Farmers’ Week returns for 57th consecutive year

Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week returns for its 57th consecutive year in 2023! This annual conference and trade show will be held in-person at the Elmwood Community Centre, or can be live-streamed from, between January 4th and 10th 2023.

The Week (GBFW) has been a main stay for the agricultural industry in Grey County since 1966. While featured commodities have changed as agricultural focus evolves, the mandate of the week is to educate farmers and agribusiness.

The conference started yesterday (Jan. 4) with Beef Day, followed by Dairy, Goat, Sheep, Horse, Ecological and Crops Day. It is a seven-day Agricultural Conference packed with a most impressive and informative line-up of speakers and single day attendance is available.

Beef Day – Wednesday January 4th 2023
Dairy Day – Thursday January 5th 2023
Goat Day – Friday January 6th 2023
Sheep Day – Saturday January 7th 2023
Horse Day – Sunday January 8th 2023
Ecological Day – Monday January 9th 2023
Crops Day – Tuesday January 10th 2023

The coordinators for the event, Grey County Ag Services, in conjunction with agricultural commodity leaders from Grey and Bruce Counties, look forward to seeing producers, agribusiness professionals, and industry experts gather together after two years of only hosting the conference virtually. They anticipate a stellar event with strong support from sponsors and exhibitors, as well as lots of enthusiasm from the audience.

Not to be forgotten, the return of the in-person event also brings the return of the excellent hot roast beef meal! Goat and lamb will be served on their respective days, and pies will line dessert tables once more. Networking is always better when done over dinner!

New this year: whether audience members purchase tickets for live-streaming or in-person attendance, all will be given access to conference recordings for a thirty-day span 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 21 ‘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 21 presentations are included with tickets purchased for any day of the week. This roughly triples the content available to the GBFW audience.

Many speakers fill out the schedules for each day, 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, Out-wintering Sheep, My Must Haves for Horse Management, All About Cover Crops, and The Fourth Crop – Winter Canola, Winter Barley and Edible Beans.

Live-streaming tickets must be pre-purchased online and 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 Price (online required for live-streaming, recommended for in person attendance): All days, in person or live-streamed: $50/day [Includes HST] or $120 for 3 days.  Live-streamers can purchase the content for the whole week for $180.