See the list of 2014 Pork Month Story ideas from Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach swine program specialist Terry Steinhart received the Distinguished Service Award, one of the highest honors available to members of the National Association of County Agriculture Agents at the organization's annual meeting this summer.
USDA grants conditional license for PEDv vaccine to Zoetis Inc. The two-dose vaccine is for healthy pregnancy sows and gilts, and should be available later this month. Read more in this Pork Network release. See the specific vaccine details on the Zoetis Inc. website.
Jay Harmon has been named the interim director for IPIC. Harmon is professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and an extension livestock housing specialist, and brings expertise in pork production systems to his new role. Read more.
High heat and humidity caution
As the temperature and humidity level rise outside, producer need to address animal comfort indoors. Iowa Pork Industry Center interim director Jay Harmon said it’s the combination of air movement and wetting that help pigs. Wetting pigs is imperative because pigs don’t truly sweat like humans so. Wetting pits is like giving them some artificial sweat. See more information and links to online resources.