A major milestone was reached this week when industry fundraising achieved 50% of its target to establish a National Chair in Swine Welfare. The proposed Chair in Swine Welfare, an industry-wide initiative, has been gaining momentum with six provincial pork associations and four pork processors committing to the 5-year program to develop a dedicated team of researchers focusing on swine welfare. The Chair application will go forward soon to NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council) as an IRC (Industrial Research Chair), a program that benefits industry development of applied and early discovery research. The program provides 50:50 matching funds to the industry financial pledges for approved research programs.
Dr. Sandra Edwards, Professor and Chair of Agriculture, Newcastle University, UK has been selected as candidate. Dr. Edward’s career includes successful research in a variety of interdisciplinary projects over the past three decades, numerous awards and serving as senior advisor on industry and government advisory groups. Dr. Edwards, brings a wealth of research and practical on-farm experience in the areas of nutrition, applied behavior, and health management.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013/ Prairie Swine Centre