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Value Chain, Education, and Energy Efficiency Top Topics at Regional Meetings 2017

This year’s regional meetings in Lethbridge, Grand Prairie, Vegreville, and Red Deer went off without a hitch. Thank you to all of you who took the time to come out, despite the weather and new dates.

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Reminder for Regional Meetings and Business Risk Management Workshops

We would like to remind producers and industry members about the upcoming Regional Meetings and Business Risk Management Workshops from March 7-15th, 2017. 

Alberta Pork has partnered with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and the WHE to hold Business Risk Management workshops.  We have planned the Lethbridge workshop to fall on the same day as the Alberta Pork Regional Meeting in the hopes that you would be able to make both meetings.

The regional meetings serve as a wonderful opportunity to recieve the latest updates from Alberta Pork's Executive Director, Darcy Fitzgerald, our Chairman Frank Novak, and to hear about Energy Efficiency Opportunities from special guest Mark Armstrong.

Click here to download the Regional Meetings Agenda

Click here to download the Business Risk Management Workshops Agenda

If you would like to RSVP please call 1-780-474-8288 or 1-877-247-7675 (toll free), or email

We hope to see you there.

Reminder for Election Nominations

2017 Notice of Nomination and Annual Regional Meetings We thank Will Kingma and Marcel Rupert for their dedication in providing six years of their time on the Alberta Pork Board.  With that said, if you’d like to be a part of the board and do some important work on behalf of your fellow producers, this is a great opportunity give a little of yourself to help all in the industry. For 2017, there are two Director-at-Large positions up for election as both Will and Marcel are required to step down after their term has ended. If you are interested in becoming a part of the Alberta Pork Board please complete the attached nomination form and return it, with a nominee biography and photo, to Alberta Pork’s office by 4:00 pm on Friday, January 20, 2017. Nomination forms can be sent to the Chief Returning Officer, Darcy Fitzgerald, by email to, by fax to 780-479-5128 or by mail to Alberta Pork, 4828-89 Street, Edmonton AB T6E 5K1. Click here to do ... Read the rest of entry »

Recruitment and Retention Workshop Lethbridge January 25, 2017

January 9, 2017 The Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association and Alberta Pork are pleased to present the Recruitment & Retention Workshop at the Agriculture Centre on January 25, 2017 in Lethbridge, Alberta. This instructive and interactive learning event has been created specifically for agricultural producers in any commodity. As an agricultural business owner, manager or supervisor you will learn how to make crucial HR management decisions, avoid common pitfalls, and increase your understanding of the best approaches to recruitment and retention. Case studies, examples, templates and instructions are provided to help you carefully construct your own successful recruitment and retention plans.

For more information on the workshop please click here to view the flyer or contact Charlotte Shipp at 780-491-3528 or by e-mail at

Despite Success in Keeping Out PED Virus Remains a Threat

August 28, 2016 (from Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development says detection of PED on a livestock trailer earlier this month demonstrates the virus remains a threat. Earlier this month PED was detected in an environmental sample collected from a livestock trailer in Alberta. Dr. Julia Keenliside, a Veterinary Epidemiologist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, told Alberta Pork's August Telephone Town Hall, there have been no cases of PED in Alberta pigs but detection of PED on a trailer is a reminder that the infection moves on transport vehicles. "We looked at the history of the trailer and we found that indeed this trailer was used to deliver cull sows from Manitoba to the U.S. in late July and it was washed in Wisconsin before it came back to Canada. It then picked up a load of equipment totally unrelated to livestock and delivered the equipment to Alberta at the end of July. Then, as part of the protocol, it was washed again in Alberta bef ... Read the rest of entry »

