Archive for August, 2012

The January-June 2012 swine interacctive budgets are now available at http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/swine/calcs/wkshtswbudjanjun2012.xls

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The annual Shakespeare Swine Seminar is planned for September 16th. The program is available on OMAFRA’s website:


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Dr. Eduardo Beltranena, Alberta Agriculture & Rural Development spoke at the 2012 Centralia Swine Research update on feeding practices on the farm affecting p0rk carcass and quality.  Listen to the podcast of his presentation “Dried Distillers Grains and Solubles (DDGS) can Mitigate the Effects of Feeding DDGS on Carcass and Pork Quality”. Download a copy.

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If you’re a hog producer looking at having to pay for corn to feed your animals this can be a scary time.

OMAFRA Swine Grower-Finisher specialist Doug Richards says you do have some options that could help you save some money.

One of them is culling some of your under-performing sows if you’re a farrow-to-finish operator. 

Richards says another is to have a serious conversation with your premix feed advisor.  Read the full article at  http://www.agri-media.ca/2012/08/17/advice-for-hog-producers-coping-with-high-feed-costs/

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The July swine budget can be viewed at http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/swine/facts/info-b-jul2012.pdf

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Toward Integrated Nutritional Management of Growing-Finishing Pigs

At the 2012 Banff Pork Seminar, Prof. Kees de Lange, University of Guelph, spoke on integrated nutritional management of growing finishing pigs. Follow the link above to see the presentation. The rest of the 2012 Banff program can be viewed here: http://www.banffpork.ca

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Ontario has asked Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to join with the province in an assessment of support options for livestock producers affected by dry weather through the AgriRecovery framework – a disaster relief program for farms.

While touring farms in eastern Ontario, Ted McMeekin, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, also called on the federal government to accelerate tax relief for livestock producers in affected regions through the identification of Prescribed Drought Regions.

Ontario is committing that farmers in Prescribed Drought Regions will be protected from reductions in their AgriStability coverage if they are:

·         Experiencing challenges from the lack of rain and dry conditions.

·         Forced to sell breeding stock due to hay and pasture shortages.

Dry Weather Information

A strong agri-food industry is part of the McGuinty government’s plan to create jobs and opportunities that will grow the economy.

Source: OMAFRA

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