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Banff Pork Seminar, Honouring the Past, Embracing the Future

13 January 2016, at 12:00am

CANADA - Sessions looking at consumer perspectives on food that comes from animals, changes in antibiotic use in animal production and the application of genomics to improve animal health will be among the topics addressed this week as part of the forty-fifth Banff Pork Seminar, writes Bruce Cochrane.

The 2016 Banff Pork Seminar will run from January 12 to 14.

Dr Michael Dyck, a professor of swine physiology and biotechnology with the University of Alberta and co-chair of the program organizing committee of the Banff Pork Seminar, explains the seminar is a pork industry based conference that brings together speakers to address issues that could impact anyone involved in the production and marketing of pork.

Dr Michael Dyck-University of Alberta:

We've got a couple of key speakers that we're really happy to have.

One of them will be Dr. Temple Grandin from Colorado State University.

Dr. Grandin is very well know for her work that she's done with regards animal handling and she'll be talking a little bit on some of the research she's been doing with regards to consumers'' perspectives and how they see animals and then how that relates to how they see food that comes from animals.

A number of the break-outs that we'll be having, one will be with regards to bench marking.

What are the key things that producers need to be looking for in their production to be as efficient as possible?

Another big topic right now is antibiotic use in pig production.

We're looking at moving away from antibiotic use and what are some of the considerations in that, some of the implications.

Maybe more on the cutting edge, something that we're seeing a lot more of is the application of genomic technologies in pig breeding and pig production so we'll have a session on the use of genomics and how it relates to improving health and health management.

Again we'll be having some celebrations related to the forty-fifth and some activities for networking.
Those are some of the key things that are going on and some of the standard things that we have every year.

Dr Dyck notes over 600 delegates have already registered to attend this year's seminar.
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