Manitoba Co-Operator: Supply-managed producers fare better than many during pandemic
June 22, 2020 —
As the Manitoba Co-Operator reports:
Not all costs are counted yet, but Manitoba’s supply-managed producers appear to be emerging from the pandemic in better shape than their beef and hog farming counterparts thanks, in part, to their ability to co-ordinate supply collectively.
“(Supply-managed producers are) facing similar issues — they’ve dumped milk and eggs in a similar way to hog producers who may have to cull a bunch of pigs,” said Ryan Cardwell, a researcher and professor of agriculture and food policy at the University of Manitoba.
“One of the big differences, though, is that the losses incurred in doing that are shared out evenly across producers,” Cardwell said.