Lee Whittington

 Industry Partners


Prairie Swine Centre is an affiliate of the University of Saskatchewan


Prairie Swine Centre is grateful for the assistance of the George Morris Centre in developing the economics portion of Pork Insight.

Financial support for the Enterprise Model Project and Pork Insight has been provided by:



 

 

President & CEO
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As President/CEO Lee is responsible for implementing the corporation’s strategic plan and overseeing the administration, funding and on-going research programs in Nutrition, Engineering and Applied Ethology, as well as guiding the graduate student education and technology transfer objectives of the Centre.

Previously, as Manager of Information Services for Prairie Swine Centre, Lee was responsible for all technical extension programs at the Centre as well as demonstration research projects. Areas of interest have included Segregated Early Weaning and, Large Group Housing research, satellite conferencing, website database development, greenhouse gas mitigation program, impact of research on farm production through development of an Enterprise Financial Model and between 2002 and 2006 the development of the Pork Interpretive Gallery, a science centre located within PSC Elstow Research Farm, a 600 sow farrow to finish barn.

Lee’s primary focus has been developing communications programs that allow the commercial pork industry to adopt new technology and management procedures quickly thus improving their ability to maximize net income and address sustainability issues. Lee is an active speaker at industry conferences across North America and a regular contributor to several trade publications.

In 2005 Lee was awarded the Animal Industries Award in Extension and Public Service from the Canadian Society of Animal Science. This is the highest award given for contribution to the industry by a non-research professional in the animal industry. In 2006 Lee was awarded the Agri-Food Award of Excellence in Agricultural Awareness and Education. This national award was the first to be earned by a Saskatchewan resident, recognizes individuals that have made a  significant contributions in promoting public awareness and understanding of the agriculture and agri-food sector through outreach activities, events and projects.

Education

  • B. Sc., University of Guelph. 1979
  • MBA, University of Saskatchewan. 1997

Current Research Program

  • Large Group Housing of grow-finish pigs
  • Loose Housing of Gestating Sows

Awards and Recognition

  • 2006: Canadian Agri-Food Award for Excellence for Agriculture Awareness and Education (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
  • 2005: Animal Industries Award in Extension and Public Service (Canadian Society of Animal Science)

Technology Transfer Program

  • Printed publication of research results
  • Online internet publishing of summarized research information, and electronic distribution of information
  • Presentations, and participation on industry committees

