It’s been a hard year for swine farmers, and Wayne Bartels is proof of the trouble his sector is facing. Haldimand County Hydro shut off the power to his 100-acre farm just south of Hamilton when he couldn’t pay $11,000 worth of bills. Now, the pig farm is running on diesel-fuelled backup generators, keeping its ventilation and computerized feeding system operational and the pigs alive. The problem is the H1N1 outbreak has caused customers to curtail their pork expenditures as feed prices continue to climb. Bartels is not alone. To read this Toronto Star report, click here.