More activities, events and seminars are set for the second day of the 2015 World Pork Expo.

  • Trade show runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • National Swine Registry — America’s Best Genetics Alley
  • PQA Plus® training at 9:15 a.m. and TQA® training at 1 p.m.
  • Children's activities — face painting and balloon sculpting, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • World Pork Open Golf Tournament, Otter Creek Golf Course, Ankeny, Iowa
  • World Pork Open Clay Target Championship, New Pioneer Gun Club, Waukee, Iowa
  • World Pork Expo Junior National shows
  • The Big Grill, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • MusicFest performances starting at 4:30 p.m., Grand Avenue

Thursday's business seminar schedule includes:

10:00 - 11:00 Biodiesel Works: Fueling Swine Profitability 
Sponsored by: United Soybean Board

 

Did you know more than 40% of the choice white grease produced in the U.S. is used to make biodiesel?  And that this new demand for animal fat has added significantly to the value of market hogs, increasing revenue to the hog industry more than $150 million.  Have you thought about the fact that increased demand for soybased biodiesel increases the supply of soybean meal and lowers the relative cost of your feed bill?  Learn more about how a healthy biodiesel impacts swine production in your state.

The speaker will be J. Alan Weber, National Biodiesel Board Feedstock Development Program Manager

 

 

2:00 - 3:00 Biodiesel Works: Fueling Swine Profitability 
Sponsored by: United Soybean Board

 

Did you know more than 40% of the choice white grease produced in the U.S. is used to make biodiesel?  And that this new demand for animal fat has added significantly to the value of market hogs, increasing revenue to the hog industry more than $150 million.  Have you thought about the fact that increased demand for soybased biodiesel increases the supply of soybean meal and lowers the relative cost of your feed bill?  Learn more about how a healthy biodiesel impacts swine production in your state.

The speaker will be J. Alan Weber, National Biodiesel Board Feedstock Development Program Manager

The Pork Academcy schedule for Thursday is as follows: 

9:15 - 10:00 Sow Lifetime Productivity 
Sponsored by: Pork Checkoff

 

Chris Hostetler, National Pork Board

The number of quality pigs a sow produces from the time she becomes breeding eligible until she leaves the herd is more comprehensive than simply measuring pigs per sow per year. It more fully represents the overall efficiency with which she produces pigs and has a greater impact on profitability of the entire enterprise. Nutrition, genetic selection, environment, animal welfare and health are just a few of the bigger factors that affect productivity. Research is being conducted that will provide pork producers with management tools to improve sow lifetime productivity.

 

10:15 - 11:00 Planning for Emergency Mass-Depopulation of Swine in Response to a Foreign Animal Disease Outbreak 
Sponsored by: Pork Checkoff

 

Mark Rice, North Carolina State University

In the event of a foreign animal disease outbreak in the United States, a method for rapid on-farm swine mass-depopulation that meets American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommendations will be required. This session will present planning tools and the basic planning concepts for an on-farm system that can be assembled from readily available, low cost materials.

 

11:15 - 12:00 The Swine Health Information Center- A New Defense for the Industry 
Sponsored by: Pork Checkoff

 

Paul Sundberg, National Pork Board

The experience of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) has offered us many lessons. We have learned that the logistics of today's pork production is so large that the likelihood of being able to protect against the entry of another disease is, at best, extremely small. International travel has dramatically increased, and prok producers import a wide variety of inputs onto their farms. This session will share how we can prepare for future production diseases and how the Swine Health Information Center can help with coordinated federal, state, and industry responses.

 

1:30 - 2:15 Mitigating Impact of Seasonal Loss of Productivity 
Sponsored by: Pork Checkoff

 

Tim Safranski, University of Missouri

This session will provide information on the impacts of seasonality of swine, including recent research that has measured the impact of in utero heat stress on subsequent growth, composition and reproductive efficiency. More research is being done now to define the in utero effect.

 

2:30 - 3:15 Pork Quality 
Sponsored by: Pork Checkoff

 

David Newman, North Dakota State University
Dustin Boler, University of Illinois

Consistant, high quality pork will increase positive eating experiences for consumers. David will discuss the results of the updated retail quality study along with the direction of improving pork quality. Dustin will present on Checkoff funded research correlating the quality from different primals of the pork carcass.