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Reducing Antibiotic Use at Dry-off – The Pros and Cons

Due to unforeseen circumstances Dr. Tine van Werven will not be able to present at this year's symposium. Dr. Ann Godkin and Dr. Dave Kelton will be presenting "Reducing Antibiotic use at Dry-off - the Pros and Cons" The presentation will give a short summary of the response of dairy producers and veterinarians in the Netherlands in response to a change in regulations that caused a change in antibiotic use permissions (slides courtesy of Dr. Tine van Werven), followed by a short description of the Ontario Antimicrobial Stewardship project.    

Dr. Ann GodkinCeptor Cattle Health and Education Programs

Dr. Ann Godkin is an independent consultant with Ceptor Cattle Health and Education Programs, formerly a Lead Veterinarian Cattle Health with OMAFRA. She is past president of the National Mastitis Council (NMC) and the Ontario Association of Bovine Practitioners (OABP). She currently is the technical advisor and co-ordinator of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Project: Selective Antibiotic Use at Dry-off Time led by DFO and an industry advisory committee including representatives from DFO, Lactanet, OVC, OMAFRA and OABP. The project is funded by DFO and the CAP program.

Dr. Dave KeltonDairy Farmers of Ontario Dairy Cattle Health Research ChairUniversity of Guelph

Dr. David Kelton is a veterinary epidemiologist and the Dairy Farmers of Ontario Dairy Cattle Health Research Chair in the Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. He is a member of Scientific Committee of the Canadian Bovine Mastitis and Milk Quality Research Network and the Canadian Representative to the International Dairy Federation Standing Committee on Animal Health and Welfare. He teaches in the undergraduate, graduate and professional curriculum and is a member of several local, provincial and national working groups dealing with dairy cattle health and animal disease surveillance. His research interests include infectious and metabolic diseases of dairy cattle, including particular interest in Johne’s Disease, bovine mastitis and bovine lameness.

The Vodkow Story, Past Present and Future

Omid McDonald is the founder and CEO of Dairy Distillery, makers of Vodkow, a smooth and creamy vodka made from milk permeate. Omid’s experience making alcohol for drinking suggests there is also potential for making fuel ethanol from surplus milk permeate. Omid will touch on this as he explores ‘The Vodkow Story, Past Present and Future”

Omid McDonaldFounder and CEODairy Distillery

Omid McDonald. Founder/CEO. Omid is an eclectic serial entrepreneur whose past startups range from medical devices to software for DJs. He became enamored with distilling while visiting a micro-distillery in Charleston. It wasn’t long until Omid started making moonshine in his basement with a copper pot still he hand built.

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The Future of Canadian Agriculture

Food security expert Dr. Sylvain Charlebois offers up some food for thought on the future of Canadian agriculture. Charlebois delves into the Canadian Food Guide produced by Health Canada and details the changes to the guide and what it means for rural and urban consumers. He also tackles the current trends that are plant-based protein, the future of single-use plastic and, let’s not forget, the new opportunities edibles will offer.

Dr. Sylvain CharleboisProfessor in Management and AgricultureDalhousie University

Dr. Sylvain Charlebois is a Professor in food distribution and policy in the Faculties of Management and Agriculture at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He is also the Senior Director of the Agri-food Analytics Lab, also located at Dalhousie University. He is as well the former Dean of the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University. Before joining Dalhousie, he was affiliated with the University of Guelph’s Arrell Food Institute, which he co-founded. While at the University of Guelph, he was also the Associate Dean of Research for the College of Business and Economics.

Known as “The Food Professor”, his current research interest lies in the broad area of food distribution, security and safety. He is one of the world's most cited scholars in food supply chain management, food value chains and traceability. He has authored five books on global food systems, his most recent one published in 2017 by Wiley-Blackwell entitled “Food Safety, Risk Intelligence and Benchmarking”. He has also published over 500 peer-reviewed journal articles in several academic publications.

