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- Check out the new resource on our VFD page: Prescriptions and Licensing FAQ from Iowa Board of Pharmacy. While this piece addresses questions from both wholesale/distributor and veterinarian perspectives, it's helpful for anyone wanting more information.
- Expected hog returns have strengthened notably in recent weeks. Read more about the welcome development of returns showing profit in this piece by ISU Extension livestock economist Dr. Lee Schulz.
- The 2017 Iowa Pork Regional Conferences will feature heath and safety, for pigs and people. IPPA, IPIC and Iowa State Extension and Outreach partner to provide these sessions, set for Feb. 20-22, and 24, all running from 1 to 4:30 p.m at four Iowa locations. Iowa State faculty and staff will present information on PEDV, PRRS and Senecavirus A; market outlook; barn safety; and antibiotic stewardship. Producers also can attend free PQA Plus certification sessions from 9:30 a.m. to noon at each session location. Preregister and attend free or pay $5 at the door for the afternoon sessions. See more info, including preregistration details, on the IPPA website.
- Iowa Pork Industry Center is partnering with Purdue University on a survey to evaluate the use of current reproductive technologies and barriers to adopting additional technologies in commercial sow farms across the United States. We are asking for sow farms to participate in this anonymous online survey to assess reproductive technologies in today’s operations. The survey should take no more than 15 minutes and all responses are anonymous. Please note you must be at least 18 years of age to participate. Results will be shared by Purdue with Extension programs across the U.S. including IPIC and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. If you know of any other producers willing to participate, please forward this information to them. The more participants in this survey, the better and more complete the picture of the industry will be captured. If you have questions or need assistance during the survey, please contact Kara Stewart at Purdue by email or phone at 765-496-6199. Click here to go to the survey
- The Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are teaming up to provide training for pork producers and others who need certification in the Pork Quality Assurance Plus program. Swine program specialist Tom Miller is holding a Jan. 31 session in Keokuk County and a Feb. 8 session is Cedar County. Cost is $25 per person and you're asked to preregister to ensure adequate number of materials for everyone. Find these sessions and more on the IPIC calendar of events.
- SowBridge, the highly successful low-tech distance education program for those involved in managing or caring for boars, sows, and/or their litters, is gearing up for a ninth year. Iowa State swine specialist Ken Stalder said the program continues to draw participants from the U.S., Canada and Europe because of the timely topics addressed by nationally recognized experts. While the first session is Feb. 1, people may register at any time during the program year and receive links to all session materials.
- The eleventh year of the successful distance education series, PorkBridge, begins Feb. 2, 2017. This low-tech program features timely and intriguing topics presented by recognized industry experts. ISU’s Ken Stalder said the cost has not increased, and at $125 for the year is a great bargain for its access to experts from around the country. Those who register after the start of the program year still receive links to all program materials.
- People who want to become certified as Pork Quality Assurance Plus 3.0 Advisors are reminded of the upcoming Feb. 7 session in Ames. The Iowa Pork Industry Center is hosting the session, and Iowa State Extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher said limited space means people should submit their applications soon.
- The Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are teaming up to provide training for pork producers and others who need certification in the Pork Quality Assurance Plus program. One certification session has been set for Jan. 19 in Washington County.
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