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Both Canada and the U.S. are taking new measures to ensure viruses — such as the one that causes African swine fever — don’t get into pig herds through contaminated feed or feed supplements.

Contaminated feed a risk that can’t be ignored, says expert

It’s clear that viruses, including African swine fever, can be transmitted via feed ingredients

Reading Time: 3 minutes New research is showing that animal feed can carry viruses, including the one that causes African swine fever. It’s a threat that must be thwarted, Scott Dee, veterinarian and director of applied research for Minnesota-based Pipestone Veterinary Services, told attendees at the virtual 2021 Banff Pork Seminar in January. “We’ve got to work together,” said […] Read more

Pork innovators urged to enter contest

Pork innovators urged to enter contest

Entry deadline Oct. 31

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Banff Pork Seminar is going virtual this year but the tradition of awarding the FX Aherne Prize for Innovative Pork Production will continue. The contest is open to anyone who has developed an innovation — big or small — that is relevant to the North American pork industry. “The creativity and innovation of entries […] Read more


Aherne Prize winners announced

Reading Time: < 1 minute A low-stress restraint for pigs and a device to reduce pre-wean mortality were the co-winners of this year’s F. X. Aherne Prize for Innovative Pork Production presented earlier this month at the Banff Pork Seminar. The Hammock Swine Restraint Device was developed by Tess Faulkner and Gillian Greaves of South West Ontario Veterinary Services. It […] Read more

North American pork innovation entries wanted

North American pork innovation entries wanted

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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’

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

Know an innovator in the pork sector?

Entry deadline for F.X. Aherne Prize is Oct. 31

Reading Time: < 1 minute There’s still time to nominate someone for the 2018 F.X. Aherne Prize for Innovative Pork Production. The award recognizes individuals who have developed either original solutions to pork production challenges or found creative uses for known technology. Innovations big or small, complex or simple in areas such as feeding, breeding, ventilation, disease control/prevention, transportation, animal […] Read more


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The future continues to look bright for pork producers

While it’s not entirely smooth sailing, the ‘optimistic sentiment’ in the 
industry is well founded, two experts told the Banff Pork Seminar

Reading Time: 3 minutes The animal welfare issue won’t derail a positive outlook for Canada’s pork industry, says an American agriculture economist. “There is a very optimistic sentiment today in the entire pork industry — I think we’re going to expand pork production throughout North America,” Glynn Tonsor of Kansas State University said at the recent 2015 Banff Pork […] Read more

Two U of A students given young scientist awards

Reading Time: < 1 minute Two student scientists were announced as winners of the R.O. Ball Young Scientist award at the recent 2015 Banff Pork Seminar. The award, named after researcher and former seminar director Dr. Ron Ball, recognizes graduate students who provide a best overall combination of good and relevant science, a well-written abstract, and excellent presentation. The first […] 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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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