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Finding New Technologies in the Pork Industry

Posted in: Pork Insight Articles, Prairie Swine Centre by admin on February 20, 2018 | No Comments

The term “Precision Farming” is used, especially in arable agriculture, to describe the collection of data in the field and the judicious use of expensive inputs to improve net income, reduce waste and impact on environment (sustainability), and speed (even automate some) decisions. From my perspective what will determine the success of any of these ideas will be their ability to use them in a barn environment (must be robust), and they must address a fundamental business need of collecting, analyzing and acting on aspects of production that have economic value.

The use of new Precision Farming technology is so prolific within arable farming that there are companies and newsletters devoted to the subject. The Top 10 Technologies are discussed in one publication https://www.therobotreport.com/top-10-technologies-in-precision-agriculture/. A review of the article reveals that most of the topics are not easily translated into animal agriculture: GPS; Mobile Devices; Robotics; Irrigation; Internet of Things; Sensors; Variable seeding rates; Weather modeling; Nitrogen modeling; Standardization. Some however, are important and relevant, such as mobile devices, Internet of Things, and standardization as they are at the heart of how we will assess what we need and what will become available to us in pork production.

Finding New Technologies – February 2018

Swine Health Management and Biosecurity

Posted in: Prairie Swine Centre, Swine Innovation by admin on February 7, 2018 | No Comments

ACTIVITY 4.  Swine Health Management an Biosecurity – Rapid Assessment of Transport Trailer Cleanliness

Objective: Demonstrate the use of ATP bioluminescence meter for rapid assessment of surface cleanliness of swine transport trailers.

Auditing On-Farm Best Management Practices

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ACTIVITY 3.  Auditing On-Farm Best Management Practices

Objective: Measure the pork industry’s adoption of best management practices that reduce cost of production,

enhance sustainability and reduce labour commitments.

Reducing Water Consumption in Swine Barns

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Demonstrating Management Practices that Enhance the Sustainability of Pork Production
Activity 1.3 Reducing Water Consumption in Swine Barns

 

From Innovation to Adoption: RESULTS

Posted in: Pork Insight Articles, Prairie Swine Centre, Swine Innovation by admin on November 23, 2017 | No Comments

Activity 5.  From Innovation to Adoption: RESULTS

For Your Barn

Water Intake Checklist Feeder Design Considerations  6 S’s of Successful Enrichment


Chief Operating Officer – Advertisement

Posted in: Pork Insight Articles, Prairie Swine Centre, Press Releases by admin on November 13, 2017 | No Comments

Chief Operating Officer

Prairie Swine Centre Inc. (PSC) is a unique research, knowledge transfer and training company focused on the Canadian pork industry with an operating budget approaching $4 million annually. This not-for-profit corporation has been delivering world-class expertise in support of applied production research for 25 years. The PSC farm, facilities, and offices are located near Floral, SK (approx. 10 km east of Saskatoon) and is affiliated with the University of Saskatchewan. A Chief Operating Officer (COO) is required to lead the organization of 30+ employees with a continued focus on stakeholder knowledge transfer, applied research, pork production, and the development of highly qualified people.

As the COO, you report to the Board of Directors and collaborate with the Board to develop and implement the vision and strategic plan for the organization. You are a dynamic and creative strategic thinker, capable of understanding and aligning the goals of stakeholders within PSC and developing proactive and innovative strategies to strengthen services, build business, and move PSC forward as a world-class knowledge development and transfer company.

View the full job description at our careers page.

Successfully Converting to Group Sow Housing

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Demonstrating Management Practices that Enhance the Sustainability of Pork Production
Activity 1.1 – Successfully Converting to Gestating Sow Group Housing

In September 2017 two group sow housing seminars were held in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Strathmore, Alberta.  The goal of these meetings was to better inform those producers who are currently looking to make the conversion to group sow housing.  The meetings brought together a combination of speakers that addressed the areas of renovation, producer experience, technology & innovation, types of renovations and nutrition.  The agenda for the meetings can be found below, in addition to copies of the PowerPoint presentations and video presentations.

 

 
 

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In the Media

Effective Strategies for Reducing Aggression Among Group Housed Sows  (view article)
Advance Planning and Training Key to Grouping Sows  (view article)
New or Renovate Hog Barns (view article)
One Producer’s Experience in Switching to Sow Group Housing (view article)
Hog Barn Codes – To Renovate or to Build New is the Big Question (view article)
Pas de retour en arrière pour les truies en groupe (French) (view article)

FarmScape Interviews 

Deciding to Build New or Renovate Comes Down to Cost
Murray Elliott – FGC Construction [ Monday 25 Sep, 2017]

Cost Key When Deciding Whether to Renovate or Build from Scratch
Murray Elliott – FGC Construction [ Tuesday 22 Aug, 2017]

Partial Renovation Popular In Converting to Group Sow Housing
Murray Elliott – FGC Construction [ Wednesday 16 Aug, 2017]

Non-Competitive Feeding Allows Greater Range of Weight and Larger Group Size
Jennifer Brown – Prairie Swine Centre [ Thursday 05 Oct, 2017]

Researchers Identify Strategies For Reducing Aggression Among Group Housed Sows
Jennifer Brown- Prairie Swine Centre [ Thursday 21 Sep, 2017]

Adoption of Group Housing Varies by Region
Jennifer Brown – Prairie Swine Centre [ Tuesday 05 Sep, 2017]

Access to Research Improves Decision Making When Moving to Group Sow Housing
Jennifer Brown – Prairie Swine Centre [ Thursday 24 Aug, 2017]

