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Producers Invited to Participate in Pork Niche Discussion Groups

Note to media editors: Registrations for these two workshops are due soon.

11/21/2007

CHEROKEE, Iowa -- Niche pork producers or those interested in learning more about topics related to niche production are invited to participate in two upcoming educational offerings from Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and three partners.

ISU Extension swine field specialist Dave Stender said the coordinated effort is an efficient way for producers from a large geographical area to more easily connect with peers and presenters. ISU Extension is joined by Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI), University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension and Iowa Pork Industry Center at ISU in providing the content for all the sessions.

“There are two separate programs and people can sign up for either or both,” Stender said. “The format features teleconference calls with an option to participate via the Internet. CDs and hard-copies of presentations will be mailed ahead of time.”

PFI Food Systems Program specialist Gary Huber said the programs are provided at no cost, but registration for each is limited to 20 operations. In both programs, people can take part in three ways: by using high-speed access at home to connect to a specific Internet site, by connecting to that site through access at a county Extension office or by viewing the CD that will be sent to participants and calling a toll free phone line to interact with others. There will be some homework involved in both programs.

“The Niche Sow Farrowing discussion group will meet on four Tuesdays from noon to 1:30 p.m.” Huber said. “Participants will meet Dec. 4, Dec. 18, Jan. 15 and Jan. 29. Presenters Christa Irwin from ISU College of Veterinary Medicine, Duane Reese from UNL and Dave Stender will talk about herd health in the farrowing barn, feeding programs, pen farrowing facilities and keeping pigs alive through the weaning stage.”

An informational brochure is available at www.ipic.iastate.edu/events/Niche.farrow.group.pdf.  Registration deadline is Nov. 26.

“The Increasing Niche Pork Profits discussion group will meet on two Thursdays, Dec. 13 and 20, from noon to 1:30 p.m.,” Huber said. “Stender and ISU ag economist Jim Kliebenstein will provide information on year 2006 results from the National Research Initiative grant, ‘Niche Pork Herd Health and Production Cost Management Project.’ They’ll talk about controlling feed and non-feed costs and introduce some benchmarking principles.”

An informational brochure is available at www.ipic.iastate.edu/events/Niche.records.group.pdf. Registration deadline is Dec. 7.

To register for either of these programs, contact Huber by phone at (515) 232-5661, extension 103, or by e-mail at gary@practicalfarmers.org

IPIC was established in 1994 as a coordinated effort of the colleges of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. 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 in programs that are integral and complementary to work by ISU Extension. Through IPIC, Iowa producers receive accurate and timely information to aid in making their operations more efficient and profitable.

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Contacts :

Dave Stender, ISU Extension swine field specialist, (712) 225-6196, dstender@iastate.edu

Gary Huber, Practical Farmers of Iowa, (515) 232-5661, ext. 103, gary@practicalfarmers.org

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