Event Schedule

GBFW19 Schedule

Stay tuned and keep checking back for updates, as speaker and topic information becomes available!

Date/Time Session
Thursday, January 3, 2019 9:45AM - 10:30AM
Speaker(s): Tom Kilcer (Owner, Advanced Ag Systems LLC Kinderhook New York)
Stage: Upper Level
Via Video Conferencing - Annual Winter Crops for Dairy Cow Rations
The use of winter grains as both a very high
Thursday, January 3, 2019 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Speaker(s): Andrew Campbell (Partner - Bellson Farms: Fresh Air Media)
Stage: Upper Level
Better Conversations About Agriculture With Your Non-Farming Neighbours
As more and more farmers find themselves with non-farm neighbors,
Thursday, January 3, 2019 11:30AM - 12:00PM
Speaker(s): Ralph Dietrich (Chair - Dairy Farmers of Ontario)
Stage: Upper Level
Dairy Industry Update
Ralph will provide a DFO update for this region.
Thursday, January 3, 2019 1:15PM - 2:00PM
Speaker(s): Neil McCutcheon (Manager - BDO Canada LLP)
Stage: Upper Level
Optimizing Returns in Current Market Environments
Analysis of Ontario Dairy Farm financial statements to determine what
Thursday, January 3, 2019 2:15PM - 3:15PM
Speaker(s): Gary Markus (Alta Genetics - DSM Ontario - Markhill Farms Ltd.), Lynsay Beavers (Industry Liaison Coordinator - Canadian Dairy Network), Marlene Paibomesai (Dairy Specialist- Panel Facilitator), Philip Armstrong (Armstrong Manor Farm), Wayne Wagler (Claynook Farms Ltd)
Stage: Upper Level
Producer Panel: Genomics
Lynsay will start the panel off by giving an overview
Friday, January 4, 2019 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Speaker(s): Dr. Kathy Parker (Veterinarian - Veterinary Clinic Three Hills & Co-Owner - Parker Stock Farm)
Stage: Upper Level
Ask The Veterinarian
Friday, January 4, 2019 11:15AM - 12:00PM
Speaker(s): Dan Ganesh (Owner, Bos Nutrition Services Inc)
Stage: Upper Level
Unique Aspects of Dairy Goat Nutrition and Feed Management
There is still much to learn about optimizing saleable product
Friday, January 4, 2019 1:15PM - 2:00PM
Speaker(s): Dr. Cathy Bauman (Assistant Professor - University of Guelph)
Stage: Upper Level
Dairy Goat Industry: Investigating Kid and Adult Mortalities and Colostrum Quality
Cathy's presentation will be explaining how to reduce morbidity and
Friday, January 4, 2019 2:15PM - 3:15PM
Speaker(s): Anja Vandervlies (Teesmore Dairy Goats), Beth Fenton (Clover Valley Farm), Jillian Craig (Small Ruminant Specialist - OMAFRA)
Stage: Upper Level
Virtual Dairy Goat Farm Tour
The two producers will share information about their operations and
Friday, January 4, 2019 2:15PM - 3:15PM
Speaker(s): Dr. Kathy Parker (Veterinarian - Veterinary Clinic Three Hills & Co-Owner - Parker Stock Farm)
Stage: Lower Level
The Value of Health vs The Cost of Disease
Saturday, January 5, 2019 9:30AM - 10:00AM
Speaker(s): Jennifer MacTavish (General Manager - Ontario Sheep Farmers)
Stage: Upper Level
EweGROW
EweGROW has been designed to help the sheep industry benchmark
Saturday, January 5, 2019 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Speaker(s): Dr. Kathy Parker (Veterinarian - Veterinary Clinic Three Hills & Co-Owner - Parker Stock Farm)
Stage: Upper Level
Putting Your Bits Together! Managing Sheep Reproduction
Saturday, January 5, 2019 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Speaker(s): Dr. Paul Luimes (College Professor - University of Guelph: Ridgetown Campus)
Stage: Upper Level
Feeding Market Lambs
Dr. Paul Luimes will provide a review of current data
Saturday, January 5, 2019 1:15PM - 1:30PM
Speaker(s): District 2), Jake Sloan (Chair - Ontario Sheep Farmers
Stage: Upper Level
Ontario Sheep District 2 Committee Introduction and Activities
Jake will introduce the committee. He will also provide an
Saturday, January 5, 2019 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Speaker(s): Dr. Kathy Parker (Veterinarian - Veterinary Clinic Three Hills & Co-Owner - Parker Stock Farm)
Stage: Upper Level
Surviving The First Seven Days
Saturday, January 5, 2019 2:50PM - 3:20PM
Speaker(s): Eric Bjergso (General Manager - Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers ltd)
Stage: Upper Level
Wool Marketing for Maximum Potential
A description of the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited and
