The country's hog industry has seen an amazing amount of growth over the last decade, but concerns over its future success are beginning to arise.

Clare Schlegel is President of Canadian Pork Council.

He notes 2005 was the first year in the last 12 where hog production decreased.

Schlegel feels this indicates a peak has been hit and the sector is beginning to stagnate.

He adds the appreciation of the Canadian dollar since 2003 has decreased our competitiveness on the international marketplace, and has increased the competitiveness of the American hog sector.

Schlegel adds much of our success can be attributed to exports, which now account for 55 to 60% of all the pork produced in Canada.

He stresses we can not assume this will continue without a favourable business climate for hog production and processing.