AMES, Iowa -- Iowa pork producers are invited to learn more about improving their swine production operation at one of the 2009 Iowa Pork Regional Conferences scheduled for late February. The Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC), Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension cosponsor this annual series of five meetings at different sites around the state.
The series is set for Feb. 16-18 and Feb. 23-24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The 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. Information is available on the IPIC Web site at www.ipic.iastate.edu/events.html People can preregister by calling IPIC at (800) 808-7675 or (515) 294-4103.
ISU Extension program specialist Colin Johnson with IPIC said this year’s speakers will help producers learn how to apply financially sound lessons and strategies to their own operations.
“Producers will hear about the tactics that support pork industry survival and development in Canada and learn how to have a greater sense of control over their feed costs,” Johnson said. “Presenters also will share approaches to assessing the magnitude of disease risks and evaluating whether investments to reduce risks are justified.”
In addition, participants will learn about handling techniques and their importance for public confidence and exceptional meat quality, Johnson said.
Speakers include ISU associate professor of swine nutrition John Patience and assistant professor of food supply veterinary medicine Derald Holtkamp. ISU Extension swine field specialists also will present a session on animal husbandry and well-being.
“This is the ninth year for this cooperative effort between IPIC and IPPA,” Johnson said. “It’s sure to be a great learning opportunity for producers.”
Program dates, locations and contact information are as follows.
* Monday, Feb. 16, Ainsworth, Marr Park Conservation Center, 2943 Highway 92. Contact Terry Steinhart, (641) 622-2680, firstname.lastname@example.org
* Wednesday, Feb. 18, Sioux Center, Corporate Center, 952 N Main Ave. Contact Dave Stender, (712) 225-6196, email@example.com
* Tuesday, Feb. 17, Carroll, Carroll County Extension Office, 1205 West US Hwy 30 Ste G. Contact Jerry Weiss, (712) 335-3103, firstname.lastname@example.org
* Monday, Feb. 23, Oelwein, Oelwein Community Plaza, 25 W Charles St. Contact Mark Storlie, (563) 425-3331, email@example.com
* Tuesday, Feb. 24, 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 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.