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Humans spreading African Swine Fever around the world

24 January, 2019

African Swine Fever may move more slowly than other diseases in the hog industry, but it is more serious than anything Canada has dealt with in the past.

Dr. Egan Brockhoff, veterinarian and pork industry analyst and advisor, shared insights with 2019 Banff Pork Seminar delegates from his travel to countries currently battling the deadly disease such as China and parts of Europe, and his thoughts on ways Canadian pork producers can mitigate the risk.


Smart technologies: The new brain in the barn

17 January, 2019

Get ready for a smart revolution in pork production management systems says Tom Stein.

Stein is senior strategic adviser for Maximus Systems, leading the design and development of next-generation pig and poultry production management software using machine learning to automate pattern recognition and analysis.
He outlines what modern, smart control systems are using the Maximus modular computer control system as an example. Then he outlines nine current and emerging smart technologies for pork production.


The stories behind the BPS 2019 Aherne Prize winners

10 January, 2019

Each year as the winners of the F. X. Aherne Prize for Innovative Pork Production are announced, there is real interest at the Seminar and across the industry. Again in 2019 the stories behind the winners are quite remarkable, says Dr. Ben Willing, of the University of Alberta, chair of the Aherne Prize committee who presented the awards.


Unprecedented unity, creativity needed to shape agriculture

15 October, 2018

Global food and fiber production gets high marks for performance over the past several decades but it has some significant challenges ahead never before faced in history.


The truth is no longer good enough

25 April, 2018

Jeff Ansell pulls back the curtain on media practices and pitfalls.


Banff Pork Seminar 2019

Banff Pork Seminar 2019

Get information from the 2019 Seminar, Jan. 8 to 10, 2019.