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2013: December November October September August July June May April March February January

 

December 2013

For nearly 50 years, the swine teaching farm at Iowa State University has been helping students learn about pork production. The farm was built to provide pigs for the students taking classes at Iowa State as a tool for their education and that continues to play a big role today, according to farm manager Jacob Myers. 12/20/13

 

Iowa State University’s Dining Services department was a forerunner of the “buy local” approach, purchasing and serving locally grown food products since 2006. Jamie Lenz, assistant director for food stores and vending with ISU Dining, said the Farm to ISU program features products from growers and producers from around the state, including the ISU Meat Lab. 12/20/13

 

CSIF's annual Farming for the Future: Emerging Opportunities in Livestock Production conference is set for Jan. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Iowa State University in Ames. Preregistration is required, and is free of charge through Monday, Jan. 13 by calling 800-932-2436. See the agenda on the CSIF website. 12/4/13

 

November 2013

IPIC is helping bring two education-packed programs to northwest Iowa. The Advance Reproduction Conference on Dec. 3  will be in Sheldon and the "Growing your livestock farm" workshop on Dec. 6 will be in Cherokee. See more information for the Sheldon event and the Cherokee event. 11/27/13

 

October 2013

Interested in being certified as a Pork Quality Assurance Plus Advisor? IPIC is offering an initial certification session on Nov. 26 in Kildee Hall. Read more about required qualifications and how to apply. 10/22/13

 

See the list of 2013 Pork Month Story ideas from Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University. 10/7/13

 

September 2013

To help reduce risk of PEDV-infected manure, ISU, IPIC, NPB and AASV have worked together to create a set of biosecurity guidelines for pork producers, commercial and other manure haulers, and land application. Read more in this NPB news release. 9/13/13

 

ISU researchers develop PEDV anitbody test. Kyoung-Jin Yoon and John Johnson from VDPAM developed the test for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus, the first available to the U.S. that shows whether a pig has had the disease and whether it's shedding the virus. Read more about this screening, available through the ISU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for $5.50 per sample. 9/12/13

 

August 2013

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV)is a coronavirus related to transmissible gastroenteritis virus (TGEV) that was first diagnosed more than 40 years ago in Great Britain. SInce then there have been sporadic outbreaks in Europe and it has become an endemic pig disease in Asia since 1982. PEDV affects only pigs and there are no other known hosts. It also poses no known public health threat. IPIC director Rodney "Butch " Baker said the primary clinical sign is severe diarrhea, which can cause high mortality rates in very young pigs.Veterinarians should contact the veterinary diagnostic laboratory for information on what samples are preferred, and Baker said Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is well prepared to diagnose PEDV and other pathogens that may mimic PEDV. More information on biosecurity and other facts about this virus and its potential impact is on this IPIC fact sheet. Links to additional sources of information on the IPIC website under Disease--Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus. 8/16/13

 

Swine health management programs set for four Iowa locations. IPIC, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and IPPA are offering free sessions focusing on PEDV, PPRS, residue and inspections, and financial implications of short corn supply and future hogs demand. No preregistration necessary. Dates, locations and times are: Aug. 26, Sheldon, 1 to 4 p.m.; Aug. 28, Carroll, 1 to 4 p.m.; Aug. 30, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and Sept. 3, 1 to 4 p.m. More program information available on the IPPA website.

 

July 2013

Livestock field day features pigs, cattle and yurts. The Aug. 15 event at the ISU Allee Farm near Newell includes includes information on piglet comfort using yurt housing, Berkshire performance testing in bedded hoop buildings and finishing choice bef on grass. See the Leopold Center news release, which includes biosecurity precautions for those attending. (7/23/13)

 

To meet continuing demand and the Aug. 31 deadline for advisor recertification under the newly revised Pork Quality Assurance Plus® program, Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) at Iowa State University has added a session on Aug. 29 in Ames. (7/22/13)


Genomic Selection and Baseline Niche Production Records spreadsheets are available at no cost. Register for your free download of the Genomic Selection file Get your copy of the Baseline Niche Production Records sheet here, Enter your numbers, then email the closeouts to Matt Swantek or your ISU Extension and Outreach swine Program specialist for compilation into the ISU Niche Production Database. Receive a summarization of your annual production for reporting purposes upon request. (7/3/13)

 

June 2013

There's still time to register for the 2013 Iowa Swine Day, set for June 27. See the conference website for print and online registration options. (6/17/13)

 

May 2013

With the advent of county fair swine shows in Iowa just a few weeks away, there are specific preparation steps that exhibitors and fair attendees can follow to decrease health risks for animals and people at these events, according to ISU Extension swine veterinarian James McKean. Also, on the Iowa 4-H website see these documents for specific groups associated with swine shows. Links for exhibitors, fair board members and public health administrators under "Swine Show Health Info" (5/21/13)

 

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) has been diagnosed in Iowa.

