ACC launches grassroots program for hog production – Brandon Sun

Developing a curriculum that meets the needs of modern animal care and labor standards is the motivation behind the new core swine production program at Assiniboine Community College, which will host its first group of students next month.

The self-directed online program provides learners with an understanding of how pig farms operate and delves into topics such as health and safety, record keeping, husbandry systems and maintenance. It will also cover content on production practices related to animal husbandry, the science of taking good care of farm animals; pig health care; reproduction; farrowing, that is to say when the pigs give birth; nursery; and grower and finisher, a special type of pig feed.

The program is the result of a collaboration between the college and the Manitoba Pork Council, a partnership that Tim Hore, dean of the Russ Edwards School of Agriculture and Environment in Assiniboine, described as very exciting for all involved. . Its goal is for the next generation of pig farmers and pig technicians to meet strict animal care standards. Anyone who registers and successfully completes it will receive 24 credits.

The Russ Edwards School of Agriculture and Environment at Assiniboine Community College is launching a new self-directed online basic pork production course, in collaboration with the Manitoba Pork Council. (Case)

It was important for the college to offer a type of program that producers and agricultural workers could undertake at their own pace, at their own pace and in their own environment, Hore said.

“Anyone who decides to take the course has the flexibility to do it at their own pace and in their own way,” Hore said.

Pig farmers in Canada are required to follow a code of practice for the care and handling of pigs, established by the federal government in 2019. One of the code’s stipulations is that pigs should have access to a “greater freedom of movement,” according to the National Farm Animal Care Council.

Manitoba is the largest pork-producing province in Canada, accounting for nearly 30% of national production, and is the largest exporter of weaners to the United States, according to Manitoba Pork.

Everyone who makes a living in the pork industry has a vested interest in animal care, said Manitoba Pork Council Chair Rick Préjet. Assiniboine’s new core hog production program will ensure continued value.

“We are thrilled to have worked with Assiniboine Community College on this program as we seek to nurture a new generation of farm owners and workers who will continue the tradition of being world leaders in animal care. to animals,” Préjet said in a press release. sent on Monday.

The program is also one Prejet has been working on with the Manitoba Pork Council for a long time, he told The Sun.

“I’m super excited that Tim Dore and the gang [at Assiniboine] were able to put it all together.

It’s especially important that small, independent pork producers and workers have the opportunity to get the training they need to maintain high industry standards, Préjet said. The new course will ensure that happens, he added.

“There is going to be a lot of consistency in training, animal care and feeding. It will be a consistent message that everyone [will be] bring back to the farm.

Assiniboine will offer two more pork-related courses in early 2023, Hore said, including an advanced pork production program and a leadership program.

“The Leadership Program [includes] leadership skills, personal development, managerial skills and communication.

Anyone interested in enrolling in the Basic Swine Production Program can find out more at assinbioine.net/swinepro.

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