2019 LSC Workshop on Biosecurity

On March 26th, 2019 the London Swine Conference hosted a session put together by the OAHN swine network titled “Biosecurity Beyond the Barn”, including a presentation on biosecurity from a transporters perspective.

To read the OHAN report in PDF format, which also includes updates on an Erysipelas project, PED and PDCoV, click here. To read a summary in the London Swine Conference Proceedings, follow this link to the LSC website.

Knowing your costs and where your money goes is key to improving your bottom line. The OMAFRA monthly  Swine Budget provides a guide and format to estimate the cost of production for a swine enterprise. Accurate and up to date information is essential to determine an individual farm cost of production and to make management, financial, and marketing decisions.  Check out how your compare.

The next CAP intake for producers, processors and other agri-businesses is March 22 through May 6.

The CAP intake for Sector Organizations and Collaborations is from March 4 to April 5, 2019.

More information will be available on the websites of the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Canadian Agricultural Partnership


On December 4, 2018, OMAFRA, Ontario Pork, OPIC, Prairie Swine Centre and the London Swine Conference are hosting a Group Sow Housing & Management Seminar at the Best Western Arden Park in Stratford. Pre-registration is required by than November 23rd – that’s this Friday!  No walk ins or late registrations will be accepted.

The program is designed for everyone – those who already have group housing, those who are in the process of converting, those thinking about the conversion process, as well as swine industry representatives.  Industry experts from across Canada will talk about common challenges, health management, behaviour, lameness, and production efficiencies & benchmarking. We also have 3 out of province producers joining us to speak about their conversion process and systems.

Full program and registration details can be found at http://www.londonswineconference.ca or by clicking on the brochure below.

2018 Group Sow Housing & Management Seminar Brochure – Final

The 2018 Grain Corn Ear Mould and DON survey by the OMAFRA field crop team indicates that mould and mycotoxins will be in issue in some areas of the province this year. The survey and a new series of articles on managing the problem are available on at fieldcropnews.com.   The information covers testing and laboratories, with harvest, storage, and end use tips for mouldy corn.  Stay informed: You can sign up to be notified when they post more news to the website.

OMAFRA, Ontario Pork, Ontario Pork Industry Council, and The Prairie Swine Centre, with support from industry, are holding a Group Sow Housing and Management Seminar (December 4th, 2018 in Stratford Ontario) to help pork producers address challenges of sow management, in particular related to group housing.  Visit the website for details.

The focus of the day will be “Overcoming Challenges”.

Brought to you by the London Swine Conference, this seminar will feature practical information on various aspects of group housing. The program will focus on overcoming many of the common challenges that arise with group housing, as well as management techniques to help make the transition period and years to follow smooth for you and your herd. Group housing options will also be discussed.

There will be several producer profiles, and a discussion panel with plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

Seminar Program*

9:00 am Registration

9:25 am Welcoming Remarks

9:30 am Common Challenges with Group Sow Housing
Sylven Blouin, Animal Welfare Director, Jyga Technologies, QC

10:10 am Producer Profile 1
Scott Hyshka, Mountain Vista Sow Unit, Sunterra Farms, AB

10:40 am Networking Break

11:10 am Mixing Practices & Social Behaviour of Sows
Dr. Jennifer Brown, Prairie Swine Centre, SK

11:45 am Producer Profile 2
Matt Davis, Hord Family Farms, Ohio

12:15 pm Lunch

1:15 pm Breakout Sessions (see below)

2:00 pm Producer Profile 3
Francis Jolin St-Laurent, Production Porcs Plus/Ferme Porc-Saint, QC

2:30 pm Health Management in Groups
Dr. Karine Talbot, Hylife, MB

3:10 pm Networking Break

3:40 pm Lameness: Causes and Prevention Strategies
Dr. Laurie Conner, University of Manitoba, MB

4:15 pm Panel Discussion

5:00 pm Closing remarks

5:00 – 6:30 pm Social Time

Breakout 1: (for producers who haven’t made the change yet or have within the last year):
Start-up Challenges: What to Expect
Mark Chambers and Scott Hyshka, Sunterra Farms Ltd., AB and ON

Breakout 2: (for producers who have been in GSH for >1 year):
Improving Production Efficiencies and Benchmarking
Dr. Greg Wideman, South West Ontario Veterinary Services, ON

*Program subject to change without notice

The following material was prepared by the London Swine Conference planning committee.



“London Swine Conference has become the meeting place for the Ontario Swine industry”


London ON, April 6, 2018 – For the 18th year in a row, large numbers of pork producers and industry professionals gathered for the London Swine Conference. The event has come of age as the meeting place for Ontario’s swine sector. A large number of swine producers and staff made up the attendance of 385 on Tuesday and 265 on Wednesday March 27 and 28.

Attendees were encouraged to think beyond the farm gate, with topics related to consumer education, public opposition, retail trends and the future of processing. On-farm topics had producers sharing experiences of bad days, success with niche programs, and management to reduce antimicrobial use. As in the past LSC presented expert knowledge from academics and leaders in the industry, blended with practical on-farm applications.

For the second year, LSC presented the C.F.M.(Kees) de Lange Lecture in Swine Nutrition. Dr. John Patience of Iowa State University delivered a popular session related to swine nutrition. Dr. Patience looked at the many influences impacting nutrition choices for today’s producers. The factors he considered included legislation, regulation, market preferences and changing economics.

The planning committee extends their thanks to Premier Sponsors: Better Pork Magazine, Farm Credit Canada, Total Swine Genetics Inc., and Zantingh Direct Inc. The support of these and over 35 additional industry sponsors make LSC possible. With their support, LSC continues to be a premier education event for the swine industry in Ontario.

Conference proceedings are available online at http://www.londonswineconference.ca along with proceedings from all past conferences.

The London Swine Conference began in 2001, and continues as a joint effort of the University of Guelph, Ontario Pork, the Ontario Pork Industry Council and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Its main aim is to provide a forum for the exchange of credible, science-based information for decision makers and influencers in the pork industry, to encourage the exchange and adoption of knowledge for the betterment of the industry


For more information:
Sandra McCann, OMAFRA, (519) 482-3333