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From a news release

Pork producers will have lots of reasons to attend the 56th Annual South Western Ontario Pork Conference at the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus onWednesday February 21, 2018.

SWOPC continues its tradition of education excellence with a theme “Staying Competitive”. This year there is a very informative speaker line up that touches all areas of swine production, a schedule tour of the new campus swine teaching facility and OPIC will be available with lots of on-farm labour information.

Conference attendees are invited to tour the new campus swine teaching barn from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. on the day of the conference. Dr. Paul Luimes, who was instrumental in the project, will be available to answer any questions about the new facility.

At 2:00, the conference trade show area opens with over 30 industry partners providing expert advice on the latest products available to the pork producers.

OPIC will be in the trade show area, providing information around the laws and regulations of on-farm labour and the implications for producers. The trade show will be open from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

At 4:00 p.m, the afternoon speaker sessions will begin with Dr. Tim Blackwell, OMAFRA Swine Specialist, speaking on “Reducing Piglet Mortality”.

Our Producer talk will be given by Daniel Roelands from North Middlesex, who operates along with his family, a 600-sow operation.

Colleen Roehrig, from Conestoga Meat Packers joins us with information on the “Value of the Market Hog”.

After the conference meal, Dr. Bill Moore from South West Ontario Veterinary Services will bring a brief update on what’s happening in the swine industry locally.

We are very excited to have Dr. Dale Rozeboom a Professor / Extension Specialist from the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University as our keynote speaker. Dr. Rozeboom will be speaking on Production Tips & Perspective from Michigan.

“It’s all about keeping the producers informed and up-to-date and providing a place for industry reps to visit with their customers,” says Darren Sloan, chair of the 2018 SWOPC Planning Committee.

Conference attendees should plan to visit the new teaching barn and then spend time visiting industry partners and enjoying complimentary coffee and refreshments before the program begins at 4:00 p.m.

The conference is very fortunate to have industry sponsors to help bring such a great program to the area producers. 2018 Conference Committee Chair, Darren Sloan comments, “We are excited to offer pork producers in Southwestern Ontario an event which showcases the pork industry at the trade show and also educates by the excellent presentations we have arranged. This conference has lots to offer and all pork producers should plan to attend.”

Register online and view the conference schedule at or call 1-866 222-9682 for more information.

Pre-registration is $25.00 until Feb 14, 2018 (Students $10.00). Late registration starting Feb 15 and at the door is $40.00. Register early & save $15.00. Registration includes a delicious pork dinner.

Ag Businesses are welcomed to contact the Ag Business Centre at 1-866-222-9685 in regard to sponsorship of this event.

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