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On December 4, 2018, OMAFRA, Ontario Pork, OPIC, Prairie Swine Centre and the London Swine Conference are hosting a Group Sow Housing & Management Seminar at the Best Western Arden Park in Stratford. Pre-registration is required by than November 23rd – that’s this Friday!  No walk ins or late registrations will be accepted.

The program is designed for everyone – those who already have group housing, those who are in the process of converting, those thinking about the conversion process, as well as swine industry representatives.  Industry experts from across Canada will talk about common challenges, health management, behaviour, lameness, and production efficiencies & benchmarking. We also have 3 out of province producers joining us to speak about their conversion process and systems.

Full program and registration details can be found at http://www.londonswineconference.ca or by clicking on the brochure below.

2018 Group Sow Housing & Management Seminar Brochure – Final

The 2018 Grain Corn Ear Mould and DON survey by the OMAFRA field crop team indicates that mould and mycotoxins will be in issue in some areas of the province this year. The survey and a new series of articles on managing the problem are available on at fieldcropnews.com.   The information covers testing and laboratories, with harvest, storage, and end use tips for mouldy corn.  Stay informed: You can sign up to be notified when they post more news to the website.

OMAFRA, Ontario Pork, Ontario Pork Industry Council, and The Prairie Swine Centre, with support from industry, are holding a Group Sow Housing and Management Seminar (December 4th, 2018 in Stratford Ontario) to help pork producers address challenges of sow management, in particular related to group housing.  Visit the website for details.

The focus of the day will be “Overcoming Challenges”.

Brought to you by the London Swine Conference, this seminar will feature practical information on various aspects of group housing. The program will focus on overcoming many of the common challenges that arise with group housing, as well as management techniques to help make the transition period and years to follow smooth for you and your herd. Group housing options will also be discussed.

There will be several producer profiles, and a discussion panel with plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

Seminar Program*

9:00 am Registration

9:25 am Welcoming Remarks

9:30 am Common Challenges with Group Sow Housing
Sylven Blouin, Animal Welfare Director, Jyga Technologies, QC

10:10 am Producer Profile 1
Scott Hyshka, Mountain Vista Sow Unit, Sunterra Farms, AB

10:40 am Networking Break

11:10 am Mixing Practices & Social Behaviour of Sows
Dr. Jennifer Brown, Prairie Swine Centre, SK

11:45 am Producer Profile 2
Matt Davis, Hord Family Farms, Ohio

12:15 pm Lunch

1:15 pm Breakout Sessions (see below)

2:00 pm Producer Profile 3
Francis Jolin St-Laurent, Production Porcs Plus/Ferme Porc-Saint, QC

2:30 pm Health Management in Groups
Dr. Karine Talbot, Hylife, MB

3:10 pm Networking Break

3:40 pm Lameness: Causes and Prevention Strategies
Dr. Laurie Conner, University of Manitoba, MB

4:15 pm Panel Discussion

5:00 pm Closing remarks

5:00 – 6:30 pm Social Time

Breakout 1: (for producers who haven’t made the change yet or have within the last year):
Start-up Challenges: What to Expect
Mark Chambers and Scott Hyshka, Sunterra Farms Ltd., AB and ON

Breakout 2: (for producers who have been in GSH for >1 year):
Improving Production Efficiencies and Benchmarking
Dr. Greg Wideman, South West Ontario Veterinary Services, ON

*Program subject to change without notice

The following material was prepared by the London Swine Conference planning committee.

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“London Swine Conference has become the meeting place for the Ontario Swine industry”

 

London ON, April 6, 2018 – For the 18th year in a row, large numbers of pork producers and industry professionals gathered for the London Swine Conference. The event has come of age as the meeting place for Ontario’s swine sector. A large number of swine producers and staff made up the attendance of 385 on Tuesday and 265 on Wednesday March 27 and 28.

Attendees were encouraged to think beyond the farm gate, with topics related to consumer education, public opposition, retail trends and the future of processing. On-farm topics had producers sharing experiences of bad days, success with niche programs, and management to reduce antimicrobial use. As in the past LSC presented expert knowledge from academics and leaders in the industry, blended with practical on-farm applications.

For the second year, LSC presented the C.F.M.(Kees) de Lange Lecture in Swine Nutrition. Dr. John Patience of Iowa State University delivered a popular session related to swine nutrition. Dr. Patience looked at the many influences impacting nutrition choices for today’s producers. The factors he considered included legislation, regulation, market preferences and changing economics.

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 http://www.londonswineconference.ca along with proceedings from all past conferences.

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

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For more information:
Sandra McCann, OMAFRA, (519) 482-3333
sandra.mccann@ontario.ca
http://www.londonswineconference.ca

 

 

The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program recognizes outstanding agriculture and agri-food related innovators including producers, processors, and agri-food organizations.

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The objectives of the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program are to:

  • Recognize and encourage innovators in the agri-food sector
  • Foster farm-level innovation
  • Raise awareness about the importance of agri-food innovation and its impact on the Ontario economy

Examples of innovation areas include but are not limited to:

  • improved business practices
  • response to consumer demands (e.g. new production and processing methods, product development)
  • response to expanding consumer tastes (e.g. locally-grown and produced world foods) collaborations (strategic alliances, cross-sector partnerships)
  • environmental stewardship
  • energy and bio-economy
  • health and safety
  • food safety and traceability
  • education and marketing of the agriculture and food industry to society

Submit your application by 11:59 p.m. on May 25, 2018 to be eligible for a chance to receive one of the following awards:

  • Premier’s Award – one, $75,000 award
  • Minister’s Award – one, $50,000 award
  • Leaders in Innovation Award – three, $25,000 awards
  • Provincial award – 45 – $5,000 awards

To read about the more than 575 innovation projects that have been recognized since the program started in 2006 visit Agri-Food Innovation. These include innovations that have:

  • Modified equipment to enhance production
  • Responded to consumer demands by developing a new product
  • Implemented new technology to increase efficiencies

 

For more information, contact:

Darlene Harrietha
Premier’s Award Program Analyst
Email: darlene.harrietha@ontario.ca
Phone: 519-826-4847

course splash screens (2)Are you looking for a convenient option for gaining skills and knowledge in the areas of food safety, traceability and farm business practices?

A series of free online courses is now available for producers, processors and agri-food businesses. These courses will provide foundational information to help you:

  • Reduce risks to your businesses and customers
  • Improve efficiencies
  • Learn more about industry best practices
  • Develop a more competitive edge and access new markets
  • Grow your business

Available courses:

  • Producer: Food Safety Foundations
  • Producer: Worker Practices
  • Producer: Water Use
  • Processor: Food Safety Foundations
  • Processor: Recall
  • Processor: Personnel
  • Processor: Sanitation
  • The Basics of Traceability
  • Producer: Maximizing Your Traceability Investment
  • Processor: Profiting From Traceability
  • Producer: Growing Your Farm Profits

Producers and processors have found the following benefits when taking these online courses:

  • The convenience of doing it on their own time and schedule
  • Interactive exercises, helpful templates and relevant examples
  • Ability to print or refer back to the content again later

How Do I Get Started?

Register for your FREE account today at agandfoodeducation.ca. Then simply log in and begin learning — wherever and whenever it is convenient for you. Accessible versions of the courses are available. For more information, contact the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus at rcagfood@uoguelph.ca or 519-674-1500 ext. 63295.

This project was funded in part through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

 

 

LSClogoThe 18th London Swine Conference will be happening soon.

View the program and register online at www.londonswineconference.ca