IN THE NEWS
USDA-NASS quarterly U.S.. Hogs and Pigs report shows inventory is up 9 percent from a year ago. As of June 1, there were 66.9 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up 9 percent from June 2014, and up slightly from March 1, 2015. Between March and May this year, producers weaned a record high average of 10.37 pigs per litter. And, Iowa continues to have the largest inventory by state at 21.0 million. See the report.
Our condolences to Mike Brumm and his family on the death of his wife Janet this past Sunday. Many in the swine world know Mike -- former swine specialist and professor at the University of Nebraska and owner of Brumm Swine Consultancy, Inc. in North Mankato, Minn. since 2006. IPIC sends heartfelt thoughts and warm wishes to the family for wonderful memories in the coming days. Mike's thoughts in his newest "Brumm Speaks Out" blog post.
IPIC, IPPA and ISUEO swine field specialists are partnering to offer free training sessions to help Iowa pork producers prepare for a Common Swine Industry Audit (CSIA). Attendees will walk through steps of the common audit, evaluate areas for improvement on their farms and customize Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be best prepared for the audit process. Attendees also will be provided a binder and flash drive, including customizable audit materials for their farms. Limit of 15 per session, so please preregister to ensure your spot.
How does a person who grew up in small Iowa towns, graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in forestry, and worked with the U.S. Forest Service in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest doing wildland firefighting become the university’s swine farms manager? Just ask Jeff Hartwig, who’s been in that position since October, about the unique perspective he brings to the job.
IPIC, IPPA and ISU Extension and Outreach are offering a series of free PQAPlus and TQA training sessions throughout the state this summer. Those interested in attending any session should preregister by calling IPPA at 515-225-7675 or emailing email@example.com. See the list of locations, dates and times on the IPPA website.
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