RED DEER, AB, Oct. 23, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Olymel management announces
that it is committed to supporting the work of the future National
Chair in Swine Welfare over a five year period with a financial
contribution of $15,000 per year. "Olymel believes that because the research findings of the new National
Chair in Swine Welfare are focussed on animal welfare regardless what
production systems are in use, they should benefit all stakeholders in
the Canadian hog industry—producers, veterinarians, processors and
distributors. Retailers and consumers should also benefit from the
pooling of efforts by the industry and the Chair's researchers, as
several groups have called for changes in production practices in
recent years," notes Olymel CEO Réjean Nadeau.
The Chair will conduct research jointly with the University of
Saskatchewan and the Prairie Swine Centre in Saskatoon, and its work
will be funded equally by contributions from member companies of the
Canadian pork industry and grants from the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council of Canada.
"Olymel believes that its contribution to financing the work of the new
research chair will promote best practices throughout the pork
industry. The development of advanced scientific research programs will
better address the current challenges of hog production, animal
welfare, and thus improve the production sector's sustainability. This
initiative will also strengthen an industry that makes a significant
contribution to Canada's economic development and innovation in the agrifood sector, job creation, as well as the reach of Canadian
expertise and products worldwide," Mr. Nadeau said in closing.
About Olymel l.p.
Olymel l.p. is a Canadian leader in the slaughtering, processing and
distribution of pork and poultry, with facilities in Quebec, Ontario,
Alberta, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick. The company employs more than
10,000 persons and exports nearly half its production, mainly to the
United States, Japan and Australia, as well as some sixty other
countries. Its sales were over $2.3 billion last year, with a
slaughtering and processing capacity of 160,000 hogs and 1.7 million
birds a week. The company markets its products mainly under the Olymel,
Lafleur and Flamingo brands.
SOURCE: Olymel l.p.
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