No bacon shortage for Saskatchewan: Ag. minister
The bacon will continue to sizzle in Saskatchewan.
Despite a warning out from Britain’s National Pig Association Tuesday about worldwide bacon and pork shortage, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart doesn’t expect that to happen in the province.
“No, I don’t think so,” said Stewart, when asked whether Saskatchewan would see a bacon shortage.
“It’s very disappointing with what’s happened with Big Sky pork.”
Stewart says it’s a new ball game with Big Sky Farms on shaky ground.
“It’s going to be a new world out there in the pork industry. Big Sky was the biggest player in Saskatchewan by quite a big,” he said.
The Humboldt hog producer is just one of the victims after the drought in the U.S. and globally pushed grain prices up.
Big Sky, which accounts for 40 per cent of Saskatchewan’s hog production, is under bankruptcy protection and restructuring.
Stewart says what the industry is going through is cyclical.
“The industry is resilient and will carry on. Hopefully someone else steps up in Big Sky’s place,” he said.
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