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Hog Output

Canadian hog output (domestic slaughter plus live exports) is estimated at 21.1 million head in 2012, a decrease of 0.4% from the 2011 output. Quebec - Atlantic led all provinces in production with 7.95 million hogs, followed by Saskatchewan - Manitoba at 5.64 million, Ontario at 4.06 million and British Columbia - Alberta at 2.63 million.

Slaughter hog exports to the U.S. in 2012 totaled 0.88 million head, a decrease from the 1.00 million in 2011. Feeder pig exports saw a decrease in 2012, with 4.68 million head exported compared to 4.73 million head in 2011.

Number of Hogs Slaughtered in Federally Inspected Establishments in Canada

Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Prepared by AAFC

Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Note: Hog export data is based on U.S. sources.  Canadian data is from federally and provincially inspected establishments.

Pork Exports

Canada's pork exports increased in 2012, reaching 1,189,261 tonnes.

Sales to the U.S. are estimated at 320,406 tonnes, up by 2% from the previous year, and the value of the sales are estimated at $981 million, down by 2%. The U.S. market represents about 27% of Canada's total pork export tonnage; over 15 years ago, the U.S. accounted for over 90% of Canada's pork exports. 

Japan purchased about 212,632 tonnes, slightly down from the previous year, at a value of $877 million, down by 2%.  This market represents 17% of Canada's total pork tonnage.

The total value of Canadian pork exports in 2012 is over $3.19 billion, down from $3.20 billion in 2011.

Key global markets, based on 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 purchases are shown below.


Detailed export statistics of top 20 markets for Canada, including tonnage and value in Canadian dollars, follow:


Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Pork Imports

Detailed import statistics of top 20 importing countries for Canada, including tonnage and value in Canadian dollars (includes reexports), follow:



Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada