AMES, Iowa -- Pork producers interested in learning how to reduce feed costs in their operations should plan to register for one of two daylong swine nutrition workshops set for early December. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension swine specialist Dave Stender says attendees will receive personal assistance in evaluating their current feeding programs.
“This workshop is designed to provide information and suggestions for producers to make appropriate changes in their operations,” Stender said. “We ask people to bring diet formulas, feed ingredient costs, performance information and a calculator. Even if you don’t have all this information, we’ll still be able to show you how to use a computer diet formulation program.”
Stender and University Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension Swine Nutrition Specialist Duane Reese are the program presenters. People are encouraged to bring along a sample of their operation’s finisher diet to be analyzed for particle size. That information will be used in evaluating feed efficiency and cost.
The workshops are set for Wednesday, Dec. 5, at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City and Thursday, Dec. 6 at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon. Program times are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at both locations. The registration fee is $15 per person, and includes refreshments, noon meal and all workshop materials. Registration deadline is Nov. 29.
An informational brochure is available on the Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) Web site here www.ipic.iastate.edu/events/Niche.feed.workshop.pdf
Seven entities are co-sponsoring these workshops: ISU Extension, UNL Extension, IPIC, Practical Farmers of Iowa, North Iowa Area Community College, Northwest Iowa Community College and Iowa Pork Producers Association.
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.