UW-Extension Swine Team, Wisconsin Pork Association and the Pork Checkoff invite pork producers and industry professionals from across the state to the Badger Swine Symposium, which will be held on July 17 at the Agriculture Technology Center at the UW-Platteville Pioneer Farm, Platteville.  The farm is located at 29200 University Farm Road, Platteville.

The symposium is planned with a number of state and national speakers on important topics impacting the pork industry.  Speakers for the program include:

  • Laura Pepple, University of Illinois, will present on pit foaming and research to help control its’ increasing occurrence in the Midwest.
  • Neil DeBuse, DVM, Minnesota Swine Reproductive Center, LLC, will talk about Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), including efforts being made in Wisconsin to help control and prevent the disease from being spread.
  • UW-Extension Swine Team – Dave Wachter, Zen Miller, and Adam Hady – will give an update on their swine industry programming in Wisconsin, including PQA Plus and farm assessments, Pig Connect, a website resource for education and buying and selling pigs, and Grow Wisconsin swine industry perspective.
  • Dr. Tom Crenshaw, University of Wisconsin – Madison, will deliver current research on Vitamin D deficiencies conducted at the Arlington Research Station while Jamie Reichert, Arlington Swine research center manager, will give an update on other research being conducted at the Arlington Swine Research facility.

The program will be free to attend, and lunch will be included with support from the Pork Check-Off funds.  Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the program will conclude by 2:30.  If you plan to attend, please R.S.V.P. by July 12 to the Wisconsin Pork Association at 800.822.7675 or by e-mailing wppa@wppa.org.