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In setting new attendance records on April 5th and 6th LSC continues to grow, partly by increasing attendance by owners, managers, and staff from the production sector, and impressive industry sponsorship and support.

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The program balances a mix of research and technical presentations with more practical topics and workshops where the research and technical topics are discussed as they apply at farm level.

This is done by including producers in the planning process.  For the past number of years the Conference Chair has been a pork producer, and the planning process includes a number of producers, farm managers, and many others with a background in the production side of the industry.  This helps keep in focus the fact that while the research, technical, and ‘higher level’ topics are important to the industry as a whole it all needs, at some point, to be in support of Ontario pork production.  We also include pork producers and production managers on the speaking program, particularly in the breakout sessions, so that others can learn from their practical experiences in doing the job every day.

The written papers and summaries of the presentations provide a resource for the industry, going back to the first conference in 2001, and are freely available online at the conference website: www.londonswineconference.ca.  There is also a link under ‘Highlights 2016’  to a video of a workshop by Elaine Froese on “Managing Generational Expectations”.

Put these dates for 2017 in your calendar: Wednesday March 29th and Thursday March 30th.  If you want to be part of planning the next conference, the technical planning meeting is coming up:

London Swine Conference 2017 Technical Planning Meeting

June 16th, Woodstock OMAFRA Resource Centre 9am-Noon.

Unit 1 – 401 Lakeview Drive
Woodstock, ON N4T 1W2
Phone: (519) 537-6621

Bring your ideas for our next conference, or send them to me if you can’t attend at jaydee.smith@ontario.ca.

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Drop by the OMAFRA booth and find out about requirements for unvented gas heaters that come into effect January 1, 2016. Check out the pig enrichment toys and talk to us about things you can do to improve income and reduce costs.

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Pork Congress, June 17 and 18

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Shakespeare Swine Seminar

This year’s Shakespeare Swine Seminar will be held on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at the Shakespeare Community Centre.  The one day seminar is an education event for hog producers and allied industry personnel that features local and international speakers on topics of importance to the swine industry.

Dr. Darwin Reicks from the Swine Veterinary Center in St. Peter, Minnesota will discuss optimizing litter size when using artificial insemination. Dr. Mark Rix from Swine Management Systems in Fremont, Nebraska will compare production in sows gestated in loose housing and in stalls. Dr. Tim McAllister from Agriculture and Agri- Food Canada in Lethbridge, Alberta will address antibiotic use in food animal production.

Additional topics to be covered include eradicating PED from farrowing sites, increasing piglet survival rates, identifying semen quality issues, and more.

Pre-registration is required and can be completed by either calling 877- 424 -1300 or emailing ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca.

The Shakespeare Seminar is sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Ministry of Rural Affairs and Ontario Pork.

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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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OMAF/MRA, with help from Ontario Pork and the Prairie Swine Centre, are organizing group sow housing workshops for early September, at the Festival Inn in Stratford. The workshop will be repeated on two consecutive days, so you have the choice of either September 2nd or September 3rd, from about 9:30 to 4pm. Cost is $50, and includes workshop manual, lunch, and coffee breaks.

The purpose of the workshops is

“To build producers’ awareness and knowledge of the requirements and options for group sow housing. These will be based on the new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs released this past March.”

Pig Code of Practice Cover The Workshops will feature 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.

To discuss the advantages and disadvantages of group sow housing systems, Dr. Jennifer Brown and Dr. Yolande Seddon, both Prairie Swine Centre Group Sow Housing Researchers, will discuss the merits of different systems.

Dr. Kees de Lange, from the University of Guelph, will talk on feeding sows in group housing.

A key objective of the workshop is to stimulate discussion among the presenters and those attending. Everyone’s operation is different, so novel and creative approaches to managing a change in practices is essential for success.

You can register by calling the Clinton OMAF/MRA office at 519-482-3333 or by email to sandra.mccann@ontario.ca.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required by August 26th.  If you would like more information about the workshops, contact Doug Richards at 519-482-3133 or doug.richards@ontario.ca.

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Visit the OMAF/MRA exhibit at the OPC for information about environmental enrichment for pigs, the Ontario Grading Data Explorer computer program, hog marketing, and more.

ENRICHMENT

What are enrichment toys?
Materials and objects suitable for chewing and rooting are often called enrichment toys.
Why do pigs need enrichment toys?
All pigs have a need to chew and root. By providing en-richment toys this need is satisfied and tail and ear biting may be reduced.
How many toys do I need?
Too few toys will result in competition. Have enough toys in different locations so that as many pigs as possible can easily use them at the same time.
Can I make them myself?
Yes, you can make your own enrichment toys. Pick up our flyer with links to websites that provide instructions and information on enrichment toys.

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ONTARIO GRADING DATA EXPLORER

Easy access to online grading data to help in decision making and in hitting production targets to improve revenue. 

Ask to arrange for a demonstration, or pick up a brochure for more information.

HOG MARKETING

Take on the Hog Marketing Challenge. It is meant to be a learning experience on paper with no money or pigs involved but using real time market information. Put your market knowledge and expertise to work and learn how some marketing tools function.

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If you would like to have input into the program of the 2015 LSC, please read on:

June 9th      10 am  OMAF Resource Center Woodstock

Producers, sponsors and industry stakeholders, please bring your list of topics and speakers for the 2015 London Swine Conference.

A planning meeting will take place on Monday June 9thfrom 10 am to noon at the OMAF Resource Center Woodstock (401 Lakeview Drive).

All are invited so please plan to attend and help shape next year’s 2015 London Swine Conference.

If you cannot attend please send your ideas to jaydee.smith@ontario.ca

For more information: visit www.LondonSwineConference.ca

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