News Now from the Iowa Pork Industry Center

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THOUGHTS FROM 109 KILDEE
People news at Iowa State
Jay Harmon, interim associate dean for extension and outreach programs and interim director of AG and Natural Resources Extension in ISU CALS, has officially dropped “interim” from both titles, effective Jan. 1. He’s also a professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and an extension livestock housing specialist, and he served as interim director here at IPIC in 2014-2015.
Terry Houser, most recently of Kansas State University, has joined the ISU animal science faculty as extension specialist in meat science and head of the ISU Meat Lab. He succeeds Joe Cordray who retired Jan. 3.
And Dan Thompson, current Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology at K-State, has been named chair of the ISU animal science department. He’ll begin April 6, succeeding Don Beermann, who retired Jan. 7.
Welcome to all our “new” folks!

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NEWS
New sustainability report shares positives of pork industry
The National Pork Board just released its new sustainability report, “Commit and Improve, Pig Farmers’ Approach to Sustainability,” which illustrates and describes progress and positive impacts on sustainability by the pork industry. The website https://www.porkcares.org/ also is updated and you’ll want to take a look at both. Info on downloading the report at no charge is on the website. A couple of highlights: EPA data shows less than half of one percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere are contributed by the pork industry; and FDA data shows antibiotic use in pig farming operations has been reduced by one-third.


Coconut oil for pigs
Coconut oil for people has seen its share of popularity recently, including use as a skin moisturizer. Now researchers at North Carolina State University are looking into whether feeding coconut oil in late gestation can help improve reproduction, specifically higher piglet survival numbers. This article in National Hog Farmer has a brief look at the study, done by Mark Knauer and Patrick Yeich.

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PRODUCTION TIP
Help ensure success with routine genetics review
Good reproductive management is critical for the success of your herd. Genetics influence important traits such as litter size, litter weights, growth rate, feed efficiency, backfat thickness, pork quality, and structural correctness. It’s a good idea to routinely review your genetic plan with accurate and timely data and a keen eye.

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IT’S A DATE
Continuing. PQA Plus and TQA producer certification sessions presented by ISU extension swine specialists. See the IPIC website calendar for these and other events.


Jan. 22-23. Iowa Pork Congress. Iowa Events Center, Des Moines. See us in the trade show area.


Feb. 17-21. Iowa Regional Pork Conferences. 1-4:30 p.m. at all five locations around Iowa. PQA Plus certification offered 9 a.m. to noon at each location prior to the conference. No cost to those preregistered. You can sign up by calling Iowa Pork Producers Association at 800-372-7675 or emailing jeggers@iowapork.org.

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DID YOU KNOW?
Sow mortality is ongoing industry concern

In a special report, Pig Health Today looks at the issue through a series of video interviews with six experts including Iowa Pork Industry Center director/animal science professor Jason Ross and ISU Extension and Outreach – Agriculture and Natural Resources swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher. Watch individual sessions separately or view all the info in one video.

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FOR THE RECORD
Numbers help tell our story
Each year we provide numbers for our center’s annual report to Iowa State and ISU extension administrators for sharing with stakeholder, funders, government entities and anyone who’s interested. We tally a variety of things, including how many newsletters and articles we write and send out; how much activity our social media accounts get and the interaction with users and viewers of those accounts; the number of media contacts and interviews; and the number of meetings, presentations and attendees we reach. It’s amazing and awe-inspiring to see those numbers totaled as a group effort — 968,900 website hits from 121,800 unique monthly viewers; 6800 attendees at 200 events;  4300 combined followers/likes/subscribers of our Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts. What this truly boils down to is the touches we have with our clients, customers, consumers and colleagues, and for that we thank you for the opportunity to continue bringing you the information you need, when, where and how you want it.

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NEWS NOW   Vol. 19, no. 9
January 2020
Iowa Pork Industry Center
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