South Western Ontario Pork Conference Still Strong After 52 Years

South Western Ontario Pork Conference Still Strong After 52 Years

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From a Release 

Ridgetown – Pork producers will have lots of reasons to attend the 52nd Annual South Western Ontario Pork Conference at the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus on February 19, 2014.

Conference speakers will present local producers with current and trending topics important to the pork industry, including health and disease updates, producer profiles and perspectives, and a global overview of the pork industry.

The conference will feature well-known swine industry expert Dr. Ernest Sanford, who will present his observations of the pork industry based on his travel around the world.

“China’s purchase of overseas pork companies and agricultural land in different countries around the world will have implications for Canadian producers, as will the Canada-EU Free Trade Agreement,” says Dr. Sanford. He will also address antibiotic use in pigs in Canada and other countries, welfare issues and new and emerging diseases in pigs.

Dr. Bill Moore of South West Ontario Veterinary Services will update producers on local issues related to health and disease.

A favorite session with conference attendees is always the Producer Profile, which this year features Geene Farms of Huron County. Eighteen months after start up, Geert Geene will provide insight on managing a large loose sow housing system.

Another producer, Mark Verkuyl of Oxford County will present his perspective on farrowing room management. The producer-to-producer sessions always provide attendees with on-farm insights and opportunities for interaction and questions.

2014 Conference Committee Chair, Marijn Fleuren of Rodney area comments “On behalf of the organizing committee, I invite all producers in Southwestern Ontario to attend this conference to hear about some of the outstanding work being done in the field, to connect with industry representatives, and to share with fellow producers.”

The conference includes a speaker program, trade show, and dinner.

Register online at and view the conference schedule, or call 1 866 222 9682 for more information. Pre-registration is $30.00 until Feb 12, 2014 (Students $15.00). Door registration is $40.00. Register early & save $10.00.

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