Rothsay increases deadstock pickup fees

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Rothsay, one of the largest deadstock pickup services in the province, increased its prices Dec. 14.

A letter from Rothsay to regular customers explained that, effective Dec. 14, on-farm pickup on weekdays would increase to $50 per stop, and $65 per stop for calls on Fridays. Previously, prices were closer to $20 per pickup and $10 per pickup in June 2019.

“Over the last few years, we have experienced decreased demands for finished products that contain pork deadstock… along with increasing environmental costs associated with handling the material,” the letter stated.

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Citing “returns that are no longer sustainable,” the letter says the company “can no longer continue to absorb these losses and find it necessary to pass through a price increase to our valued customers.”

Rothsay’s Cambridge office referred Farmtario to the head office of the parent company, Texas-based Darling Ingredients. Darling Ingredients did not respond to requests for further information.

Atwood Resources also picks up dead pigs in the region, with a $40 per pickup charge.

In eastern Ontario, Montreal- based Sanimax picks up dead pigs as far west as Gananoque. Their charge is $89.90 per pickup.

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Stew Slater operates a small dairy farm on 150 acres near St. Marys, Ont., and has been writing about rural and agricultural issues since 1999.

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