Saturday, January 5, 2019 3:20PM - 4:20PM
Speaker(s): Dr. Chris Buschbeck (WoolDrift Farm), Jason Emke (Facilitator), Jay Lennox (Lennox Lambs), Keith Todd (Todd Sheep Company Inc)
Stage: Upper Level
Producer Panel: Breed Selection and Success
The 3 producers will share their on-farm experience with regards
Sunday, January 6, 2019 10:15AM - 11:15AM
Speaker(s): Shawn Hamilton (Owner - CLiX Photography)
Stage: Upper Level
The Adventures of a Riding Vacation Junkie - Seeing the World From the Saddle
Shawn will be sharing some of her most memorable, humorous and
Sunday, January 6, 2019 11:15AM - 12:00PM
Speaker(s): Robert Fera (Animal Pro Products)
Stage: Upper Level
Probiotics, Prebiotics and Digestive Supplements for Horses
Sunday, January 6, 2019 1:15PM - 2:00PM
Speaker(s): Ellie Ross ( BSc Ag; Director of Animal Behaviour & Applied Training: Wag and Train Inc.; Columist - "Between The Ears" - The Rider Newspaper)
Stage: Upper Level
Equine Cognitive Psychology - How Do Horses Learn?
Ellie Ross will summerize how horses learn, and how to
Sunday, January 6, 2019 2:00PM - 2:45PM
Speaker(s): Cindy Fuerth (Founder of the County Mounties)
Stage: Upper Level
Ontario Mounted Special Service Unit
Sunday, January 6, 2019 3:15PM - 3:45PM
Speaker(s): Dr. Mary Baks (Owner/Operator - Walkerton Equine Clinic)
Stage: Upper Level
First Aid For Horses - What We Need To Know (1)
Hope to provide members of the audience the knowledge and
Sunday, January 6, 2019 3:15PM - 3:45PM
Speaker(s): Lawrence (Chuck) Cannon (Retired Soldier; Privateer; Adventurer)
Stage: Lower Level
Expedition Grade Horse Travel Skills (1)
Horse packing skills, a basic hands on introduction to the
Sunday, January 6, 2019 4:00PM - 4:30PM
Speaker(s): Dr. Mary Baks (Owner/Operator - Walkerton Equine Clinic)
Stage: Upper Level
First Aide For Horses - What We Need To Know (2)
Hope to provide members of the audience the knowledge and
Sunday, January 6, 2019 4:00PM - 4:30PM
Speaker(s): Lawrence (Chuck) Cannon (Retired Soldier; Privateer; Adventurer)
Stage: Lower Level
Expedition Grade Horse Travel Skills (2)
Horse packing skills, a basic hands on introduction to the
Monday, January 7, 2019 9:30AM - 10:00AM
Speaker(s): Ann Godkin (Independent Cattle Health Consultant-Formerly OMAFRA)
Stage: Upper Level
Should Ontario Beef Producers be Worried About Johne’s?
This presentation will review and update scientific details about Johne’s Disease and
Monday, January 7, 2019 10:00AM - 10:45AM
Speaker(s): Melissa Hall (Sales Professional - Elanco)
Stage: Upper Level
Consumer Trends and Over the Counter Meat Purchases in Canada
Insights into consumer perception, trade, social media, and how it
Monday, January 7, 2019 11:05AM - 12:00PM
Speaker(s): Dr. Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein (Research Scientist - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
Stage: Upper Level
Methods of Assessing and Reducing Stress Associated with Transportation in Cattle
Karen will summarize the findings of over 10 years of
Monday, January 7, 2019 1:15PM - 1:45PM
Speaker(s): Rob Lipsett (Vice President - BFO)
Stage: Upper Level
Beef Farmers of Ontario Update
Monday, January 7, 2019 1:45PM - 2:45PM
Speaker(s): Steve Duff (Chief Economist - OMAFRA)
Stage: Upper Level
Market Update and International Trade Issues
Steve will provide a market update for beef and cattle
Monday, January 7, 2019 3:05PM - 3:20PM
Speaker(s): Ken Goldsmith
Stage: Upper Level
Chainsaw Safety - Removal of Hazardous Trees
Ken Goldsmith will provide tips on how to safely use
Monday, January 7, 2019 3:20PM - 4:20PM
Speaker(s): Ann Godkin (Independent Cattle Health Consultant-Formerly OMAFRA), Christoph Wand (Livestock Sustainability Specialist - OMAFRA), Dr. Van Mitchell (Metzger Veterinary Services), Jarrett Johnson (B & L Farm Services), Kevin Frieburger ( Sandy Ridge Ranch Co. Ltd), Scott Kuhl
Stage: Upper Level
Panel: Nutrition’s Impact on Beef Cattle Health
This panel of producers, agribusiness, and an OMAFRA representative, will
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 9:30AM - 10:10AM
Speaker(s): Craig Klemmer (Principal Agricultural Economist - Farm Credit Canada)
Stage: Upper Level
Trade, Interest Rates, & The Dollar Creates Opportunities and Challenges: How Does The Financial Health of Ontario Farms Compare?
