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Whether you already have pigs or are looking to get started, this course will teach the basics of housing, management, nutrition and health for your small scale pig herd. Get the information you need to meet requirements for PigTrace (Canada’s national hog traceability program), the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs and biosecurity. Register today.

When: Tuesday March 10, 2020
Time: 7 pm to 9:30 pm
Cost: $15

Pre-Register by March 5th at info@greyagservices.ca or by phone at 519-986-3756. Course Location:  Grey county Agricultural Services Centre, 206 Toronto Street South, Unit 3, Markdale.


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South Western Ontario Pork Conference

Wednesday February 19, 2020
University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus

Longest running educational Pork Conference in Canada

The 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.

2020 Program

“Looking Ahead with 2020 Vision”

Feature Speaker – Dan Bussieres


12:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Open House – Visit the on-campus Swine Barn

2:00 p.m. – Registration – NEW Location – Willson Hall Basement

2:00 p.m. – Meet & Greet Sponsors at Industry Trade Show – NEW Location – Willson Hall Basement

4:00 p.m. – Conference Welcome – Agronomy Ag Theatre

4:15 p.m. – Hiram Thompson – Nursery Management

5:00 p.m. – Tara Terpstra – Producer Profile

5:45 p.m. – Ryan Tenbergen – Local Health Update

6:15 p.m. – Dinner – Willson Hall Dining Room

7:30 p.m. – Dan Bussieres – Optimizing Feeding & Management Strategies

8:30 p.m. – Wrap-up & Evening Reception


Innovation Contest

Submit your time and money-saving innovations you have developed for your barn. Click here for more details and deadline dates for submission. Prizes to be won!

Campus Swine Barn

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Visit the on-campus Swine Barn – Information at the Registration Desk – Willson Hall Basement

Industry Trade Show

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Willson Hall Basement

Join Colleagues and Sponsors for light refreshments in the trade show area

Evening Reception

8:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Willson Hall


Pre-register until February 12, 2020

Regular fee: $25

Student fee: $10

After February 12, 2020

Late registration fee: $40

You can register online by visiting https://bdc.ridgetownc.com/useservices/conferencemanagement/south-western-ontario-pork-conference/ or by calling 1-866-222-9682

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The London Swine Conference YouTube channel has some great content, and more is being added. The latest is Dr. Chantal Farmer, AAFC, speaking at the 2019 conference on ‘Maximizing Performance of the Sow’. Click here to watch: https://youtu.be/mUFZeCJmN18

The program for the 20th annual LSC, March 31-April 1 2020 will be coming soon. It will be a great conference so mark those dates in your calendar now. Click www.londonswineconference.ca for all the info you need.

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In December, 2018 OMAFRA, Ontario Pork, Ontario Pork Industry Council, and The Prairie Swine Centre, with support from industry, held a London Swine Conference special seminar in Stratford, ON. Its objective was to help pork producers address challenges of sow management, in particular challenges related to group housing.

Videos of presentations are available on the London Swine Conference YouTube site (click here). Read more information about the seminar and our sponsors by following this link to the LSC website: www.londonswineconference.ca/index.php/gshms.

Following are the presentations on the program. Click on the titles below to watch the videos. 

Best Mixing Practices in Group Housing

Health Management in Groups

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Help keep your farm and barns safe

Hear from experts and learn about the latest health and safety regulations and requirements.

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 10 – Watford Community Centre
Tuesday, July 16 – Listowel Catholic Church Hall

Topics include:

  • WHMIS/GHS Certification
  • Workplace regulations
  • Fire extinguisher training
  • Barn fire safety and emergency procedures
  • Rural crime prevention
  • Human and pig health concerns

Cost: $40

To register, contact Donna Kaczmarczyk at 519-272-1532
or email dkaczmarczyk@southwestvets.ca.

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2019 LSC Workshop on Biosecurity

On March 26th, 2019 the London Swine Conference hosted a session put together by the OAHN swine network titled “Biosecurity Beyond the Barn”, including a presentation on biosecurity from a transporters perspective.

To read the OHAN report in PDF format, which also includes updates on an Erysipelas project, PED and PDCoV, click here. To read a summary in the London Swine Conference Proceedings, follow this link to the LSC website.

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The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program recognizes outstanding agriculture and agri-food related innovators including producers, processors, and agri-food organizations.


The objectives of the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program are to:

  • Recognize and encourage innovators in the agri-food sector
  • Foster farm-level innovation
  • Raise awareness about the importance of agri-food innovation and its impact on the Ontario economy

Examples of innovation areas include but are not limited to:

  • improved business practices
  • response to consumer demands (e.g. new production and processing methods, product development)
  • response to expanding consumer tastes (e.g. locally-grown and produced world foods) collaborations (strategic alliances, cross-sector partnerships)
  • environmental stewardship
  • energy and bio-economy
  • health and safety
  • food safety and traceability
  • education and marketing of the agriculture and food industry to society

Submit your application by 11:59 p.m. on May 25, 2018 to be eligible for a chance to receive one of the following awards:

  • Premier’s Award – one, $75,000 award
  • Minister’s Award – one, $50,000 award
  • Leaders in Innovation Award – three, $25,000 awards
  • Provincial award – 45 – $5,000 awards

To read about the more than 575 innovation projects that have been recognized since the program started in 2006 visit Agri-Food Innovation. These include innovations that have:

  • Modified equipment to enhance production
  • Responded to consumer demands by developing a new product
  • Implemented new technology to increase efficiencies


For more information, contact:

Darlene Harrietha
Premier’s Award Program Analyst
Email: darlene.harrietha@ontario.ca
Phone: 519-826-4847

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