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South Western Ontario Pork Conference

Wednesday February 19, 2020
University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus

Longest running educational Pork Conference in Canada

The Pork Conference is designed to be responsive to the grassroots pork industry and its producers. Practical information is presented for producers to manage their farming operations for profitability.

2020 Program

“Looking Ahead with 2020 Vision”

Feature Speaker – Dan Bussieres


12:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Open House – Visit the on-campus Swine Barn

2:00 p.m. – Registration – NEW Location – Willson Hall Basement

2:00 p.m. – Meet & Greet Sponsors at Industry Trade Show – NEW Location – Willson Hall Basement

4:00 p.m. – Conference Welcome – Agronomy Ag Theatre

4:15 p.m. – Hiram Thompson – Nursery Management

5:00 p.m. – Tara Terpstra – Producer Profile

5:45 p.m. – Ryan Tenbergen – Local Health Update

6:15 p.m. – Dinner – Willson Hall Dining Room

7:30 p.m. – Dan Bussieres – Optimizing Feeding & Management Strategies

8:30 p.m. – Wrap-up & Evening Reception


Innovation Contest

Submit your time and money-saving innovations you have developed for your barn. Click here for more details and deadline dates for submission. Prizes to be won!

Campus Swine Barn

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Visit the on-campus Swine Barn – Information at the Registration Desk – Willson Hall Basement

Industry Trade Show

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Willson Hall Basement

Join Colleagues and Sponsors for light refreshments in the trade show area

Evening Reception

8:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Willson Hall


Pre-register until February 12, 2020

Regular fee: $25

Student fee: $10

After February 12, 2020

Late registration fee: $40

You can register online by visiting https://bdc.ridgetownc.com/useservices/conferencemanagement/south-western-ontario-pork-conference/ or by calling 1-866-222-9682

The London Swine Conference YouTube channel has some great content, and more is being added. The latest is Dr. Chantal Farmer, AAFC, speaking at the 2019 conference on ‘Maximizing Performance of the Sow’. Click here to watch: https://youtu.be/mUFZeCJmN18

The program for the 20th annual LSC, March 31-April 1 2020 will be coming soon. It will be a great conference so mark those dates in your calendar now. Click www.londonswineconference.ca for all the info you need.

The Ontario Animal Health Network (OAHN) has just released it’s Q3 swine producer/industry report. You can view the report by clicking the following link: https://oahn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/2019-Q3-OAHN-Swine-Producer-Industry-Report.pdf

This issue includes an overview of Senecavirus A on-farm detection in Ontario, influenza A reminders and the 2019 PED outbreak in Manitoba. It also contains several African Swine Fever topics, including a global disease surveillance update, provincial planning and preparedness update and information on how to report feral pigs in Ontario.

This week the 2019 provincial corn ear mould and mycotoxin survey was released on the Field Crop News blog, and can be found by clicking the link here: http://fieldcropnews.com/2019/10/2019-ontario-grain-corn-ear-mould-and-deoxynivalenol-don-mycotoxin-survey/

This year, 96% of the 222 samples tested contained less than 2.00 parts per million (ppm) DON, which is much lower than 2018.

Details on how the survey was conducted, as well as locations and detailed results can be found by visiting the blog.



The most recent issue of Centered on Swine Newsletter from Prairie Swine Centre included a Heating and Ventilation System Monitoring and Maintenance Checklist. This is an excellent list to help you walk through key ares of your facilities in order to get them ready for upcoming winter. Preparing your barn properly for winter can result in significant cost savings in heating and electrical costs.

You can access the checklist online via the Prairie Swine Centre website (https://www.prairieswine.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/PSC_Heating-and-Ventilation-Checklist.pdf), or by clicking the file below.



The most recent OAHN Swine Producer report is now available!  You can access the report by visiting the OAHN website at http://www.oahn.ca or by clicking the link at the bottom of this post.

The issue includes:

  • Senecavirus A (SVA) detection on-farm. What swine producers need to look for
  • African Swine Fever (ASF): global disease surveillance update
  • African Swine Fever (ASF): Provincial planning update – what to do if you see feral pigs in Ontario
  • Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) & Porcine Deltacoronavirus (PDCoV) update