News Now from the Iowa Pork Industry, January 14th 2019

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THOUGHTS FROM 109 KILDEE
Register soon for SowBridge and PorkBridge distance education programs
ISU professor and swine specialist Ken Stalder said industry issues and participant input drive program content and speaker selection. And good news, the cost for both programs has been decreased this year: SowBridge is $200 for the 12-session schedule and PorkBridge is $100 for all 6 sessions.

SowBridge, the distance educational series for those who work with sows, boars and piglets, and with genetic and reproductive issues, begins its 11th program year in February. Registration is now underway.
PorkBridge offers participants six opportunities each year to hear from industry experts on topics relevant to those who are involved in grow-finish operations.

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NEWS
Top ten list for winter manure application considerations from Dr. Manure. In his latest newsletter, Dan Andersen with Iowa State’s ag and biosystems engineering and Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG) reminds producers of regulations, separation distances and more as they pertain to winter manure application. Don’t be caught out in the cold with your manure issues this winter. Check out his advice and his top ten list for considerations.
And follow him on Twitter as @DrManure

ISU 4-H animal science staff member Amy Powell is developing an interactive animal care website. Since coming to Iowa State in 2014, she has worked to increase access to accurate and appropriate information on animal care for youth. A major focus of her work is to provide knowledge for youth that can be used at home, in classrooms or 4-H meetings, virtually anywhere there’s Internet access. This new tool, Animal University, has been funded by Iowa Pork Producers Association and Iowa Beef Industry Council with the first modules in swine and beef cattle categories to be available this spring. Read more information in this ISU CALS news release.

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PRODUCTION TIP
Be weather-wary and prepared for problems
Although the past few days in Iowa have been cold with some wind chill, the lack of snow has kept potential weather issues to a minimum. However, we know that adverse winter weather can strike at any time. Remember to keep feed and supply deliveries current in order to ensure availability during times of closed roads or power outages. Also, plan on alternative options for delayed marketings of pigs or the delivery of new pigs. Being wary of what winter can bring helps in being prepare, for your family and your operation.

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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.


Jan. 23-24. Iowa Pork Congress. Iowa Events Center, Des Moines. See IPIC at booth 1601 just inside Hall A.


Feb. 18-22. Iowa Pork Regional Conferences. Provided by IPIC and IPPA. More information coming soon.

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DID YOU KNOW?
Free Sow Housing seminar provided by Tyson Foods, Inc. and Nestle

Anyone planning to transition their operation to group housing or simply is interested in learning more about it is encouraged to attend a free seminar at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines the day before the 2019 Iowa Pork Congress begins. Iowa State’s Ken Stalder and Anna Johnson will be joined by other speakers from NPPC, USDA-ARS, Tyson Foods, Inc. and University of Pennsylvania, as well as a group of producers. The seminar runs form 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes lunch. There’s no cost to attend, but please register using this link http://www.cvent.com/d/fbq33g

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FOR THE RECORD
ISU student featured as up and coming leader by PORK magazine
In an easy-to-read Q&A format on the magazine website, you can learn a bit more about Austin Putz, who just last month presented his Ph.D. research on “Quantifying resilience in sows and wean-to-finish pigs.” These articles showcase young and new talent in the pork industry, and provide a look at the interest, experience and education of emerging leaders in the pork industry. Putz received his B.S. from Iowa State and Master’s degree from North Carolina State University, returning to Iowa State for his doctorate in animal breeding and genetics.

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