University of Saskatchewan’s New PEDv Vaccine Hits Field Trials

August 24, 2016 (from A prototype vaccine for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv), developed in less than a year, has the pork industry hopeful for a new best management practice to aid in the fight against the devastating disease. “This is great news for the swine industry both in Canada and globally, as PEDv continues to threaten unaffected regions and impact areas where it is already present,” said Sask Pork general manager Neil Ketilson. The PEDv vaccine prototype is now in field trials in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The vaccine was developed by the University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac), in their new Level 3 containment facility. “Our new facility, InterVac, provided us with the containment infrastructure to develop a vaccine and demonstrate it protected up to 100 per cent of the piglets,” said Volker Gerdts, VIDO-InterVac’s research director, in a ... Read the rest of entry »

Transport Code Update Needed to Align with Planned Animal Health Act Changes

August 21, 2016 (from The National Farm Animal Care Council says a proposed update of Canada's Transport Code will align it with anticipated changes to the Humane Transport Section of the Health of Animals Act. The National Farm Animal Care Council is proposing a project through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's AgriMarketing Program Assurance Systems stream for phase one of an update to Canada's Transportation Code. National Farm Animal Care Council General Manager Jackie Wepruk says an update of the Transportation Code will be needed to align it with anticipated changes to the Humane Transport Section of the Health of Animals Act. "The Transport Code is a critical companion piece to regulations as the codes provide guidance that can optimize the application of transport and related regulations both federally and provincially. The Transport Code, and in fact all codes, can play an important role as extension tools for supporting consistent adherence ... Read the rest of entry »

Spring Creek Colony First Major Swine Farm in Canada to Ship "RWA" Hogs

August 9, 2016 CALGARY, ALBERTA -- Farmers at Spring Creek Hutterite Colony near the Alberta and Saskatchewan border have achieved a milestone in the evolution of Canadian hog production by becoming among the first major farms in the Canadian Prairies to ship 'RWA' (Raised Without Antibiotics) hogs to market. The shipment of 200 hogs at market weight of 265 pounds was loaded last Thursday and a second similar shipment is planned today. The customer for both is Britco Pork Inc., based in Langley, B.C., a specialty pork processing division of Donald's Fine Foods which plans to sell the RWA pork in greater Vancouver and the lower mainland. "We’re very excited about this -- to be among the first producers of RWA pork in Canada," says Paul Hofer, swine manager for Spring Creek Colony. "Any time you change a production approach you have to be very careful. We were a bit nervous at first, but we took it slow, got the right advice and implemented the right practices.&qu ... Read the rest of entry »

Access to Antibiotics to Treat Disease in Livestock Production Critical for Animal Welfare

August 2, 2016 (from The Chair of Swine Innovation Porc says, while developing new tools to prevent and treat disease within livestock production remains a priority, continued access to antibiotics is still important. The federal government published Proposed Changes to the Food and Drug Regulations Related to Antimicrobial Resistance July 2, kicking off a 75 day public comment period. Stewart Cressman, the Chair of Swine Innovation Porc, says, while the development of alternatives to antibiotics in pork production has been identified by the pork industry as a top priority, it's critical that access to antibiotics to prevent and treat disease be maintained. "Certainly we understand it's a hot button item with the public. We understand the concern of antimicrobial resistance. Pork producer families, when they go into hospital or visit their doctor, they want to make sure that the antibiotics that are available for specific human diseases will work on t ... Read the rest of entry »

Quality Based Pork Grading System Would Benefit Canada's Market

July 27, 2016 (from Canadian Meat Business)     Canada Pork International (CPI) says creation of a pork quality based grading system, modeled after what already exists in the beef industry, will ensure the right product is selected for right market and give Canadian pork an edge with international buyers. Canada is a leader in the export pork world, accounting for about 17 percent of all global pork exports. In partnership with Swine Innovation Porc, CPI is working on the development of new tools designed to improve Canada's competitiveness in the global pork market. Michael Young, Vice President Technical Programs and Marketing Services with CPI, recalls 2012 saw the creation of a Canadian Pork Quality Standard, which includes standards for meat color, marbling ratios and fat color and the next step will be to develop a quality based grading system that would reduce inconsistencies in quality selection and move the right product into the right market. &ldq ... Read the rest of entry »
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