High feed prices and low hog market prices are presenting challenges for pork producers. Tips on how to deal with these challenges will be addressed at Kansas State University's annual conference aimed at helping pork producers improve their operation's efficiency and profitability.

Kansas State Research and Extension´s Swine Profitability Conference will run from 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Feb. 5 in Forum Hall at the Kansas State Union. The $25 registration fee includes lunch and all conference sessions. The registration deadline is Jan. 25.

This year´s program will cover several swine industry topics including the influence of ethanol, oil and land prices on the industry; swine health and marketing options. Each session features presenters from universities and agribusinesses across the Midwest.  

Topics and speakers for this year´s conference include:

-PCV will not be the last virus to have a major impact on the swine industry: Is swine influenza virus the next ticking time bomb? -Marie Locke Gramer, University of Minnesota

-Returning to a family swine business - Michael Springer, Indpendence, Kan. pork producer

-The influence of ethanol, oil and land prices on the future of the swine industry - Michael Swanson, Wells Fargo Financial.

-Marketing decisions based on packer matrixes and pig flow - Mike Tokach, Kansas State University and Steve Henry, DVM, Abilene Animal

-Is your team all driving in the same direction - Larry Firkins, University of Illinois.

The purpose of the Swine Profitability Conference is to provide pork producers and allied industry the opportunity for an in-depth look at production management, marketing and business decisions related to profitability in the swine industry, says Jim Nelssen, Kansas State swine specialist. "We have a first-class line-up of speakers this year," he notes. "Our job is to challenge producers to do a better job with their operations. We have five topics that definitely do that."

The conference is sponsored by the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University, Kansas State Research and Extension, the Kansas Pork Association and the National Pork Board.

More information is available by calling Nelssen at (785) 532-1251, or by visiting www.asi.k-state.edu/swine.

Source: Kansas State University