Veal Farmers of Ontario (VFO) is a producer-run organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing a viable and competitive Ontario veal industry through
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2018 Healthy Calf Conference sells out after reaching record attendance
Practical, take-home tips resonate with conference participants
Guelph, ON – With nearly 550 attendees and one sold out location, the 2018 Building the Foundation: Dairy and Veal Healthy Calf Conference (HCC) brought innovative ideas to producers across Ontario on November 27th in Stratford and November 29th in Maxville, and at a special “Vet Night” event exclusively for bovine veterinarians. Expert speakers offered advice on all aspects of calf management, including health, housing, welfare, feeding, and behaviour. The excellent networking among attendees, experts, and exhibitors is a hallmark of HCC, and this year was no different. Each attendee left with practical tips they could implement during that evening’s chores.
Veal Farmers of Ontario Board of Directors: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
The Veal Farmers of Ontario (VFO) Board of Directors is seeking interested veal producers to get involved in our organization. Your input into the future direction of the organization is vital to maintaining a strong and active voice for the VFO. All voting producer members of VFO, with their membership in good standing, are eligible for nomination. VFO Board members are provided a meeting per diem of $250/day and reimbursement for travel expenses. Directors actively participate in approximately seven to nine Board meetings per year (in person and conference calls) held at our offices in Guelph. Directors work on behalf of the Ontario dairy calf/veal sectors on projects, issues and initiatives that benefit the membership of the organization.
Interested candidates must complete a self-nomination form found here and submit by no later than January 31st, 2019 for review by the Nominating Committee. There will be no nominations from the floor accepted. Elections, if required, will take place at the VFO Annual General Meeting & Producer Education Day on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.
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Healthy Calf Conference Stratford sold out!
Quality concerns with the 2018 corn harvest – Is DON a concern for veal production?
Ontario is facing a severe outbreak of in DON in corn this fall. Deoxynivalenol (DON) is a vomitoxin which is a type of mycotoxin (toxin produced by mould) produced by fungus that infects grains, including corn. Due to the very wet summer and harvest season, corn in Ontario has been found to have unusually high levels of DON, with corn from some areas of the province more affected than others.
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Registration open for the Healthy Calf Conference
Practical and simple on-farm management changes to improve the health and welfare of dairy and veal calves are the focus of this year’s Healthy Calf Conference.
“We asked calf raisers what some of the biggest issues are that they’re facing and they told us that feeding, health and housing top the list – so we’ve got a great line up of speakers this year that will address all of those topics,” says Kendra Keels, Director of Industry Development with Veal Farmers of Ontario.
Dr. Michael Ballou, a professor of nutritional immunology at Texas Tech University, headlines the program with a presentation on the art of calf nutrition and how feeding calves a proper diet can help minimize or prevent common problems like respiratory disease and scours.
A new addition to the Healthy Calf Conference is a calf care panel. Ontario calf managers Jayne Dietrich of Character Dairy Genetics, and Laura Shuurman with Joe Loewith & Sons Ltd will offer virtual tours of their operations and share their tips for reducing calf mortality and raising high production animals.
The University of Guelph’s Dr. Trevor DeVries will address the why, when and how of group housing calves, and Dr. Dave Renaud, a consultant and University of Guelph assistant professor, will discuss how managing calf health and working with a herd veterinarian can ensure future profitability of a dairy herd.
“Our program is designed to offer relevant, easy to use information that conference participants can take back to implement on-farm right away,” says Keels.
The Healthy Calf Conference, which also includes a calf-focused trade show, will be held on November 27 at the Best Western Plus Arden Park Hotel in Stratford, and again on November 29 at the Maxville & District Sports Complex in Maxville, from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm. Cost is $90 per person until November 1 and $100 after that date. A student rate of $40 is also available. A hot buffet lunch, proceedings, and calf care resources are included. The first 90 producers to register also receive a free 3.7L Caf-Tel Bottle – perfectly sized for colostrum feeding!.
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