NPB presents PORK Academy at WPX

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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.

• 2:30-3:15 p.m.–Ingredient Availability & Cost
Joel DeRouchey, Kansas State University
This session will provide information on optimizing diets with current prices.

Thursday June 7, 2012

• 9:15-10:00 a.m.–Advances in PRRS Research
Butch Baker, Iowa State University
PRRS research results that have yielded practical benefits for producers will be shared in this session.

• 10:15-11:00 a.m.–The Threat of Foot & Mouth Disease to the Swine Industry
Dermot Hayes and Jim Roth, Iowa State University
More countries in the world currently have Foot & Mouth Disease (FMD) in their livestock than those that are free from the disease. Learn about the economic impact to the swine industry and efforts to develop business continuity plans in the event of an FMD outbreak in the United States.

• 11:15 a.m.-Noon–Leading by Example- Showing ‘We Care’ at the Barn Level
Bryn Jensson, National Pork Board
Looking to increase your knowledge of the ‘We Care’ initiative and how you can share it with your employees or production partners? This session will highlight the recently developed ‘We Care’ barn worker kit. This tool provides ‘We Care’ posters and training guides (available in both English and Spanish) which display the initiative’s six ethical principles. Don’t miss your chance to discover how you can inspire your employees -lead by example.

• 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 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.

• 2:30-3:30 p.m.–Export Issues & World Markets
Becca Hendricks, National Pork Board
Laurie Hueneke, National Pork Producer’s Council
Paul Sundberg, National Pork Board
Participants will hear an update on the current U.S. export activities and markets, a review of market access and policy issues, scientific barriers to trade and see a presentation of pork usage in Mexico, the number one volume market for U.S. pork exports.

The National Pork Checkoff is sponsoring other activities at World Pork Expo in addition to PORK Academy. Producers are invited to visit the pork checkoff hospitality tent on the north side of the Varied Industries Building for food, fun and information. National Pork Board members and staff will be serving food throughout the day and hosting events including information sessions and recipe demonstrations. A full schedule of events and more information about the hospitality tent can be found at www.pork.org/wpx.

Information about PORK Academy is available here

Source: NPB


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