Iowa Pork Producers holding Regional Conferences in February

Sheldon, Iowa - The Iowa Pork Producers Association has teamed up with the Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach swine specialists to host regional conferences. The Northwest Iowa conference is February 24 at Northwest Iowa Community College, Building A, room 119C from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
 
The conference is free for those who pre-register or $5 at the door. Individuals can pre-register by calling IPPA at (800) 372-7675 or sending an e-mail to schristensen@iowapork.org. Details and registration information can be found in the Regional Conferences brochure. Find all information on any local county extension website, www.extension.iastate.edu/county; the Iowa Pork Producers, www.iowapork.org; or the Iowa Pork Industry Center, www.ipic.iastate.edu. 
 
“We strive to provide educational sessions that can provide a return on producer’s Pork Checkoff investment,” said Tyler Bettin, IPPA producer education director. “This year’s sessions should provide take home value for anyone involved in day-to-day pork production management.”
 
Everyone has heard of farmers that have suffered substantial losses due to barn system failures or other management challenges. But what can producers and contract growers do to prevent these losses or limit liability issues resulting from these losses should they occur? The Iowa Pork Regional Conferences are pleased to bring back Dr. Mike Brumm with Brumm Swine Consultancy to walk producers through steps they can take to be better prepared and protected to prevent these losses and limit liability issues.
 
Additionally, Dr. Brumm will discuss what is included in his ideal barn walk-through. He will touch on his experiences working with farms across the Midwest with particular focus on everyday dos and don’ts that can impact the bottom line. Bring your employees along! This session is sure to offer some practical take-away points that may prove valuable on your farm. 
 
Exports, domestic demand, health challenges and a multitude of other factors can impact a livestock producer’s bottom line. Iowa State University livestock economist Dr. Lee Schulz will dive into these issues and current projections, review forecasts for input costs and market hog value in 2014 and discuss what profit opportunity may be in store for producers in the year to come.
 
ISU Extension and Outreach offers a number of programs and informational pieces to keep pork producers up to speed on emerging and continuing issues. Dave Stender, ISU swine specialists will give an update regarding issues surrounding ventilation management, euthanasia techniques and antibiotic use and provide some key takeaway points from currently available resources and programs. 
 
A free PQA Plus training by Dave Stender will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the same location, NCC Building A, room 119. Contact Tyler Bettin at (800) 372-7675 or tbettin@iowapork.org for more information or to pre-register for this training. 
 
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