Nom­i­na­tions open for 2021 Dr. F.X. Ah­erne Prize for In­no­va­tive Pork Pro­duc­tion

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Open to own­ers, pro­duc­tion man­agers, herds peo­ple or con­sul­tants in the North Amer­i­can pork in­dus­try, or ANY­ONE who has de­vel­oped an in­no­va­tion rel­e­vant to the North Amer­i­can Pork Pro­duc­tion in­dus­try. Dead­line for sub­mis­sion Oc­to­ber 31, 2020.

The Banff Pork Sem­i­nar is proud to of­fer a chance for any­one who has come up with a new tech­nol­ogy or man­age­ment prac­tice rel­e­vant to the North Amer­i­can pork in­dus­try to “strut their stuff” as a tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tor, and show the rest of us how to put it into prac­tice!

The 2021 Dr. F.X. Ah­erne Prize for In­no­va­tive Pork Pro­duc­tion in­cludes:

• The chance to spot­light your in­no­va­tion and be rec­og­nized as a tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tor by peers and the pork in­dus­try at the Banff Pork Sem­i­nar

• Com­pli­men­tary reg­is­tra­tion to the 2022 Banff Pork Sem­i­nar, Jan­uary 11-13,2020 Sem­i­nar, Jan­uary 11-13, 2022*

• Three nights ac­co­mo­da­tion at the Banff Springs Ho­tel for the in­no­va­tor and a guest (based on dou­ble oc­cu­pancy).*

• Uo to $800 re­im­burse­ment for travel ex­penses to and from the 2022 Banff Pork Sem­i­nar.*

*Due to the Covid-19 pan­demic the 2021 event will be vir­tual there­fore BPS is of­fer­ing reg­is­tra­tion, ac­com­mo­da­tion and travel to the 2022 event for the 2021 win­ner.

What can be en­tered? Any in­no­va­tion...big or small!!!

We are look­ing for an orig­i­nal so­lu­tion de­vel­oped to an­swer pork pro­duc­tion chal­lenges, or a cre­ative use of a known tech­nol­ogy. Not all in­no­va­tions are com­plex – sim­ple ideas can be very ef­fec­tive solutions.

The in­no­va­tion can ap­ply to any seg­ment of the pork in­dus­try in­clud­ing feed­ing; breed­ing; ven­ti­la­tion; dis­ease con­trol and pre­ven­tion; trans­porta­tion; ma­nure man­age­ment; an­i­mal han­dling; fa­cil­ity or en­ter­prise man­age­ment; and pork qual­ity and safety.

How do I en­ter?

Read the at­tached Con­test Rules and Ad­ju­di­ca­tion process in­for­ma­tion, then com­plete the at­tached Ap­pli­ca­tion Form and send it to the BPS office at pork@ ual­berta.ca.

With your ap­pli­ca­tion, send a suc­cinct out­line de­scrip­tion in 400 words or less how this in­no­va­tion works and de­tails of how this in­no­va­tion im­proved pork pro­duc­tion.

In­clude up to five sup­port­ing doc­u­ments, which could in­clude visu­als (video, pho­tographs), im­pact state­ments or let­ters of sup­port, fi­nan­cial state­ments, pro­duc­tion data, de­sign plans, draw­ings, or any other ma­te­ri­als that you feel will aid the judges in un­der­stand­ing the in­no­va­tion and its im­pact on the pro­duc­tion en­ter­prise.

Sub­mit the com­plete ap­pli­ca­tion (hard copy or elec­tronic); elec­tronic sub­mis­sions are pre­ferred. Your com­plete ap­pli­ca­tion pack­age, in­clud­ing sup­port­ing doc­u­ments, should not ex­ceed 20 pages. Brevity may ben­e­fit your ap­pli­ca­tion.

En­tries must be re­ceived by Oc­to­ber 31, 2020 to be el­i­gi­ble to com­pete for the 2021 Award.

Send En­tries to: pork@ual­berta.ca

OR by mail to:

Banff Pork Sem­i­nar c/o Dept. AFNS

4-10 Agri­cul­ture/Forestry Cen­tre Univer­sity of Al­berta

Ed­mon­ton, AB T6G 2P5

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact:

Phone: 780-492-3651

Fax: 780-492-5771 or

Email: pork@ual­berta.ca

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