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This year's recipient of the Boehringer Ingelheim WCABP Veterinarian of the Year award was Dr. Pete Knight from Red Deer, AB.

Dr. Knight was born in Lloydminster, AB and was raised on the family farm in Frenchman Butte, SK. He graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 1974. Pete practiced in a mixed animal practice in Vermilion, AB for ten years with a focus on cow-calf practice. In 1985 Pete decided to make a career change and took a job as a staff veterinarian at a large Charolais ranch near Erskine, AB. In 1986 Pete joined Norden Laboratories, first in sales and then as a Technical Service Veterinarian, for the large animal portfolio. Pete remained entrenched as a technical service Veterinarian through the Norden, Smithkline Beecham, Pfizer Animal Health and finally Zoetis times.

By On Campus News

The University of Saskatchewan officially opened its new Rayner Dairy Research and Teaching Facility October 15 with the daughter of its namesake on hand to cut the ribbon.

Betty Lang of Montreal, daughter of John G. Rayner, cut the ribbon for the new facility before a crowd of dignitaries, special guests, agriculture industry representatives and visitors to the barn.

Rayner served as director of the Department of Agriculture Extension at the University of Saskatchewan for 32 years and the naming recognizes his dedication to agriculture in Saskatchewan.

Read the complete article at the WCVM Today.

August 26, 2013. Canada's on-farm food safety program for beef cattle, the Verified Beef Production (VBP) program, continues to offer delivery services for beef cattle producers in Saskatchewan. The multi-stakeholder working group that oversees delivery in the province has hired a new provincial coordinator, Mr. Coy Schellenberg of Beechy, Saskatchewan.

"Participation in this national producer-led program in Saskatchewan is important," says Kim Hextall, Sask VBP working group chairperson. "Understanding food safety risks at the farm level contributes to our effort to enhance customer and consumer confidence in our product."

The multi-stakeholder group is pleased that Mr. Schellenberg has joined the group in capacity as provincial VBP coordinator. Coy has direct practical and business experience as a cow-calf producer himself, in addition to experience in delivering programs to producers. "Being raised and living on a cow-calf operation and with a forage and beef industry background, he brings first-hand knowledge of the issues that producers face," adds Hextall.

Since late April 2013 an epidemic of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) has been affecting swine herds in the United States. Up to now more than 370 cases have been diagnosed in over 14 states. This disease is new to North America and Canada has « not yet » been affected.

The Canadian Association of Swine Veterinarians and the Canadian Swine Health Board are in a process of raising awareness and the national strategy calls for diligence of all swine industry stakeholders. To help prevent this disease taking foot in Canada, early diagnosis is paramount and your members have an important role in this process as they may be called upon by swine producers. Please read more in this bulletin.
Check out WCVM Today's article on Dr. Albert Barth!
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