NEWS NOW from IPIC, November 23rd 2021

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THOUGHTS FROM 109 KILDEE
ISU Students Receive Scholarships from Industry Groups
Through annual scholarship programs, the Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Pork Foundation and Iowa Purebred Swine Council provide funds for undergraduate, and ISU graduate and veterinary medicine students. Five of 10 first-year undergrads who received IPF scholarships attend ISU: Carson Lambert, Ivan Lambertsen, Adele Hogan, Jackson Sterle and Nicole Wardenburg. Seven of 8 returning students for IPF attend ISU: Ashley Kahler, Emilio Valenzuela Morteo, Abby Bean, Jacob Sterle, Avery Mather, Isaac Wiley and Riley Bell. Graduate and Vet Med scholarships went to ISU students Peiyang Li and Alex Bishop. IPPA scholarship via Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement went to Gracie Greiner of ISU, and IPSC scholarship went to Colton Warrick of ISU. Congratulations to all!

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NEWS
USDA-AMS Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR) Webinars Available on YouTube
During the three-part series that ended Oct. 26, USDA and industry representatives provided an overview of LMR live hog and wholesale pork reporting, introduced other USDA resources applicable to the hog and pork industries, and explored how this information can inform real-world marketing decisions at the farm and other points in the supply chain. See https://www.ams.usda.gov/event/pork-LMR-webinars for info on content, presentation materials, speakers and topics.
All three videos available on the AMS YouTube channel.


Former IPIC Interim Director Honored at 2021 Swine Disease Conference
Rodney “Butch” Baker was named the 2021 recipient of the Swine With Practice Award from the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine during the 2021 ISU James D. McKean Swine Disease Conference Nov. 4. The award recognizes exemplary integration of science and the art of veterinary practice to benefit swine productivity and welfare. As senior clinician at ISU’s Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, he served as interim director at IPIC from 2012-2014.


Initial Research Shows Effect of Nutritional Enrichment During Early Weaning

Weaning is one of the most stressful periods in a pig’s life. One recent Iowa State study looked at a specific environmental enrichment to aid in this transition: whether a biscuit, suspended above the feeder at pig eye level, would attract/enhance the pigs’ behavior and lead to better feed intake and growth performance. The researchers used four treatments: no biscuit, plain biscuit, biscuit with sugary attractant and biscuit with fecal semiochemical attractant. Iowa State postdoc Cassandra Stambuk worked with grad student Emiline Sundman to write this National Hog Farmer article.

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PRODUCTION TIP
Accurate Recordkeeping 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 extension swine specialist.

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IT’S A DATE
Foreign Animal Disease Webinars. Brought to you by IDALS and CFSPH at ISU. The IDALS FAD webinar website
has links to some recordings from the series and to request copies of some sessions.


Dec. 8. IPIC Sow Summit. Scheman Building, Iowa State Center, Ames. Read more and register now.


Dec. 10. PQA Advisor certification session. This session will be held virtually rtually. There’s still time to submit your application for this final session in 2021 — do so by this Friday, Nov. 26. Find application forms on our certification page.


Jan. 26-27, 2022. Iowa Pork Congress. Iowa Events Center, Des Moines.

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DID YOU KNOW?New ISU Extension Publication Helps with Sizing of Air Filtration for Swine Facilities
A new publication and worksheet from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach walks producers through the process of determining the number and configuration of air filters for a facility – whether new or renovated. Written by Benjamin Smith, former graduate research student at Iowa State University, and Brett Ramirez, assistant professor in agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State, the publication explains the animal health benefits of good filtration – and the way in which buildings should be sized to determine the optimal filtration requirement. The five-page publication and worksheet allow producers to enter their own numbers and determine what their needs may be. Download your free copy.

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FOR THE RECORD
Help for Dealing with Stress
Whether financial, emotional, mental or social, stress and grief are real parts of today’s world. Read about new farmer mental health support programs through ISU Extension and Outreach. The Iowa Concern Hotline is always available at 800-447-1985, iowaconcern@iastate.edu and at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/

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NEWS NOW   Vol. 21, no. 7
November 2021

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