Ontario’s agriculture community has a lot to look forward to with the launch of the Canadian Poultry XPO scheduled for fall of 2020, and the next Canadian Dairy XPO set for April 1-2, 2020. Last year’s attendance surpassed 16,000 people.
“I think the most rewarding part is the quality of the audience coming. They’re actually dairy farmers – they’re active dairy farmers,” says the XPO’s Jordon Underhill, adding about 70 per cent come from within the province, and half of the attendees are under the age of 35.
Attendees for 2020 can look forward to seeing a new milking robot on the market, self-loading total mixed ration (TMR) mixers, self-propelled balers, and more automation and robotics around parlours.
“There’s always something new coming on, and we love to showcase that.”
Producer panels will feature discussions on genomics, cow families, classifying cows, and more. And back by popular demand, the ‘Education Classroom’ will feature CowSignals’ Joep Driessen.
Also coming in 2020 to Stratford, Ont., is the launch of the Canadian Poultry XPO in November.
According to Underhill, the event will be set up similarly to the dairy event. Underhill says that there are many parallels between the dairy and poultry industry in that it also uses specialized equipment and is very vertically integrated.
“And then there’s a really interesting crossover from dairy as well, in that we’ve been surveying dairy producers coming to the Dairy XPO and 18 per cent currently have poultry quota,” he says.
The crossover is often as a means to diversify, or a way to evolve a succession plan.
Although the inaugural Poultry XPO is over a year away, enthusiasm is already building.
“The momentum feels very similar to the start up of the Dairy XPO,” says Underhill, “and the excitement and need in the marketplace.”