News Now from the Iowa Pork Industry Centre, February 21st 2019

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HOUGHTS FROM 109 KILDEE
Congratulations and welcome
Our congratulations to colleagues recognized recently for their experience, expertise and work in a variety of areas. From ISU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Anna Johnson received the Outstanding Achievement in Extension and Outreach award, Nick Gabler received the Mid-Career Achievement in Research award, Jodi Sterle received the Outstanding Adviser award, Jennifer Bundy received the Early Adviser award, and Sue Lamont received the Outstanding Achievement in International Agriculture award.
Meatingplace.com honored Joe Sebranek in the magazine’s Silver Star series celebrating its 25th anniversary.

And a welcome to Mikayla Schaefer, the Science With Practice communications student working at IPIC this semester:
i’m a senior at Iowa State University majoring in Animal Science. In May of 2019, I will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. My post-graduation plans include pursuing a career in Agricultural Communications. Past internships have allowed me to see that I have an interest in communicating with producers and consumers. I hope to assist in bridging the gap between consumers and producers by utilizing the knowledge I have gained from ISU and advocating for the agriculture industry. I appreciate the opportunity to assist with the various educational efforts by the Iowa Pork Industry Center and am so thankful to IPIC for hiring me as the spring 2019 intern.

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NEWS
“Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness: What to expect and How to prepare” workshops
These workshops,for pig, cattle, sheep and goat producers, extension personnel and veterinarians, are hosted by Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship and Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State University, provided at no cost and include lunch. Attendees at these interactive workshops (8:30 to 3:30 p.m.) will learn what to expect if Foot and Mouth Disease or African Swine Fever is found in the U.S., how long movement could stop and the requirements to move animals once movement restarts, how to protect their animals from diseases, and the use of daily health monitoring strategies in an outbreak. Remaining sessions are Feb. 26 in Nashua, March 5 in Sioux Center and March 12 in Carroll. More details on the workshop flyer. Preregister by completing this online form or calling 515-281-5321.


“New” bacon that tastes great and is better for you? This product, branded as “Naked Bacon” by its Irish developer Finnebrogue Artisan, is described as being the first bacon to be completely free of nitrites and preservatives among other things. The public offering comes after five years of research with chemists who helped develop the bacon, keeping its pink color through the use of Mediterranean fruit and spice extracts. Consumers who tasted the product in independent blind taste tests said the taste was as good or better than the traditional bacon that’s cured. Want to learn more, including how to order Naked Bacon? Check out the company website at https://www.nakedbaconco.com/   And just an FYI regarding marketing of the product: Individual packages and bundles sold on the website are “Whole30 Approved.”

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PRODUCTION TIP
Wasting feed wastes money
Every increment of wasted feed is a waste of your farm’s money. In addition to feed disappearance as a cost item, it also can add to manure and odor production in a barn. Whether feed is consumed and passed through the pig or wasted directly onto the floor or in a manure storage pit, it ultimately is transported out to the field as costly fertilizer. Control both feed costs and excessive manure accumulation by managing feeders, maintaining the barn in a thermal neutral zone (temperature), and formulating phased diets to meet the needs of the pig.

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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.


Feb. 18-22. Iowa Pork Regional Conferences. Provided by IPIC and IPPA. PQA Plus certification in the morning and regional conference in the afternoon at each location.


Through Feb. 28. Iowa Confinement Site Manure Applicator Workshops. A few dates and locations remain for 2019. Please check with the site before traveling to avoid weather-related cancellations.

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DID YOU KNOW?
Learn how Iowa farmers use manure to add value to their operation

This video on the Iowa State Extension Ag and Natural Resources website describes and shows how Iowa livestock and crop farmers manage and appropriately use manure as a crop input. Environmental stewardship and human safety is top of mind during all manure-related activities. Take three minutes and see how farmers use manure to positively impact their business.

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FOR THE RECORD
National Pork Industry Forum set for March 6-8
Producer delegates from across the United States will gather in Orlando early next month for the annual National Pork Industry Forum. Attendees will hear directly from Pork Act delegates appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Pork Act delegates will rank 10 candidates for the National Pork Board and submit that list to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue. Two Iowans are among those 10: Gene Noem, an IPIC advisory board member, and Dave Struthers. Want more information on the forum? See the website at http://www.porkindustryforum.com/

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