As of January 1, 2016 all unvented heaters used in livestock barns must be inspected. Visit the OMAFRA livestock tent at the Outdoor Farm Show on Eight Lane North Middle Machinery Mall to learn more.  unvented gas heater

Flashback Friday post.

Licensed Deadstock Operators in Ontario List Updated

The list of licensed deadstock operators in Ontario has just been updated by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The interactive map provides exact locations and information on the species operators will pick up.

Originally posted August 1, 2014.

The Canadian livestock estimate has been released by Statistics Canada.

Canada exported 2.8 million hogs in the first half of 2015, up 17.8% from the same period in 2014. There was strong demand for hogs in the United States as slaughter was 7% higher in the first six months of 2015 compared with the same period in 2014. According to the most recent US data, hog inventories increased 9% from June 1, 2014.

Read Full Article Here 

Hog Inventory Tables

As of July 1, 2015 there are new regulatory requirements for Ontario corn and soybean growers to buy and use neonicotinoid treated corn and/or soybean seed.

Attend a regional information session to learn about the new requirements.

Regional Information Sessions:

In Person (English sessions)

  • Guelph: Monday, August 24, 2015 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • St. Thomas: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Ridgetown: Thursday, August 27, 2015 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Cornwall: Monday, August 31, 2015 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Uxbridge: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

In Person (French session)

  • Cornwall: Monday, August 31, 2015 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Teleconference/Webinar (English session)

  • Monday, August 24, 2015 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Teleconference/Webinar (French session)

  • Monday, August 31, 2015 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Register online or by contacting the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca

The Ontario hog market situation for the first six months of 2015 was summarized in the recent issue of Pork News and Views (click image to view).


Download or view this page (pdf): PNV_Aug2015 4

or the entire August issue, which includes the full OMAFRA Swine Budget for June (pdf): PNV_Aug2015

Welcome to Laura EastwoodLaura Eastwood the new Swine Specialist with OMAFRA. After completing an undergrad degree at the University of Guelph in Animal Biology, Laura moved to Saskatchewan to pursue a Masters degree followed by a Ph.D. (2013) in swine nutrition at the Prairie Swine Centre and the University of Saskatchewan. For the past 2.5 years Laura has worked as a Research Associate at the Prairie Swine Centre in the Nutrition Department, focusing on the relationships between nutrition and pig health/performance. Laura will be working out of the Ministry’s Stratford Office and can be reached at Laura.Eastwood@Ontario.ca.

Larger hogs need increased ventilation rates to maintain air temperature, quality and humidity levels. Watch out for heat stress when moving larger animals.  The Heat Stress in Livestock and Poultry App is a free download for Android and BlackBerry that will help you identify critical stress levels.   app


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