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Group Sow Housing Workshop – Still time to register

One-Day Either September 2 or 3, 2014 Festival Inn Stratford

8:45 am to 4:00 pm

This one-day workshop being offered by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs with help from Ontario Pork and the Prairie Swine Centre will present group sow housing options that follow the new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs.

Three Ontario producers describing their experiences transitioning to group sow housing systems. Hear their challenges and opportunities and gain practical advice you can apply on your farm. Equipment suppliers will be present.

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of sow housing systems? Dr. Jennifer Brown and Dr. Yolande Seddon, Prairie Swine Centre Group Sow Housing Researchers, will discuss the merits of each system.
  • Dr. Kees de Lange, University of Guelph, will explain how your feeding systems need to change for a successful transition to feeding sows in group housing.

Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register contact doug.richards@ontario.ca

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From Jennifer Jarvis, Stakeholder Communications and Marketing Advisor with OMAFRA:

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) offers a range of training courses to provide information on nutrient management and the Nutrient Management Act (NMA).  These courses are now available on line!

OMAFRA’s training courses give learners the tools to safely manage nutrients while protecting the environment. Take our courses to become a government-certified Nutrient Management Planner or Consultant.

Our eLearning format allows you to learn on your own time and at your own pace. The newest eLearning course – Introduction to Nutrient Management – provides a basic understanding of nutrient management best management practices. This course will be of interest to a wider audience beyond those who require certification.

Visit the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus website for more information on in-class and online nutrient management training options.

Contact the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus for more information:

Toll Free: 1-855-648-1444            Email:  mmcdonal@uoguelph.ca




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Group Swine Housing Workshop

One-Day either September 2 or 3, 2014 Festival Inn, Stratford  8:45 am to 4:00 pm

This one-day workshop will present group sow housing options that follow the new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs.

Pre-registration is required,  space is limited to 50 participants per day.

sows in loose housingFor more information or to register contact Sandra McCann at 519 482-3333 or sandra.mccann@ontario.ca.

Workshop information


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The income shown for the market pig in the recently posted July 2014 OMAFRA Swine budget was $254.77 which marks the 5th consecutive month it has been above $250.  The Net Return Farrow to Finish ($/pig) has increased from the January 2014 low of $5.82 to the  year high of $107.74 in July.    OMAFRA Swine Budgets

Douglas Richards, Swine Specialist

Group Sow Housing Workshop, September 2 or 3

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Plan now to attend the 2015 London Swine Conference!

Wednesday April 1 (Sows) and Thursday April 2 (Wean-Finish)

at the Hilton Hotel in London, Ontario.

Conference Objectives:

  •  To provide a platform to accelerate the implementation of new technologies in commercial pork production in Ontario.
  •  To facilitate the exchange of ideas within the swine industry.

Subscribe to this blog for further details of the program as it develops (and other news), or bookmark the Conference website.

All past conference proceedings (2001-2014) are available on the website.

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The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs offers four modules to help you generate and evaluate a value added opportunity for your rural business. Learn on your own time when its convenient for you and at your own pace.

Topics Covered

Pre-module: Generating Ideas

  • Why diversify?
  • Are you ready?
  • Market trends and opportunities they present.

Module 1: Selecting Your Best Idea

  • Consider your motivations and risk tolerance
  • Identify your customer
  • Select one or two ideas to pursue further

Module 2: Assessing Your Idea’s Business Potential

  • Further develop and evaluate your business idea in the areas of production, marketing, financial and human resources

Module 3: Next Steps

  • Decide whether you are ready to develop a full business plan for the idea
  • If not, determine what still needs to be done before you proceed with the idea


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So far this week

The Ontario Base Market Hog Price is averaging $244.44/ckg, 100 index, down $6.75/ckg from last week’s average.

This is based on a CME Constructed weekly average price of US$123.29/cwt.  (down US$4.09/cwt. from last week) and a Canadian dollar weekly average of  91.46 cents (down 0.51 cents from last week’s average).

Today’s Daily Prices are:

  • Ontario Base Market Hog Price – C$/240.67ckg, 100 index
  • CME Constructed Price – US$121.53/cwt.
  • Noon-Hour Bank of Canada Canadian Dollar value –  91.56 cents

The USDA Pork Cut-out Value is averaging US$127.13/cwt  which is down US$2.60/cwt.  from last week’s average with all primals down except for bellies .

Estimated U.S. slaughter so far for this week is about 1.81 million (would be down 3% from last week and 11% from same week one year ago)

Barrow and Gilt dressed weights remain about 10 pounds heavier then same week last year (up 8 pounds on average for the year so far)

As of today (Thursday), the above numbers would indicate that the weekly average price could decline again next week.


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Ontario Pork has posted new PED resources.

  • Transfer Chutes and Risk Reduction Options
  •  Biosecurity Fold Out


  •  Minimize your PED Risk – Abattoirs Processing Plants
  •  Minimize your PED Risk – Assembly Yards
  •  Minimize your PED Risk – Deadstock providers
  •  Minimize your PED Risk – Transporters / wallet card for transporters
  •  Minimize your PED Risk – Visitors to Farms

For more PED updates and resources: www.ontario.ca/swine


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Source: Ontario Pork Industry Council/Ontario Swine Health Advisory Board PED Notice to Industry
A second strain of PED virus has been found in a farrow-to-finish farm enrolled in the OSHAB ARC&E program. The strain has been identified as the U.S.A. variant strain OH851 and is more commonly called U.S. Strain 2. Strain 1 is the classical and dominant strain and all other PED viruses in Canada to date have been sequenced as Strain 1.

The affected farm was one of the first cases of PED in Ontario in February, 2014. The clinical presentation at this farm was unusual with diarrhea in finisher pigs previously exposed to PED virus in the nursery. The variant strain was identified in samples taken from these pigs. This farm is in the final stages of an elimination plan and last week all samples including samples from these finisher pigs tested negative for PED virus. The plan includes elimination of both PED virus strains from this herd.

It is hypothesized that the farm was infected with both viruses in early February from the U.S.- origin contaminated plasma and the second strain remained unapparent and subclinical until now.

Veterinarians are investigating any unusual clinical signs observed at PED-positive sites and together with the laboratories will further analyze virus sequences to ensure this second strain is not more widespread.

More information will be communicated as it becomes available.
Lori Moser
OPIC/OSHAB/OPC Managing Director
Home office 519-684-6805
Fax 519-272-2215

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The list of licensed deadstock operators in Ontario has just been updated by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The interactive map provides exact locations and information on the species operators will pick up.

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