Welcome to OLPC

The Ontario Livestock and Poultry Council (OLPC) was formed in January 2005. Located in Elmira, Ontario, the OLPC is dedicated to helping the livestock and poultry industries improve their ability to respond to an emergency animal disease outbreak.

To date, there are 21 member organizations, four associate members and six ex-offico members of OLPC including livestock and poultry groups, farm service, feed, processing and veterinary organizations.

The Council is industry funded and provides a forum for the livestock and poultry industries to come together to develop strategies to deal with important animal health problems.


OLPC Achievements

Success with Lobbying for Office of the Chief Veterinarian:  On April 11, 2005, the Government of Ontario announced the establishment of the Office of the Chief Veterinarian of Ontario (CVO) and the consolidation of responsibility for food safety in Ontario into one division within the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. This announcement marked a milestone in the OLPC’s initial mandate which was to lobby government for this office. 

Animal Health Act, 2009:  Another of OLPC’s initial mandates was to advocate for a provincial Animal Health Act.  This came into effect in 2009. OLPC continues to monitor and support the Animal Health Act and the office of the Chief Veterinarian of Ontario.

On-going Advocacy of Financial Support for Animal Health Lab:  OLPC continues to encourage adequate funding for the Animal Health Laboratory.

Agricultural Response Materials Management Inc.: OLPC was a partner on this project which established an inventory of emergency response equipment and materials to ensure that, in the event of a disease threat or emergency, farmers and farm workers have access to an adequate supply of personal protective equipment.

Newsletter: First developed in 2007, the quarterly newsletter is a means of updating members, government representatives and other industry stakeholders on the activities of OLPC and animal health topics in general.

Biosecurity Checklists, Article and Presentation:  OLPC developed a checklist of low or no cost practices farmers could easily implement to improve biosecurity.

On-Farm Biosecurity Survey:  During 2009 and 2010, OLPC coordinated an on-farm biosecurity survey.  We received 72 dairy surveys, 46 beef, 14 veal, 36 goat and 88 sheep. The results of the survey were provided to the individual associations to help them benchmark the level of biosecurity currently in place on farm for their commodity and assess what resources their members require in order to heighten their level of protection.

On-Farm Carcass Disposal in EFP Workbook: The OLPC had a representative participate in writing revisions to the Environmental Farm Plan workbook.  A section was added to assist farmers in assessing whether they have a suitable land base (soil type, proximity to water, etc.) to be able to dispose of carcasses on site.  If not, then developing a plan for the removal and disposal of high numbers of mortalities would become part of their contingency plan.

Mass Carcass Disposal Project:  This project focused on using pilot project materials produced by Alberta Agriculture and CFIA in 2008 as a model from which to develop an Ontario Emergency Carcass Disposal Planning Guide and Workbook for municipalities. 

On-Farm Biosecurity Resources:  The OLPC, with funding support provided by OMAFRA, developed some generic biosecurity materials for producers to use when considering and applying biosecurity practices on farm.  Copies of these materials can be viewed on or downloaded from our website www.ontlpc.ca

Biosecurity Workshop Project: OLPC developed resources to be used in farmer biosecurity workshops under Growing Forward 2 and Canadian Agricultural Partnership developed.  Biosecurity workshop content is available in English and French for beef, sheep, goats, poultry, dairy, mink, bees, and generic livestock and generic crops programs. All of the biosecurity workshop documents are now available on the OLPC website (www.ontlpc.ca) under a tab entitled “Workshops.”

Biosecurity Practices for Farm Visitors from Other Countries:  OLPC wrote a communication piece targeting tour organizers and farm hosts for foreign visitors to farms.

Biosecurity and Emergency Response Sessions:  OLPC has coordinated and/or participated in nine biosecurity and emergency response sessions for commodity groups and municipalities. 

Networking:  One of the most valuable but overlooked achievements of the OLPC is the general networking, information sharing, collaboration and education regarding issues affecting animal health and disease prevention provided to producers, industry partners and government representatives who participate in OLPC general meetings. 

Disease Alerts:  OLPC continues to send out disease alerts and media articles on animal health topics

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