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When: Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Where: Shakespeare Community Centre, Shakespeare, ON

Registration: Ontario Pork, 655 Southgate Drive, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 5G6

Attention: Kim Coyle Fax: 519‐826‐3442 Phone: 1‐877‐424‐1300 E‐mail:ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca

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The CleanFARMS pesticide collection campaign is coming to Ontario again in 2016.  This program will not be run in Ontario again until 2019, so take advantage of this opportunity.

Read below for more details.

Farmers can safely dispose of unwanted or obsolete agricultural pesticides at specific locations across Ontario. This program is free of charge to farmers. It runs from September 20-30, 2016.

 Check out the CleanFARMS website to find the location nearest you. Collection sites will only be accepting targeted products from 9 AM to 4 PM at each location. Obsolete or unwanted agricultural pesticides should be identified with a Pest Control Product number on the label.

This program offers farmers an environmentally responsible way to dispose of old or unwanted product. It is offered in each province at least once every three years. Farmers drop off their obsolete materials at a designated collection site at no charge. The products are then transported to a high temperature incineration facility where they are safely disposed of.

Since the program launched in 1998, more than 2 million kilograms of obsolete pesticides have been collected and safely disposed of.

For more information call 1-877-622-4460 ext. 2223. or visit www.cleanfarms.ca.

Originally blogged on ONfloriculture.

From Statistics Canada the Daily, August 18:

“As of July 1, there were 7,035 hog farms in Canada, up 0.1% from the same date a year earlier. These farms reported 1.2 million sows and gilts, up 0.7% from July 1, 2015.

Canada exported 2.9 million hogs in the first half of 2016, down 0.1% from the same period in 2015. There was continued strong demand for hogs in the United States. According to the most recent US data, hog inventories reached their highest June 1 level in over 50 years, up 2.0% from June 1, 2015. Hog slaughter in the US was 1% higher in the first six months of 2016 compared with the same period in 2015.

Hog slaughter increased in Canada in the first six months of 2016, up 1.3% from the same period in 2015 to 10.6 million head.

The January-to-June 2016 pig crop was 14.4 million head, up 2.2% from the same period in 2015.”

On Sept. 6th and 7th, 2016 OMAFRA, along with Ontario Pork and Swine Innovation Porc, will host a Group Sow Housing Seminar. Two different seminars will present group sow housing options with practical solutions to the challenges of different systems, along with potential opportunities associated with group housing. Both days will feature a discussion panel and exhibitor space.

Day 1 – Sept 6th, 4 pm until 8:30 pm
The day 1 evening program is designed for producers who already have group housing systems in place. We will provide ample opportunities for discussions amongst producers, and will focus not only on how to handle some of the challenges producers encounter, but on the potential opportunities that are available to producers within these systems.

Day 2 – Sept 7th, 9 am until 5:30 pm
The day 2 program is designed for producers who are looking at group sow housing options. This full day program will provide practical information from a wide variety of speakers. Should you renovate or build new? What will you do with your sows during a renovation? What are producers doing across Canada? How can you capture added potential through Nutrition? What technologies are coming down the line?

The registration brochure with full program can be found below or by visiting http://www.groupsowhousing.com/producer-events/

Pre-registration is required by Aug 26th, 2016. 

To Pre-register, contact:
Carrie Parsons
carrie.parsons@ontario.ca
519-271-0119
For more information, please contact:
Laura Eastwood, OMAFRA Swine Specialist
laura.eastwood@ontario.ca
519-271-6280

2016 Group Sow Housing Seminar Brochure – Electronic Final

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Farmers experiencing dry weather challenges can find feed, production and management information at OMAFRA. Visit ontario.ca/agweatherissues or contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca

via If you’re still looking for rain… — ONvegetables

The National Sow Housing Conversion Project (NSHCP) Summer 2016 newsletter http://groupsowhousing.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/NSHC-Newsletter-vol-1-iss-3.pdf is available on the NSHCP website http://groupsowhousing.com/

The current issue contains a NSHCP update, producer profile, what is out there in group housing, on article on whether to re-build or build new along with Provincial updates.

If you would like to receive a copy please send an email with “Newsletter” in the subject line to NSHCproject@gmail.com

 

On Sept 6 and 7, 2016 OMAFRA along with Swine Innovation Porc, Prairie Swine Centre and Ontario Pork are hosting a Group Sow Housing Seminar in Stratford, Ontario.

Two different seminars will present group sow housing options that follow the 2014 Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs, along with practical solutions to the challenges of different systems, and potential opportunities related to group housing. Day 1 is designed for producers who already have a group housing system in place, and Day 2 is open to anyone interested in learning more about group sow housing.

 

Seminar Program (subject to change without notice)

Day 1: For Producers with Group Housing Systems
4:00 pm              Registration
4:30 pm              Dealing with Aggression and Best Mixing Practices
Dr. Jennifer Brown, Prairie Swine Center, SK
5:15 pm              Capturing Potential Through Nutrition
Quincy Buis, University of Guelph
Dr. Laura Eastwood, OMAFRA
6:00 pm            Dinner
7:10 pm              Technology: Now and in the Future
John Van Engelen, Hog-Tied Farms Ltd.
7:30 pm              Producer Panel
8:30 pm             Closing Remarks, Social

 

Day 2: Open to Everyone

9:00 am              Registration
9:30 am              Welcoming Remarks
9:40 am              The Barn: New Building or Rennovation?
Murray Elliott, FGC Limited
Steve Beadle, P.Eng., OMAFRA
10:30 am           What to do with Sows during Renovation (depop vs. rollover)?
John Otten, South West Vets
11:00 am           Networking Break
11:30 am           National Sow Housing Conversion Project & Breaking the Myths
Dr. Jennifer Brown, Prairie Swine Center, SK
12:30 pm           Lunch
1:30 pm              Feature Speaker – Management: How to make it work
Dr. Julie Ménard, F. Ménard Inc.
2:30 pm              Capturing Potential Through Nutrition
Quincy Buis, University of Guelph
Dr. Laura Eastwood, OMAFRA
3:10 pm              Networking Break
3:40 pm              Technology: Now and in the Future
John Van Engelen, Hog-Tied Farms Ltd.
4:00 pm              2014 Workshop Producer Update – Where they Are Now?
Doug Ahrens, Ham Land Acres
4:15 pm              Producer Panel
5:30 pm              Closing remarks, Social

Registration details will be available late July. For more information please contact:

Laura Eastwood
Swine Specialist, OMAFRA
519-271-6280
laura.eastwood@ontario.ca
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