Group Sow Housing Offers Opportunity to Reduce Energy Costs
Hyatt Frobose – Gestal [ Friday 13 Oct, 2017]

Right Diets and Right Volumes Critical to Peak Sow Productivity
Hyatt Frobose- Gestal [ Monday 02 Oct, 2017]

Nutrition Key to Improved Reproductive Performance and Longevity of Sows
Hyatt Frobose – Gestal [ Wednesday 06 Sep, 2017]

Pork Producers Encouraged to Formulate Sow Rations Based on Parity
Hyatt Frobose – Gestal [ Thursday 31 Aug, 2017]

Modern Communication Technology Aids in Monitoring Swine Herd Performance
John Van Engelen – Hog-Tied Farms [ Wednesday 27 Sep, 2017]

Adoption of Technology Helps Improve Productivity
John Van Engelen – Hog-Tied Farms [ Wednesday 13 Sep, 2017]

 

 

 

Demonstrating Management Practices that Enhance the Sustainability of Pork Production

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Demonstrating Management Practices that Enhance the Sustainability of Pork Production
Activity 1.1 – Successfully Converting to Gestating Sow Group Housing

Successfully Converting to Group Sow Housing
 
 

 FarmScape Interviews 

Deciding to Build New or Renovate Comes Down to Cost
Murray Elliott – FGC Construction [ Monday 25 Sep, 2017]

Cost Key When Deciding Whether to Renovate or Build from Scratch
Murray Elliott – FGC Construction [ Tuesday 22 Aug, 2017]

Partial Renovation Popular In Converting to Group Sow Housing
Murray Elliott – FGC Construction [ Wednesday 16 Aug, 2017]

Non-Competitive Feeding Allows Greater Range of Weight and Larger Group Size
Jennifer Brown – Prairie Swine Centre [ Thursday 05 Oct, 2017]

Researchers Identify Strategies For Reducing Aggression Among Group Housed Sows
Jennifer Brown- Prairie Swine Centre [ Thursday 21 Sep, 2017]

Adoption of Group Housing Varies by Region
Jennifer Brown – Prairie Swine Centre [ Tuesday 05 Sep, 2017]

Access to Research Improves Decision Making When Moving to Group Sow Housing
Jennifer Brown – Prairie Swine Centre [ Thursday 24 Aug, 2017]

Group Sow Housing Offers Opportunity to Reduce Energy Costs
Hyatt Frobose – Gestal [ Friday 13 Oct, 2017]

Right Diets and Right Volumes Critical to Peak Sow Productivity
Hyatt Frobose- Gestal [ Monday 02 Oct, 2017]

Nutrition Key to Improved Reproductive Performance and Longevity of Sows
Hyatt Frobose – Gestal [ Wednesday 06 Sep, 2017]

Pork Producers Encouraged to Formulate Sow Rations Based on Parity
Hyatt Frobose – Gestal [ Thursday 31 Aug, 2017]

Modern Communication Technology Aids in Monitoring Swine Herd Performance
John Van Engelen – Hog-Tied Farms [ Wednesday 27 Sep, 2017]

Adoption of Technology Helps Improve Productivity
John Van Engelen – Hog-Tied Farms [ Wednesday 13 Sep, 2017]

 

 

 

Innovation to Adoption: On Farm Demonstration of Swine Research

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From Innovation to Adoption: On-Farm Demonstration of Swine Research is an integrated collaborative project involving Swine Innovation Porc, Centre de développement du porc du Québec and Prairie Swine Centre.  This project will help the 7,000 pork producers across Canada seize new opportunities and incorporate novel technologies and strategies in their production systems. Specifically, this project involves three primary components:

  1. Partner with commercial pork producers/organizations to serve as Lead-Users (demonstration sites) for the new technology or management practice;
  2. Communicate results and information gathered through the demonstration sites to others within the Canadian pork industry increasing the adoption of new technologies and management practices throughout Canada.
  3. Develop tools to increase the speed of adoption of new technologies and strategies on pig farms

 

ACTIVITY 1.  Demonstrating Management Practices that Enhance the Sustainability of Pork Production

Objective:  Identify efficiencies in transitioning gestation sows from stalls to group housing systems through early adopters and science.

1.1 Successfully Converting to Gestating Sow Group Housing
1.2 Environmental Enrichment Strategies & Improved Laying Areas for Sows
1.3 Reducing Water Consumption in Swine Barns

 

ACTIVITY 2.  Demonstrating New Nutritional Strategies – Low Cost Feeding Strategies for Sows

Objective: Demonstrate low cost feeding strategies for optimum sow productivity

2.1 Low Cost Feeding Strategies for Sows

 

ACTIVITY 3.  Auditing On-Farm Best Management Practices

Objective: Measure the pork industry’s adoption of best management practices that reduce cost of production, enhance sustainability and reduce labour commitments.

 

ACTIVITY 4.  Swine Health Management an Biosecurity – Rapid Assessment of Transport Trailer Cleanliness

Objective: Demonstrate the use of ATP bioluminescence meter for rapid assessment of surface cleanliness of swine transport trailers.

 

ACTIVITY 5.  Communications

Objective: Increase the speed of technology of adoption of Lead-User activities by communicating demonstration results to the Canadian pork industry.

 

 

This project ‘From Innovation to Adoption: On-Farm Demonstration of Swine Research’ is funded by Swine Innovation Porc within the Swine Cluster 2: Driving Results Through Innovation research program. Funding is provided by Agriculture and Agri‐Food Canada through the AgriInnovation Program, provincial producer organizations and industry partners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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