Invited Presentations

  • Whittington, D.L,  2008. Managing Large Grow-Finish Groups Profitably. Maritime Beef and Pork Conference, Charlottetown PEI, Dec 6&7. (In Press)
  • Whittington, D.L,  2008. Survival Strategies for Pork Producers-When Every Penny Counts. Maritime Beef and Pork Conference, Charlottetown PEI, Dec 6&7. (In Press)
  • Whittington, D.L,  2008. Survival Strategies for Pork Producers. Ontario Swine Veterinary Practitioners Annual Meeting, Stratford, ON, May 30.
  • Whittington, D.L,  2008. Reinvesting in the Future: Research and gestation management review, Welfare Advisory Committee to Manitoba Pork Council, Winnipeg, MB, March 10.
  • Whittington, D.L,  2008. Feed Processing on-Farm,Meyers Norris Penny Swine Management and Nutrition Course, Saskatoon, SK, February 29.
  • Whittington, D.L, J.F. Patience, K. Engele, 2008.Survival Tips – When Every Penny Counts, Centralia Swine Research Update, Centralia, ON, January 30.
  • Whittington, D.L, F. Kains, T. Nicol, M. Elliot, 2008.Turning Loose on Sow Housing, Banff Pork Seminar, Banff, AB, January 16 & 17.
  • Whittington, D.L,  2008. Developing Gestating Sow Management Systems. Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, Minneapolis, MN. September 21 (In Press)
  • Whittington, D.L, H.W. Gonyou, 2007. Water: production, performance and behaviour considerations. American Association of Swine Practitioners Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL., March 4.
  • Whittington, D.L, 2007. Feed Processing on-Farm,Meyers Norris Penny Swine Management and Nutrition Course, Saskatoon, SK, November 30.
  • Whittington, D.L,  2007. Gestation Housing Systems – Alternative Designs and their Applications, Saskatchewan Pork Industry Symposium 2007, Saskatoon, SK, November 14.
  • Whittington, D.L., 2007. The pork industry – an overview of the North American industry. MBA program lecture, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK. February 14.
  • Whittington, D.L. 2007. PSC Research Update. Greenbelt Veterinary Clinic Annual Seminar, Abbotsford, BC, May 24.
  • Whittington, D.L. 2007. Large Group Housing – Learning from Experience. Greenbelt Veterinary Clinic Annual Seminar, Abbotsford, BC, May 24.
  • Whittington, D.L, R. Morrill. 2007. Large Group Housing – Learning from Experience. Banff Pork Seminar, Banff, AB, January 17-18.
  • Whittington, D.L, J.F. Patience. 2006. Your role in driving costs down. Swine Technology Conference, Red Deer, AB, October 26.
  • Whittington, D.L, 2006. Water Management-Tips for Saving Water. Swine Technology Conference, Red Deer, AB, October 26.
  • Whittington, D.L, 2006. Disease Matrix – Linking Knowledge to Practical Solutions. Banff Pork Seminar, Banff, AB, January 18-19.
  • Whittington, D.L, B. Predicala. 2005. Managing Net Income in Grow-Finish.  National Pork Board National Worker Safety Meeting, Des Moines, IA. September 12.
  • Whittington, D.L, 2005. Fundraising for a Cause.Canadian Public Relations Society, Saskatoon, SK, November 30.
  • Whittington, D.L, 2005. Water Management-Tips for Saving Water. Pork Industry Symposium, Saskatoon, SK, November 9.
  • Whittington, D.L., J. Patience, D. Beaulieu. 2005.Nursery Management and Performance. Swine Technology Conference. Red Deer, Alberta, October 25-26.
  • Whittington, D.L., J. Patience, D. Beaulieu, T. Oresanya. 2005. The Profit Potential of Adopting the Net Energy System for Swine. Swine Technology Conference. Red Deer, Alberta, October 25-26.
  • Whittington, D.L., J. Patience, K. Engele, D. Beaulieu. 2005. Managing Net Income in Grow-Finish.  PIC Symposium 2005, Kelowna, BC, October 24-25.
  • Whittington, D.L, 2005. Agricultural Marketing-Value Added Products. Guest lecturer University of Saskatchewan, Agriculture Marketing Class. Saskatoon, SK. September 27.
  • Whittington, D.L. 2005. Sow Housing Update. VIDO Swine Technical Group. Nisku, AB, June 14.
  • Whittington, D.L. 2005. Fundraising for a Cause. CAMA Lunch and Learn Series.  Saskatoon, SK May 26, Regina, SK, May 27.
  • Whittington, D.L. 2005. Large Group Housing of Grower-Finisher Pigs – Challenges and Opportunities.Dick Rex Consulting Special Seminar, Winnipeg, MB. April 27.
  • Whittington, D.L. 2005. Livestock Issues Resource Centre. Livestock Environmental Initiative Conference, Toronto, ON. Feb 7&8.
  • Whittington, D.L. 2005. Moving from Technology Transfer to Technology Adoption. Keynote address CAMA Student Chapter Industry Reception, University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon, SK, Jan. 12.

