Author Archives: Betty Summerhayes, OMAFRA, Technology Transfer Specialist

About Betty Summerhayes, OMAFRA, Technology Transfer Specialist

Technology Transfer Specialist, OMAFRA

Guelph Organic Conference and Tradeshow

Don’t miss the Guelph Organic Conference. Over 40 Workshops: Jan 23 – 26, 2020. Free Trade Show: Jan 25 – 26, 2020 at the Guelph University Centre, Guelph ON. Conference Website  

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Are you raising hogs without antibiotics?

Originally posted to ONswine July 3, 2019 by Laura Eastwood, OMAFRA Swine Specialist If so, the Prairie Swine Centre would like to recruit you to participate in a research project! The overall goal of the study is to determine whether … Continue reading

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Evaluating a Cow’s ManureOutput Can Provide You With Valuable Input!

Manure is more than a source of nutrient for your fields. It can be used as an indicator of feed efficiency and animal health. Next time you are with your herd, take a few minutes to observe your cow’s manure … Continue reading

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Changes to the wildlife compensation program came into effect on February 1, 2019

Outline of changes effective February 1, 2019 Ontario has updated the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program to ensure the program works as it is intended to support farmers who lose livestock, poultry, or bees to predators. Updates include: More ways … Continue reading

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Farm Fencing Systems

A variety of farm fencing systems for confining or excluding various kinds and sizes of livestock is available today. Although most fencing types have many applications on the farm, there is often one type best adapted to a specific function. … Continue reading

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Timing Spring Turn-out

Timing Spring Turn-out Spring is in the air, and cattle and farmers alike are eager to start the grazing season. Timing that delightful move is critical, as spring grazing management sets up both yield potential of the pasture and the … Continue reading

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Vegetable Crop Report – May 23, 2019

Reblogged from ONvegetables Blog  The VCR (vegetable crop report) is a weekly update which includes crop updates, weather and growing degree summaries for various vegetable growing regions across Ontario. Read the full post at: VCR – Vegetable Crop Report – May … Continue reading

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Windbreaks Provide Shelter for Cattle

Cattle on pasture don’t always need housing, but they do need shelter from the elements. Windbreaks, either natural or constructed can provide that shelter. Read about natural and manmade windbreaks in Windbreaks Provide Shelter for Cattle.

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2019 Swine Budgets Now Available

Knowing your costs and where your money goes is key to improving your bottom line. The OMAFRA monthly  Swine Budget provides a guide and format to estimate the cost of production for a swine enterprise. Accurate and up to date information … Continue reading

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Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP) Intake Dates Announced

The next CAP intake for producers, processors and other agri-businesses is March 22 through May 6. The CAP intake for Sector Organizations and Collaborations is from March 4 to April 5, 2019. More information will be available on the websites of the … Continue reading

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