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from Ontario Pork Congress, Oct 23 2015

Annual Ontario Pork Congress Industry Leadership Award presented to two industry leaders.

October 19, 2015–John DeBruyn, producer, and Dr. Kees deLange, University of Guelph, shared the honour as winners of the Ontario Pork Congress Industry Leadership Award on October 19 in Stratford at the Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Pork Congress (OPC).

Christine Schoonderwoerd, 2014/2015 President of Ontario Pork Congress, commented that the Ontario Pork Congress Leadership award is presented every year to someone in the industry who gives freely of their time to provide distinguished service to the Ontario Pork Industry. This year, we had a record number of entrees for this award, and the vote tied on two very worthy gentlemen.

John DeBruyn has led the Oxford County Swine Club for about 10 years, sits on the Farm Practices Board of Ontario, is actively involved in Oxford County Land Division and Nutrient Management Regulations, is President of the Oxford County Pork Producers and a representative on the Ontario Pork Board for Oxford County and others. He has been very involved in Ontario Pork Congress; and can often be found out helping with the Bacon Maker Classic (formerly the Junior Barrow Show). In the past, John was voted OSI Producer of the Year Award and has been inducted to the OFA Oxford County Hall of Fame. John is recognized in Ontario agriculture as a successful leader, a great example and a mentor for youth in our industry.

Dr. Kees DeLange, from the University of Guelph, was nominated by one of his peers. He has dedicated his whole life to the improvement of the pork industry, and made numerous contributions to the nutrition and management of all ages of pigs, and all parts of the swine industry. He has been incredibly active outside of his regular job serving the industry on a variety of committees, boards and meeting organizing groups. His international stature brings recognition and respect to the Ontario industry. Many of the students he has trained work in the industry in a variety of capacities.

DeBruyn and deLange thanked OPC for the recognition both saying that they were honoured to share the award with the other.

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Rodent Control on Hog Farms

Rats and mice have long been a problem on farms where food and nesting sites are plentiful. These animals consume and contaminate food destined for livestock and other animals, as well as humans. Mice and rats have tremendous breeding potential. Under ideal conditions, a pair of rats and their offspring can produce 20 000 000 young in three years.

Controlling rodents is therefore a high priority for livestock producers. The OMAFRA factsheet, “Rodent Control in Livestock and Poultry Facilities,” provides information about rodents on farms and what you can do to control them.mouse eating nuts

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Water Management in Swine Herds

Water is an essential element in livestock production. It is important to manage this natural resource carefully for best production and financial results. OMAFRAs Water Management provides five ideas on how to manage water consumption.

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On-Farm Prevention of Broken Needles

Broken needles found in pork are a serious food safety hazard. Although such occurrences are rare, even one incident can damage consumer confidence in the industry.

Pork producers can play a key role in prevention of broken needles. The OMAFRA Factsheet “On-Farm Prevention of Broken Needles” explains practices that producers can follow to prevent broken needles from reaching consumers.

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Ontario Pork and OMAFRA Host Agricultural Lenders’ Conference

From Ontario Pork In the News – October 7, 2015

Ag Lenders 2015Yesterday (October 6th) approximately 60 representatives from Ontario’s agricultural lending institutions attended the annual Agricultural Lenders’ Conference which took place in Stratford, Ontario which was hosted by Ontario Pork and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). Amy Cronin, Chair of Ontario Pork opened the meeting by providing an update on Ontario Pork activities and initiatives. Guest speakers included Joseph Kerns from Iowa who delivered an engaging presentation on the U.S. pork industry and commodity markets and Maaike Campbell, a pork producer from Lambton county talked about the innovations and advances they have employed on farm and within their operation. Dean Gurney, Manager of Industry and Member Services at Ontario Pork talked about PED, traceability, CQA and unvented gas heaters. Several presentations/updates were delivered by the following representatives from OMAFRA:

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