2021 Information Resources for Pork Producers
Tools for Assessing Your Farm Finances | Emergency Housing | Feeding | Production| Health Management and Biosecurity | Deadstock Disposal | Mental Health Support | Newsletters and Market Reports | Conferences and Networks | Special Provision - Financial Difficulties | Workplace Guidance
Funding, Prevention, Control and Best Practices Information
- COVID-19: Resources for the agri-food industry - links to funding, prevention and control information
- Pork producers looking for advice and tips related to COVID-19, are encouraged to review the COVID-19 information on Ontario Pork's website.
- Resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace
- Guidance for employers during breaks
- Break poster
- Lunch poster
- Keep it to yourself poster
- What To Do If Someone Working on Your Farm Tests Positive for COVID-19
- Workplace guidance for agricultural sector employers and employees
- Information Links for Managing Human Resources COVID-19 Response
- Find your Public Health Unit
Mental Health Support
OMAFRA recognizes that farmers are under a lot of stress. If you are struggling, reach out to a friend, family or other emotional support.
- Identifying and Managing Stress: A Business Owner's Guide
- Mental Health for Farmers
- Managing Stress During Times of Uncertainty (Ontario Pork Industry Council webinar)
Tools for Assessing Your Farm Finances
- Provincial and Federal COVID-19 Financial Supports for Farmers. This infosheet provides a summary of information and links to provincial and federal financial support information. The information is current as of the publication date but subject to frequent changes. Always check the program website for the most current details.
- Financial Programs Summary Ontario Federation of Agriculure
- Cash Flow Planning - Use this template to undertake cash flow planning and calculate key ratios.
- Analyzing and Managing Your Cash Flow
- Farm Business Decision Calculators Online programs for evaluating the profitability
- Managing Commodity Price Risk provides a basic overview of the commodity price risk management tools and terminology.
- OMAFRA Monthly Swine Budgets
Preventing pigs from escaping outdoor housing enclosures can be a difficult task. Pigs are strong, agile and can jump over barriers. Keeping them contained however, is extremely important. Due to the site-specificity of production systems and potential solutions producers should consider factors such as cost, sturdiness, longevity and ease of set-up and repair to identify housing solutions suitable for their farms.
Fencing for Outdoor Pig Production provides information about building fencing suitable for pig containment and exclusion.
How to Deal with Overstocked Finisher Pigs in Pens - Pig Progress Blog
Feeding and Nutrition
Reduced-growth Rations: Producers considering this as an option should consult with their nutritionist and veterinarian.
- Feeding Management - Show me the Money
- Tendering Feed Ingredients
- Feeder Management in the Grower Finisher Barn
- Comparative Feed Values for Swine
Production and Management
- Points to Ponder When Raising Heavier Weight Pigs
- Target Weight Calculator for Heavy Hogs
- Small Scale Pig Farming in Ontario (Ontario Pork)
Health Management and Biosecurity
- Options for the Disposal of Swine Carcasses, Ontario Pork
- Off-farm disposal options include:
- On-farm disposal options include:
Newsletters and Market Reports
- Pork News and Views
- Weekly Hog Market Facts: A weekly two-page report circulated every week containing current market information and data that impacts the Ontario pork industry. To receive the weekly please email, contact OMAFRA.Livestock@ontario.ca.
- Livestock and Poultry Statistics
Conferences and Networks
- London Swine Conference 2021:March 30 and March 31. Live video sessions at Noon with a range of topics in on-demand sessions to follow. See the LSC website for more information.
- University of Guelph Swine Research Network and Swine Research Day (includes research updates, webinars, and interviews)
Special Provision - Financial Difficulties
Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, Ontario producers who are experiencing financial difficulty may qualify to access advisory services to complete a Farm Financial Assessment at no cost. The Farm Financial Assessment provides a review of the farm business' past financial performance, provides an analysis of the current business climate, develops objectives and identifies options to meet profitability and sustainability goals. For more information, contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300