Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2010 Regional Award Winner


Hog-Tied Farms Ltd. - Lambton County

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Maria Van Bommel, Mitchell and Cassie VanEngelen

Maria Van Bommel, Mitchell and Cassie VanEngelen

A US-based ventilation system that John VanEngelen modified to meet his own hog operation's needs is lowering production costs while improving air quality, increasing growth rates, and making barns safer and more environmentally friendly. Twelve fans support 16 rooms at the facility, compared to the one to three fans per room in traditional hog barns. His system has also shown that the pigs are ready for market in 15 per cent less time than in more traditional systems. VanEngelen has hosted many farm tours, and at least eight other barns in the area have been built using the same technology in the last six years.

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