News Now from the Iowa Pork Industry Center, May 16th 2019

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THOUGHTS FROM 109 KILDEE
Hansen Ag Student Learning Center Offers Student Opportunities
The Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center is unique to Iowa State University, the state of Iowa and much of the Midwest. From everyday classroom and lab areas for courses to professional development space for internal and external groups, and from formal receptions to club meetings, this multipurpose building serves a multitude of purposes and hosts thousands of people each year. Located at 2508 Mortensen Road near the old ISU Dairy Farm, the HASLC was the culmination of years of fundraising and planning efforts by many people, including former animal science department chair Maynard Hogberg. Learn more about this wonderful asset for ISU, the animal science department and ISU students, in the article written by our 2019 spring semester IPIC communications assistant student Mikayla Schaefer.…………………………………………………………
NEWS
Bacon Continues to Take the Cake
If you thought bacon’s popularity was waning, here are some numbers to put your mind at ease: Just last month the 11th Annual Baconfest Chicago featured about 40 dishes, created by more than 150 chefs, served during each of three tasting sessions by nearly 4,000 attendees. This article on Meat and Poultry https://www.meatpoultry.com/articles/21199-bacon-remains-star-of-the-show has photos that’ll make you wish your screen had a scratch and sniff feature, plus a link to a slideshow from the event.
Also, the CME Group now offers the CME Fresh Bacon Index, which uses negotiated and formula transactions to provide an indication of the supply and demand of bacon. Read about this new index (first available on May 13) on the CME Group website https://www.cmegroup.com/trading/agricultural/livestock/cme-fresh-bacon-index.html This page also has a signup form if you really want to stay on top of all things bacon.


Animal Science Department and College of Veterinary Medicine – About Us
Those of us who work in and with colleagues in the ISU animal science department and the College of Veterinary Medicine know the value of those people, their knowledge and experience, and what they offer to all of us. However, it’s easy to forget that not everyone knows that like we do. So, here are links to the pages on these respective department websites that explain and invite people to learn more: Animal Science and CVM.

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PRODUCTION TIP
Plan Ahead to Lessen Transport Stress
Transportation can be stressful for pigs and people, but it’s crucial to minimize stress in order to lower morbidity and improve everyone’s well-being. Minimizing stress starts long before animals are moved. It’s important to walk through pens daily and handle the pigs to get them used to positive interaction.

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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.


June 4 and July 2.  PQA Plus advisor certification sessions.  See our certification page for dates, locations and application form downloads, and note application deadlines.


June 6. Deadline for IPPA Best Breaded Tenderloin nominations. Go to this form on the IPPA website https://www.iowapork.org/tenderloin-form/ choose your restaurant, enter your name and email address, and submit. You could win $100 if you nominate the winning restaurant!


June 27. Iowa Swine Day. Scheman Building, Iowa State Center, Ames. The eighth annual event offers speakers who will address current issues affecting the industry. Some of the topics will include the status of and response to African Swine Fever, what makes a biosecurity program successful, improving company culture, precision pork production, and feeding the high-producing sow.

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DID YOU KNOW?
USDA-APHIS Makes it Easier to Get Premises ID

Having a premises ID is vital to helping ensure accurate identification and location of livestock in the event of an emergency related to animal health or food safety. Yet not everyone has taken that step. And with the creation of an interactive map on its website with links to individual state registration agencies, USDA-APHIS continues its quest for every producer to have both PIN and LID (location identifier) that are uniquely theirs. This article from Feedstuffs describes the new effort https://www.feedstuffs.com/news/interactive-map-advances-animal-disease-traceability-program and you can see the new map on the USDA-APHIS site https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/traceability/state-pin/  If you don’t already have a PIN, take that step now. It’s the right thing to do.

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FOR THE RECORD
Two IPIC-provided PQA Plus 4.0 Advisor Certification Sessions Remain
With the introduction later this year of PQA Plus 4.0, IPIC is offering advisor certification sessions with two currently remaining on June 4 and July 2. Deadlines are two weeks prior to the session date or when the maximum limit is reached. Those interested in attending should download, complete and submit the application form for their desired date and location as soon as possible.

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NEWS NOW   Vol. 19, no. 1
May 2019
Iowa Pork Industry Center
Iowa State University,  109 Kildee Hall, 806 Stange Rd.
Ames, IA  50011-1178
Phone 515-294-4103  Toll-free 800-808-7675 (Iowa only)
Email ipic@iastate.edu

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