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Banff Pork Seminar to examine ‘External forces, internal solutions’

Breakout sessions’ topics include liability and the producer, nutrition, vaccines and health, sow management, pig resilience and smart technology.

“External forces, internal solutions” is the theme for Canada’s leading pork industry event. The 2020 Banff Pork Seminar is slated for Jan. 7-9 at the Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta.

“The fact that this is our 49th Seminar underlines the value to the industry,” says BPS program co-chair Ruurd Zijlstra of the University of Alberta. “This seminar has remained a leader because it always brings the best speakers together. It is also unparalleled opportunity for networking and fun. That’s because the event has really grown into Banff Pork Seminar Week, with companies and organizations using this as a destination to bring staff and clients together for related business meetings.”

“We face strong external forces,” says BPS program co-chair Michael Dyck of the University of Alberta. “How we respond, how we develop internal industry solutions will define our success. The plenary speakers at BPS 2020 bring new, current perspective on the hard issues while a host of speakers in the breakout sessions provide clear thinking and implementable ideas on the practical side of the industry.”

The program kicks off Tuesday with a welcome reception. On Wednesday Joe Schwarcz of McGill University tackles “Sense, nonsense and science.” Then Tiffany Lee of the North American Meat Institute will present “The alternative protein movement: A challenge or unique opportunity.”

On Thursday, Brett Stuart of Global AgriTrends will present “Global markets and trends” and Klaus Depner of the Friedrich Loeffler Institute will outline “How much we need to know about African swine fever to be able to prevent, control and eradicate.” Thursday’s BPS 2020 closing plenary session looks at the growing issue of wild boars in Canada. 

Breakout sessions’ topics include liability and the producer, nutrition, vaccines and health, sow management, pig resilience and smart technology. Wednesday’s breakouts feature an innovators’ session; and on Thursday, a session on cross culture communications.

Full program details and registration information is available at the Seminar website

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