News now from the Iowa Pork Industry Center

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THOUGHTS FROM 109 KILDEE
Congratulations
Curt Youngs with ISU’s animal science department is the new Ensminger Endowed Chair of International Agriculture. He’s just the third to hold the title, immediately following Max Rothschild, distinguished professor is agriculture and life sciences in the animal science department, who followed David Topel, former dean of the College of Agriculture.

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NEWS
New documents provide ractopamine information
Recently several United States processors announced their intention to process only pigs that are free of ractopamine. This has led to many questions about what it means to sell “ractopamine free pigs.” In new documents we share Q&A information from Locke Karriker and Chris Rademacher at Iowa State, and show management considerations from Jodi Sterle at Iowa State. Learn more about both documents.


Swine building maintenance workshops set for this month
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has teamed up with Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Pork Producers Association and several industry partners to offer a series of workshops on swine building maintenance. Speakers will present timely and current information on concrete pit maintenance and construction, truss management, and roof and moisture management. Attendees also will learn about unique ways to allow clean air into the attic space and minimize pit-ventilated gases from entering the attic during periods of minimum ventilation during winter months, and methods of maintaining concrete slats including their repair, to help enhance their usable life. Registration is $35 per person which includes lunch, refreshments and all workshop materials. Details including program agenda, locations, how to register, and deadlines are available in the workshop brochure. Four workshop sessions remain: Webster City – March 16; Le Mars – March 17; Nashua – March 23; and Washington – March 24.

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PRODUCTION TIP
Producing for the market
We’ve all heard the phrase “The customer is always right.”  It’s a proud thought, and one that today’s pork industry representatives continue to follow today. Whether a commodity pork producer, a niche producer, a packer, processor or retailer, all play an important role in the pork supply chain.

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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.


March 17. Breeding herd management webinar. 1 p.m. central time, presented by National Hog Farmer and sponsored by Merck Animal Health. Speakers are Tim Safranski of University of Missouri, Rob Knox of University of Illinois and Fred Kuhr with Dykhuis Farms. No charge, but you must preregister here https://www.nationalhogfarmer.com/animal-health/breeding-herd-management-preparing-summer


March 20. PQA Plus advisor certification session.  Hansen Ag Student Learning Center, Ames. 15-person minimum and 30-person maximum. No walk-ins are allowed and no individual spot is guaranteed until application is approved and specific payment is accepted by IPIC. Cost is $85 per person, includes all materials, refreshments and the noon meal; and is payable after the application is approved. See our certification page for session information and application form.

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DID YOU KNOW?
Selected PorkBridge and SowBridge archived materials now available

For more than a decade, the distance educational programs of PorkBridge and SowBridge have provided information to those who work in various segments of the swine industry. Both programs are sponsored, planned and organized by representatives from a group of 11 universities – including Iowa State – from the nation’s major swine producing states. To encourage participation in these programs through a look at past topics and speakers, the committee is pleased to offer limited access to selected years’ informational materials.

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FOR THE RECORD
Farrowing display at Iowa State Fair bring people and pigs together
For more than 25 years, the swine farrowing display at the Iowa State Fair has provided the opportunity for members of the public to learn more about pork production from Iowa State veterinary students, staff and faculty; Southeast Pork FFA members; and the animals themselves. Learn the story behind this longstanding fair display

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NEWS NOW   Vol. 19, no. 11
March 2020
Iowa Pork Industry Center
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