CANADA - Dr Egbert Knol was the recipient of the Foxcroft Lectureship at the Banff Pork Symposium 2015 held this week. Dr Knol is pictured above (right) with Dr George Foxcroft.
Each year, one speaker at the Banff Pork Seminar is there as part of a legacy of Dr George Foxcroft, swine research pioneer and industry icon, reports Meristem Land and Science.
Seminar co-programme chair, Dr Michael Dyck of the University of Alberta explained: "The George Foxcroft Lectureship in Swine Production has been established to allow the Banff Pork Seminar, in conjunction with the University of Alberta, to host speakers who are conducting high profile research that is applicable to the pork production industry and will potentially improve production efficiency," says .
"I am pleased to recognise Dr Egbert Knol as the 2015 recipient of the Foxcroft Lectureship," he added.
Dr Knol is from TOPIGS-Norsvin in the Netherlands, where he is research director and has unique cross assignment between the breeding company and academics.
Dr Dyck continued: "Dr Knol has made many contributions to animal breed and breeding management having worked to understand and select for important production traits including piglet survivability, maternal traits and mothering ability including teat numbers and many aspects of reproductive performance.
"Based the quality of his research, and the contributions to he has made to the swine industry he is being recognized with this award," he said.
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