Doubling Indiana's pork production will be a key topic at the fifth annual Midwest Pork Conference scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

ISDA's pork task force convened this summer to develop expansion strategies and is scheduled to announce its plan by early fall. "This is definitely a topic that has producers talking," says Sherrill Rude, MPC conference manager.  "Pork producers will have one of the first opportunities to discuss the state's plan with top state officials at MPC."

The education program, held at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites, will feature 12 educational sessions within the three educational tracks focused on management and herd health, marketing/economics, and legal regulations. MPC's one-day educational conference also includes a luncheon, networking reception and tabletop exhibit displays for allied industry.

Educational topics range from PRRS discussion with veterinarians to the rewriting of the 2007 Farm Bill. Bob Goodband, swine specialist from Kansas State University will present the latest research on pig weaning ages. In addition, Phil Burke, reproductive service manager at Sireline Business, PIC, will discuss the top 10 artificial insemination strategies a producer should use.

In the marketing and economics track, Max Rodibaugh,DVM, will discuss when a producer should sell sows, and Jerry Brooks, vice president of hog procurement, Swift & Co., will explain the cost of poor animal handling.  Afternoon sessions include: Ron Plain, University of Missouri-Columbia, discussing how long strong hog prices will last, and Mike Brumm, University of Nebraska, on the economics of purchasing SEW vs. feeder pigs. Tom Younger, Meadowbrook/American Heartland Insurance, will present “Protecting Your Hog Confinement Investment”.

MPC offers a special registration rate this year of only $49.95 for the first or only registrant from a farm or company.  The registration fee for additional attendees from the same farm or company is $25.00.

For more information contact: Sherrill Rude, MPC conference manager, Indianapolis, 800-535-2405, srude@inpork.org. Producers can register and get hotel information online at the MPC Web site: www.midwestpork.com.

Indiana Pork Producers Association