IN THE NEWS
ISU's Block and Bridle Club is building on the success of its initial "Animal Learning Day" with even more opportunities for people of all ages this year. The 2016 event returns to the Hansen Ag Student Learning Center in Ames.
ISU animal science professor Jack Dekkers writes in National Hog Farmer about the potential of genetic selection for disease resistance. He says that developing pigs with resistance to all major diseases most likely isn't possible, current work on PRRS-resistant pigs is promising and this and related work should be continued.
IPIC is helping to meet the demand for PQA Plus 3.0 advisors by offering seven certification sessions this spring and early summer. Because the content of this revised program from National Pork Board has changed significantly, ISU Extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher says currently certified advisors need to successfully complete the new training. Potential new advisors are invited to apply, too.
Iowa Public Television's Market to Market Show has posted this ~7 min. video, "Livestock Antibiotic Rules Changes to Shift Producer Habits" featuring ISU Extension Swine Veterinarian Chris Rademacher. The script of the video also is at that link. Rademacher was interviewed during the 2016 Iowa Pork Congress.
IPIC, ISU extension swine program specialists and IPPA are partnering to present a series of free training and preparation sessions for Iowa producers to learn about the Common Swine Industry Audit (also known as CSIA.) Attendees will go through steps of the audit, recognize and evaluate areas for improvement, and customize standard operating procedures (SOPs) to get ready for the audit process on their farms. They’ll receive customizable audit materials for their farms, including a binder and flash drive, provided by the program sponsors. Sessions are limited to 15, so preregister to ensure your space at your desired location and date. See more info and preregistration details.
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