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Take time to check how safe your barn is.  The National Fire Protection Association has information related to fire, electrical and related hazards. National Fire Prevention Association

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Can large tires and low inflation pressures solve all your problems?

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Producers view soil compaction as a prevalent problem – a problem to be avoided, if possible. There are several main theories on how to avoid or manage soil compaction.

  • Confine traffic to permanent lanes within the field in order to provide traffic-free zones for crop production,
  • Avoid wheel traffic on wet soils which are susceptible to compaction, use equipment with lower axle weights,
  • Increase the size of the “foot print” by employing radial tires, larger tires, more tires, or tracks, and
  • Reduce tire inflation pressures.

Considerable effort has been taken on the part of equipment manufacturers to do two of these, by increasing tire size and reducing inflation pressures. This lowers ground contact pressures so there is less soil rutting and compaction.

Read More: Soil Compaction

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Rob Saik kicks off LSC 2016 to record attendance

From a release dated April 7:

The last two days saw record numbers of pork producers and industry professionals in London. “A Platform for Success”, the 16th annual London Swine Conference (LSC) continued to build on the growth of recent years. Registration topped 400 this year for the sow day and over 250 for wean to finish. Sponsors and attendees from industry continue to be impressed with the number of primary producers who attend LSC.

Attendees were encouraged to think beyond their own business to consider the future of agriculture and food production in our changing culture. Other big picture issues discussed included antimicrobial resistance and the changing business structure of the North American hog industry.

On-farm topics dealt with barn management, health, nutrition, genetics, fertility and much more. Information was presented from leading researchers, academics and front line farm managers to blend the theory with applications on the farm.

One popular session by consultant Elaine Froese discussed planning for business transfers from generation to generation. Attendee comments included “This event was helpful, now to get the family on board” and “hoping to stop becoming a referee”.

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 www.londonswineconference.ca along with proceedings from all past conferences. New this year is a Highlights page that will share photos and comments about the conference in the next few weeks.

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.

This year’s theme of the London Swine Conference is “A Platform for Success”. Join us April 5-6 at the Double Tree by Hilton in London, Ontario.

April 5th – Sow Topics:

  • Parity 3 Roadblock
  • Optimizing Loose Housing
  • The Modern Sow: Top Production Issues
  • Pushing the Boundries of AI Technology
  • Managing the Health Status of the Sow
  • Practical Loose Sow Management
  • Gilt Management, Physiology and Sow Longevity
  • Solutions to Productivity Challenges

April 6th – Wean to Finish Topics:

  • Getting Ready for the Next Disease
  • Antimicrobial Resistance: Myths and Realities
  • Early Nursery Nutrition
  • Behind the Numbers of Finishing Barn Management
  • Options to Crontrol Post-Weaning Diseases
  • Liquid Feeding
  • Feeding for Carcass Value

Other Topics Include:

  • The Agriculture Manifesto – Day 1
  • Managing Generational Expectations – Day 1
  • Changing Business Structure of the North American Hog Industry – Day 2
  • Sustainable Intensification – Day 2

 

Register now at www.londonswineconference.ca

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The  program encourages the development of our rural communities, farms, agri-food processors and agri-food organizations by adding value to existing products, creating jobs and driving economic growth.   Since the program began, there have been 475 award recipients from across the province.

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM on Friday, April 15, 2016.   Program guidelines and the application form can be found on the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence website.

 

Originally published on ONagbusiness by Nick Betts (@SustainingAg)

Defining Sustainability

Sustainability is a holistic, long-term approach to business.  It maximizes the economic and environmental stability, equity, and health of the farm, business, and family.

A sustainable approach to farming is more than talking about environmental actions or maximizing profits.

Sustainability focusses on business processes and practices, rather than a specific food, fibre, or feed output.  It integrates economic, environmental and societal values to create a Triple Bottom Line (i.e. understanding and accounting for three “bottom lines”: economic, social, and enviornment, instead of simply looking at a cash flow analysis for actions in your operations).  This is very different from a purely profit-driven approach, where businesses benefit economically, but often at the expense of the environment and society.

Agricultural Context

Sustainable Agriculture is…

“the efficient production of safe, high quality agricultural product, in a way that protects and improves the natural environment, the social and economic conditions of the farmers, their employees and local communities, and safeguards the health and welfare of all farmed species.” (Sustainable Agricultural Initiative Platform, 2010)

Read full article at ONagbusiness New Spring = New Season. Make it More Sustainable.

Long term, farming depends on meeting today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The three components of social responsibility are environmental stewardship, community involvement and industry involvement. OMAFRA has resources that address each of these topics including Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture and Social Responsibility Resources.

 

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