Plan to attend this year’s Minnesota Pork Congress on Jan. 17 and 18 at the MinneapolisConvention Center. The tradeshow hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is $10 per person. The tradeshow will feature 170 companies exhibiting equipment and services specifically geared toward pork producers and pork production.

Producer education seminars begin at 8 a.m. on Jan. 17 with a workshop for custom manure applicators. This workshop includes an optional testing opportunity for individuals interested in becoming licensed Commercial Animal Waste Technicians. Additional seminars on Wednesday are: Three Keys to Being a Successful Supervisor; Thinking About Building? Tips on Doing It Right; Pork Industry Outlook for 2007 and Beyond, presented by Dr. Steve Lawrence, Iowa State University Extension Livestock Economist; and Truck Weight Compliance Issues.

There will also be an afternoon conference on the use of corn in the pork industry. This conference features information on market strategy development, securing alternative protein sources, the use of dried distillers grain with solubles in sow diets and in grow-finish diets, and new University of Minnesota research on DDGS flowability.

Producer education seminars begin at 10 a.m. on Jan. 18. Seminars will be Energy Efficiencies: Cutting Back on Power Costs, Reducing Hog Transport Losses, and New PRRS Information and Initiatives for Minnesota Swine Producers.

A special Thursday morning forum will look at questions relating to Porcine Circovirus and Associated Diseases. Presenters will cover PCVAD transmission, diagnosis, its economic impact to an operation, and PCVAD vaccine use and availability.

For more information on Minnesota Pork Congress visit www.mnpork.com/porkcongress or telephone the Minnesota Pork Board office at (507) 345-8814 to request a schedule of events.

Source: Minnesota Pork Board news release