News Now from the Iowa Pork Industry Center, July 11th 2019

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THOUGHTS FROM 109 KILDEE
Iowa Swine Day 2019 Draws Record Attendance
From its humble rebirth in 2012, Iowa Swine Day has grown in terms of attention and attendance, and the 2019 event was no exception. In fact, the 8th annual Iowa Swine Day (June 27) finished with a record attendance of 570. The event attracted many pork producers, and representatives from feed, genetics, equipment, and animal health companies, veterinarians, and many university faculty and students. Together, representatives from swine production companies collectively managed approximately 3 million sows, roughly 50% of the U.S. sow herd. Informational materials and videos from the day are posted as they are available on the 2019 program page on the IPIC website.

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NEWS
Improving Breeding Herd Productivity webinar
National Hog Farmer and Merck Animal Health are collaborating to provide a free webinar on increasing gilt pool utilization and longevity. Speakers Kara Stewart of Purdue University and Aaron Gaines from Uni-Tek will offer information on feeding, facilities and management strategies to maximize your sow herd fertility. This webinar is set for tomorrow – Thursday, July 11, beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern time. Preregistration is required to participate. At this link you can preregister for this and a future webinar, as well as access to past webinars.


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And remember to sign up for the Pork Checkoff’s crisis alert program by texting PorkCrisis (one word) to 97296. This system is used only for notification of a major crisis in the pork industry and routine testing. This also is a free service, but other fees or charges may apply based on your carrier and/or contract.


Secure Pork Supply planning – yes, it’s for you
In the event of a foreign animal disease outbreak in the U.S. (think African Swine Fever, Foot and Mouth Disease,  Classical Swine Fever) do you know what will happen? Do you know what you’ll need to do to keep operating? IPIC and ISU extension swine specialists can help. In addition to an initial set of workshops and webinars, the swine specialists are available for assistance in developing a Secure Pork Supply plan for your operation. Check out the resources and webinar content, and register through a link on the SPS page on the IPIC website. Have more questions? There’s also a link to ask for info or schedule a workshop. Plan now to be prepared in the future.

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PRODUCTION TIP
Health and disease management
The appearance of new and reemerging diseases can have devastating impacts on the health and well-being of your herd. Diseases also create stresses on labor and an operation’s bottom line. Take time to ensure you have the most current biosecurity, vaccination and treatment programs available, by maintaining a routine and regular working relationship with your veterinarian. And be sure you have the staff, labor, technology, commitment and capital to withstand the impacts of disease.

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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. 8-18. Iowa State Fair. Des Moines, IA.


August 9.  PQA Plus advisor certification session.  See our certification page for session information and to application forms. Deadline is July 26 or when 30-person limit is reached.

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DID YOU KNOW?
Progress reports for 2019

Progress reports for all of Iowa State University’s Research Farms (including the horticulture station and research forest) are completed annually and the 2018 issues are now available through ISU’s Parks Library’s Digital Press repository. This link https://www.iastatedigitalpress.com/farmreports/issue/46/info/ goes directly to the 2018 report list, and also has links to browse the reports by year and by farm. One intriguing title: “The ISU Compost Facility after 10 Years.”

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FOR THE RECORD
Master Pork award nominations due Aug. 1
The Iowa Pork Producers Association annual “Master Pork” awards program is accepting nominations for the three specific awards and all are invited to submit names of deserving folks. The deadline is the same for all three: Master Pork Producers, Master Pork Partner and Environmental Steward. Learn more about each award, including how to submit your nomination, on the IPPA website here https://www.iowapork.org/producer-resources/

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NEWS NOW   Vol. 19, no. 3
July 2019

Iowa Pork Industry Center
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