News Now from the Iowa Pork Industry Center, October 13th 2019

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THOUGHTS FROM 109 KILDEE
Congratulations to Anna Johnson
During the recent ISU CALS fall awards ceremony, animal science professor Anna Johnson received the Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research. The Kolmer Award is named after a former college dean and honors faculty or staff who have made significant contributions to improving the welfare of Iowans through research. Anna studies farm animal behavior and welfare, and is on the forefront of formulating programs, educational tools and assessment criteria to ensure farm animal health. Her research addresses animal handling, sow longevity and management. See more info in this article on the Farm Journal’s PORK website.

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NEWS
IPIC welcomes ISU CALS job shadow student
I am Kariann Elsbernd, a sophomore majoring in Agricultural Education and Studies Communications option. Besides being a student at Iowa State I am also a huge small town farm girl. I grew up on a farm in northeast Iowa raising steers from my uncle’s dairy farm with my dad. As soon as I joined FFA though, I got into pork production where I raised my own hogs from farrow to finish. This experience instilled a passion in me to further my knowledge on agriculture. In the future my plan is to take this knowledge and advocate for the ag industry helping to teach many others  why agriculture is so important.
Part of Kariann’s responsibilities include working with social media: “As you all know October Pork Month is now well underway and what better way to celebrate than by learning about pork related topics each day. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook  and look for these topics in our posts this month: hog nutrition, production, sustainability, and many more. Even better, we’ll feature some great pork recipes for you to try out at home. Happy Pork Month!”


ISU Veterinary Diagnostic Lab confirms strep diagnosis
ISU VDL has confirmed Streptococcus equi ssp zooepidemicus  in two recent and potentially related cases of cull sows and feeder pigs in assembly yards in the Midwest.The clinical picture observed included lethargy, weakness, high fever (in case from hog buying station), swift spread among pigs of highly varied sources within the affected premises, and rapidly escalating mortality levels approaching 30 – 50% among affected populations. However, both African swine fever and classical swine fever were ruled out during testing due to similar presentations – a necessary step in any further diagnostic work for suspected cases. See more info on the Swine Health Information Center website.

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PRODUCTION TIP
Keep vaccines working for your operation
Vaccination is an effective means of preventing disease in the pig herd when used appropriately and judiciously. Keys to successful vaccination lie in vaccine profiling, timing and method of administration. The vaccines used must match the disease profiles that will challenge the herd. Vaccination must occur at a time prior to the potential disease exposure. To maintain vaccine efficacy, proper dosage of all pigs in a group is critical. Above all, design and implement vaccine programs and protocols with the assistance of your herd veterinarian.

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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.


October. Pork Month!


Oct. 15-17. Communicating the Science of Responsible Antibiotic Use in Animal Agriculture symposium. Ames, IA. Provided by National Institute for Animal Agriculture and National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education.


Nov. 7-8. 2019 ISU James D. McKean Swine Disease Conference. Ames, IA.


Nov. 13-15. Pig Welfare Symposium. Minneapolis, MN. Provided through National Pork Board.


Nov. 22. PQA Plus advisor certification session.  See our certification page for session information and application form. No walk-ins allowed.

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DID YOU KNOW?
Human flu shots help protect pigs

It’s fall and that means it’s time for everyone who’s eligible to get the annual flu shot. Because influenza strains mutate and change throughout the year, each year’s vaccine is tailored to those strains most likely to be present. Making sure everyone on your farm is vaccinated, whether they work directly with pigs or not, is vital according to the director of producer and public health for the Pork Checkoff. Heather Fowler reminds all that being vaccinated helps protect pigs as well as people. See more here and go get that shot now!

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FOR THE RECORD
Pork Quality Assurance Advisor Session set for Nov. 22
Iowa Pork Industry Centerhas scheduled a November 22 session for those interested in becoming certified as a Pork Quality Assurance 4.0 Advisor and applications are now being accepted. Iowa State Extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher is coordinating the session, to be held at the Hansen Ag Student Learning Center in Ames. See details and link to application info.

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NEWS NOW   Vol. 19, no. 6
October 2019

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