Farm Facts & Furrows

by OMAFRA Ag Rep Brian Bell

2018 Beef Symposium WebEx

The Manitoulin Cattlemen’s’ Association is hosting the 2018 Beef Symposium WebEx, from the Mindemoya Community Hall, on Saturday, January 20 beginning at 9 am. There is no charge for this event. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Topics include: 9 am, Preparing the Foundations for a Strong Immune System; 10:15 am, New Kids on the Block: Dr. Ben Bohrer, Dr. Angela Canovas, Dr. Jessica Gordon, Dr. Katie Wood University of Guelph and Ontario’s beef industry are fortunate to have many new beef researchers added to the roster. Hear about the latest beef research on genomics, nutrition, animal health, feed efficiency and meat quality; 11:10 am, Getting Cattle onto Cover Crops; 12:15 pm, Managing a Family Farm Business; 1:20 pm, Agriculture from a City Girl’s Perspective; 2:35 pm, Tips and Tricks on Barn Design and Handling Facilities; 3:40 pm, Sharing Common Ground with Virgil Lowe, Business Manager, Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+). Virgil will walk you through a number of producer focused industry-wide efforts to “share common ground” with all of the beef industry’s stakeholders from the farm to beyond the fork.

Upcoming workshops

Environmental Farm Plan Workshop (EFP) and Growing your Farm Profits (GYFP) schedules: EFP-Azilda, February 1 and 8, 2018, Manitoulin February 5 and 12, 2018. GYFP-Azilda February 22 and March 1, 2018, Manitoulin January 23 and 30, 2018. For information, contact