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Pork Regional Conferences Focus on Grow-Finish Management


AMES, Iowa -- Iowa pork producers are invited to learn more about managing the grow-finish production stage at one of the one-day 2005 Iowa Pork Regional Conferences scheduled for late February. Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC), Iowa Pork Producers Association, and Iowa State University Extension are cosponsoring this annual series of eight meetings at different sites around the state.

The series is set for Feb. 21 - Feb. 25. Fee for those preregistered at least two business days in advance is $20 per person, which includes a meal, breaks, and handouts. Registration at the door is $30 per person and the meal is not guaranteed. All fees are payable at the door.

IPIC program specialist Colin Johnson said this year's conferences will offer information on technologies and strategies to maximize the grow-finish phase of swine production.

"For example, producers will learn about improving water and feed availability," Johnson said. "They'll also hear from experts on understanding antimicrobial use and how to get the most from packer buying programs."

Speakers and their topics include Mike Brumm of the University of Nebraska, "Water - getting the plumbing right" and "Out-of-feed events - pigs are hungry more than we think"; John Waddell, president of American Association of Swine Veterinarians, "Antimicrobial use in pork production - will we follow the Danish experience?"; Steve Meyer of Paragon Economics, "Optimal selling strategies - comparing packer matrices"; and Gene Green of Cargill Pork Works, "Automatic sort systems - producer experiences."

Individual locations also will feature a panel of area pork producers who will share their experiences of transitioning to automatic sort systems.Program dates, times, locations and contact information are as follows.

* Monday, Feb. 21, 4 to 9 p.m., Early, Sacred Heart Rectory. Contact Jerry Weiss, (712) 335-3105.
* Tuesday, Feb. 22, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sioux Center, Corporate Center. Contact Dave Stender, (712) 225-6196.
* Tuesday, Feb. 22, 4 to 9 p.m., Wesley, Community Center. Contact Russ Euken, (641) 923-2856 or Jerry Weiss, (712) 335-3105.
* Wednesday, Feb. 23, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., New Hampton, Pinicon Restaurant. Contact Mark Storlie, (563) 425-3331.
* Wednesday, Feb. 23, 3:30 to 9 p.m., Anamosa, Jones County Extension Office. Contact Larry McMullen, (319) 462-2791.
* Thursday, Feb. 24, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ainsworth, Washington County Conservation Education Center at Marr Park. Contact Terry Steinhart, (641) 622-2680 or Tom Miller, (319) 653-4811.
* Thursday, Feb. 24, 4 to 9 p.m., Marshalltown, Best Western Regency Inn. Contact Colin Johnson, (800) 808-7675.
* Friday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lewis, Armstrong Research Farm. Contact Darrell Busby, (712) 769-2600.

For more information or to preregister for any site, people may call IPIC at (800) 808-7675.

Contacts :

Colin Johnson, Iowa Pork Industry Center, (515) 294-2340, colinj@iastate.edu

Sherry Hoyer, Iowa Pork Industry Center, (515) 294-4496, shoyer@iastate.edu