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THOUGHTS FROM 109 KILDEE
The International Conference on Pig Survivability, originally set for late October, has been postponed a year. Improving Pig Survivability Project leaders said the decision was necessary due to ongoing concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic. Conference planning chair Joel DeRouchey of Kansas State University said the new dates for the conference are Oct. 27-28, 2021, and the location will remain at the Hilton Omaha, in Omaha, NE.

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NEWS
Iowa Swine Day 2020 is a virtual event
The ninth annual event is available this year as a five-part webinar series of select speakers. Each weekly session will run from noon to 2:30 p.m. Central time and feature two speakers from the original lineup. Sessions are on consecutive Thursdays with two remaining sessions on July 16 and July 23. Recordings will be available after the fact for all sessions. Thanks to Iowa Swine Day sponsors for the entire series and individual sessions, everyone can attend at no charge. See the updated agenda, list of sponsors and speakers, and registration information on the conference website.


Free webinar: Making every vaccination count
This webinar is the next in the Science Talks series, provided by National Hog Farmer and sponsored by Merck Animal Health. ISU’s Alex Ramirez from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Chris Chase from South Dakota State University will examine different situations and the impact of the intended goal with vaccination, proper timing and differences in vaccination programs. Registration is free and enables you to view the July 23 event live and get a link later for the archived recording. Time is 1 p.m. and the webinar lasts for an hour.

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PRODUCTION TIP
Point of balance
This tip might come from (or take us back to) the show ring days of our youth. Understanding a pig’s “point of balance” can help both pigs and caretakers. The point of balance is around the animal’s shoulder: If we touch or create motion behind the animal’s shoulder, they will move forward; if touched in front of the shoulder, they back up. This steering helps us to keep pigs moving in the desired direction.

As serious economic, personal and other stresses continue to impact and affect those in our agricultural community, know there is help. The Iowa Concern Hotline is always available by phone at 800-447-1985, by email at  iowaconcern@iastate.edu and online at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/

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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.


July 16, 23. Iowa Swine Day 2020 webinars. The usual one-day event has been repackaged as five weekly sessions with specific focus and speakers for each, and two sessions remain. Register at no cost for any or all of the Thursday sessions, noon to 2:30 p.m. Central time.


Aug. 1. IPPA 2020 Master Pork Awards applications due.


Aug. 7, Oct. 16, Dec. 4. Virtual certification sessions for PQA Plus Advisor certification. Iowa State Extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher will teach the sessions, open to those seeking recertification and those wanting to become certified for the first time. Applications are due two weeks prior to the date of your preferred session.


Sept. 19-22. Allen D. Leman Conference. Online format only this year. Sponsored by UMN College of Veterinary Medicine and University of Minnesota Extension. Registration opens July 15.

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DID YOU KNOW?
Three virtual PQA Advisor certification sessions set

Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University has scheduled three virtual certification sessions in 2020 for PQA Plus Advisors and is taking applications from those who aren’t sure which date will work best for them. The sessions are set for August 7, October 16 and December 4, and Iowa State Extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher will teach all sessions. Specific undated application forms are available for those unsure of the date they can attend. Applicants are asked to write in their preferred date when they submit their form.

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FOR THE RECORD
Our COVID-19 page offers info, resources
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, finding reputable, science-based sources of information is critical. Our page at https://www.ipic.iastate.edu/covid19.html offers links to research studies, webinar recordings, interviews and news articles, university and related resources, and personal and human health resources. As research and other resources are updated, we post them and let you know the date. If you’re looking for something specific, let us know.

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