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North American pork innovation entries wanted

The Banff Pork Seminar is accepting applications for the Dr. F.X. Aherne Prize for Pork Innovation. It is open to anyone who has developed an innovation relevant to the North American pork industry, including feeding; breeding; ventilation; disease control and prevention; transportation; manure management; animal handling; facility or enterprise management; and pork quality and safety. […] Read more

Banff Pork Seminar offers ‘powerhouse program’

The 47th Banff Pork Seminar from Jan. 9 to 11 at the Banff Springs Hotel will once again have a “powerhouse program,” says co-chair, Dr. Ruurd Zijlstra of the University of Alberta. It will feature “innovation, latest technology, challenging thinking on the big issues of the day combined with production information that producers can implement […] Read more


The ‘EZ Tub’ is a low-cost scale built onto a lightweight base that is easily transportable and washable.

Weigh scale and handling system win F.X. Aherne hog innovation awards

The two innovations awarded prizes boost profitability and reduce stress

Two hog innovations were recognized with the F.X. Aherne Prize at the 2015 Banff Pork Seminar. Ontario producers Lyle and Maaike Campbell of Birnam Pork won for an innovative piglet weigh scale which boosted profitability in that operation. And Greg Feenstra and Dave Uttecht of Heartland Pork LLC in Alpena, South Dakota, won for their […] Read more