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Corn is a major ingredient in swine diets (ranging from 70 to 88% on a weight basis), which makes corn the primary energy source for most swine rations. The quality of the corn in these rations can impact animal performance and other management considerations. A new publication from Iowa Pork Industry Center, Corn Quality – Concerns When Grain Does Not Reach Maturity, offers preharvest, harvest and postharvest considerations, according to author Mark Storlie who is an Iowa State extension swine specialist.

Industry and academic swine nutritionists will gather on the Iowa State University campus on August 11 and 12, 2021, for the International Conference on Swine Nutrition. This conference is organized in part to thank the pork industry for its strong support of the Applied Swine Nutrition program in the Department of Animal Science.

Composting has long been an option for livestock mortality disposal. Although composting has not been standard operating procedure on many farms due to other established processes, some new or potential situation changes have led to renewed interest in composting. A new publication from Iowa Pork Industry Center can help provide the information you need, according to Dave Stender, one of the authors.

The International Conference on Pig Survivability is planned for Oct. 27-28, in Omaha, Nebraska, at the Hilton Omaha. The conference objective is to facilitate the discussion and dissemination of the most current information relative to sow, litter, weaned pig and grow-finish mortality. Speakers and topics are confirmed and registration is open.

After several U.S. processors announced last year they would process only pigs that are free of ractopamine, Locke Karriker and Chris Rademacher of ISU's VDPAM developed an FAQ document to address concerns and offer relevant information. The info is intended for pork producers, swine exhibition participants, feed manufacturers and veterinarians, and the document will be updated as new questions arise.

Also in 2020, a document from Jodi Sterle of ISU's animal science department incorporated available ractopamine information into the decision-making process for management of market hog exhibitions, fairs and shows, by providing options for considerations. The document offers information, options and explanations, yet cautions that every situation is unique and each show, fair and exhibition must make the decision that works for their circumstances.

Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University has scheduled a series of virtual certification sessions for PQA Plus Advisors in 2021, and applications are now being accepted for all of them. Iowa State extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher will teach the sessions, set for August 13, October 8 and December 10.

Covid-19 what you need to know

Animal growth resources: Due to unique circumstances that have disrupted the flow of market hogs to packing plants for harvest, the IPIC team hosted a webinar to discuss nutritional strategies to alter market hog growth on April 21, 2020. Updated information from university and commercial research projects was presented during a second webinar on May 28, 2020. Click on the below videos if you missed them or would like to watch them again. Also, we have developed additional supportive resources (below the video) that were referenced in the first webinar that can be downloaded. As these documents are updated, the link will remain the same. Sign up for regular email updates.


Dealing with stress: Serious financial and other stresses continue to impact and affect those in our agricultural community. Here are links to some resources to help deal with a variety of stress concerns and grief.
The Iowa Concern Hotline is always available at 800-447-1985, and at

foreign animal disease preparation

What is the risk of an FAD, like African Swine Fever, to the U.S. swine industry? How would the U.S. respond to an FAD outbreak? Learn more about Secure Pork Supply assistance and workshops.

We've put together a compilation of information, steps to take on your farm, and resources to help you get started in preparing and protecting your farm from FADs. Check out our online FAD Preparation Guide here.

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