News Now from the Iowa Pork Industry Center- August 10th 2018

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THOUGHTS FROM 109 KILDEE

Congratulations and welcome
Two animal science faculty members, Ken Stalder and Anna Johnson, received national awards during the ASAS meeting in July. Ken was named an ASAS fellow in the extension category and Anna received the animal industry service award. Both are integral to the ongoing work and success of IPIC. Congratulations! Read an ISU CALS news release on these two.
Also in July, IPIC welcomed Kristin Olsen as a new extension program specialist. Part of her role will include coordinating the annual Iowa Swine Day event and she’ll also have opportunity to work on a variety of informational materials and collaborate on specific research projects. Learn more in this IPIC news release.

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NEWS

Iowa State folks to help at Iowa Pork Tent at Iowa State Fair
Several Iowa State students, staff and faculty will be donning the aprons and gloves to help serve great pork to Iowa State Fair-goers on a couple of days. If you’re planning to partake of this prime pork on either Monday, Aug. 13 from mid-afternoon to closing OR on Saturday, Aug. 18 from morning through mid-afternoon (or both), look for some familiar faces among the work crew. Perhaps we’ll see you there!


Helping just-weaned pigs transition successfully
A recent study by an Iowa State veterinary student looked at the effectiveness of two antibiotics on health of the early wean-finish pig. Joel Steckelberg used ceftiofur and enrofloxacin on a sow farm with weaned pigs negative for PRRSV, but with high incidence of S. suis-related pneumonia and post-weaning septicemia. Three hundred twenty-five litters were weaned, placed into 54-pig pens and randomly assigned to one of three treatment groups: one each for these two antibiotics and one negative control group. Oral fluid samples collected at enrollment and the end of the study. Results showed those “groups that received antibiotics at weaning had a significant reduction in acutely sick pigs, thereby showing some health improvement during the early wean-finish phase” Steckelberg said. Want to learn more? Check out this article about the study on the Pig Health Today website.
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PRODUCTION TIP

Production animals or show pigs?
Agricultural youth programs like 4-H and FFA are great venues for engaging youth in the pork industry. However, the idea of competition in the show ring occasionally overtakes the educational value. IPIC supports numerous youth and collegiate swine activities and encourages all producers to embrace the concept of preparing the next generation of pork producers and instilling proper education and production components to youth swine projects. Show day is a success only if all participants have an industry learning experience. If you plan to attend the Iowa State Fair (or any fair) and find yourself in the swine barn with some young folks and their animals, ask them some questions about their project, their hogs, their experiences. Share your interest and they’ll likely reciprocate.

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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.


Aug. 9-19. Iowa State Fair. Des Moines.


Sept. 10. PQA Plus Advisor certification session. Hansen Ag Student Learning Center, Iowa State University, Ames. Applications are due Aug. 31.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Sausage and Processed Meats Short Course Celebrates
The annual short course celebrated 40 years this summer, with continuing great attendance numbers and unique hands-on experience for participants from industry. The five-day program provides information, instruction, safe production techniques and skills, and a history of sausage itself. This ISU CALS news release has more details about the event: the first-ever university offering of such a course and now the longest-running one of its kind. Everything is planned, coordinated, hosted and held at the ISU Meat Lab in Kildee Hall.

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FOR THE RECORD

ISU College of Veterinary Medicine has a new dean
An ISU news release announced that Dan Grooms, professor and chair of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at Michigan State University, has been appointed the next Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. He has been at Michigan State University since 1997 and in his present position there since 2014. Grooms will officially begin his ISU duties on Oct. 1.

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NEWS NOW, Vol. 18, no. 3
July 2018Iowa Pork Industry Center
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