IPIC Programs and Projects

ISU Swine Industry Experience

The Iowa Pork Industry Center and the ISU Department of Animal Science are excited to announce the 2022 ISU Swine Industry Experience. The goal of the ISU Swine Industry Experience is to develop undergraduate student exposure, knowledge, skills, and professional relationships in the swine industry in order to help meet the critical need for trained professionals in the swine industry. This experience will include hands-on farm learning, classroom lectures, and industry networking opportunities. The best thing is, thanks to our sponsors, accepted students will pay nothing! Application deadline is Nov. 1, 2021. See more info and application requirements link opens in new window/tab.


Improving Pig Survivability

Improving pig survivability logo.

Improving Pig Survivability is a 5-year project encompassing research, education, and extension efforts with the goal of reducing overall mortality in the U.S. commercial swine industry by 1% or more per year of the project. The project is funded by the National Pork Board and the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR).

Our interdisciplinary team includes faculty and staff in research and extension, including animal science, veterinary medicine, economics, and microbiology. We have team members from Iowa State University, Kansas State University, and Purdue University.

We also collaborate directly with the swine industry including producers and allied industry partners. Research efforts in this project seek to identify factors contributing to swine mortality in commercial production, and to develop strategies and information that can be utilized to reduce mortality and maximize pig survivability. We will also work diligently to disseminate the information learned through this project through extension and training efforts, many of which will be available on the project website.

Find out more, view available resources, and sign up for project updates at www.piglivability.org.

Swine Building Ventilation Workshops

At a ventilation workshop with Dr. Jay Harmon

The swine ventilation workshops offer producers a mechanism to develop a progressively deeper understanding of ventilation system management and troubleshooting to create an environment for healthy and efficient pig growth. This program uses both lectures and hands-on activities to demonstrate the critical points to optimize pig growth and efficiencies in a sustainable way. The center-point of the hands-on activities is a 24 foot trailer equipped with a functioning ventilation system to simulate fan, inlet and controller management. This enables swine producers to learn about ventilation without compromising bio-security by going to an actual production facility.

The program series comprises three levels which are progressively more advanced.

There are two types of workshop participation costing; 1) sponsored or 2) public. A Sponsored workshop fees are paid by a business entity; typically a swine company, feed company or vet clinic and closed events. Public workshops are based on a per person basis and opened to a local region for participation. Participants will be provided with a binder of materials. This brochure has more info.

Sponsored workshops: Sponsors are responsible for providing the location (classroom and garage area for trailer) and the meal for participants.  They also pay an additional fee to cover ISU Extension and Outreach expenses.
Phase 1 "Ventilation Basics" - $700 for first day, $600 for second day in same area.  
Phase 2 "Ventilation Next Level" - $700 for first day, $600 for second day in same area.
Phase 3 "Your Ventilation System" -  

Public workshops: These workshops have the expenses above but also must incorporate meal and facility costs.   
Phase 1 "Ventilation Basics" - TBD/person (15 person minimum - 30 max)
Phase 2 "Ventilation Next Level" -  TBD/person (12 person minimum - 20 max)
Phase 3 "Your Ventilation System" - fee not yet established.

For more information, contact Brett Ramirez, assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, 515-294-0468, bramirez@iastate.edu or an ISU extension and outreach swine specialist.

Iowa Swine Day

June 24, 2021

Scheman Building, Ames, Iowa
Annual event focusing on topics and presenters vital to today’s pork industry.

Truck wash facilities and information

Transportation of live animals is a key part in the pork production chain. Strict biosecurity practices are crucial to reduce disease spread between farms when moving these animals. Although there are several biosecurity practices in place at the farm level, it is also necessary to provide these practices on external vectors such as trailers used for animal transportation to prevent disease from entering the farms. One way to ensure proper biosecurity standards are met is to wash your trailers at a location that provides services to minimize or eliminate risk of spreading disease.

This site offers relevant information concerning livestock transportation and biosecurity practices at different truck washes. It also identifies truck wash locations within the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, and South Dakota with pin points. Within the state of Iowa, general services of each truck wash are provided.

Iowa Pork Regional Conferences

Annually held in five locations across the state in mid- to late February.  Sponsored in conjunction with Iowa Pork Producers Association. See information on the 2021 series.