Pork conference returning to Ridgetown Feb. 22

Pork conference returning to Ridgetown Feb 22

The South Western Ontario Pork Conference will return as an in-person event in February.

The Ridgetown Campus of the University of Guelph will host producers and industry representatives Feb. 22.

“This is an exceptional opportunity to share the latest industry and research news with Ontario producers while providing time for networking with industry representatives,” Darren Sloan, chairperson of the SWOPC planning committee, said in a news release.

Curtis Mikel, a research professor at the college, will host an informative walking tour of the Swine Education Center at 12:30 pm

Guests can visit the conference trade show from 2 pm to 4 pm to meet with industry representatives.

Guest speakers will make presentations beginning at 4 pm

This year, the speakers include Ryan Martin, a producer from Chatsworth, Ont. who will share his learning experiences; Chantel Farmer, a research scientist from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Quebec who will share her findings in swine lactation biology; and Dr. Ryan Tenbergen, a veterinarian from Demeter Veterinary Services in Woodstock who will address local herd health issues.

After the presentations, registrants will be able to network and socialize over dinner.

The feature speaker at the conference, John Patience, professor emeritus at Iowa State University, will wrap up the event. Patience is a global leader in swine nutrition education.

Pre-registration is $30 until Feb. 10. Students 18 years and under pay $20. Early registrants save $15.

Online registration and the full program schedule are available at bdc.ridgetownc.com/swopc.