Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Manitoba vet wins award

Dr. Jewel White, veterinarian for Maple Leaf Agro-Foods at Landmark, Man., has won the annual F.X. Aherne Prize for Innovative Pork Production.

She learned how to draw blood samples without having to tie up the snout and pull to restrain the pig.  Instead they are run into a stall and she can readily draw a sample from their rump.

She and two others at the farm built a portable stall into which they could drive the pig and then use an aluminum slide to prevent the pig from backing out while the blood sample is drawn. They call it the Backspacer Device.

White said it makes collecting a blood sample easier on both the pig and the staff.