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Growing Forward 2 (GF2) offers cost-share funding assistance, free workshops and training for Ontario producers, processors, organizations and collaborations.

What’s New for GF2?
The following changes have been made to the program:
• Priorities are clearly identified in the program guides
• All projects will be assessed on merit
• Cost-share funding will be capped depending on the project category
• Some project categories have prerequisites as a required condition before clients can apply
• Approval of your project is needed before costs can be incurred and paid

New Dates for GF2
GF2 cost-share funding assistance application intakes for producers and processors are:
• May 1 to May 21, 2015
• August 10 to August 27, 2015
• November 16 to December 3, 2015

For more information visit www.ontario.ca/growingforward2

The OMAFRA Swine Budget for April is now available. Click here for more swine budgets.

From Farmscape.com:

Pork Producers Consider Sow Barn Conversion to Comply with New Pig Code Requirements

Lee Whittington – Prairie Swine Centre

Farmscape for April 22, 2015

To comply with new requirements under Canada’s revised Pig Code of Practice and maintain economic viability, most pork producers are considering converting existing sow barns from stall housing to group housing rather than building new. Under changes to Canada’s Pig Code of Practice, any new or expanded sow operations must employ group housing. In response swine research facilities across Canada, in partnership with Swine Innovation Porc, are ramping up a program under which researchers are working with individual producers through their conversions.
That work will be discussed today in Niverville and tomorrow in Portage as part of the Prairie Swine Centre’s 2015 spring producer meetings. Centre president and CEO Lee Wittington says, if they had the choice, the majority of producers would build new but for most that isn’t an affordable option.

Clip-Lee Wittington-Prairie Swine Centre:
We know that we can be successful.
If we start with a brand new barn, we know enough of the science and management of sows in groups that we can build a successful barn and they’re being built across North America and in Europe.
The challenge is that, given the last seven years of lack of sustained profitability, most producers have said, it looks like my option is to convert something I’ve already got, either a gestation barn, a stall barn or maybe a grow finish barn and can I convert that into group sow housing.
We started a program about five years ago, that our vision is to have a national program where there would be a couple of converted barns in every province that producers can rely on as a touch stone for how did it work and how did you come up with the concept, and make your new barn flow properly and accommodate the number of sows you wanted.

For more on the National Sow Housing Conversion Project visit the Prairie Swine Centre web site at prairieswine.com or Swine Innovation Porc at swineinnovationporc.ca.
For Farmscape.Ca, I’m Bruce Cochrane.
*Farmscape is a presentation of Sask Pork and Manitoba Pork Council

More than 3,500 producers take advantage of expert advice and information.

Ontario’s producers told us they wanted a convenient, consistent way to access business management information. After consulting with producers, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) created several newsletters to meet producers’ needs. The newsletters are…Read More

Monday April 20, 2015 Weekly Hog Market Facts.

tables of hog prices

Weekly Hog Market Facts page 1

hog prices

Weekly Hog Market Facts page 2

2015 Monthly Hog Market Facts

Next week the OMAFRA Swine Team is hosting two excellent presentations from the SowBridge Swine Education series that will provide timely production/management information you can use on your operation. Its free and open to producers and industry.

Monday April 20 Clinton – Clinton OMAFRA Office

Tuesday April 21 Woodstock – Woodstock OMAFRA Office

Friday April 24 Stratford – South West Ontario Veterinary Services      

All sessions start at 1:30 and run until 4 pm.

To register or for more information phone Sandra at (519) 482-3333
or e-mail: 
sandra.mcCann@ontario.ca

Gilt Development by W.L. (Billy) Flowers, North Carolina State University.

This presentation features yet to be published criteria you can use to help select the best performing gilts to take back into your breeding herd. Dr. Flowers shows that gilt development starts before the gilt was born.

Sow Lactation: What’s Happening Between Sow & Litter by Walt Hurley University of Illinois

This presentation helps producers gain perspectives on swine lactation.

Each presentation is approximately 50 minutes in length.

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