First Annual Dairy Congress comes to London

Posted Date: 
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Dairy Farmers from across the region are in London this week to attend the Western Fair District’s latest agricultural event, the London Dairy Congress presented by Farm Credit Canada. The new innovative agri-show takes place February 4th and 5th in the Metroland Media Agriplex.

The show brings together leaders in the industry and will showcase industry trends, new technology, robotics and interactive educational seminars. From 8am – 10am attendees will enjoy a free breakfast to start their day before taking in the show’s 150+ exhibitors and educational offerings.

The show offers an opportunity for prospective dairy farmers and experts to get their feet wet and expand their knowledge of the industry. A Junior Dairy component will provide experience for young dairy enthusiasts, encouraging future milk industry producers, and all 4H members can access the show free-of-charge by presenting their 4H identification.

The Dairy Congress will showcase an extensive display of milking industry machinery and equipment to bring the latest in innovation to all attendees. Virtual farm tours will be a feature of the event, providing an opportunity for guests to relax, listen and learn from their producing peers.  Virtual tour commentators will discuss how they run their operation, what works for them and what they are doing to make their operations run more efficiently.  Producers will cover everything from health, feed, and automation.  The producer tours run for approximately 30 – 40 minutes and include a pictorial presentation of their operation with a question period at the end.

Dairy Congress “university” gives attendees an opportunity for hands-on education with industry experts. Vic Daniels, hoof care specialist of Vic’s Customer Clips will give a live demonstration on cow hoof evaluation and trimming. Dr. Reg Clinton, technician with ProVitro IVF Services, will offer a session on artificial insemination. A.I. participants will take away a much fuller understanding of the reproductive cycle of the cow. Dr. Katherine Found, veterinarian with Kirkton Veterinarian Clinic will focus of calf welfare and provide participants the opportunity to practice essential skills necessary for excellent calf rearing.

Cheron Chamberlain, Agriculture Manager at the Western Fair District emphasizes the industry’s interest in the first year show and the Western Fair District’s excitement to add to their agricultural show portfolio. “We are excited to continue to support the on-going development of the agricultural industry with the first annual Dairy Congress. We are encouraged and excited by the overwhelming interest and support from the industry in the show, the clinics and the exhibitors.”

Show Hours:

Thursday, February 4: 9AM - 4PM
Friday, February 5: 9AM - 4PM

For More Information:

Heather Blackwell
(519) 438-7203, EX 261
hblackwell@westernfairdistrict.com