London ON – The theme is “Positioning for Success” as the pork industry prepares to gather in London for the fourteenth annual LSC. These two full days of presentations and workshops have moved to the Hilton London for Wednesday and Thursday,March 26 & 27, 2014. Speakers will cover topics ranging from practical on-farm decision making and management to the impacts of international trade on pork production.
“I am excited about the timely topics with something for everyone” says conference Chair Teresa Van Raay. The program will once again be targeted for sow herds on Wednesday, and wean to finish on Thursday. “With speakers from across the continent and a new venue I am looking forward to seeing everyone at this premier swine industry conference.”
Wednesday’s Sow-focused agenda will include ‘Lessons Learned from PEDv’, along with experts in the areas of group sow housing, nutrition and lactation, and Ontario’s position in the global marketplace. At the farm level, workshops will consider piglet and milk management, reproductive troubleshooting, feeding the sow, and practical aspects of group sow housing. On Thursday, the focus is on Wean to Finish. Topics such as real factors that affect profitability, the importance of international trade to Ontario production, and national health status monitoring will be covered. Farm level workshops will include managing pile-ups, benchmarking and measuring profitability on-farm, spotting problems early, higher fiber diets, and improving feed efficiency.
As always, the LSC program will include leading researchers, industry experts and pork producers. This unique mix of perspectives provides new insights and can lead to lively workshop discussions. Presenters this year will include: Steve Pollmann, Murphy Brown West; Doug MacDougald, South West Ontario Veterinary Services; Chris Byra, Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network; Ron Bates, Michigan State University; Laurie Connor, University of Manitoba; Chantal Farmer, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; Ruurd Zijlstra, University of Alberta; Kevin Grier, George Morris Centre; Graeme McDermid, Cronin Pork Ltd.; Kathleen Sullivan, Trade Consultant.