National Hog Farmer

New Industry Award Announced to Train Nutritionists

Saskatoon, SK., July 15, 2011: “Linking research to the needs of the industry is why Prairie Swine Centre exists. There is definitely a need for more trained personnel in swine nutrition and we are very excited about this partnership with Gowans Feed Consulting (Alberta) because it represents a perfect fit to provide the academic program paired with hands-on nutrition training” notes Lee Whittington, President of Prairie Swine Centre. The PhD program (Masters level candidates will be considered) will be a first of its kind where we are inserting specific practical training modules on feed formulation, conducting large scale commercial trials and mill management right into the academic program planned for the student.

Dr. Malachy Young, business partner and nutritionist with Gowans Feed Consulting is optimistic that this approach will succeed to fill vacancies in their expanding business. “There are tremendous opportunities to assist pork producers with diets and feeding programs that reduce the cost of production and still provide the growth rate, feed efficiency and carcass composition producers and consumers demand. This program will ensure that students receive a well-rounded perspective of the role of a commercial nutritionist working directly with pork producers and the financial support that the student needs to dedicate more time to furthering their skill sets and experience”. The Gowans Feed Consulting Student in Nutrition Award will allow the student who has some industry experience and wishes to increase their profile and lifetime earning potential through advanced nutrition training, while at the same time providing a competitive salary and unique industry experience.

Applications are now being accepted, additional information can be seen at:

Prairie Swine Centre Inc., located near Saskatoon, is a non-profit research corporation affiliated with the University of Saskatchewan, and is recognized globally for its contributions to practical, applied science in pork production in the disciplines of nutrition, engineering and applied animal behaviour.

Gowans Feed Consulting (GFC) is a leading swine nutrition consulting firm serving swine producers across Canada and in select international markets. GFC nutritionists provide hands-on consulting services which include regular barn visits with a focus on reducing feed costs and maximizing net returns.