Archive for April, 2016

Take time to check how safe your barn is.  The National Fire Protection Association has information related to fire, electrical and related hazards. National Fire Prevention Association


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Can large tires and low inflation pressures solve all your problems?


Producers view soil compaction as a prevalent problem – a problem to be avoided, if possible. There are several main theories on how to avoid or manage soil compaction.

  • Confine traffic to permanent lanes within the field in order to provide traffic-free zones for crop production,
  • Avoid wheel traffic on wet soils which are susceptible to compaction, use equipment with lower axle weights,
  • Increase the size of the “foot print” by employing radial tires, larger tires, more tires, or tracks, and
  • Reduce tire inflation pressures.

Considerable effort has been taken on the part of equipment manufacturers to do two of these, by increasing tire size and reducing inflation pressures. This lowers ground contact pressures so there is less soil rutting and compaction.

Read More: Soil Compaction

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Rob Saik kicks off LSC 2016 to record attendance

From a release dated April 7:

The last two days saw record numbers of pork producers and industry professionals in London. “A Platform for Success”, the 16th annual London Swine Conference (LSC) continued to build on the growth of recent years. Registration topped 400 this year for the sow day and over 250 for wean to finish. Sponsors and attendees from industry continue to be impressed with the number of primary producers who attend LSC.

Attendees were encouraged to think beyond their own business to consider the future of agriculture and food production in our changing culture. Other big picture issues discussed included antimicrobial resistance and the changing business structure of the North American hog industry.

On-farm topics dealt with barn management, health, nutrition, genetics, fertility and much more. Information was presented from leading researchers, academics and front line farm managers to blend the theory with applications on the farm.

One popular session by consultant Elaine Froese discussed planning for business transfers from generation to generation. Attendee comments included “This event was helpful, now to get the family on board” and “hoping to stop becoming a referee”.

The planning committee extends their thanks to Premier Sponsors: Better Pork Magazine, Farm Credit Canada, Total Swine Genetics Inc., and Zantingh Direct Inc.  The support of these and over 35 additional industry sponsors make LSC possible. With their support, LSC continues to be a premier education event for the swine industry in Ontario.

Conference proceedings are available online at www.londonswineconference.ca along with proceedings from all past conferences. New this year is a Highlights page that will share photos and comments about the conference in the next few weeks.

The London Swine Conference began in 2001, and continues as a joint effort of the University of Guelph, Ontario Pork, the Ontario Pork Industry Council and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Its main aim is to provide a forum for the exchange of credible, science-based information for decision makers and influencers in the pork industry, to encourage the exchange and adoption of knowledge for the betterment of the industry.

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