***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.
All Iowa pork producers are invited to attend one of five educational programs this summer, cosponsored by IPIC and IPPA. The focus is environment and swine health information, to be presented by Eldon McAfee and Butch Baker. All will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and are free to those who preregister. See the list of dates and locations and preregistration details on the IPPA website.
IPIC and ISUEO swine program specialist Terry Steinhart to be honored by National Association of County Agricultural Agents this summer. He'll receive the Distinguished Service Award during the organization's annual meeting this month in Mobile, Alabama.
ISU extension swine program specialists have prepared two two-page fact sheets on PEDV considerations for those who exhibit swine at county fairs, and those who work with those young people. Go to the 4-H Q&A page to see information on biosecurity, standard operating procedures, and plans for preparing for county fair show.