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  • African 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.
  • Chris Rademacher said the opportunity to develop new conduits of information from Iowa State University to all pork producers drew him to the associate director position at Iowa Pork Industry Center.
  • Space is limited for Sept. 10 PQA Advisor certification session in Ames. Applications are due Aug. 31 or when 30-person attendance is reached, and the $75 fee must be paid by approved applicants prior to the session.
  • Less than two weeks remain to apply for our Sept. 10 PQA Advisor Certification session. Applications are due Aug. 31, and the $75 fee must be paid by approved applicants prior to the session.
  • The opportunity to serve Iowa’s pork industry by working with Iowa Pork Industry Center was one Kristin Olsen just couldn’t pass up. The new extension program specialist at the Iowa Pork Industry Center said she’s passionate about pork production in general, and her recent experiences as both an undergraduate and graduate student at Iowa State University provided great background as she began her new role earlier this month..
  • 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.
  • Producers and others who need Transport Quality Assurance certification might want to register for the March 20 session in Louisa County. The $25 fee can be paid at the door, but preregistration is required to ensure adequater materials. Iowa State extension swine specialist Tom Miller will lead the training and can answer any questions.
  • Pork producers can learn more about building ventilation from the inside out through a series of workshops in March. Iowa Pork Industry Center joins Iowa Pork Producers Association and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in offering “Managing Your Unseen Employee: The Ventilation System” at no charge in six different Iowa locations.
    This year’s Iowa Pork Regional Conference series helps meet producers' ongoing needs for current information with presentations on vaccine and antibiotic changes, factors affecting swine markets and updates on state and national environmental issues.
    Set for the afternoons of Feb. 19-22, the conferences are provided at no cost to those who prepregister. PQA Plus training sessions also are available the morning of each conference, again at no cost to those preregistered.
  • People who want to certify as Pork Quality Assurance Plus Advisors have only a few days to submit their application for IPIC's Feb. 13 session in Ames. Deadline is this Friday, Feb. 2. Veterinarians attending the IVMA Winter Conference in Altoona on Feb. 14-15 may find this an efficient and nearby certification option. No walk-ins allowed, and no individual spot is guaranteed until the application is approved and specific payment is accepted by IPIC
  • Eastern Iowa producers who need PQA Plus certification in the near future should consider a session set for Feb. 16 at the Cedar County Extension office. Iowa State swine program specialist Tom Miller will lead the session beginning at 1:30 p.m. You can pay the $25 fee onsite, but be sure to preregister to assure adequate materials.
  • Iowa Pork Industry Center is planning a Pork Quality Assurance advisor certification session for Feb. 13 in Ames. Because the program was completely revised in 2016 attendance at a daylong session and passing an exam at the end of the session is required. Also, applications must be approved and the $75 fee paid in order to attend. Don't delay -- applications are due Feb. 2 or when the 30-person limit is reached.
  • A dozen years after its inception as a pilot project, PorkBridge is still going strong. The low-tech delivery method brings the expertise of industry and academic experts to the farm via downloaded materials and teleconferences, thanks to an organizing committee from 11 universities with swine faculty and staff. No travel needed and the price is the same as the first year. IPIC's Ken Stalder says this year's agenda has great topics and presenters.
  • The successful distance education program, SowBridge, begins its tenth year in February. ISU animal science professor and extension swine specialist Ken Stalder said the program is designed to improve the understanding and application of various tools and techniques involved in daily care of the breeding herd and piglets. Operation owners, employees, technicians, managers and technical service providers are encouraged to consider registering. The first session is Feb. 7.
  • 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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