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June 22 and 23 our OMAFRA Swine Team will be in Stratford at Pork Congress. Drop by to meet the team and learn about creep feeding options, animal welfare issues, marketing information, toys for pigs and more.

Pork Congress

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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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On August 25, 2014 the TSSA issued a Fuel Safety Program Advisory (FS-212-14) that specifies requirements for unvented natural gas or propane heating appliances installed in livestock and poultry barns. This applies to heaters that vent their products of combustion directly into the barn space rather than outside of the building (clause 7.36).

  • New installations must meet requirements after October 1, 2014.
  • Existing barns, with unvented heating appliances, must meet requirements as of January 1, 2016.

Runvented gas heaterequirements include that the ventilation system designer (who must be licensed as a professional engineer in Ontario, pursuant to the Professional Engineers Act) must verify the following two calculations and prominently display this information in the entrance area of each barn:

  • Minimum ventilation rate of the barn (mechanical or natural ventilation) when the heaters are operating is not less than 300 CFM / 100,000 BTUH (0.003 CFM/BTUH) of heaters input [clause 7.36.1(c)].
  • Maximum input of the heating appliances does not exceed 20 BTUH/FT3 of the space in which the appliance is located [clause 7.36.1(d)].

Find out more by visiting the OMAFRA exhibit at Pork Congress June 17 and 18, Stratford.

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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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Stop by the OMAF and MRA booth (A3/A4 in the Agriplex) at the Ontario Pork Congress for a visit and 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.

You can choose from four potential marketing decisions based on pigs put on feed (theoretically) this week (June 12th ) to be marketed late in September. There will be 3 more times for potential marketing decisions emailed to those who participate. Each time you will be able to decide to:
• choose to do nothing
• hedge with a futures contract
• hedge with a futures put option
• forward contract

The final outcome and results will be emailed in early October.

Put your marketing expertise and knowledge to work and stop by the OMAF and MRA booth (A3/A4 in the Agriplex) at the Ontario Pork Congress.

 

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Drop by the OMAF and MRA booth in the Agriplex at A4 and A5 for information on feeding heavy hogs and demos on using the Grading Data Explorer and new heat stress app for livestock and poultry.

Pork Congress information

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Are you going to Pork Congress? Make sure to drop by the OMAFRA exhibit at A4-A5 for information on fan and feeder management.

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