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THOUGHTS FROM 109 KILDEE
Congratulations
Suzanne Leonard, ISU PhD student in Ag and Biosystems Engineering, won both first place and the People’s Choice Award for her poster at last week’s Pig Welfare Symposium provided by National Pork Board. Her research topic compared the use of one heat lamp versus two in conventional farrowing stalls. Findings: two heat lamps add cost without adding production advantages. Read more in this Farm Journal’s Pork article https://www.porkbusiness.com/article/heat-lamp-study-captures-crowds-vote-pig-welfare-symposium

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NEWS
Foreign animal disease preparation workshops
Is your farm ready for a foreign animal disease? An outbreak of African Swine Fever or another foreign animal disease would be a huge challenge for pork producers, so planning ahead for an outbreak may reduce some of the stress for you and your employees. Workshops to help pork producers prepare are set for six Iowa locations in December. IPIC is hosting all sessions in collaboration with the Iowa Pork Producers Association. See details on our website https://www.ipic.iastate.edu/news/FADWorkshops2019.html


Videos available from NIAA Antibiotic Symposium
Videos of presentations at the 9th NIAA Annual Antibiotic Symposium held at Iowa State last month are now available online. The symposium was hosted by NIAA (National Institute for Animal Agriculture) in collaboration with NIAMRRE (National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education.) You can find links to the presentations and pdf presenter materials on the NIAA website https://www.animalagriculture.org/2019-Antibiotic-Symposium-Proceedings
Note that presentation videos are posted on the NIAA YouTube channel.

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PRODUCTION TIP
Keeping accurate records is vital
Compiling accurate records can be an ongoing struggle, but without accurate information you won’t have accurate results. One key factor when analyzing closeouts is accounting for “explainable” sources of variation between groups, and then adjusting for those causes. Make notes throughout the growing period to document issues with feed quality and delivery, weather changes, health challenges, and treatment or management adjustments. Better yet, quantify these variables with daily recordings. If you need assistance, contact your ISU extension swine specialist https://www.extension.iastate.edu/ag/swine

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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.


Nov. 22. PQA Plus advisor certification session.  See our certification page here https://www.ipic.iastate.edu/certification.html for session information and application form. Submit application today if you would like to attend. No walk-ins allowed.


Dec. 2-11. Foreign animal disease preparation workshops. Six Iowa locations, all set for 1- 4 p.m. with an optional help session from 4 to 5 p.m. Read more and register for your desired location on our website https://www.ipic.iastate.edu/secureporksupply.html

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DID YOU KNOW?
2020 Iowa Pork Leadership Academy applications due soon

Iowa Pork Producers Association has developed this academy as a resource for young professionals dedicated to bettering Iowa’s pork industry. Sessions focus on developing leadership skills while providing learning opportunities at locations across the nation. Upon completion of the program, participants will be armed with a strong working knowledge of all aspects of the pork industry and a better understanding of their own leadership style. Details about the opportunity and links to application forms are available on the IPPA website http://www.iowapork.org/iowa-pork-leadership-academy/
Don’t delay – applications are due November 30.

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FOR THE RECORD
Aarhus University continuing research on anesthesia and castration
Research continues at Denmark’s Aarhus University on the use of (local) anesthesia prior to surgical castration. Since Jan.1, 2018, farmers who had completed a training course were allowed to use anesthesia on piglets prior to castration, and since Jan. of this year (2019) a general industry agreement required that usage. Now, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has asked the researchers to look at the current recommended method and examine whether it should be continued as is or should be adjusted to improve pain relief and welfare. Currently, three different methods will be part of this research, each based on location of injected anesthetic. Length of time between administration of anesthesia and start of procedure also will be examined. Read more in this Aarhus University news article http://dca.au.dk/en/current-news/news/show/artikel/hvordan-opnaas-den-bedste-effekt-af-lokalbedoevelse-ved-kastration-af-smaagrise/

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NEWS NOW   Vol. 19, no. 7
November 2019
Iowa Pork Industry Center
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