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Blair Cressman

Blair Cressman

Manager

Blair Cressman

Blair Cressman

Manager


As Ontario Pork’s Marketing Division Manager since February 2020, Blair is focused on collective marketing opportunities that will strengthen returns for Ontario hog producers. With family farming roots and a degree in Animal Science from the University of Guelph, Blair has worked in a variety of roles within the swine sector including nutrition and pharmaceutical sales, as well as in production and contract management. Blair spends his free time helping manage his family’s livestock operation, playing sports, and camping with his wife & two boys.

David Kwan

David Kwan

Forward Pricing and Logistics

David Kwan

David Kwan

Forward Pricing and Logistics


David joined the Ontario Pork Marketing Division in early 2020, with a focus on Forward Pricing and logistics for hog movements. David’s prior experience as real-estate analyst and project analyst enable him to excel in his role as part of the Ontario Pork team. David graduated from the University of Guelph , Food and Agriculture Business co-op program in 2019. David spends his free time cooking, foraging, and playing video games.

Gillian Stops

Gillian Stops

Marketing Accounts and Forward Contracting

Gillian Stops

Gillian Stops

Marketing Accounts and Forward Contracting


Gillian has been with the Ontario Pork Marketing Division since 2015 working in various roles to support division members. Her background in sales and service management brings a service orientated approach to her work. Gillian loves travelling, camping, and adventures with her husband and toddler twins.

Amanda Pizarro

Amanda Pizarro

Pool Plus, Contract and Producer Service

Amanda Pizarro

Amanda Pizarro

Pool Plus, Contract and Producer Service


Amanda has over two decades of experience in the agricultural industry. Her career at Ontario Pork includes experience in areas including settlements and contracts, with a track record for providing strong support to our producers and customers. Amanda loves fitness, travelling with her family, and a good dessert!

 

Why Ontario Pork Marketing?

Ontario Pork Marketing provides innovative, cost-effective marketing services for Ontario pork producers, specializing in sales, logistics, settlement, and risk management. We provide a competitive advantage to producers through efficient, comprehensive marketing services and strong relationships with processors and industry stakeholders. The marketing division works closely with processor procurement staff, export brokers, commodity brokers, transporters and assemblers to support members.
 

Ontario hog farm

 

Forward Pricing

A Forward Pricing Contract is a firm agreement between the producer and the Marketing Division for delivery/receipt of an agreed number of hogs in a specific month to be priced at a contract price with a basis adjustment to be applied on date of delivery.

The “Standard” Forward Pricing program incorporates Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Lean Hog futures prices and Canadian Dollar futures prices to build an Ontario constructed futures price. Producers settle Standard Forward Pricing contracts when their hogs are delivered to market.

The “Lean Hog Only” Forward Pricing program allows producers to lift contracts at any time and do not involve a currency hedge. Target Pricing agreements allow producers to make a forward contract as soon as prices meet or exceed a selected level.

On each business day that trading is open, forward contracts can be made by contacting the Marketing Division from 10:30 AM - 1:20 PM at 1-800-862-9001.


Standard Forward Pricing Detailer

Lean Hog Only Detailer

 

Market hogs


Credit Risk Assessment

Although we do not guarantee payment, Ontario Pork Marketing offers security to producers by maintaining strict credit terms with packing plants to ensure that payments are received regularly and on time. In many cases we have financial instruments such as performance bonds or letters of credit; in other cases, we require prepayment or extremely prompt payment.


Pool & Pool Plus Programs

The Pool and Pool Plus programs offer competitive base prices, flexible grading grids, and a premium for Canadian Quality Assurance/ Canadian Pork Excellence (CQA/CPE) validated hogs. Standard freight rates are used FOB the yard of designation which means the trucking charges are less than shipping animals on contracts where no freight is paid.

Producers enrolled in the Pool Plus program will receive the average value of hogs sold through the Marketing Division's Block Sale Agreements to various packers. The Block Sale Agreements have allowed Producers to Collectively Market their hogs and guarantee delivery of specific quantities of hogs to packers for fixed periods of time.

 

Ontario hog transport

 

Producers who work with Ontario Pork Marketing have access to numerous automated tools in the OINK website. These tools include:

  • Historical statements
  • Grading data
  • Summary data by week, month, or year
  • Forward Pricing contract tracking and history
  • Health data
  • Contract renewal dates
  • Alternate grid reports
  • Historic pricing data and industry statistics
     

Contact the Ontario Pork Marketing Division:

1 (800) 873-0363 (General Enquiries & Logisitics)
1 (800) 862-9001 (Forward Pricing)

Email:
marketingdivision@ontariopork.on.ca