News Now from the Iowa Pork Industry Center, June 18th 2021

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THOUGHTS FROM 109 KILDEE
Iowa Swine Day returns as in-person event
Organizers are excited to be able to offer a great program of well-known speakers focused on important issues of the U.S. pork industry. The 10th annual event will be held June 24 in the Scheman Building in the Iowa State Center, and similar to past events, the morning plenary session presentations will focus on current and future industry updates and perspectives. The afternoon is organized into four concurrent sessions with a total of 12 topics: components of sustainable production, foreign animal disease preparation, practical barn level operation and new research at ISU. Attendees may choose any of the sessions and topics. A barbecue lunch for attendees and a students-only luncheon provide networking opportunities. We’re looking forward to an info-filled day with all our attendees!

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NEWS
ISU Meat Lab Sales going strong
Just as packers and grocery stores needed to retool and work with changed supply chain disruptions and demands during the pandemic, so, too, did the Iowa State University Meat Laboratory with its meat sales. In addition to preorders and outdoor curbside pickup, indoor in-person sales are available. Currently Meat Lab Sales are only available on Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.and the entrance is on the east side of the meat lab building to the north of Kildee Hall. Products recently back in stock include smoked-cured pork loin roasts and smoked boneless pork loin chops.See the latest information, list of available product and prices and option to add to your cart, and link to complete your order on the sales website.


Farewell to Alex Ramirez
Many of you may know Alex Ramirez from past regional pork conferences, Iowa Pork Congress presentations and demonstrations. The assistant dean of academic and student affairs at the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine and the Roy A. Schultz Professor in Swine Medicine is leaving Iowa State. He has accepted a position as senior associate dean for academic programs and faculty affairs at the University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine. Best wishes to Alex with thanks for sharing your time and expertise with us over the years!

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PRODUCTION TIP
Dealing with Fatigue
During handling and transportation a hog may become fatigued as a result of stress induced by the environment (temperature and humidity), genetic predisposition, soundness problems, health and nutrition, and rough handling. Efforts to decrease causes of fatigued pigs help increase likelihood of safe handling and marketability of pigs, as well as better pork quality and ease of labor.
And speaking of fatigue, remember to watch out for yourself and your employees during these hot early summer days. Your good health and wellness are vital to your operation. This Ag Decision Maker article may be helpful.

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IT’S A DATE
Continuing. Foreign Animal Disease Webinars. Brought to you by IDALS and CFSPH at ISU. Next is June 23. Details and registration link on IDALS FAD webinar website.


June 24. Iowa Swine Day. Scheman Building, ISU campus, Ames. Returning to in-person this year. Registration is now open. Check the conference website for agenda, topics, and speakers.


Aug.11-12. International Conference on Swine Nutrition. Scheman Building, ISU campus. Ames. Organized in part to thank the pork industry for its strong support of the Applied Swine Nutrition program in the Department of Animal Science. Speakers will deliver information for immediate practical application as well as looking into the future of swine nutrition. Early registration (until Aug. 1) is $150 person and free for students; after that date it increases $50 for both. Conference website has info and links to registration.


Aug. 13. PQA Advisor Certification. Virtual session for approved applicants. Application deadline is two weeks prior to session date. Check our certification page for info and application links for this and two more 2021 sessions.


Sept. 18-21. Allen D. Leman Conference. This year’s event will be hybrid. Attend in person in downtown St. Paul, MN, or take part virtually. Presentation recordings to be available for all registrants. Conference website will have registration info available soon.


Oct. 27-28. International Conference on Pig Survivability. Omaha. Registration is open on the conference website.

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DID YOU KNOW?
Longtime Pork Producer Mentor Passes Away
James “Doc” Allison of Greenwood, Arkansas, known as a friend and mentor by many independent producers in the swine industry, recently passed away. During his long career following graduation from Texas A & M with a veterinary medicine degree, he established a pork production consulting practice covering the U.S. and other countries and operated several businesses related to pork and livestock production. See his obituary.

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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.  Events such as the Derecho and the COVID-19 pandemic can increase the impacts and effects of stress and grief regardless of the depth of personal experience. 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. 2
June 2021

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