Selected Publications

  • Whittington, D.L. and H.W. Gonyou.  2007  Large Group Auto-Sort: Potential and Problems. 2006 Annual Research Report.  Prairie Swine Centre Inc., Saskatoon SK. pp 25
  • Whittington, D.L.  2007 Technology Transfer Report – What’s in a Name? 2006 Annual Research Report.  Prairie Swine Centre Inc., Saskatoon SK. pp 7
  • Whittington, D.L.  2007. 15th Anniversary of Prairie Swine Centre. Centred on Swine.  Prairie Swine Centre Inc., Saskatoon SK.13(4): 1,5
  • Whittington, D.L.  2007. Sow Management and Housing – What Does the Industry Think? Centred on Swine.  Prairie Swine Centre Inc., Saskatoon SK.14(1): 1-3
  • Engele K.M., and D.L. Whittington. 2006. Modeling the Economic Impact of research in the Pork Industry. 2005 Annual Research Report. Prairie Swine Centre Inc., Saskatoon, SK. pp.14-16.
  • Whittington, D.L.  2006 Technology Transfer Report – Providing Quality in-dept Information. 2005 Annual Research Report.  Prairie Swine Centre Inc., Saskatoon SK. pp 7
  • Whittington, D.L.  2006  Switch over Completer – Sask Pork to Manage Pork Interpretive Gallery. Centred on Swine.  Prairie Swine Centre Inc., Saskatoon, SK. 13(2):1-2
  • Whittington, D.L. and K.M. Engele. 2006  Modeling the Economic Impact of Research in the Pork Industry.  2005 Annual Research Report.  Prairie Swine Centre Inc., Saskatoon SK. pp14-16.
  • Whittington, D.L. and K.M. Engele. 2006. Expanding resources for pork producers: Livestock Issues Resource Centre. 2005 Annual Research Report. Prairie Swine Centre Inc., Saskatoon, SK. pp.12-13.
  • Whittington, D.L. and K.M. Engele. 2006. Livestock Issues Resource Centre. Centred on Swine.  Prairie Swine Centre Inc., Saskatoon, SK. 13(1):1.
  • Whittington, D.L. and P. Willson. 2006. On-line resource known as disease matrix extends work of Swine Tech Group to the Canadian swine industry. Centred on Swine.  Prairie Swine Centre Inc., Saskatoon, SK. 12(4):7.
  • Engele, K.M. and D.L. Whittington.  2005 Financial impact of production research reveals benefits are shared by all. Sask Pork Forum.  Sask Pork, Saskatoon SK October pp.2-3.
  • Engele, K.M., D.L. Whittington, A. Mussell, and J.F. Patience. 2005.  An Integrated Approach to Developing Strategies for Improving the Financial Competitiveness of Saskatchewan Pork Producers.  Prairie Swine Centre Inc., Saskatoon, SK.
  • Whittington, D.L., J.F. Patience, P. Leterme  2008.Maximizing feed Intake in Your Operation. Sask Pork Forum, September newsletter.
  • Whittington, D.L.,  2008. Where to Start Your Low Feed Intake Detective Work. PIG Improver PIC Canada, Winter 2008 newsletter.
  • Whittington, D.L., T. Laidlaw. 2007. Large-Group Housing: A Survey of Canadian Pork Producers. VIDO publication. April newsletter.
  • Engele, K.M., and D. L. Whittington. 2006 Early adopters reap research payback. National Hog Farmer, Overland Park, KS (October) pp. 36-37
  • Engele, K.M., and D. L. Whittington. 2006 Economic impact of research in the pork industry. Western Hog Journal. Alberta Pork, Edmonton, AB. (Winter) pp. 47-52
  • Gonyou, H.W., D.L. Whittington. 2006. Large Group Housing for Grow Finish Pigs. Better Pork, February 2006, Vankleek Hill, ON.  p.46.
  • Whittington, D.L., P. Willson. 2006. On-line Resource Known as Disease Matrix – Extends Work of Swine Tech Group to the Canadian Swine Industry. Centred on Swine.  12(4)  Prairie Swine Centre Inc., Saskatoon, SK. p.7.
  • Gonyou, H.G., D.L. Whittington. 2005. Large Group Housing for Grow-Finish Pigs.  Centred on Swine.  12(3)  Prairie Swine Centre Inc., Saskatoon, SK. p.4.
  • Whittington, D.L., D. Ehmann. 2005. Pork Interpretive Gallery Fundraising Auction a Huge Success.  Centred on Swine.  12(3)  Prairie Swine Centre Inc., Saskatoon, SK. p.6.
  • Whittington, D.L., K. Engele. 2005. Economic Impact of Research in the Pork Industry.  Centred on Swine.  12(3)  Prairie Swine Centre Inc., Saskatoon, SK. p.1.
  • Whittington, D.L.  2005. Innovator’s Ideas are Rewarded.  Centred on Swine. 12(2)  Prairie Swine Centre Inc., Saskatoon, SK. p.2.
  • Whittington, D.L., K. Engele. 2005. Dr. Mike Sheridan named the 2005 Swine Practitioner of the Year.  Centred on Swine.  12(1)  Prairie Swine Centre Inc., Saskatoon, SK. p.1.
  • Patience, J.F., D.L. Whittington. 2005. Net Returns Per Hog More Important than Pushing Improved Production.  Centred on Swine.  12(1)  Prairie Swine Centre Inc., Saskatoon, SK. p.4.
  • Whittington, D.L. 2005. Tips for Saving Water. Alberta Agriculture Food and Rural Development, Bacon Bits Vol XIX, No2

 
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