2016 NEWS AND RELEASES/ NEWS NOW
IPIC has added one more Pork Quality Assurance Plus 3.0 advisor certification session on Aug. 26 in Ames to help meet industry need. All current PQA Plus advisor certifications -- those done under the former 2.0 program -- will expire Aug. 31. Those interested in recertifying or becoming certified for the first time are invited to read about the requirements and submit their application soon to ensure adequate time for approval and payment before the maximum participant limit of 60 is reached.
- More Seneca Valley Virus (Senecavirus A) cases recently found at two Iowa slaughter plants. (7-19-16) Over the past 10 days, 10 cases of vesicular disease have been discovered at two Iowa slaughter plants and seven of these tested positive for Senecavirus A. There were no reports of seeing clinical lesions when the market pigs were loaded; lesions and/or lameness were discovered during the ante-mortem inspection by the USDA FSIS veterinarian. State of Iowa and ISU veterinarians urge all those involved with load-out of pigs to market look for specific clinical signs. This one-page info sheet lists the clinical signs and has photos illustrating the signs. Contact Iowa's state veterinarian Dave Schmitt at 515-281-8601 or assistant director of APHIS Kevin Petersburg (515-284-4140) in the event of such discovery.
- The fifth annual Iowa Swine Day event at ISU drew nearly 500 attendees. Presentations from the beginning of the June 30 event's plenary session to the end of the afternoon's concurrent sessions are available on our website.
- ISU's Block and Bridle Club is building on the success of its initial "Animal Learning Day" with even more opportunities for people of all ages this year. The 2016 event returns to the Hansen Ag Student Learning Center in Ames.
- 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.
- Registrations for two valuable distance education programs for specific segments of the pork industry are now open. SowBridge is for people who work with boars, sows and their litters and PorkBridge is for those affiliated with grow-finish facilities. The programs begin their eighth and 10th years respectively February 2016 with no price increase. Registration deadline is Jan. 10, 2016.
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- Vol. 16, no. 6 (July 18, 2016)
- Vol. 16, no. 5 (July 5, 2016)
- Vol. 16, no. 4 (June 20, 2016)
- Vol. 16, no. 3 (June 6, 2016)
- Vol. 16, no. 2 (May 23, 2016)
- Vol. 16, no. 1 (May 9, 2016)
- Vol. 15, no. 24 (April 25, 2016)
- Vol. 15, no. 23 (April 11, 2016)
- Vol. 15, no. 22 (March 28, 2016)
- Vol. 15, no. 21 (March 14, 2016)
- Vol. 15, no. 20 (February 29, 2016)
- Vol. 15, no. 19 (February 15, 2016)
- Vol. 15, no. 18 (February 1, 2016)
- Vol. 15, no. 17 (January 18, 2016)
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