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If you couldn’t attend this year’s London Swine Conference “Where Research Meets Production” check out the proceedings available online at www.londonswineconference.ca.

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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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The Early Bird registration for London Swine Conference (April 1-2) ends March 18th. For program and registration information go to www.londonswineconference.ca.London Swine Conference logo

 

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A notice from Ontario Pork:

Ontario Pork is hosting a PED Telephone Town Hall on Wednesday, December 3rd between 12:00 and 1:00PM EST for the pork industry. Register here to be called for this free, live event with Ontario Pork. This call will provide an update on the current PED situation and actions being taken by the Ontario pork industry. Topics to be discussed include the following:

  • How we are keeping track of PED – truck wash, transport, assembly and processor surveillance, control and elimination progress and service provider involvement
  • Research Results
  • OMAFRA Update
  • Question and Answers

We will be automatically dialing out to our provincial producers and others who have registered for the event and have provided us with their phone numbers. Please note only direct or mobile phone numbers will be accepted.

Register Here

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Plan now to attend the 2015 London Swine Conference!

Wednesday April 1 (Sows) and Thursday April 2 (Wean-Finish)

at the Hilton Hotel in London, Ontario.

Conference Objectives:

  •  To provide a platform to accelerate the implementation of new technologies in commercial pork production in Ontario.
  •  To facilitate the exchange of ideas within the swine industry.

Subscribe to this blog for further details of the program as it develops (and other news), or bookmark the Conference website.

All past conference proceedings (2001-2014) are available on the website.

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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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London, ON, April 4, 2014 – On March 26 & 27 the pork industry gathered for the fourteenth annual London Swine Conference (LSC). Attendance over both days was strong, with 320 attending Sow day and over 200 for Wean to Finish day. Producers made up over 50% of the audience on day one and 35% on day two.

Positioning for Success was the theme of this year’s LSC. Experts from across the North American Swine industry made an impressive line-up of speakers. Attendance levels for this two day event continue to illustrate the value of the conference for primary producers and industry alike.

Comments from participants highlight the quality of speakers and information presented:

“Interesting/informative/relevant. Good opportunity to mingle with producers and suppliers”
“Well organized event with a good cross-section of speakers”

Speakers highlighted aspects of loose housing of sows, disease issues, herd management, health, reproduction and nutrition The LSC program delivered a balance of new ideas and evolving science with practical on-farm applications. Workshops used teams of presenters to provide a varied perspective on each topic. The interactive nature of the workshops helped participants to compare and contrast their own operation to the examples presented. In the big picture, presentations on market position, international trade and disease monitoring helped to round out the conference agenda.

This year the conference moved to the Hilton London and received numerous positive comments from attendees about the new venue. A new reception format saw a named sponsor hosting the industry reception on Wednesday afternoon and this was very well received.
Conference proceedings will soon be available online at www.londonswineconference.ca along with proceedings from all past conferences.
The planning committee extends their thanks to Premier Sponsors: Total Swine Genetics Inc., Zantingh Direct Inc. and Better Pork Magazine. The support of these and over 30 additional industry sponsors make it possible for LSC to continue as a premier education event for the swine industry in Ontario.
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 and Food and Ministry of 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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