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Student Poster Session Competition: Congratulations to the Winners!
Posted December 8, 2020
We are very pleased to announce the winners of our first ever student poster session competition, which was held during the virtual 2020 Porc Show.
Congratulations to all on a job well done!
1st Prize:  Sylvia Li, University of Saskatchewan (Poster #16)
2nd Prize: Mariia Tokareva, University of Saskatchewan (Poster #17)
3rd Prize: Nicole Gregory, University of Guelph (Poster #10)

All posters from the event are available for viewing on the Porc Show website.  
Research Priorities for African Swine Fever
Posted May 20, 2020

Over the past year, Swine Innovation Porc has acted as coordinator for a working group of swine health experts in Canada and the United States who performed an analysis of research priorities related to ASF.

Click here to learn more about the priorities and the working group.
Hog industry applauds new investment in research 
Joint press release by Swine Innovation Porc and the Canadian Pork Council
Posted June 26, 2018 

Over the next 5 years, up to $18.5 million dollars will be invested by the federal government and industry partners in research to further the development of the Canadian pork industry. Swine Innovation Porc and the Canadian Pork Council (CPC) welcomed Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (AAFC), Lawrence MacAulay’s announcement this morning, highlighting that up to $12.7 million will be invested by the federal government. Swine Innovation Porc and its partners will also contribute $5.8 million, making a total investment of up to $18.5 million in research over a five-year period.

“The Canadian swine sector will benefit enormously from this investment,” stated Stewart Cressman, Chair of Swine Innovation Porc, who was on hand for the announcement in Sherbrooke, Québec this morning. “We want to thank Minister MacAulay for this significant investment, which shows AAFC’s commitment to support industry-led research. We are confident that the outcomes from program’s research projects will help increase the competitiveness of the Canadian pork industry in terms of animal welfare, the environment, as well as animal health and nutrition.”

CPC 2nd Vice-Chair René Roy was also present for the announcement. Mr. Roy highlights the need for ongoing research in the swine industry so that producers can continue to innovate and produce high quality pork for domestic and international markets: “Producers rely on science-based research to guide the innovations that help the industry grow. This funding is essential so that the Canadian pork industry can continue to compete with other important producers in the world, such as the United States and the European Union, and set the standard for wholesome pork.”

This funding contribution is part of the AAFC’s Canadian Agricultural Partnership, AgriScience Program - Clusters. It encourages research and innovation to take place to enhance the profitability and sustainability of the agricultural sector. Swine Innovation Porc will use this investment to implement its national knowledge transfer and research and development strategies under the program title of “Swine Cluster 3 – Innovating for a Stronger Pork Sector.” The goal of this program is to accelerate the pace of innovation, drive sustainable growth, strengthen competitiveness, and maximize the resilience of the sector. 

The up to $18.5 million Swine Cluster 3 program will be the third such program led by Swine Innovation Porc. “Swine Innovation Porc has proven its ability to drive national research programs,” notes Stewart Cressman. “We are ready to officially launch this new program so researchers can begin working on ways to help the industry be even stronger.”

Since 2010, the objectives of research funded through the Swine Cluster program have focussed on reducing the cost of production, increasing product differentiation and enhancing knowledge transfer. The total investment over 8 years amounts to $31.7 million and has resulted in the completion of 35 different projects and over 1000 communication activities. 

For more information, click here to read AAFC's official press release.

The Canadian Pork Council is the national voice for hog producers in Canada. A federation of nine provincial pork industry associations representing 7,000 farms, the organization plays a leadership role in achieving and maintaining a dynamic and prosperous Canadian pork sector.

Swine Innovation Porc facilitates research and development in the Canadian swine sector. We target and support research that will increase the industry’s overall profitability and sustainability
Click here to download this press release.

Media Contact:
Céline Bourbonnais
Manager, Communications
Canadian Pork Council
Cell: 613 296-3619

Abida Ouyed
Acting General Manager
Swine Innovation Porc
418 650-2440 ext.4318

Innovation and facilitation at the 2017 Banff Pork Seminar

Posted January 18, 2017

Swine Innovation Porc was once again very present as a proud supporter of the 2017 Banff Pork Seminar. Here are some highlights of our involvement in last week's proceedings:

     - Swine Innovation Porc’s Chair Stewart Cressman moderated the Day 1 plenary session on sustainable animal production.

     - 9 out of 33 posters presented during the poster session were from Swine Cluster 2 projects

     - Three Swine Cluster 2 researchers and collaborators gave breakout session presentations on their projects:

                         Luigi Faucitano, AAFC Sherbrooke Research & Development Centre

                         Mark Fynn, Manitoba Pork

                         Martin Nyachoti, University of Manitoba

      - The Swine Innovation Porc team was also available to meet participants at our kiosk in the exhibit area.

Facilitating research that will make the industry more competitive and sustainable is our primary objective. Therefore, supporting important events such as the Banff Pork Seminar helps us to get research results out to the end users within the pork value chain.

First prize won by graduate student involved in Swine Cluster 2 

A graduate student from Laval University placed first in a young scientist competition during last week’s Banff Pork Seminar. 

Jean-Phillipe Martineau presented a poster on a gilt nutrition project that is partially included in our five-year Swine Cluster 2 research program (click here to read more about the project). 

