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Finalists chosen for Canadian Cattle Young Leaders mentorship program

Roughly 16 people from across Canada are getting the chance to take part in a unique opportunity to advance their skills in the beef industry.

The Canadian Cattle Young Leaders (CYL) Program, a national youth initiative of the Canadian Cattle Association (CCA), has announced its finalists for the 2023/24 year.

They were chosen after taking part in roundtables where they were asked to share their thoughts on environmental sustainability, innovation and technology, succession planning, leadership, and more.

Each will now get to take part in a nine-month mentorship program with a hand-picked industry leader. They’ll also receive $2,000 to help with travel.

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Ontario Swine Research Centre Grand Opening | Ontario Pork News

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After six years of intense planning, collaboration, consulting and construction, the new Ontario Swine Research Centre is officially open. On August 24, 2023, pork producers and their children joined University of Guelph researchers and Government officials for a tour of the facility. The grand opening saw more than 800 guests attend. This long-awaited unveiling of the state-of-the-art facility was a proud moment for Ontario’s pork industry.

The 68,000 square foot facility is equipped with the latest in agriculture technology. This includes advanced loose sow housing and automatic feeding systems. The feeding system is connected to radio frequency identification (RFID) ear tags, so researchers will be able to monitor and control the precise amount and type of blended feed mixture that each pig is eating. This valuable nutrition research data will benefit all producers.

The new facility is the result of a collaborative investment from the Government of Ontario, the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO) the Ontario’s pork industry, and the University of Guelph.