Pork production is an important business, and the 2013 World Pork Expo provided many tools to help producers maximize their profitability and efficiency. See this video for a quick overview.

According to the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), sponsors of the event, nearly 20,000 pork producers and industry representatives from 39 countries attended this year’s expo. More than 400 commercial exhibits displayed the newest products and services and seminars throughout the show provided updates on industry activities, markets, programs, health concerns and consumer issues.

Nearly 20,000 pork producers and industry representatives from 39 countries will be in Des Moines, June 5-7, for the 2013 World Pork Expo. Presented by the NPPC and held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, it is the world’s largest pork-specific trade show with more than 400 commercial exhibits.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, World Pork Expo featured 310,000 square feet of exhibits, which is an increase from 2012.

“The heart of Expo is the personal interaction — producer to producer, and with NPPC leaders and company representatives,” says Randy Spronk, NPPC president and pork producer from Edgerton, Minn.

The World Pork Expo Junior National set new records this year: 856 junior exhibitors from throughout the United States entered more than 2,500 pigs. While some people criticize youth shows, it’s important to keep in mind the valuable “life skills” learned by showing livestock. Young people learn discipline and the importance of caring for animals. Many learn the economics of the business and good sportsmanship is stressed. These exhibitors are going to be adults who have an objective, knowledgeable view of the pork industry.

The Agriculture Building featured the International Visitors Center and the America’s Best Genetics display, as well as a display of World Pork Expo memorabilia from the past 25 years.

I enjoyed meeting with many exhibitors and getting updates on new products. Many companies are doing excellent research, and you’ll be reading about some of this work on PorkNetwork. My only regret from World Pork Expo is that I didn’t have enough time to cover everything, and I didn’t have enough time to visit with old friends.

But, there’s always next year. I’ll look forward to seeing you at the 2014 World Pork Expo, June 4-6, 2014.