The economic landscape for Canadian agriculture is quickly changing. Canadian
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 10:10AM - 11:00AM
Speaker(s): John DePutter (President - DePutter Publishing Ltd.)
Stage: Upper Level
The Mega-Cycles Governing Crop and Livestock Prices and Current Strategies
John will be presenting a commodity market overview and marketing
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 11:20AM - 12:00PM
Speaker(s): Mike Cowbrough (Weed Management Specialist: Field Crops - OMAFRA)
Stage: Upper Level
Resistant Flea Bane Strategies
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 1:15PM - 2:15PM
Speaker(s): Dr. Chris Winslow (Director - Ohio Sea Grant and OSU's Stone Lab)
Stage: Upper Level
Lake Erie Algae, Research Efforts, Nutrient Loading and Farmer Decision Making
A glimpse into the >50 projects currently managed by Ohio
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 2:15PM - 3:00PM
Speaker(s): Ben Rosser (Corn Industry Program Lead - OMAFRA), Marieke Patton (Territory Sales Manager - Bayer Crop Science), Tracey Baute (Entomologist - Field Crops - OMAFRA)
Stage: Upper Level
Corn Management
Panel discussion regarding challenges in Corn Management.
  • Tracey will talk
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 3:15PM - 4:15PM
Speaker(s): Ken Nixon (Ain Lea Farms), Peter Johnson (Facilitator), Shawn Schill ( Shawridge Farms Ltd.)
Stage: Upper Level
Panel: Compaction
Ken and Shawn will discuss the practices used on their
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 9:30AM - 10:00AM
Speaker(s): Keith Reid (Project Co-ordinator - ALUS Grey Bruce)
Stage: Upper Level
Grey Bruce ALUS Update and Showcase
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Speaker(s): Greg Stewart (Manager - Eat Local Grey Bruce)
Stage: Upper Level
Marketing: Lessons Learned
Introduce what Eat Local Grey Bruce is, who the members
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 10:30AM - 11:00AM
Speaker(s): Kristine Hammel (Persephone Market Garden)
Stage: Upper Level
Inter-Cropping
The idea of biodiversity in farming is nice, but how
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 11:15AM - 12:00PM
Speaker(s): Ruth Knight (P.Ag. CCA-ON)
Stage: Upper Level
Soil Health (1): Local Farmers Shared Learning and Discussion
"Soil Health Matters - Almost every mouthful you eat and
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 1:15PM - 2:00PM
Speaker(s): Ruth Knight (P.Ag. CCA-ON)
Stage: Upper Level
Soil Health (2): Local Farmers Shared Learning and Discussion
"Soil Health Matters - Almost every mouthful you eat and
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 2:00PM - 2:20PM
Speaker(s): Rodale Institute via Video Conferencing
Stage: Upper Level
The Story Behind Regenerative Organic Certification
A representative will share (via video conference) the details behind
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 2:35PM - 3:15PM
Speaker(s): Talia Fletcher (DVM - Markdale Veterinary Services)
Stage: Upper Level
Holistic Herd Health
Join Dr. Talia Fletcher as she reviews the connection between
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 3:15PM - 4:15PM
Speaker(s): Brenda Hsueh ( Facilitator), Leslie Moskovits (Cedar Down Farm), Patrick Kitchen (Sideroad Farm), Susan Stoeckli (Stoeckli Organics)
Stage: Upper Level
Producer Panel: Extending the Growing/Marketing Season (Tips for Market and Home Gardeners)
How do these producers market 4 season produce/products? The producers