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2014 Banff Pork Seminar

Entries welcome by Oct. 31 for FX Aherne Prize for pork innovation

Each year the Banff Pork Seminar (BPS) features a special prize for innovation in pork production. Named the FX Aherne Prize, it honors long-time pork industry icon and innovator, Dr. Frank Aherne.

The prize is awarded to the best example of an original solution developed to answer pork production challenges or creative use of a known technology. The innovation can apply to any segment of the pork industry including feeding, breeding, ventilation, disease control and prevention, manure management, facility or enterprise management and pork quality and safety.

"Not all these innovations are complex, in fact some of them are very simple solutions," says Dr. Michael Dyck, University of Alberta professor who chairs the Prize and Scholarship Committee for BPS.

The prize award is significant. It includes two complimentary registrations for Banff Pork Seminar 2014, Jan. 21 to 23 for the innovator and a guest. There is also up to $800 reimbursement in travel expenses, and three nights' accommodation at the Banff Centre based on double occupancy.

In addition, the winner gets an opportunity to showcase the innovation at the 2014 Seminar.

Entry deadline for the 2014 Seminar is October 31, 2013, says Dyck. Contest entry details including entry form, rules and background on the adjudication process are available at the Banff Pork Seminar website www.banffpork.ca.

"In many ways this award has become a symbol of our industry," says Dyck. "It stands for individual and team efforts of innovation and continual improvement, the same principles that have anchored the pork industry for generations and been a foundation of the Banff Pork Seminar educational leadership efforts."

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