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IPIC, ISU Extension and Outreach and Iowa Pork Producers Association are partnering to offer free Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) and Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) certification sessions for Iowa pork producers this summer. The sessions are scheduled for each of the IPPA districts throughout the state, and run from June 8 at the World Pork Expo in Des Moines to August 25 in Charles City. See details and preregistration info.
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.
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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