter of pork, accounting for 16% of the pork trade world-wide in 2017. Only the United States and European Union export more.
The U.S. and Japan are Canada’s largest markets for pork and pork products, accounting for 66% of total export sales.
The U.S. continues to be an important destination for Saskatchewan market hogs and feeder pigs. In 2017, Saskatchewan exported approximately 75,000 animals for slaughter, and 360,000 weanlings and feeder pigs.
The prices Saskatchewan producers receive for hogs at western Canadian packing plants are derived via formula from major U.S. markets.
In 2017, the average index 100 price received by Saskatchewan producers was approximately $1.66/kg. Over the past five years, prices have averaged $1.68/kg.
Assuming an average carcass weight of 100 kg, 110 index, and loin/health bonuses of $2/hog, the total value of a hog in 2017 was $184.60/hog, while the 5-year average was $186.80/hog.
In 2016, 340,00 hogs were processed in Saskatchewan a federally and provincially inspected facilities.
Currently, Saskatchewan’s main federally inspected hog slaughter facility is Thunder Creek Pork, located in Moose Jaw.
Hog production is the third most significant agricultural sector in Saskatchewan behind the grains and oilseeds sector, and beef production.
In 2016, Saskatchewan hog producers had cash receipts of 275 million according to Statistics Canada. This accounted for 2 percent of total agriculture sales in Saskatchewan, and 13 percent of total livestock sales.
Hog production generates significant community spinoffs in feed manufacturing, processing, trucking, and construction/maintenance.
A typical farrow-finish production unit incurs 71% of its expenditures within 80 km of the operation.
A typical 600-sow farrow-finish barn spends roughly $2.6 million per year on operating expenses.