PEDV is a coronavirus related to transmissible gastroenteritis virus (TGEV) that was first diagnosed more than 40 years ago in Great Britain. SInce then there have been sporadic outbreaks in Europe and it has become an endemic pig disease in Asia since 1982. PEDV affects only pigs and there are no other known hosts. It also poses no known public health threat.

 

Iowa Pork Industry Center director Rodney "Butch " Baker said the primary clinical sign is severe diarrhea, which can cause high mortality rates in very young pigs.

 

"The incubation period is very short -- 12 to 24 hours -- and the virus is shed for seven to 10 days," he said. "Treatment is similar to that for other viral enteric diseases with clean, dry, draft free environment and high quality drinking water."


Veterinarians should contact the veterinary diagnostic laboratory for information on what samples are preferred, and Baker said Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is well prepared to diagnose PEDV and other pathogens that may mimic PEDV.

 

More information on biosecurity and other facts about this virus and its potential impact is on this IPIC fact sheet. Links to additional sources of information on the IPIC website under Disease--Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus. 5/21/13

 

Golf registrations are coming in for the 2013 Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open, and Iowa State University animal science professor John Mabry reminded people of this year’s earlier date of June 26. (5/9/13)

 

April 2013

With the advent of county fair swine shows in Iowa just a few weeks away, there are specific preparation steps that exhibitors and fair attendees can follow to decrease health risks for animals and people at these events, according to ISU Extension swine veterinarian James McKean. 4/29/13

 

Iowa Pork Industry Center will offer PQA Plus® 2.0 Advisor Certification sessions beginning in late May. See requirements and restrictions on session size, cost and attendance requirements. 4/15/13

 

The Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open has some changes for its 2013 occasion, beginning with an earlier date. This year’s tournament is set for Wednesday, June 26 at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames, the day before Iowa State’s annual Iowa Swine Day. 4/15/13

 

A new Genomic Selection spreadsheet that can help producers and seedstock suppliers make better decisions based on genomic choices is now available from the Iowa Pork Industry Center. Learn more. 4/5/13

 

The new Genomic Selection spreadsheet from IPIC can help you make better economic and breeding herd decisions regarding implementation of genomic selection. Register for your free download. 4/5/13

 

When Iowa State University animal science professor Ken Stalder received word that he was the 2012 recipient of the National Swine Improvement Federation’s Charles Stanislaw Memorial Distinguished Service Award, it was a moment to remember. 4/3/13

 

March 2013

Iowa State University student Nick Boddicker recognized by the National Swine Improvement Federation (NSIF) with its 2012 Lauren L. Christian Memorial Graduate Student Award. 3/28/13


Building on its successful return to Iowa State University last year, the 2013 version of Iowa Swine Day has a new format and plenty of information for pork industry members. Professor of animal science John Patience said the registration for the Thursday, June 27 event is now open. 3/28/13

 

Baseline Niche Production Records spreadsheet (Excel template) is an easy one-page method for producers to get baseline performance numbers. You'll need to enable macros to access the spreadsheet. Enter your numbers, then email the closeouts to Matt Swantek or your ISU Extension and Outreach swine Program specialist for compilation into the ISU Niche Production Database. Receive a summarization of your annual production for reporting purposes upon request. 3/7/13

 

February 2013

Pork producers in northwest Iowa are invited to attend a free one-day swine production seminar on Tuesday, March 12 in Spirit Lake. The program is sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, University of Minnesota Extension and Hubbard Feeds. Learn more. 2/22/13

 

*Weather related announcement* (2/21/13)

Tama County Confinement Site Manure Applicator Certification Meeting scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. in Toledo has been postponed. Livestock producers should contact the Tama County Extension Office at 641-484-2703 to determine the new date and time for the meeting.


Free webinar series on sow housing options coming from National Pork Board and professionals from academics and industry. This 8-part series runs on four consecutive weeks, on Tuesday and Thursday of each week, beginning Tuesday, March 26. All sessions run for 45 minutes, starting at 1 p.m. Central Time. ISU's Ken Stalder and Jay Harmon six other experts in presenting topics ranging from forming sow groups to genetic considerations to economics of conversion. Learn more about the series, speakers, topics and registration. 2/18/13

 

January 2013

Iowa pork producers are invited to learn more about herd health and disease diagnostics, get livestock and grain economic outlooks, and hear about changing feed and diet options at the 2013 Iowa Pork Regional Conferences scheduled for late February. 1/30/13

 

Don't let your PQA Plus certification expire. Check the list of ISU Extension and Outreach specialist-led trainings and contact your specialist about future dates. 1/30/13


 

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