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Banff Pork Seminar hopes to inspire 'Change, Challenge, Opportunity'

Breakout topics include meat quality, animal welfare and transport, feed efficiency, human resources, managing the robust pig, sow longevity, and big data and technology.

Source: Meristem Information Resources Ltd.
Following a volatile year in pork markets, Canada’s leading pork industry event hopes to tackle the "Change, Challenge, Opportunity" within the business. Registration is now open for the 2019 Banff Pork Seminar held Jan. 8- 10, 2019 at the Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alta.

“The North American pork industry is a resilient group,” says BPS program co-chair Michael Dyck of the University of Alberta. “When they face challenge they look to the future, think change and opportunity. We’re confident the 2019 program will deliver fresh thinking for delegates. The Banff Seminar has built its brand with the best speakers on key topics of the day.”  

“We strive for a blend of big picture and practical,” says 2019 program co-chair, Ruurd Zijlstra. “Plenary sessions deliver the latest on the big issues and breakout sessions focus on thinking and ideas that can often be taken home and implemented.”

Wednesday’s morning plenary session tackles “The future of protein,” with international market researcher David Hughes. He is followed by Ellen Goddard of the University of Alberta who will speak on “Disruptive technologies, meat quality and consumer perceptions.”

Thursday’s morning plenary includes Gordon Spronk of Pipestone Veterinary Services discussing “The scale and speed of change in China and what it means to the North American pork industry” and Joe Kerns of Kerns and Associates tackling “Tariffs, trade and trepidation: The implication on the pork sector now and into the future.”

Breakout topics include meat quality, animal welfare and transport, feed efficiency, human resources, managing the robust pig, sow longevity, and big data and technology.  Wednesday also features a special innovators’ breakout session.

Full program details and registration information is available at the Seminar website www.banffpork.ca.

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