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Farley, William Manly - 1998
Farquharson, James - 1977
Fast, Harold - 2015
Faye, Zennith Keith - 2013
Flaten, Glenn Eric - 1998
Fowler, Henry Llewellyn - 1980
Fox, Jonathan - 1981
Freitag, Rudolph - 1995
Friggstad, Olaf - 1997

PortraitHarold Fast

Harold Fast pioneered advances in swine health and biosecurity protocols that have become industry standards in the Canadian hog sector. Improved genetics and the high health of live pigs have helped create global demand for high quality Canadian breeding stock.

In the late ?60?s he spent some time working in Tanzania where he met Marjie, from Scotland. Harold graduated in 1976 with a DVM from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine before practicing swine herd health medicine in southern Manitoba. He then led the swine program at VIDO, the Veterinary Infectious Disease Organization in Saskatoon, before returning to his home town of Spiritwood in 1982, to focus on high health pig production.

Together with his wife Marjie, Harold started a family-owned business known as Fast Genetics which grew to become an internationally recognized high health swine genetics company. His dedication and innovation in the swine industry has contributed to the growth of the Saskatchewan pork sector and the quality of Canadian pork products and animals. The technologies employed, such as embryo transfer, were often considered to be ahead of their time.

The company?s genetics are incorporated into sow herds throughout Canada, the United States, much of Europe, China, and also Japan. In addition, Harold and Marjie have hosted many international students and have recruited many new Canadians to start businesses, or to work within the high health nucleus farms in the Spiritwood region, including the original nucleus unit located on the quarter section Harold?s father homesteaded as a new Canadian in 1925.

Harold has served on numerous industry boards and advisory committees including the Canadian Pork International, Sask Pork, Prairie Diagnostic Services, Prairie Swine Centre, SPI Marketing Group and the Saskatchewan Asia Trade Advisory Council.

Harold and Marjie?s community service is also well-known in the Spiritwood region where they support a wide array of charity activities and community events. He has also participated intensely in the Northern Lakes Economic Development Corporation.

Though retired from Fast Genetics, Harold Fast?s legacy is a thriving world-class swine genetics company that is a major global player and a fair and progressive employer in the Spiritwood region.

Sponsored for the induction to the
Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2015 by: Sask Pork

 

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