Manitoba Pork’s three standing committees perform an advisory role to the Board of Directors in the implementation of policy as established by the Board of Directors under its mandate. The committees are comprised of directors, district advisors and staff in supporting roles.

Public Relations Committee

The purpose of the Public Relations committee is to create positive public awareness and knowledge of Manitoba Pork and its members through its public relations and marketing initiatives in support of its mission, “to foster the sustainability and prosperity of the pork industry for the good of hog farmers and all Manitobans.”

Current members: Scott Peters (Chair), Glen Gratton, Claude Vielfaure, Marg Rempel, Edward Stahl, Russ Penner, Doug Martin, George Matheson (ex officio), Susan Riese, Laurel Lyons, Sandy Ellis

Sustainable Development and Research Committee

The Sustainable Development and Research Committee’s primary purpose is to oversee Manitoba Pork’s research budget.

Since 1999, Manitoba Pork has spent more than $7.6 million on third-party and independent swine-related research and institutional development. We estimate that this has leveraged at least an additional $15 million in research funds from other sources.

Most of the annual research budget goes to organizations such as the University of Manitoba, the Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative, the Prairie Swine Centre, Swine Innovation Porc, and the Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium. More than 100 swine-related research projects have been funded in whole or in part by Manitoba Pork.

Current members: Rick Bergmann (Chair), James Hofer, Rick Préjet, Neil Booth, Sheldon Stott, Fred Fast, Hans Soer, Peter Hofer, George Matheson (ex-officio), Mike Teillet

Industry Performance and Services Committee

This committee meets three times a year to examine the current state of the industry, and identify and advise on any deficiencies or areas where improvements can be made in the following areas:

  • Canadian Quality Assurance (CQA) program
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Animal Care (incl. health and well-being)
  • Human Resources and Training
  • Traceability

The committee’s advice and recommendations help staff at Manitoba Pork prioritize needs and implement positive changes.

Current Members: Rick Préjet (Chair), Chris Lawson, Carol Martens, Don Carganillo, Calvin Penner, Lyle Peters, Russ Penner, Doug Martin, Garry Wollmann, George Matheson (ex-officio), Jeff Clark, Mark Fynn, Janice Goldsborough

Chop Talk – Issue #3-2017Feb 15th, 2017

In this issue of Chop Talk: UM Animal Science Dept: Changes at the helm; CWSHIN 4th quarter 2016 report; Canadian Pork Excellence (CPE) being piloted on farms; Manure nutrients: Could gravity provide the answer? Starting or expanding a pig farm: …

News and Events

Manitoba pork producers welcome updated building code

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Media Release, Winnipeg: On behalf of Manitoba pork producers, Manitoba Pork Chair George Matheson welcomes the Government of Manitoba’s recent commitment to repealing the Manitoba Farm Building Code, and amending the Manitoba Building Code by adding specific provisions for farm …

Biosecurity Notice from the Office of the Chief Veterinarian

Monday, December 12, 2016

Due to the ongoing risks associated with Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea and Seneca Virus A, the Manitoba Chief Veterinarian would like to remind animal transporters to use proper biosecurity practices when delivering animals to high traffic sites. This is a critical …

Manitoba pork producers welcome CETA signing

Monday, October 31, 2016

On behalf of Manitoba pork producers, Manitoba Pork Chair George Matheson welcomes the signing of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in Brussels on Sunday, October 30, 2016. The 28-country European Union (EU), with a population of …

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