Archive for December, 2013

The program for the 2014 London Swine Conference, March 26-27 2014, is available for viewing or downloading at www.londonswineconference.ca.

Day 1: Sows

  • Housing
  • Health
  • Nutrition
  • Reproduction
  • Piglet Performance

Day 2: Wean to Finish

  • Profitability
  • Health
  • Management
  • Nutrition
  • International Trade

“The London Swine Conference is a key educational activity of the Conference’s Founding Partners (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs, Ontario Pork, University of Guelph, and Ontario Pork Industry Council) targeted at the decision makers and influencers in the pork industry.”

Visit the website for more information including past Conference Proceedings and sponsorship opportunities.

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Canada Summer Jobs funds the hiring of summer students by businesses with less than 50 employees as well as not-for-profit and public sector organizations. For eligible businesses the subsidy is 50% of the adult minimum wage per student hired. For not for profit organizations funding is up to 100% of adult minimum wage per student hired. The length of employment must be for 30 to 40 hours per week for no less than six weeks. The maximum funding to any applicant will not exceed $300,000. Eligible summer students must be between the ages of 15 and 30, and will be continuing full time academic studies. Funding preference will be for jobs that:

  •     Support local priorities and community services
  •     Provide meaningful work experience and financial contribution
  •     Employ a disabled, visible minority or Aboriginal
  •     Offer sound supervision and mentoring
  •     Are directed toward members of, and support the vitality of, an
    official-language minority community

Supported work terms are expected to be from the beginning of May to the end of August 2014.

Applications are available and accepted from December 2, 2013 to January 31, 2014. More information available at Canada Summer Jobs.

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The interactive swine budget worksheets are excel worksheets for calculating the income, variable costs and fixed costs for farrow to finish, farrow to wean, farrow to feeder, nursery, wean to finish and grower to finish operations.  The January to June summary is available.

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Risk Management Webinar hosted by Simpson/Caputo Group of RBC Dominion Securities

Friday, December 20, 2013 from 3 to 5 p.m. For the Webinar details, register by December 17, 2013 by emailing Kathy Ill at Kathy.ill@rbc.com or by calling 1-866-989-0997

The Webinar will cover What is the Gross Feed Margin?; How to incorporate the Gross Feed Margin within your marketing plan; Using futures or futures options to hedge your Gross Feed Margin

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The swine budgets provide a guide and format to estimate the cost of production for a swine enterprise.
November Swine Budgets

2013 summary in Excel format covering January to June.

Visit the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food website for swine production and marketing information.

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The Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), launched the Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives (SOPIs) December 6, a new suite of initiatives designed to support and develop a stronger, more vibrant southern Ontario economy.

The Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives are:

Investing in Business Innovation
Investing in Business Growth and Productivity
Investing in Commercialization Partnerships
Investing in Regional Diversification
Each of these initiatives is uniquely designed to help retain, attract and grow businesses in southern Ontario to increase the region’s global competitiveness. Over $530 million in funding is available under the SOPIs.

Full details on the program are available on the FedDev website.

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33rd Annual Centralia Swine Research Update

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Registration & Coffee – 9:15 am
Program – 9:50 am to 3:30 pm

Kirkton-Woodham Community Centre

Feature Speakers:

Sow Lameness: Being Aware and Taking Action
Dr. Yolande Seddon – Prairie Swine Center

 Feeding Intact Males for Market
Dr. Kees de Lange – University of Guelph

PED Update
Dr. Mike DeGroot – Ontario Pork

Other Topics Include:

  • Hernias – A Processor’s View
  • Genetic Resistance to Disease
  • Nursery Diets – Growth Performance & Immune Response
  • Rodenticide Toxicity
  • In Transit Loss – Market Hogs
  • Benchmarking Ontario Swine Farms

Cost (includes refreshments, hot pork meal and proceedings)

  • $20.00 producer / student
  • $40.00 for industry
  • Make cheque payable to Centralia Swine Research Update”

Registration required by January 24, 2014

Further Information – Contact Carrie Parsons, OMAF – MRA (519) 271-0119

Deadline for Registration is Friday January 24, 2014

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