Governments Invest $2.2 Million In Pork Research In Manitoba

 

By Cory Knutt, Pembina Valley Online (Canada) 

19 November 2021

 

The governments of Canada and Manitoba are investing $2.2 million in three agricultural research projects, to be conducted by Topigs Norsvin Canada (TN), that will enhance the competitiveness of Manitoba pork producers by improving the precision feeding of sows and promoting higher animal welfare standards.

 

“These innovative projects will give the pork industry more tools in their sustainability toolbox,” said Federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. “They will help to improve feeding and housing for the pigs, which leads to better resource efficiency and a reduced environmental footprint for producers. Topigs Norsvin plays a big role in making Canada a global leader in swine genetics, and we are proud to support their work.”

 

The three research projects, which will help the pork industry be more environmentally and economically sustainable, will focus on:

 

- improving competitiveness and sustainability of pork production through increased feed efficiency, improved carcass quality and higher animal welfare standards by innovative application of microbiome profiling, computer tomography and genomics;

- advancing sow reproductive knowledge and management practices for optimal lifetime productivity and embryo transfer success; and

- innovative application of artificial intelligence, machine learning, behavioural science and genomics to enhance resource efficiency for environmental sustainability of sow farms in Manitoba using welfare friendly production.

 

A key element of the strategy includes using innovation to grow livestock herds for animal protein and new acres for plant protein, while ensuring Manitoba remains a strong environment for investment and is responsive to the needs of producers.

 

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