The North Dakota State University Extension Service will conduct an informational seminar for pork producers Aug. 8 at the Governor's Inn and Conference Center, Casselton N.D.

The program is free of charge and open to anyone interested in the pork production industry. The event starts at 1:30 p.m.

Mike Tokach, swine specialist from Kansas State University, will speak on porcine circovirus and feed costs. Tokach, originally from North Dakota, has been recognized nationally for his practical nutrition research and its application to the pork industry, and has written numerous publications and presented to audiences throughout the county.

Since 2005, the spread and impact of porcine circovirus associated diseases have been significant, affecting the weight gain and mortality of pigs, particularly in the early finisher phase. High and volatile grain prices also are a challenge to producers in managing costs and profitability. Tokach will help explain what PCVAD is and how to manage it, and discuss alternatives and management considerations in dealing with high feed costs.

Seminar attendees also will have an opportunity to meet North Dakota State Animal Science Department personnel involved in pork-related projects and activities. In addition, attendees will hear what's happening in the pork industry on the state level. Other presenters and their topics are:

  • Craig Jarolimek, managing partner with North Dakota Sow Center LLLP in Forest River, will share the progress and scope of the new farrowing operation and the investment in the state for pork production.
  • Dick Roth, North Dakota pork quality assurance coordinator, will explain the new Pork Quality Assurance Plus program.

For additional information, contact John Dhuyvetter, North Dakota State University area livestock specialist, at (701) 857-7682.

Source: North Dakota State University