Registration open for 57th Grey Bruce Farmers Week

Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week (GBFW) is offering both an in-person and online learning experience for farmers in 2023.

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The annual conference and tradeshow is a 7-day event packed with an informative line-up of speakers. It will be held in-person at the Elmwood Community Centre, or can be livestreamed, between Jan. 4-10, 2023.

The conference starts with Beef Day, followed by Dairy, Goat, Sheep, Horse, Ecological and Crops Day.

Grey County Ag Services, in conjunction with agricultural commodity leaders from Grey and Bruce counties, coordinate the event and said in a release they “look forward to seeing producers, agribusiness professionals, and industry experts gather together after two years of airing the conference virtually.”

New this year: whether audience members purchase tickets for livestreaming or in-person attendance, all will be given access to conference recordings for thirty days post-event. Producers can make use of this ‘Encore Access’ in order to catch up on pieces that they may have missed, or to recap information that they found especially useful.

In addition to Encore Access for the live presentations, audience members will also find available twenty-one ‘On Demand’ presentations. These are pre-recorded and available for watching on the attendee’s own time, from home. Topics covered are broad, and access to all twenty-one presentations are included with tickets purchases for any day of the week. This roughly triples the content available to the GBFW audience.

Keynote speakers include:

  • On Beef Day, Dr. Jordan Thomas, Cow-Calf Specialist from the University of Missouri, will deliver The ‘Silent Killer’ of Cow-Calf Profitability
  • On Dairy Day, Mike Hutjens, Ph.D., Professor of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana, will present Strategies with High Feed Prices
  • On Goat and Sheep Days, Dr. Robert Van Saun, Professor and Extension Veterinarian from Pennsylvania State University, will share Understanding Colostrum Quality and Passive Transfer and Pregnancy Toxemia and Milk Fever in Goats & Sheep
  • On Horse Day, Dr. Wendy Pearson, Associate Professor – Equine Physiology from the University of Guelph, will delve into Leaky Gut Syndrome in Horses
  • On Ecological Day, Dr. Vicky Levesque, Research Scientist – Soil Health, with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, will explore, Biochar: Ancient “Black Gold” Amendment Method May Improve Agricultural Soil Health of Today
  • On Crops Day: Andrew Pritchard, Senior Meteorologist for Nutrien Ag Solutions, will dig into, Disruptive Weather Patterns in Production Agriculture & Weather Outlook

Each day will feature many more speakers as well as panel discussions covering (by order of the day they appear) ROI on Grazing Cover Crops, Robotic Milking Systems: Past, Present and Future, Culling Tips for Goat Farms, Outwintering Sheep, My Must Haves for Horse Management, All About Cover Crops, and The Fourth Crop – Winter Canola, Winter Barley and Edible Beans.

Livestreaming tickets must be pre-purchased online. It is recommended that attendees purchase in-person tickets online as well. For those unable to do so, cash, cheque and debit will be accepted at the door.

Registration pricing:   

All days, in person or livestreamed: $50/day includes HST or $120 for three days.

Livestreamers can purchase the content for the whole week for $180.

Registration includes access to conference content during the 30-day encore access. All attendees can also view 21 bonus presentations following the event.

In person attendance includes hot roast beef dinner. Goat and lamb are also served on those respective days.

More information about Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week’s program or tickets is available at, or contact the organizers directly i[email protected] or calling 519-986-3756.