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- Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University continues to work with industry professionals in offering Pork Quality Assurance Plus 3.0 advisor certification opportunities, including a newly scheduled session for Monday, Sept. 10. Applications are due Aug. 31, and the $75 fee must be paid by approved applicants prior to the session.
- With temperatures nearing 100 and heat index figures higher yet over the next few days, be sure to check ventilation, water supply and feed in buildings. Whether your animals are indoors or out, adequate water and cooling opportunities are vital. Use your PQA and TQA skills when moving, handling or transporting pigs, and remember to watch out for your and your employees health as well.
- People who want to become certified as Pork Quality Assurance Plus 3.0 Advisors are reminded of the application deadline for a session during World Pork Expo in Des Moines. The Iowa Pork Industry Center is hosting the session on Wednesday, June 6, and Iowa State Extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher said people who would like to attend need to send in their applications soon.
- The 2018 Iowa State University Animal Industry Report is now available online. The annual report, now in its 15th year, features a variety of animal industry-related research done at Iowa State that is supported by the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station. The report is coordinated through the animal science department.
- To help meeting ongoing industry need, Iowa Pork Industry Center has scheduled a Pork Quality Assurance Plus 3.0 advisor certification session during the 2018 World Pork Expo in Des Moines. Iowa State University Extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher is coordinating the session that’s set for Wednesday, June 6, at the Iowa State Fair Grounds
- 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.
- Registration for the 2018 Iowa Swine Day event is open. Now in its seventh year of providing top-notch speakers addressing important issues relevant to today's pork producers, the event is set for Thursday, June 28 on the Iowa State University campus in Ames. The morning plenary session features speakers with personal experience in developing businesses, understanding the global food industry and teaching communication skills. Attendees will choose from 16 afternoon concurrent sessions and all are invited to a barbecue following the day's program. Cost is $50 before midnight June 15, $75 after that time.
- Congratulations to Alex Ramirez on being named as the first-ever holder of the Roy A. Schultz Professorship in Swine Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine here at Iowa State. The Schultz Professorship was established by Dr. Roy Schultz, a 1960 CVM graduate and internationally renowned swine veterinarian who resides in Avoc. Ramirez, who is associate professor of VDPAM, joined the faculty in 2004 and just completed a term as president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.
- National survey looks at how VFD has affected herd management, animal health. If you’re over age 18 and raise pigs, beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, poultry or any other food producing animal, you’re invited to participate in a survey open through the end of March on the Michigan State University website. It's anticipated to take about 10-15 minutes to complete. All responses are confidential and participation is voluntary. Take the survey online here. ISU extension beef specialist Chris Clark represents Iowa on this group and is available to answer your questions about the survey or its intended use. Contact him by email.
- A new "Crush Margin" app for swine and beef producers is now available. The app was developed as part of a North Central Region Risk Management Education grant for livestock price risk management education, and uses data from the ISU Livestock Crush Margin website. ISU extension livestock specialist Russ Euken and ISU Extension livestock economist Lee Schulz developed the app to assist producers in evaluating margins and taking advantages of profitable opportunities.
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