Manitoba Pork Council (MPC) has recognized two industry partners who have contributed to the overall success of the pork business at its 2016 annual general meeting.
The group presented awards to Steve’s Livestock Transport and Agra-Gold Consulting co-founder Scott Dick to recognize their ongoing commitment to the hog sector.
Steve’s Livestock Transport was recognized for humane animal handling, safe transport and on-time deliveries.
“This company is dedicated to creating value for its customers and ensuring the success of our industry,” MPC said in a news release.
Founded in 1987, the company has expanded to become the largest commercial livestock transportation fleet in North America. The locations in Manitoba and Alberta also feature commercial washing and large equipment repair service facilities.
In the last several years the company has reduced the risk of spreading viruses, in particular PEDv, by developing and maintaining strict disease risk management protocols to provide transport of livestock in a biosecure environment.
“Without Steve’s, our industry would likely have been devastated by this tough bug,” the release read.
The company has also invested significantly in new technology and facilities, including undercarriage washing and baking bays for livestock trailers to enhance biosecurity and a water misting system to cool animals in trailers on hot days.
Scott Dick was recognized for “… his exceptional leadership skills and his commitment to protecting Manitoba’s environment, through continuous innovation and raising the bar for excellence in nutrient management.”
Dick grew up on a grain farm in the Carman area and has been working in the hog industry since 2001, when he became one of the first agronomists in North America to be solely dedicated to livestock nutrient planning.
In 2007, he and partner Cliff Loewen launched Agra-Gold Consulting, a company that specializes in livestock nutrient management plans that optimize the value of nutrients while ensuring environmental sustainability. Since its inception, Agra-Gold has overseen the spreading of more than 3.5 billion gallons of manure and helped to sell over $3 million worth of nitrogen, and has distinguished itself as a proponent of the most modern technology and environmentally sound treatment systems.
Dick has also been involved in industry groups, including serving from 2005 to 2007 as MPC delegate for Elite Swine. He has participated on Manitoba Pork’s various committees and contributed to meeting the many regulatory and policy changes the industry has faced. He has also served as a director of the Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative, leading a number of its research projects and studies.
Dick is also featured as one of the professionals in Manitoba Pork’s “I am part of the solution” advertising campaign and plays a key role in the 10-minute “Manure Matters” video, explaining the process of developing and executing a nutrient management plan.