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Welcome to the Iowa Pork Industry Center website where you can find news, events and resources to assist producers and others in the industry. We also offer links to research, educational opportunities, technology and software to help members of today's pork industry adapt and thrive. Our mission is to promote and enable efficient pork production through disseminating decision-impacting information to producers. Faculty and staff at Iowa State who work in swine-related areas are dedicated to improving pork production efficiency through innovative research and distribution of new knowledge to pork producers. At IPIC we help foster industry engagement and develop and distribute key programming to enable technology adoption and improve industry practices to positively influence pork production.

In the News

The recent spread of African Swine Fever in China has elevated the importance of biosecurity measures in reducing the risk of a domestic or foreign animal disease entering farms. Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University Extension swine specialists have developed a no-cost workshop “Biosecurity Best Practices for Pork Producers” that uses a variety of methods to help attendees learn about, develop and prioritize biosecurity practices.

Attention undergrads majoring in animal science or related fields and veterinary students with swine or large animal focus: IPIC is offering a paid swine research internship during summer 2019 and is seeking qualified, motivated students with a strong interest in pursuing a career in the swine industry. The full-time position will provide opportunities in research, experimental design, networking and more. Application deadline is Nov. 30 so download the one-page information sheet and start the process soon.

Planning to apply manure soon? The Iowa DNR reminds all applicators to be aware of saturated soil, high running streams and ponded fields, any of which can affect timing and location. This DNR news release offers tips on making appropriate choices for your needs.

This ISU Extension hydrogen sulfide safety series are quick reads of vital information.

map of outbreak of ASF in ChinaAfrican Swine Fever is a serious, highly contagious, viral disease. It can spread rapidly in pig populations by direct or indirect contact, and can persist for long periods in uncooked pig products, facilitating its introduction into new areas. Multiple outbreaks have been identified in China and other countries. Our ASF page has more info.

Healthy and productive sows help ensure profitable and efficient herds. In turn, maintaining this type of herd assists in providing financial stability to producers and the industry in general. So, when the sow mortality rate due to pelvic organ prolapse started to increase throughout the industry with no apparent defined reasons, that’s cause for concern. That’s why Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University is leading an industry wide research effort on identifying specific factors leading to pelvic organ prolapses contributing to the higher mortality rate.