AMES, Iowa -- Iowa pork producers are invited to learn more about improving their swine production operation at one of the 2007 Iowa Pork Regional Conferences scheduled for late February. The Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC), Iowa Pork Producers Association, and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension are cosponsoring this annual series of five meetings at different sites around the state.
The series is set for Feb. 19-23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Fee for those preregistered at least two business days in advance is $20 per person, which includes the noon meal and materials. Walk-in registration is $30 per person. All fees are payable at the door. The conference brochure is available online at www.ipic.iastate.edu/information/Reg.Conf.Brochure.2007.pdf. Preregister by calling IPIC at (800) 808-7675 or (515) 294-4103.
IPIC program specialist Colin Johnson said this year’s conference series will educate swine producers on effective marketing strategies and new technological advances in swine production. The series will also provide information about on-farm diagnostic methods for preliminary health investigations and tactics used to minimize stress in handling swine.
"Producers will hear from experts on how to manage production costs and identify market opportunities. There also will be great discussion about investigating PCVAD and associated disease," Johnson said. "You can choose to attend either the morning or afternoon session, or both. Lunch will be served at noon for all attendees."
The morning session features topics specifically designed for the owner-operator or other decision maker of the operation. These speakers and their topics are Glen Ring of Glen Ring Enterprises, "How are Corn and Soybean Prices Affecting Livestock Markets?" Dr. Butch Baker of ISU College of Veterinary Medicine, "Managing PCVAD and Animal Health in Swine Systems," and local ISU Extension swine field specialists, "What is the Ideal Market Weight?"
Afternoon speakers and topics are designed for growers and barn workers and focus on practical applications for optimal pig care. Baker, speaking on "Walking Pens to Ensure Individual Pig Care," will be joined by Elanco Animal Health representatives talking about, "Handling Stress During Loading and Transport." and regional swine veterinarians presenting, "Farm Necropsy."
Program dates, locations and contact information are as follows.
* Monday, Feb. 19, Carroll, The Carrollton Inn, 1730 Hwy 17 North. Contact Jerry Weiss, (712) 335-3103, firstname.lastname@example.org
* Tuesday, Feb. 20, Sioux Center, Corporate Center, 950 N Main Ave. Contact Dave Stender, (712) 225-6196, email@example.com
* Wednesday, Feb. 21, Ainsworth, Marr Park Conservation Center 2943 Hwy 92. Contact Tom Miller, (319) 653-4811, firstname.lastname@example.org
* Thursday, Feb. 22, Oelwein, Luigi's Restaurant, 1020 Frederick Ave. Contact Mark Storlie, (563) 425-3331, email@example.com
* Friday, Feb. 23, Dows, Dows Community Center, 119 East Ellsworth. Contact Russ Euken, (641) 923-2856, firstname.lastname@example.org
IPIC was established in 1994 as a coordinated effort of the colleges of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University (ISU.) Its mission is to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts. IPIC focuses its efforts on programs that are integral and complementary to ISU Extension. Through IPIC, Iowa producers receive accurate and timely information to make their operations more efficient and profitable.