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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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The National Sow Housing Conversion Project (NSHCP) Summer 2016 newsletter http://groupsowhousing.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/NSHC-Newsletter-vol-1-iss-3.pdf is available on the NSHCP website http://groupsowhousing.com/

The current issue contains a NSHCP update, producer profile, what is out there in group housing, on article on whether to re-build or build new along with Provincial updates.

If you would like to receive a copy please send an email with “Newsletter” in the subject line to NSHCproject@gmail.com


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The program for the 2015 Shakespeare Swine Seminar is available:

Shakespeare Brochure 2015 (pdf)



Larry Coleman, Broken Arrow, Nebraska, USA and Steve Horton from Thomas Livestock Co., Broken Bow, Nebraska, USA will talk about loose housing and high sow productivity and if they can co-exist? They will also speak on increasing employee engagement.

Other speakers will talk about PED eradication; new livestock medicine rules in the U.S.; load out designs; and additional topics relevant to the pork industry.

See the brochure for the full program.

Cost: (Cash or Cheque Only)
$ 30 — if pre‐registered by Sept 22, 2015
$ 25 — for additonal people from the same farm
$ 40 — at the door

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From a release:

The annual Shakespeare Swine Seminar for producers and allied industry personnel will be held at the Shakespeare Community Centre tomorrow, Wednesday, September 24th in Shakespeare. Sponsored by Ontario Pork, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, and Ontario Swine Improvement, this year’s seminar focuses on topics of current and practical interest to swine producers.

Dr. Darwin Reicks from the Swine Veterinary Center in St. Peter, Minnesota will discuss methods to ensure maximum litter size and reproductive performance when using artificial insemination. Dr. Mark Rix from Swine Management Systems in Fremont, Nebraska will discuss on-farm factors associated with weaning 30 pigs per sow per year as well as providing production comparisons between farms with sows in gestation stalls and farms using group sow housing. Dr. Tim McAllister from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada will discuss the future of antibiotic use in livestock production and how to ensure antibiotics are used appropriately to ensure long term effectiveness. A panel on successful control and elimination of PED will discuss various approaches being used on Ontario farms at present to manage the disease. Additional speakers will address specific techniques to decrease pre-weaning mortality.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with presentations starting at 10 a.m. A hot lunch is provided and the meeting concludes at 3 p.m. The cost is $30 if pre-registered and $25 for additional people from the same farm. Registration is $40 at the door. To register please call the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 877- 424 -1300 or email ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca.

The Shakespeare Swine Seminar is always well received by producers, with lots of practical information and plenty of discussion. Please take note that it is tomorrow, Wednesday the 24th, in Shakespeare. I’ll see you there.

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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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Sow Housing Workshop

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One-Day either September 2 or 3, 2014 Festival Inn, Stratford 8:45 am to 4:00 pm This one-day workshop will present group sow housing options that follow the new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs. Pre-registration is required, space is limited to 50 participants per day. For more information or to register contact Doug Richards at 519 482-3133 or doug.richards@ontario.ca. Workshop information.

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