Advanced Swine Reproduction Seminar

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to host Swine Reproduction Conference Dec. 3 in Sheldon
Sheldon, Iowa–Iowa State University Extension (ISU) and Outreach, the Iowa Pork Producers Association and the Iowa Pork Industry Center are hosting an Advance Reproduction Conference for swine producers, veterinarians, and other allied industry consultants Dec. 3 at Northwest Community College in Sheldon, Building A Room 119 , starting at 10 a.m.
Keynote speaker is Dr. Donald Levis of Levis Worldwide Swine Consultancy on the new National Swine Reproduction Guide developed by the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence. The guide has been developed through the collaboration of nine reproductive specialists across the country including Dr. Levis - lead author, Drs. Rodney “Butch” Baker and Ken Stalder from ISU. Dr. Levis will lead the discussion on the development, usage and the outputs of the software for swine reproduction troubleshooting.
“The National Swine Reproduction Guide allows producers to address challenges they are facing in the breeding barn using a decision tree,” explains Dr. Levis. “The decision tree is based on a series of questions that ultimately lead to information about the problem the producer is facing and provides suggestions about how to change management practices so the problem can be corrected.”
The afternoon agenda focuses on sow housing, herd health and gilt management.  Dave Stender will be presenting European issues and management of sows in various housing systems. “A look at European issues may give us a look at a possible future for Iowan sow herds” says Stender.
Dr. Baker will give an update on the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) and prioritize prevention strategies. He’ll also offer his perspective about gilt entry and how that impacts herd health. Dr. Jason Ross will give an update on ISU research and a look at OvuGel® technology. By synchronizing insemination time in newly weaned sows, OvuGel®, from JBS United Animal Health, facilitates the ability to provide single, fixed-time artificial insemination.
Cost for the conference is $30. Lunch will be served. Register by calling the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Cherokee located at 209 Centennial Drive, 712-225-6196.Questions can be directed to Dave Stender at or by calling the Cherokee extension office. See this conference and other events at Extension and Outreach connects Iowans to Iowa State University’s academic programs and scientists.
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