Friday, July 21, 2017

Training centre for hog-farm workers opens

A training centre for hog-farm workers is scheduled to open this fall at the Ridgetown campus of the University of Guelph.

The 6,600-square-foot Swine Education Centre will offer training and education for agriculture and veterinary technology students and farmers.

“This educational facility will allow people to get into the barn and actually experience hands-on training, and allow for the learning about day-to-day operations of our most recent production practices,” says director Ken McEwan.

The $500,000 project is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs with 20 per cent support from the Ontario Pork marketing board.

The facility will house up to 150 animals and will be used by about 300 students taking courses such as livestock systems, animal science, pork production and animal health.