Iowa Swine Day is set for June 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Iowa State University campus. For the first time in several years, the Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State are sponsoring the day-long educational opportunity designed specifically for pork producers.

Personnel from the Iowa Pork Producers Association and Iowa State Extension and Outreach also are assisting with the program.

“This program offers an in-depth look at a number of current pork-industry topics by recognized experts,” says IPIC director John Mabry. “All sessions are in Benton Auditorium in the Scheman Building on the Iowa State campus, and each 30-minute session is followed by a question-and-answer segment.”

Topics and speakers, featuring Iowa State experts, include:

  • Managing risk in uncertain times — Shane Ellis, agricultural economics
  • Preventing and managing pit foaming — Steve Hoff, agricultural and biosystems engineering
  • What’s being learned and done in the battle against porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus: Are we winning? — Derald Holtkamp, DVM, veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine
  • How to prioritize your biosecurity practices — Alex Ramirez, DVM, veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine
  • Capturing energy savings through proper ventilation management — Jay Harmon, agricultural and biosystems engineering
  • Motivating and keeping employees — Darra Johnson, Murphy-Brown, LLC, Ames, Iowa
  • Practical and effective ways to improve feed efficiency and reduce feed cost — John Patience, animal science
  • U.S. pork exports: Opportunities and risks — Dermot Hayes, agricultural economics
  • The 101 of swine welfare: What should I know? — Anna Johnson, animal science

Cost is $25 per person when registered by June 15 and $35 per person after that date. The fee includes a copy of the conference proceedings.

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