2016 Profitability Workshops

** Update: Maxville’s Workshop has been canceled due to lack of registration. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. **



9:30 am    Registration

10:00 am    Kid management, a how-to from your local vet – Small Ruminant Veterinarians of Ontario
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Successful kid rearing can make the difference between a profitable operation or not. Kids are the next generation of milkers and/or breeding stock; they need to get off to the best start possible. Local veterinarians will discuss the key management practices on farm that will lead to improved kid health and welfare.

11:00 am    Ontario Goat’s Cost of Production study — Erin MacDuff, Ontario Goat
Recently, Ontario Goat (OG) completed the second phase of a multi-year cost of production study. Erin will
review the second phase and what the numbers mean to Ontario’s goat producers.

11:30 am    Ontario Goat’s new welfare resources for goat production — Kendra Keels, Ontario Goat
Kendra will review the new resources OG has been developing to help producers continually improve the welfare of each goat on-farm, from kids to mature animals.

12:15 pm    Lunch

1:15 pm    Results of the genotyping for scrapie sensitivity study — Dr. Brad White, Trent University
OG partnered with Trent University and the Centre of Excellence for Goat Research and Innovation to test goat breeds and herds for genotypes that may confer resistance and susceptibility to scrapie, a slow‐ moving but fatal central nervous system disease in goats and sheep limits productivity and poses a severe risk to the viability of the industry. Dr. White will share the results of the recently completed study.

2:15 pm    How artificial insemination (AI) influences productivity on farm — Paul Stewart, EastGen
As goat producers you are always looking for ways to improve productivity on your farm. Whether as a dairy or meat producer, filling year round demand can be challenging. Paul will provide an update on EastGen’s goat genetics program.

2:30 pm    Best management practices from a producer perspective — Local producer
A local producer will discuss their operation and share some of the tips and tricks that make them successful.

3:00 pm   Adjourn

*Pre-registration is required. $25 for OG members, $50 for non-members. Call the OG office at 519-824-2942 to reserve your spot.

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