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- 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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