Archive for February, 2016

The Swine Expert Network of the OAHN has issued a quarterly report:

OAHN logoOntario Animal Health Network Swine Q4 2015 Producer Report


  • OAHN Swine Network Project to investigate weaned pig morbidity and mortality rates, the major causes of morbidity and mortality and to assess therapeutic interventions. Currently enrolling nurseries…
  • Influenza A virus detection is on the rise. News you need to know about this virus
  • *NEW OAHN Swine Network Podcast Series on Influenza A virus. Part I now available: www.oahn.podbean.com 
  • OVC Swine Research Findings on resistance genes & post-weaning anemia with regards to zinc oxide in feed rations
  • Information on how you can stay up to date with OAHN…

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The number of barn fires involving livestock recently has many people thinking about how to prevent fires from happening. Farm and Food Care Ontario has a library of resources on its Farm and Food Care website for livestock farmers and first responders. These include OMAFRA’s Publication 837 Reducing the Risk of Fire on Your Farm and Dealing with the Aftermath of a Pig Barn Fire.

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The Swine Budget for December 2015 is now available.

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This year’s South Western Ontario Pork Conference boasts an excellent lineup of speakers, including Dr. Gail Cunningham, a food animal veterinarian and epidemiologist. Dr. Cunningham will be discussing the challenges and opportunities around changes to antibiotic uses on farm and antimicrobial resistance during her Feature Presentation on February 17, 2016.

Dr. Cunningham, a technical service veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim in Alberta, is a dynamic speaker with a passion for Food, Farm and Family. Dr. Cunningham recently spoke at the Banff Pork Seminar (January 2016), and delivered an excellent presentation on the facts surrounding on farm use of antibiotics, and antimicrobial resistance.


The South Western Ontario Pork Conference is designed to be responsive to the grassroots pork industry and its producers. Practical information is presented for producers to manage their farming operations for profitability. In addition to Dr. Cunningham, the program includes a producer profile and a local update, as well as presentations on pest management, record keeping and benchmarking. Opportunities to network with sponsors, producers and other industry representatives are plenty, especially during the trade show and dinner portions of the program.

Conference Schedule:
2:00pm – Registration, Rudy Brown Rural Development Centre
2:00pm – Meet & Greet Sponsors, Rudy Brown Rural Development Centre
4:00pm – Conference Welcome, Agronomy Lecture Theatre 137
4:15pm – Producer Profile (Scott Thom, Thorndale Ontario)
5:00pm – Pest Management (Marcel De Clerk, ATP Pest Management)
5:45pm – Record Keeping & Benchmarking (Dr. Cathy Templeton, South West Ontario Veterinary Services)
6:30pm – Dinner, Willson Dining Room
7:15pm – Local Update, Agronomy Lecture Theatre 137 (Dr. Bill Moore, South West Ontario Veterinary Services)
7:30pm – Feature Speaker – Dr. Gail Cunningham Boehringer Ingelheim Alberta Canada – Antimicrobial Use & Resistance AMU/AMR
9:00pm – Wrap up

Register by February 10, 2016 to take advantage of a reduced registration fee.
Registration fee: $25.00 (includes dinner)
Student Fee: $10.00

Registration after February 10, 2016 or at the door: $40.00

Call 1-866-222-9682 or visit http://www.ridgetownc.com/swopc  for full details and to register. 


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Wed. Feb 17th, U. of Guelph Ridgetown Campus

2:00pm Registration, Meet & Greet, and Trade Show with refreshments

4:00pm Welcome and Program

9:00pm Wrap-up

Brochure attached includes registration information.

Register online at: http://www.ridgetownc.com/swopc

Early Registration Discount for registrations paid before Feb. 10th ($25, includes dinner)

Student Fee $10.00

After Feb. 10th, or at the door: $40.00

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