43rd Ontario Pork Congress runs June 22-23 in Stratford

Pictured, from left, are Shur-Gain Formulator Shanna Robinson, Nutritionist Drew Woods, Formulator Jaime Carson and Swine Key Account Business Manager Dave Hartney. They were at the Ontario Pork Congress this week providing feed management tips for producers and showing off their Watson.S Modelling Program. Woods called the program a “predictive growth model.” “If people have questions on how to raise their animals, we can take the information they provide, about the barn, the animal and the type of feed, and use our computer model to create the best outcome for their situation; a program that covers feed, management and economic needs,” he said.

This year’s Ontario Pork Congress at the Stratford Rotary Complex saw a record number of Canadian and international exhibitors come out for the two day event, which Pork Congress President Blair Cressman said is “about celebrating another successful year in the industry, catching up with old friends and meeting the coming generation of pork producers.”

Quite a few familiar local faces and businesses were also at the Pork Congress, meeting potential customers in the pork industry and enjoying the fine June weather. Other events over the two-day Congress including the “Bacon Maker Classic” live hog show, which took place Thursday, a “Pig Art” competition, and the “Hog Jog” 3.5/10 km run in support of Stratford/Perth Shelterlink, a charitable organization that provides at-risk and homeless youth between the ages of 16 and 24 with shelter, food, advocacy services and basic needs.

Cressman said over 2,000 attendees were expected to come out for this year’s Congress to meet and talk with the over 140 Canadian and international exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations in electronic feeding systems, genetics, nutrition, housing and more.

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