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Whether you’re a producer owner, a manager, employee or a contract producer, the World Pork Expo educational seminars have something to offer you. The best part is—they’re free.

All of the seminars will take place on Thursday, June 10 and Friday, June 11, and all will be located in the Cattle arena located within the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Here’s what you can expect from this year’s seminar line up. Make plans to attend several.

2004 World Pork Expo Educational Seminars

Optimizing Reproductive Efficiency
(Sponsor: Intervet)

10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

 

Replacement Gilt Management in a Production System
Billy Flowers, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C. He will discuss practical methods to help effectively manage gilt replacements in order to meet breeding targets.

10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

 

 

 

 

Utilizing Animal Synchronization in Batch Farrowing in a Production System
Brad Thacker, Intervet Technical Service. Batch farrowing is regaining popularity as producers recognize the benefits of weaning large groups of pigs. An important pre-requisite for successful batch farrowing is tightly scheduled breeding groups, which shortens the farrowing period and reduces weaning age variation. This presentation will review pig-flow strategies to establish a batch farrowing system, present the essential features of common batching schemes, and provide pointers on how to make batching systems work.

11:00 a.m. to 11:30  a.m.

 

Economic Modeling – What Really Pays?
Joe Connor, Carthage Vet Services, Carthage, Ill. Connor will review methods to help you consider practical ways to determine economic returns when evaluating production inputs.

11:30 a.m. to Noon

Question and Answer Period

Understanding Swine Influenza
(Sponsor: Intervet)

1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

What are Diagnostic Labs Seeing Today and Trends
Marie Gramer, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn. Gramer will review what diagnostic labs are currently seeing concerning strain variation with swine influenza virus and diagnostic methods.

 

 

1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Management of Swine Influenza in a Production System
Spencer Wayne, Pipestone Veterinary Clinic/The Pipestone System, Pipestone, Minn.. Wayne will review how they implement a diagnostic surveillance program and the benefits of doing so in a large production system.

 

2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Swine Flu - Vaccination Expectations
Rich Schlueter, Intervet Technical Service.   Schlueter will address the expectations you should have for swine influenza vaccines upon protection and monitoring programs.

 

 

2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Question and Answer Period

Facts About Antibiotics and What They Mean to Your Business
(Sponsor: Elance Animal Health)

3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Global and US Perspective on Antibiotic Use in Food Animal Production
Kirk Ferrell, National Pork Producers Council, vice president of public policy, Washington, D.C. Antibiotics continue to get a lot of attention from the media. It’s often difficult to separate fact from fiction. Ferrell will give a global antibiotic update as well as outline NPPC's activities in defending antibiotic use on your behalf.

 

4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Measuring the Real Value of Antibiotics - Part 1

   John Deen, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn. How do you measure the value that antibiotics and disease control bring to your operation? If you only measure average daily gain and feed efficiency you’re addressing only a small proportion of the total. Antibiotic use can improve pig health, reduce mortality, culls and lightweight pigs. These three variables can be viewed as attrition from the operation’s potential and it can have a big impact on determining profitability in your operation. Deen will explain what attrition is, why you need to be concerned and how you can reduce it.

 

4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Measuring the Real Value of Antibiotics - Part 2
Tom Marsteller, Manager of Technical Consultant, Elanco Animal Health. Marsteller, will discuss the impact Tylan can have on attrition and your bottom line.

5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Question and Answer Period

Finisher Pig Variation
(Sponsor: Pfizer Animal Health)

10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

 

Measuring Variation and Opportunity Costs
John Deen, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn. Discussion on how to measure finisher pig variation and how to measure the associated costs of that variation.

10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

 

Enteric Diseases Impacting Finisher Variation
Nate Winkelman, Swine Health Center, Morris, Minn. Discussion on how ileitis, Salmonella, E. coli, and others, can negatively impact growth parameters in the finishing stage contributing to the number of lightweights.

11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Respiratory Diseases Impacting Finisher Variation
Paul Yeske, Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, Minn. Discussion on the porcine reproductive disease complex. (M.hyo, swine influenza, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome) can negatively impact growth parameters in the finishing stage and contribute to the number of lightweights.

 

11:30 a.m. to Noon

Question and Answer Period

Afternoon Session I: Judicious Use of Antimicrobials
(Sponsor: Pfizer Animal Health)

1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Learning the Ins and Outs of the Animal Medical Drug Use Clarification Act of 1994 (AMDUCA)
Locke   Karriker, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. A review of the antimicrobial decision-making process and AMDUCA decision tree algorithm for making correct decisions concerning antimicrobial use.

 

1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

The Latest in the Pork Quality Assurance Program
Erik Risa, National Pork Board, Des Moines, Iowa. Highlights of the latest developments in the National Pork Board’s Pork Quality Assurance Program.

2:00 p.m.  to 2:30 p.m.

 

Antibiotic Selection Principles
Locke   Karriker, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. A case study on applying the principles behind AMDUCA to make correct decisions concerning antimicrobial use.

2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Question and Answer Period

Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Management and Control:

New Developments, New Hope
(Sponsor: Boehringer Ingleheim Vetmedica)

3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Techniques to Reduce the Financial Impact of PRRS Outbreaks
Tom Wetzell, South Central Veterinary Association, Wells, Minn. PRRS continues to be a major cost in most swine operations. Methods of reducing the financial impact of PRRS through different control measures will be discussed.

 

4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

New Information of PRRSV Transmission and Biosecurity
Scott Dee, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn. This presentation will update participants with the latest research on PRRS virus transmission, and intervention strategies to prevent its spread. Areas highlighted will be insects, aerosols and transport vehicles.

 

4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Question and Answer Period