The federal agriculture department is adding $1.8 million to its earlier commitments for research for the pork industry.
This addition is for animal welfare – mainly sow and piglet housing - and brings the total to $14.8 million for the current five-year period.
“This investment . . .helps respond to the interests of consumers and will help put more money in the pockets of our producers," said Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay.
"Enhancing the competitiveness and the sustainability of the Canadian pork industry is Swine Innovation Porc's primary goal and focus,” said Stewart Cressman, chairman of Swine Innovation Porc.
“In addition to responding to concerns about animal welfare, the Swine Cluster 2 research program also addresses animal health and reducing feed costs. This additional investment in research will further the outcomes of this program and ensure that emerging issues facing the pork sector will continue to be addressed. "