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Pork Conference Celebrates 50 Years

by 5m Editor
6 February 2012, at 6:52am

CANADA - South Western Ontario Pork Conference (SWOPC) will be celebrating its 50th year on 22 February 2012 at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus.

This year the conference is featuring:

  • James Hofer, Hog Manager at Starlite Colony in Starbuck Manitoba and a Director on Manitoba Pork - speaking on Hutterite Colony Hog Production in Western Canada and the Impact of the Manitoba Hog Barn Expansion Moratorium.

Other presentations include:

  • John Van Engelen, Hog Tied Farms Ltd. and Lambton County regional winner of the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence in 2010. - Mr Van Engelen will be giving a virtual tour of his hog operation’s unique set up for ventilation, auto sorters and other innovations.

  • Dr Sue Burlatschenko, Goshen Ridge Vet Services is speaking on "Barn Tips and Herd Health Updates for Local Producers."

To celebrate the 50 years of SWOPC, Dr. Jim Morris, Past Co-ordinator of the Conference and Richard Smelski former OMAF Swine Advisor will look at past events and future direction of the pork industry in South Western Ontario.

The event starts at 3:30 pm with a "Meet and Greet" trade show with sponsors, presentations begin at 4:25 pm. Cost is $30 before 17 February and $40 at the door; students $15. This includes a hot pork dinner and great socializing. For more information phone 1-866-222-9682 or click here.

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