On June 6 and 7 the National Pork Board’s (NPB) pork checkoff is sponsoring Producers Opportunity for Revenue and Knowledge (PORK) Academy at World Pork Expo at the Iowa State Fairground in Des Moines. Expo continues through noon on June 9.
PORK Academy is a series of seminars designed to provide information for pork producers about current industry challenges in a way that can be applied to their own operations. The seminars will cover a variety of topics, such as herd health, pork exports, transport bedding, economic outlooks and the ‘We Care’ initiative.
“Every producer attending World Pork Expo is invited to join us for the Pork Academy seminars,” said Mary Langhorst, chair of the pork checkoff’s producer and state services committee. “These seminars are a wonderful way to get timely and accurate information on topics that are vital to producers’ operations.”
The PORK Academy agenda is below. All sessions are in the Varied Industries Building, Room C. On Wednesday and Thursday at Noon, a market outlook session and luncheon will take place in the upper level of the Varied Industries Building.
Wednesday June 6
• 9:15-10:00 a.m.–Doing What’s Right vs. Looking for the Camera
Lynn Becker, pork producer
Sherrie Niekamp, National Pork Board
Cindy Cunningham, National Pork Board
During this session producers will learn about daily on-farm practices and why they are important to their pigs, barn workers and the industry. You’ll also learn what to do if confronted with an undercover video on your farm. And you’ll hear first-hand from a producer who dealt with this issue on his farm.
• 10:15-11:00 a.m.–Transport Bedding – Can Less Be Better?
Avi Sapkota, Texas Tech University
This session will provide research results that could help you save money.
• 11:00 a.m.-Noon–PRRS Regional Elimination – Procedures for Taking PRRS out of the Breeding Herd
Bob Morrison, University of Minnesota.
This session will share standard operating procedures that you can use.
• 12:00-2:30 p.m.–Business Seminar Luncheon
Weather Outlook Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University
Economic Outlook, Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics
• 1:30-2:15 p.m.–Biosecurity of PRRS – Pros & Cons of Filters
Jim McKean, Iowa State University
Bryan Myers, Pipestone Clinic
McKean will focus on “Getting Back to Basics in Biosecurity”. Understanding of how pathogens move from pig to pig, and what steps can be done to block transfer. Myers will provide an overview of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) filtration and how a farm is filtered from start to finish, information in the decision making process of whether or not to filter a farm and lastly, what determines the success of PRRS filtering on a farm.