Winning innovation

A Canadian pork industry innovator was recognized for his efforts to improve water conservation and reduce emissions from hog farms at the 2009 Banff Pork Seminar,

The F. X. Aherne Prize for Innovative Pork Production was presented to Ross Thurston of LWR Technologies, Inc. in Calgary, Alberta for his Swinewater livestock manure treatment system.

The continuous loop Swinewater System conserves water for farming operations, filtering manure-rich wastewater to the point where it is available for reuse as wash water or livestock drinking water. It also removes solids from the water that are later converted into fertilizer. In the process, it helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions by decreasing the discharge of ammonia and phosphorus into the soil.

“Setting up safe, clean manure management systems has become one of the biggest challenges facing the pork industry today,” says Ruurd Zijlstra, chair of the Aherne prize selection committee. “Meanwhile, the conservation of water and soil and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions have become key issues in the pork industry from an environmental, social, and even marketing perspective.”

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