The R.O. Ball Young Scientist Award is handed to graduate students who present the most interesting and best science in their posters. Congratulations Jean-Phillipe on your hard work! 

Student contest prize winner Jean-Phillipe Martineau (centre) along with Stewart Cressman (Chair of Swine Innovation Porc, left) and Normand Martineau (Vice-Chair Normand Martineau, right). 
Swine Innovation Porc's kiosk in Banff. 

Additional $2.4 million for swine related research

Posted January 13, 2017

The Canadian pork industry will see an additional investment of $2.4 million in research as part of the current 2013-2018 research program Swine Cluster 2. 

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada announced earlier this week that it would provide $1.8 million to this program, where the swine industry would contribute an additional $600,000. This program focuses on helping industry be more competitive and sustainable as well as to drive the innovation needed for its overall long-term growth.

This investment will extend activities already ongoing within Swine Cluster 2. Stewart Cressman, Chair of Swine Innovation Porc, stated: “Our organization has been working hard to increase the level of funding towards research, specifically research that will result in tangible benefits for the industry. This 14% extension of funding will further the objectives of Swine Cluster 2, which is now a $19.7 million program made possible through contributions from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, industry partners and eight provincial pork organizations. This multidisciplinary and multi-institutional program includes research in nutrition, welfare, health, meat quality, new technologies as well as activities related to on-farm demonstration.” 

This on-farm demonstration component is an initiative that will enhance Swine Innovation Porc’s ability to bring new knowledge to the end users. The Centre de development du porc du Québec and Prairie Swine Centre will collaborate with Swine Innovation Porc, ensuring a Canada-wide delivery of on-farm demonstration activities. 

Swine Innovation Porc, a non-profit corporation, is committed to provide national leadership in coordinating and facilitating research, knowledge transfer and commercialization initiatives to enhance the competitiveness of the Canadian swine industry. 

Please click here to read Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s news release.

Swine Innovation Porc supports creation of a Canadian Pork Promotion and Research Agency

Posted February 25, 2016 

Representatives of Swine Innovation Porc attended a public hearing on February 16, 2016 in Montreal to support the creation of the Canadian Pork Promotion and Research Agency. This hearing was the result of a request from the Canadian Pork Council (CPC) to the Farm Products Council of Canada to establish the agency. According to CPC’s proposition, this new office would: 

  • Promote the consumption of pork products in the domestic  (Canadian) market
  • Further the development of export markets for Canadian pork
  • Support the conduct of scientific-technical and market research initiatives

The agency would manage funding generated by a proposed new levy on imported pork.  This initiative would therefore bring new investment dollars in a uniform and stable manner for both marketing and research. Swine Innovation Porc fully supports this initiative and, as the go-to research organization in Canada, would ensure that the funding portion dedicated to research is used to leverage other sources of funding to support scientific and technical studies. 

The objective of our current research and development portfolio is to optimize pig performance and welfare, raise environmental sustainability, enhance food safety and drive the discovery of novel technologies for the sector. We also have a process in place for revising research priorities for the swine sector in order to adapt to short, medium and long term needs. The creation of the Promotion and Research Agency would help further Swine Innovation Porc’s ability to adapt for the benefit of the entire pork value chain.

Please click here to view the documents submitted to the Farm Products Council for the public hearing.

Swine Innovation Porc is pleased to announce that BC Pork has joined seven other provinical pork organizations in signing a Memorandum of Understanding agreement. This agreement represents a financial commitment of 2.5 cents per market hog that will be invested in supporting, among others, research activities withing the research program Swine Cluster 2: Driving Results through Innovation, 2013-2018. 

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Provincial pork producer associations come together to fund national research program

Posted January 19, 2015

Swine Innovation Porc is pleased to announce that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed by seven provincial pork associations across Canada. This MOU represents a financial commitment of $2.5 million for Swine Innovation Porc (SIP) that will support activities within the research program Swine Cluster 2: Driving Results through Innovation, 2013-2018.

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Swine Research Cluster receives $13 million for industry research priorities
Posted May 30, 2014 

The Canadian pork industry welcomed today’s news of $13 million in funding for the Swine Innovation Porc (SIP) Science Cluster under Growing Forward 2.  The investment will support strategic research to enhance competitiveness, drive innovation, and promote the long-term growth and sustainability of the Canadian swine industry. 

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 Swine Innovation Porc's research priorities for 2013-2018
Posted August 16, 2012  

Our organisation is currently putting together the five year Swine Cluster II research program covering the period of 2013-2018.

We have recently launched a call for proposals that will allow the research community to submit innovative and integrated projects that will be relevant and beneficial to the pork industry and in line with our research priorities.

Throughout this process, the objective of Swine Innovation Porc is to bring researchers, private contributors and producer-led provincial organizations to work together to improve the overall contribution to innovation for the benefit of the pork value chain partners.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Swine Innovation Porc, you invite you to read the doucment below concerning our six key priorities. These priorities are the outcome of extensive consultations along with the information that came out of workshops with producers and researchers to establish a national list of research priorities that would have a significant impact on Canada’s swine industry.

Swine Innovation Porc's Research Priorities for 2013-2018