The Ontario Pork Congress will be open at the Stratford Rotary Centre next Wednesday and Thursday and will have another 20 exhibitors in 100,000 square feet of floor space.
It’s China’s Year of the Pig, but also a reminder that biosecurity needs to be top of mind as African Swine Fever continues to challenge the Chinese hog industry and hog operations in neighbouring countries.
Biosecurity will also be a feature of this year’s show which will segregate the live hog competition on Thursday into facilities that not all visitors to the show need to walk through.
The show will repeat most of the long-term favourites such as an art competition and scholarship, an industry leadership award, a contest for the best pork hock meal, a pork quality competition and the hog jog which will donate this year’s funds to l’Arche Stratford which works with developmentally-challenged people. It has four houses for 26 clients and runs a number of compassionate programs for them and others in the community.