Hot Lunch featuring “Food from our Farms”

Planning for Non-authorized Visitors on the Farm

The panelist for this year’s panel all come from diverse backgrounds.  This panel will discuss how to plan for non-authorized visitors on the farm.  Having a plan can make all the difference if you have non-authorized visitors come on to your farm. By planning ahead, you can talk to your staff and family about your plan to ensure farm safety if this happened on your farm. This panel is facilitated Mike von Massow from the University of Guelph. Follow Mike on Twitter at @mikevonmassow

Kurtis AndrewsFarm and Animal Welfare LawyerKurtis R. Andrews, Barrister & Solicitor

Kurtis Andrews is farm and animal welfare lawyer who focuses his legal practice on issues typically involving farmers and rural residents from across Ontario. Mr. Andrews has a wide range of experience which includes: rural issues, agriculture, animal welfare and constitutional law, and defense work involving provincial and municipal offences. Mr. Andrews is also Vice-chair of the Normal Farm Practices Protection Board and a regular legal columnist for the Ontario Farmer.

Emily den HaanDairy ProducerHaanview Farms/Sheldon Creek Dairy

Haanview Farms is a 70 cow Master Breeder herd located just outside of Alliston, ON. Our family also owns and operates Sheldon Creek Dairy, an on-farm processing/bottling facility. We make whole milk, cultured products and in February 2019 we launched our A2 milk product line. My sister Marianne and her husband Mike manage Sheldon Creek Dairy. In 2013 I graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and a Minor in Applied Music. After working for Pioneer Hybrid and TD bank during my time at Guelph I returned home in the fall of 2013. In December of 2018 we moved from our 50-cow tie stall barn to a robotic milking facility with 2 Lely A4s. In our tie stall barn we hosted annual open houses and would have 3000-4000 attendees tour through the barn. Since opening our new robotic barn we have an average of 3-4 private tours a month and monthly open houses for the general public to come and have a guided tour of the barn. Both my parents are very involved in the dairy industry. My mom, Bonnie den Haan, is on the Board of Directors at DFO and my dad, John den Haan, is the president of the Ontario 4-H Foundation and on the Board of Directors at EastGen.

Sgt. Laura Lee BrownRegional Community Services CoordinatorOntario Provincial Police

Sergeant Laura Lee Brown serves as the Regional Community Services Coordinator at OPP West Region Headquarters.  Her current portfolio covers Community Safety/Media Relations Officer, Community Mobilization Officer and School Resource Officer programs for the 14 counties in West Region.   In addition to the management of these programs, Sgt. Brown is also a member of the West Region OPP Crisis Negotiator team.  She has served as both a municipal and provincial police officer for the past decade.  Her career began in community social services, where she spent 10 years, and states that this has given her a solid appreciation for the importance of community partnerships.  Throughout her career, she has worked on domestic violence committees, elder abuse projects, road safety initiatives, rural partnerships, human trafficking investigations and education, mental health services, suicide prevention, homelessness programs, school programming, diversity education, and numerous other advocacy initiatives.  She believes that safe communities begin and end with partnership, and is always looking to make new connections.

Mike von MassowAssociate ProfessorUniversity of Guelph

Mike joined FARE in the summer of 2016 after a period in the College of Business and Economics. He joined the University of Guelph in 2010 upon completing his PhD. He worked in a variety of operations and marketing roles in the agri-food industry before going back into academic life and beginning his Doctoral studies in pricing strategy. He also spent time working as a management consultant and policy researcher. His industry experience informs both his teaching and his research program. Follow Mike at

Opportunities to Improve Herd Reproductive Performance

Achieving and maintaining a high pregnancy rate in your herd is a challenge.  Evidence from research provides opportunities to consider for implementation in your management program.  This presentation will touch on ways to set cows up for reproductive success in the transition period and optimize use of reproductive management tools including activity monitors and timed insemination programs.

Dr. Stephen LeBlancProfessor in the department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, and Research Program Director – Animal Production SystemsUniversity of Guelph

Stephen LeBlanc is a Professor in the department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, and Research Program Director – Animal Production Systems at the University of Guelph. He received a BSc(Agr) in Animal Science from McGill University in 1992, and a DVM (in 1997) and DVSc (in 2001) from the University of Guelph. After five years of private dairy veterinary practice, he joined the faculty at the University of Guelph where he teaches veterinary and agriculture students and provides clinical farm service. He is past-president of the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council and serves as section editor for the Journal of Dairy Science. His research focuses on transition dairy cow metabolic and reproductive health and management, including field validation of precision technologies. With graduate students and collaborators, this work has resulted in over 140 peer-reviewed papers. He has given invited talks in 20 countries.

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Open microphone sessionaudience response system sponsored by Gay Lea Foods   Submit your Questions under the Discussion Tab on our Website!

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