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- The International Conference on Pig Survivability, originally set for Oct. 28-29, has been postponed a year. Improving Pig Survivability Project leaders said the decision was necessary due to ongoing concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic. Conference planning chair Joel DeRouchey of Kansas State University said the new dates for the conference are Oct. 27-28, and the location will remain at the Hilton Omaha, in Omaha, NE.
- Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University has scheduled three virtual certification sessions in 2020 for PQA Plus Advisors and is taking applications from those who aren't sure which date will work best for them. The sessions are set for August 7, October 16 and December 4, and Iowa State Extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher will teach all sessions.
- The Iowa Swine Day 2020 is going virtual! The ninth annual event will be available this year as a five-part webinar series of select speakers. Each weekly session will run from noon to 2:30 p.m. Central time and feature two speakers from the original lineup. Sessions are on consecutive Thursdays from June 25 to July 23. Thanks to Iowa Swine Day sponsors for the entire series and individual sessions, everyone can attend at no charge. See the updated agenda, list of sponsors and speakers, and registration information on the conference website.
- Organizers are excited to announce the upcoming launch of PigX, a monthly podcast developed to share information from the national Improving Pig Survivability project with pork producers and other decision makers in the swine industry. The first session airs June 1.
- The Improving Pig Survivability Project, with team members from Iowa State, Kansas State University and Purdue University, continues to involve pork producers, allied industry representatives and university faculty and staff in a variety of research studies and programs. An upcoming component of the project is the International Conference on Pig Survivability set for Oct. 28-29 in Omaha, Nebraska. Registration for this conference is now open.
- A virtual certification session for PQA Plus Advisors has been scheduled for June 2. Iowa State Extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher will teach the session which is open to those seeking recertification and those wanting to become certified for the first time. Applications are due May 19.
- An ISU extension webinar focused on potential options for emergency disposal of animal tissue is set for Wednesday, April 29 at 8 a.m. The program is sponsored by Iowa Pork Producers Association. Topics are environmentally sound disposal options, how compost works, above-ground burial, carbon feedstocks (types and amounts), windrow construction (space requirements, design and layout), and windrow management and troubleshooting. Presenters are extension educator Mark Hutchinson with the University of Maine; Gary Flory, agricultural program manager with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality; and Craig Williams, dairy team educator with Penn State Extension. You must preregister to receive viewing details. There will be a question and answer time.
- It might still feel a bit like winter, but now's the time to check your building's ventilation system for summer. Brett Ramirez of ISU's ABE department will lead a panel discussion via webinar this Friday, April 17, using a checklist producers can use on their farm. No cost to attend and the 11 a.m. session will last about 30 min. Preregistration is required and those registered will have access to the recorded version later. A news release has more info and links to register AND to watch the live event.
- Meet Matt Romoser, the new southeast Iowa extension swine specialist. Learn why his first day on the job was like no other.
- The International Conference on Pig Survivability is planned for October 28 and 29 in Omaha, Neb. The conference is part of the Improving Pig Survivability project, a five-year, interdisciplinary, multi-university project funded by the National Pork Board and Foundation for Food and Agriculture. It's aimed at reducing mortality in the U.S. swine industry by 1% or more per year of the project. Iowa State University is one of three universities involved in this collaborative effort.
- For more than a decade, the distance educational programs of PorkBridge and SowBridge have provided information to those who work in various segments of the swine industry. Both programs are sponsored, planned and organized by representatives from a group of 11 universities – including Iowa State – from the nation’s major swine producing states. To encourage participation in these programs through a look at past topics and speakers, the committee is pleased to offer limited access to selected years’ informational materials.
- Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University has scheduled a March 20 session for those interested in becoming certified as a Pork Quality Assurance 4.0 Advisor and applications are now being accepted. Iowa State Extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher is coordinating the session, to be held at the Hansen Ag Student Learning Center in Ames.
- Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has teamed up with Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Pork Producers Association and several industry partners to offer a series of workshops on swine building maintenance. Speakers will present timely and current information on a variety of factors, including concrete pit maintenance and construction, truss management, and roof and moisture management. Attendees also will learn about unique ways to allow clean air into the attic space and minimize pit-ventilated gases from entering the attic during periods of minimum ventilation during winter months, and methods of maintaining concrete slats including their repair, to help enhance their usable life. Registration is $35 per person which includes lunch, refreshments and all workshop materials. Details including program agenda, locations, how to register, and deadlines are available in the workshop brochure. The workshop sessions are scheduled as follows: Carroll – March 9; Webster City – March 16; Le Mars – March 17; Nashua – March 23; and Washington – March 24.
- For more than 25 years, the swine farrowing display at the Iowa State Fair has provided the opportunity for members of the public to learn more about pork production from Iowa State veterinary students, staff and faculty; Southeast Pork FFA members; and the animals themselves. Learn the story behind this longstanding fair display.
- Two new documents offer ractopamine-focused information for swine show organizers, exhibitors and managers; and producers, veterinarians and feed manufacturers respectively. "Ractopamine (PayleanTM) Use in Show Pigs:
Show Management Considerations for 2020" from Jodi Sterle, ISU animal science department, incorporates available information into the decision-making process for those working with exhibitions, fairs and shows.
"Ractopamine Free Pork and Implications for Use in Growing Pigs: Frequently Asked Questions" was developed by Locke Karriker and Chris Rademacher from ISU VDPAM. It includes current data, producer experience and anecdontal information in an easy to follow question and answer format, and will be updated as necessary. Learn more about both.
- Recently several United States processors announced their intention to process only pigs that are free of ractopamine. This has led to many questions about what it means to sell “ractopamine free pigs.” Locke Karriker and Chris Rademacher of ISU's VDPAM have developed an FAQ document that represents an attempt to summarize the relevant scientific data about ractopamine in the pig, producer experiences and anecdotal information to guide producers adjusting to the new requirements.This document is intended for pork producers, swine exhibition participants, feed manufacturers and veterinarians, and will be updated as new questions arise.
Also, a new document from Jodi Sterle of ISU's animal science department is intended to incorporate available information into the decision-making process for management of market hog exhibitions, fairs and shows, by providing options for considerations. This document offers information, options and explanations, but cautions that every situation is unique and each show, fair and exhibition must make the decision that works for their circumstances.
- The annual series of Iowa Pork Regional Conferences has been a long-standing partnership of Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Pork Industry Center. Their shared goal of bringing research and education to the field continues with this year's program, topics and speakers. There are five sessions, one each day Feb. 17-21, at different locations, all starting at 1 p.m.
- SowBridge, the distance educational series for those who work with sows, boars and piglets, and with genetic and reproductive issues, begins its next program year in February, and registration is now underway. This low-tech opportunity pairs electronically provided materials with live presentations via teleconference.
- PorkBridge Educational Series for 2020 Begins Feb. 6. Since 2005, PorkBridge has provided relevant and timely information to grow-finish swine producers and other industry professionals across the U.S. and around the world through a unique low-tech delivery method. The 2020 program year series begins on Feb. 6 and continues on an every-other-month for six total sessions, according to Iowa State University contact Ken Stalder.
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