The 2012 World Pork Expo (WPX) is less than a month away, and even though the days are jam packed, there is a set of business seminars worth noting.
The dates for this year’s event are June 6 through June 8. Presented by the National Pork Producers Council, WPX takes place at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines Iowa.
Along with Pork Academy seminars, brought to you by the National Pork Board, there are educational opportunities in the form of company-sponsored Business Seminars. All take place within the Varied Industries Building.
Here’s a look at this year’s Business Seminar Lineup:
Wednesday, June 6
9:30-10:15 a.m. Medicating groups of pigs: What weight of pig do we treat?
Sponsored by: Merck Animal Health; Tim Kniffen, D.V.M., M.S., technical services manager, Merck Animal Health. This presentation will incorporate aspects of the always eagerly anticipated elements of statistics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, & pig weights to evaluate the dose of antimicrobial pigs in a group receive when they are all medicated with the same dose of an antimicrobial.
10:15-11:00 a.m. Factors affecting safe and effective vaccination
Sponsored by: Merck Animal Health; Jack Creel, D.V.M., technical services manager, Merck Animal Health
This presentation will review vaccine handling, environment, immune status and other factors affecting proper vaccination of growing pigs.
11:00-11:45 a.m. Deworming options for optimal herd performance
Sponsored by: Merck Animal Health; Jamie Lehman, D.V.M., technical services manager, Merck Animal Health. This presentation will review an ongoing problem of internal parasites, how they affect immune function, health and performance, and how to diagnose and treat.
Noon-2:30 p.m. Business seminar luncheon
Sponsored by: National Pork Checkoff; Free lunch provided at Noon; speakers begin at 12:30 p.m.
Elwynn Taylor, Ph.D., Iowa State University: Weather outlook. Steve Meyer, M.S., Paragon Economics: Economic outlook.
3:00-4:00 p.m. Feeding for 30 — sow nutrition forum
Sponsored by: Land O’Lakes Purina Feed LLC and Zinpro Corporation; Where does nutrition fit in achieving 30 pigs per sow per year? Dr. Gawain Willis, director of nutritional services, Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC
Can you achieve 30 pigs weaned per sow per year? Is it real or just another buzzword concept? The challenge is far greater than genetic selection alone. Maternal nutrition is important in creating and supporting large litters profitably. If a sow is "producing for 30," shouldn't we be "feeding for 30"?