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Southwestern Ontario Dairy Symposium

February 8, 2019

The Southw Western Ontario Dairy Symposium will be held on Feb. 21, at the Woodstock Fairgrounds in Woodstock, Ont., with doors opening at 9 a.m.

The day will start with Carol Novick from Coca-Cola Ltd., presenting on the launch of fairlife milk in Canada and in Ontario’s dairy industry. This year’s keynote speaker is Terry O’Reilly, host and writer of the Under the Influence documentary series and podcast on CBC Radio. He’ll highlight the power of storytelling and the application of marketing in the dairy industry.

Other speakers include Justin Bell, a new entrant in organic dairy production, and John Brunsveld, an organic dairy producer, who will speak on the ins and outs of organic dairy production.

Tom Wright, dairy cattle specialist from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, will speak on the total protein versus true protein milk test and how to manage protein content in milk. Dairy consultant Jack Rodenburg will identify herd management opportunities to improve producers’ bottom line as profit margins decline.

This year also marks the return of the Speak Your Mind session, the open discussion at the end of the symposium where producers can share their thoughts, as well as Food from Our Farms, a session with new and innovative dairy products provided by lunch sponsors, which will be appetizing and educational.

Registration fees will be $20 at the door. For more information, click here.

The event is planned and sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Ontario, through its Dairy Producer Committees in Essex-Kent, Lambton, Middlesex, Elgin, Huron, Perth, Oxford, Waterloo, Wellington, Brant, Norfolk, Wentworth, Haldimand and Niagara, in cooperation with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food. 

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