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On Sept. 6th and 7th, 2016 OMAFRA, along with Ontario Pork and Swine Innovation Porc, will host a Group Sow Housing Seminar. Two different seminars will present group sow housing options with practical solutions to the challenges of different systems, along with potential opportunities associated with group housing. Both days will feature a discussion panel and exhibitor space.

Day 1 – Sept 6th, 4 pm until 8:30 pm
The day 1 evening program is designed for producers who already have group housing systems in place. We will provide ample opportunities for discussions amongst producers, and will focus not only on how to handle some of the challenges producers encounter, but on the potential opportunities that are available to producers within these systems.

Day 2 – Sept 7th, 9 am until 5:30 pm
The day 2 program is designed for producers who are looking at group sow housing options. This full day program will provide practical information from a wide variety of speakers. Should you renovate or build new? What will you do with your sows during a renovation? What are producers doing across Canada? How can you capture added potential through Nutrition? What technologies are coming down the line?

The registration brochure with full program can be found below or by visiting http://www.groupsowhousing.com/producer-events/

Pre-registration is required by Aug 26th, 2016. 

To Pre-register, contact:
Carrie Parsons
For more information, please contact:
Laura Eastwood, OMAFRA Swine Specialist

2016 Group Sow Housing Seminar Brochure – Electronic Final

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On Sept 6 and 7, 2016 OMAFRA along with Swine Innovation Porc, Prairie Swine Centre and Ontario Pork are hosting a Group Sow Housing Seminar in Stratford, Ontario.

Two different seminars will present group sow housing options that follow the 2014 Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs, along with practical solutions to the challenges of different systems, and potential opportunities related to group housing. Day 1 is designed for producers who already have a group housing system in place, and Day 2 is open to anyone interested in learning more about group sow housing.


Seminar Program (subject to change without notice)

Day 1: For Producers with Group Housing Systems
4:00 pm              Registration
4:30 pm              Dealing with Aggression and Best Mixing Practices
Dr. Jennifer Brown, Prairie Swine Center, SK
5:15 pm              Capturing Potential Through Nutrition
Quincy Buis, University of Guelph
Dr. Laura Eastwood, OMAFRA
6:00 pm            Dinner
7:10 pm              Technology: Now and in the Future
John Van Engelen, Hog-Tied Farms Ltd.
7:30 pm              Producer Panel
8:30 pm             Closing Remarks, Social


Day 2: Open to Everyone

9:00 am              Registration
9:30 am              Welcoming Remarks
9:40 am              The Barn: New Building or Rennovation?
Murray Elliott, FGC Limited
Steve Beadle, P.Eng., OMAFRA
10:30 am           What to do with Sows during Renovation (depop vs. rollover)?
John Otten, South West Vets
11:00 am           Networking Break
11:30 am           National Sow Housing Conversion Project & Breaking the Myths
Dr. Jennifer Brown, Prairie Swine Center, SK
12:30 pm           Lunch
1:30 pm              Feature Speaker – Management: How to make it work
Dr. Julie Ménard, F. Ménard Inc.
2:30 pm              Capturing Potential Through Nutrition
Quincy Buis, University of Guelph
Dr. Laura Eastwood, OMAFRA
3:10 pm              Networking Break
3:40 pm              Technology: Now and in the Future
John Van Engelen, Hog-Tied Farms Ltd.
4:00 pm              2014 Workshop Producer Update – Where they Are Now?
Doug Ahrens, Ham Land Acres
4:15 pm              Producer Panel
5:30 pm              Closing remarks, Social

Registration details will be available late July. For more information please contact:

Laura Eastwood
Swine Specialist, OMAFRA

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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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An updated program for the 33rd Centralia Swine Research Update (Kirkton ON, January 29) has been posted at http://www.centraliaswineresearch.ca.

The Centralia Swine Research Update was initiated in 1982 by staff at Centralia College to bring researchers and their work together with participants in the pork industry. The event continues to be planned and executed by a committee of industry partners, with support from staff at OMAF and MRA. It’s success over the past three decades is due to the quality and timeliness of the program and the participation of local researchers and experts, as well as experts brought in from other regions.

This year’s program is a great example, with Dr. Yolande Seddon from the Prairie Swine Centre in Saskatchewan visiting to speak on ‘Sow Lameness, Being Aware and Taking Action’ and other topics related to sow management.  Dr. Mike DeGroot, a veterinarian with Ontario Pork, will give us an update on the very important topic of PED (Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea), a disease that’s causing a lot of trouble in the US and which we are working hard to keep out of Canada.  Dr. Kees de Lange from the University of Guelph will talk about ‘Entire Males for Commercial Pork Production’.  Frank Wood from Conestoga Meat Packers will address hernias from a processor’s perspective. To round out the program, researchers and graduate students will cover in-transit losses, antimicrobial resistance, rodenticide ingestion, genetic resistance to disease, benchmarking, anorexic piglets, and the impact of nursery diets on piglet immune response.

Besides summaries of these topics, the proceedings from the meeting will contain many written contributions covering current research and industry issues.

All this and a hot lunch is available for $20 if you’re a producer or a student, or $40 for industry reps.

The registration deadline is January 24th.

To register, email or telephone Carrie Parsons at carrie.parsons@ontario.ca or (519) 271-0119.

Registration and coffee starts at 9:15; the program runs from 9:50am to 3:15pm. Visit the website for the full program, past proceedings, and other information: http://www.centraliaswineresearch.ca.

Hope to see you there.

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32nd Centralia Swine Research Update

The program for the 32nd Centralia Swine Research Update, January 30th, 2013, is set.

Visit the website for full information including the program, registration info., sponsorship opportunities, and of course full proceedings from past meetings.

Feature Speakers:

Dr Chantal Farmer, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada:Factors Affecting Milk Production and Mammary Development in Sows

Dr Nathalie Trottier, Michigan State University:Nutrition to Improve Sow Lactation

Dr Kees de Lange, University of Guelph:New Tools for Precision Feeding

And many more informative topics on the program and in the written contributions.  Full hot lunch and printed proceedings with registration. Visit the website for information on how to register, required by January 25th.

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Estimates suggest that 2%–20% of feed on swine farms is wasted. Feed waste can be caused by many factors, starting at the bin through to the feeder. Trials show a range of 2%–5.8% of feed is wasted at the feeder— an average of approximately 3.4%. The design, size and adjustment of feeders all help control waste. Check out Feeder Management in the Grower-Finisher Barn for more information and hints.

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