Biosecurity workshops

The Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association offers free biosecurity workshops for producers. The Biosecurity workshops are a good place to start addressing your on-farm biosecurity program. The workshops have been developed as commodity-specific workshops, in addition to a generic livestock biosecurity workshop. Currently, there are beef, goat and sheep workshops offered, with more commodity-specific being developed in the future.
A generic biosecurity workshop is planned for the Rainy River District for January 26, 2016 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
At this one-day workshop, an experienced veterinarian will show you the benefits of having an on-farm biosecurity program, and identify key practices which will help you enhance biosecurity measures on your farm. Having a biosecurity program in place helps to protect the investment of your farm business.
The workshop is open to new and established producers. Farm families and management teams are encouraged to attend the workshop together. You will not be asked to share personal or financial details of your operation and there is no charge to attend.
In addition, an OSCIA Workshop Leader is on hand to provide details about the Growing Forward 2 (GF2) Funding Program.  Taking a workshop and creating a Biosecurity Plan for your operation will allow you to identify gaps in your current practices. Projects to address those gaps and increase your farm’s biosecurity measures may be eligible for cost-share under GF2.
After attending the workshop, you may wish to follow up with your local veterinarian to assist you in creating a dynamic and complete Biosecurity Plan for your farm.  Biosecurity assessments with your veterinarian are also eligible for cost-share.
You can register for the workshop on the Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association website or by going to http://registration.wildapricot.org/event-2102338
For those who currently have a copy of the Ontario Livestock and Poultry Council’s ‘Livestock On-Farm Biosecurity Information Guide’, we recommend you bring this resource with you to the workshop.  This Manual provides templates for creating a biosecurity plan and may be useful in identifying questions you may have during the workshop.  Limited copies will be available at the workshop, or you can contact the Ontario Livestock and Poultry Council by phone at (519) 669-3826 or by email at info@ontlpc.ca or download the manual at ontlpc.ca/pdfs/downloads/olpc-livestock_web.pdf  

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