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Hypor Manager Wins Prestigious Industry Award

by 5m Editor
20 January 2006, at 12:00am

CANADA - The Alberta Pork industry applauded three industry innovators at the 35th Annual Banff Pork Seminar January 19th in Banff. And Hypor's Tony Charanduk was acknowledged in front of his peers as a deserving recipient when he was presented the 2006 Dr. F.X. Aherne Prize for Innovative Pork Production.

The Dr. F.X. Aherne Prize for Innovative Pork Production was developed as a forum for the Alberta industry to acknowledge the practical and resourceful innovations of Western Canadian pork producers, herdspeople and their consultants. This year’s award was presented to Hypor’s AI stud manager, Tony Charanduk for the development of Hypor’s Accelerated Boar Training Program .

The basic concept behind the system is to “let the boars train the boars”. Hypor president Dave Libertini nominated Charanduk believing that his common sense approach to boar training by using the animal’s natural competitive instincts made him a strong contender for the award. The judging committee agreed.

Hypor could already attest to the success of the initiative.

“Traditional training methods for a boar in an AI stud were both time consuming and challenging,” acknowledged Gerjan van Alst, Hypor General Manager, Americas, “Time and patience are key factors in the training of young boars to work in this situation, so Tony and his team used their knowledge and experience in animal behavior to develop their own boar training program.”

“With the previous boar training program one skilled handler required 70 to 90 manhours to train one group of 30 boars with a relatively high success rate of 98%. The new training program was initiated in December 2004 and evolved into a workable tool by February 2005 and since then they only require 18 man-hours to train the same sized group of boars with a 100% success rate,” said van Alst.

The program has minimized stress for both animals and trainers; maximized genetic improvement by utilizing all boars introduced to the stud and sustained full production year round thereby guaranteeing customer supply.

“The presentation of this award to Tony once again highlights that we have innovative people who can make a significant contribution not only to Hypor but to the industry,” said Libertini. “Recognition by such an elite panel of judges is a significant pat on the back for Tony and his team!”.

This is the second time in fourteen months that a Hypor Canada manager has been acknowledged by the pork production industry for leadership and innovation. In November 2004, Kenlis Nucleus Manager Launa Shaw received Saskatchewan’s Pork Industry Stewardship Award in the Production Category in recognition of her exceptional leadership and management skills throughout a successful PRRS eradication program.

The Dr. Frank Aherne Prize for Innovative Pork Production was launched by the Banff Pork Seminar in 2003. It is awarded to original solutions and creative uses of technology to answer pork production challenges. The award was named after Dr. Frank Aherne, an outstanding researcher and teacher, who has always promoted innovation and application of research knowledge at the farm level. Dr. Aherne is a firm believer that sharing ideas only makes them better.

Hypor is one of the world's leading suppliers of swine genetics. Hypor is committed to providing superior genetics, which support profitability in the pork meat value chain. With its head office located in Regina, Saskatchewan Canada, the company has strategically located breeding centers in North America, Europe and Asia.

5m Editor