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2/2/2023 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Producer Meeting in London (Feb 2)

What: Producer information & associations meetings for Middlesex and Elgin Associations
When: February 2, 2023, starting at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Stoneridge Inn & Conference Centre, 6675 Burtwistle Lane, London, ON
Registration for Producer Meeting Section: olga.klashtorny@ontariopork.on.ca
Preliminary Agenda:

  • 5:00 p.m. Registration, Dinner, Networking
  • 6:00 p.m. Welcome
  • 6:05 p.m. Ontario Pork’s Board Update
  • 6:20 p.m. Swine Health Area Regional Control (SHARC) Mapping Software
  • 6:40 p.m. Emergency Planning
  • 6:50 p.m. NextGen Update
  • 7:15 p.m. Attracting, Selecting & Retaining the Right Employees on the Farm by Dr. Sara Mann
  • 8:00 p.m. Adjournment
  • 8:10 p.m. Elgin, Kent, Middlesex Associations Meetings and Elections

**Both Middlesex and Elgin will be having elections

If you have any questions, please email olga.klashtorny@ontariopork.on.ca

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2/4/2023 12:00 PM

Frontenac Association Meeting (Feb 4)

What: Association meeting for Frontenac association
When: February 4, 2023
Where: George Sunderland's place
Agenda:

Please reach out to your association rep or olga.klashtorny@ontariopork.on.ca

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2/6/2023 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Manure Monday - Online (Feb 6)

What: Online discussion about manure
When: February 6 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Online
Registration: https://opaca.net/events/#id=160&cid=1710&wid=801&type=Cal

Join us for an afternoon of manure! We'll hear from a panel of farmers, manure applicators and nutrient management consultants on how to make the most of manure, launching Farm & Food Care's Manure Innovation video series. We'll have Jim Denys, Bert Roos, Russ Barker and Christine Brown on the hot seat. This is part of OMAFRA's Manure Monday series.

Eligible for OSCIA's KSE credits!

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2/8/2023 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Manure Tour - Dashwood (Feb 8)

What: The Manure Tour goes to Dashwood
When: February 8 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Dashwood Community Centre, 158 Centre St., Dashwood, ON
Registration: https://opaca.net/events/#id=161&cid=1710&wid=801&type=Cal

Join us for an afternoon of manure! We'll hear from a panel of farmers, manure applicators, and nutrient management consultants on how to make the most of manure. We've got Mike Mitchell, Adam Hayter, Aric Bos, Cliff Horst, and Christine Brown on the hot seat. Join us for a free lunch, discussions, and launching Farm & Food Care Ontario's Manure Innovation videos. Then we'll head out to see Van Raay's manure equipment and Stonecreek's manure bedding recovery & pipeline.

Eligible for OSCIA's KSE credits!

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2/15/2023 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

OPIC Workshop 4: On-boarding: Getting people started right and keeping them (Feb 15)

What: OPIC-run webinar about onboarding new employees
When: February 15 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Demeter Office (1249 Seagrave Road, Unit 5, Woodstock, ON)
Registration: Contact Donna Kaczmarczyk at dkaczmarczyk@southwestvets.ca. Please indicate workshop number and date/location (this is Workshop #4)
Cost: $40 for OPIC members; $65 for non-OPIC members

Starting people in an organization is very important in getting them productive and engaged. This workshop will help getting new people to a great start and keep them with the team longer.

Who should attend: Barn owners, employers, barn managers, team leads. Each workshop is a stand-alone workshop, you can attend one, or more than one workshop. Each Workshop will run in 2 locations, each location is the same workshop.

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2/22/2023 10:00 AM

South Western Ontario Pork Conference (Feb 22)

What: South Western Ontario Pork Conference (SWOPC)
When: Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Where: University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus
Registration: More details to come

Curtis Mikel, teacher, and researcher at the Ridgetown Campus, is offering tours of the campus swine barn from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. The barn is now in its fourth year of production.
This year’s speaker program is sure to be of interest to all who attend. We have two producers speaking about their operations, Ryan Martin, and Ronald Van de Bruinhorst.
We are excited to have Chantal Farmer, research scientist in swine lactation biology from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Quebec. The Local Health Update will be presented by Dr. Ryan Tenbergen from Demeter Veterinary Services PC. After dinner, we are pleased to have Dr. John Patience, professor emeritus and global leader in swine nutrition education and research

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2/28/2023 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

OPIC Workshop 1: Employee Retention: Love the ones you're with (Feb 28)

What: OPIC-run webinar about employee retention
When: February 28 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where: Rostock Hall (4817 46 Line, Rostock, ON)
Registration: Contact Donna Kaczmarczyk at dkaczmarczyk@southwestvets.ca. Please indicate workshop number and date/location (this is Workshop #1).
Cost: $40 for OPIC members; $65 for non-OPIC members

One of our current & pressing challenges is keeping our staff and getting them engaged & productive. This workshop aims to provide ideas on retaining talents in the barns.

  • Introduction
  • Current situation
  • What employees want
  • Where is the gap/disconnect
  • The role of the manager/owner
  • Take Home message
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