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RED DEER, Alta. — The Alberta Farm Animal Care Association (AFAC) has presented Canadian Food Inspection Agency officer and hog sled inventor, Darren Malchow, with an Award of Distinction.

In a press release issued in April, AFAC noted the invention of the hog sled is helping promote the humane handling of downer hogs. The sled, which is gaining popularity among Alberta livestock haulers, provides an easy and humane method of unloading sick or injured hogs.

“It is important to note that Darren developed the hog sled and an excellent video on his own time, with his own money,” says the press release.

Darren was honored to receive the award.

“An award such as this is a definite team award from the producers and truck drivers to the plant mangers and their personnel,” says Malchow. “Everyone working together makes this work.”

Meanwhile, Malchow has teamed up with United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative to distribute the sleds.
Anyone interested in purchasing a sled for their truck, meat plant or unloading station, can do so by calling Fred Armstrong at 800-835-6932.

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