The 19th annual World Pork Expo will be held June 7-9, 2007 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, IA. The annual event, hosted by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), is the largest pork industry trade show and exhibition in the world, drawing some 30,000 pork producers, exhibitors and visitors from around the country and across the globe.

“World Pork Expo has been getting better and better every year,” says Jill Appell, NPPC president and a pork producer from Altona, IL. “If it has to do with pork production, you'll find it at World Pork Expo.”

World Pork Expo events will include:

  • Career Center and Job Fair
  • Marketing Information Center
  • Employee Care Center
  • Environmental Information Center
  • Educational Seminars
  • Farm Toy Show and Sale
  • Breed Shows and Sales
  • Lunch at the Big Grill
  • World Pork Open Golf Tournament
  • World Pork Open Sporting Clay Tournament

Pork producers are urged to stay for Friday evening's hog roast, with musical entertainment presented street-dance style on the Grand Concourse from 3-8 p.m.

Featured entertainers will include Billy Joe Royal, whose hits include “Down in the Boondocks” and “Cherry Hill Park,” and '60s sensations the Buckinghams, with hits like “Kind of a Drag” and “Hey Baby, They're Playin' Our Song.”

WPX Events and Times

June 7-9, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines A full slate of events and more can be accessed at www.worldpork.org.

Trade Show

Thursday/Friday (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.); Saturday 8 a.m. to noon Varied Industries Building, Cattle Barn, Outdoors

World Pork Expo is the world's largest pork-specific trade show, with a wide array of pork industry products and services to be offered by some 500 exhibitors.

World Pork Expo Marketing Information Center

Thursday/Friday (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Varied Industries Building, Meeting Room C

The Marketing Information Center offers producers the opportunity to learn about industry trends and outlooks that impact their bottom line. Admission to the Marketing Information Center is free with World Pork Expo admission.

Thursday, June 7

9 a.m.: Starting pigs-Veterinarian from Mexico.

10 a.m.: Early Identification of Sick Pigs-Veterinarian from Mexico.

11 a.m.: Training the Trainer for Service Managers and Employee Supervisors - Veterinarian from Mexico.

Noon - 2:30 p.m.: Lunch and Market Outlook Session

Weather Situation and Outlook for Summer 2007- Elwin Taylor, Iowa State University.

Outlook for Feed Costs in 2007 and Beyond - Dr. Robert Wisner, Iowa State University.

Hog and Pork Economic Outlook — Glenn Grimes, University of Missouri.

Friday, June 8

9 a.m.: Ethanol: Rethinking the Corn Market — Larry Holy, Cargill, Inc.

9:30 a.m.: Biogas: Reusing the Waste - Ian Purtle, Cargill, Inc.

10:30 a.m.: Nutrients: Revaluing Co-products — Mark Newcomb, Cargill Inc.

Noon - 2:30 p.m.: Lunch and Market Outlook Session

Weather Situation and Outlook for Summer 2007 — Elwin Taylor, Iowa State University.

Outlook for Feed Costs in 2007 and Beyond — Robert Wisner, Iowa State University.

Hog and Pork Economic Outlook — Glenn Grimes, University of Missouri.

World Pork Expo Employee Care Center

Thursday (9 to 11 a.m.)
Varied Industries Building, Meeting Room B

Learn the ins and outs of working with your employees through these seminars sponsored by National Pork Board.

9 a.m.: Managing Cultural Diversity — Pablo Moreno, DVM, Carthage Veterinary Service Ltd., Carthage, IL.

9:30 a.m.: Co-worker to Manager — Making the Transition — Bob Milligan, Dairy Strategies, LLC.

10 a.m.: Creating a Culture of Safety — Ken Mathias, Monsanto.

Environmental Information Center

Thursday (1 to 4:30 p.m.)
Friday (9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
Varied Industries Building, Meeting Room B

The Environmental Information Center will provide information on capturing the crop nutrient value of production byproducts, while bringing together experts to talk about what it takes to navigate the ever-growing maze of environmental reporting requirements.

Thursday, June 7

1 p.m.: Feeding Around Environmental Issues — Brian Richert, Purdue University.

1:45 p.m.: Applying Environmental Research at the Farm Gate — Nathan Augspurger, JBS United, Inc.

3 p.m.: Getting More from Less: The New Trace Mineral Supplementation Strategy — Gary Boyette, Prime Line Consulting.

3:30 p.m.: The Smell of Money: How Air Quality Can Improve the Bottom Line — Paul Groenwegen, Alltech.

4 p.m.: The 21st Century Pig: Growing Animals in the New Economy — James Pierce, Alltech.

Friday, June 8

9: a.m.: What is Manure Really Worth? Determining and Maximizing the Value of Manure — Bob Koehler, University of Minnesota Southwest Research & Outreach Center.

9:30 a.m.: Odor Science and Techniques Producers Can Use to Reduce Odor — Dick Nicolai, South Dakota State University.

10 a.m.: Expanding Our Swine Business Using Above Ground Manure Storage — Brandon Hill, Dykhuis Farms, Inc., Holland, MI.

1 p.m.: How will DDGs Affect Your Nutrient Management Plan? — Mark Whitney, University of Minnesota.

1:30 p.m.: Being Good Neighbors, Building Trust — Aaron Putze, Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers, Des Moines, IA.

2 p.m.: 10 Steps to Managing Odor on the Farm — Jay Harmon, Iowa State University.

Pork Industry Career Center

Thursday/Friday (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Varied Industries Building, Meeting Room D

Sponsored by National Hog Farmer, the Career Center will help employees find quality job opportunities with employers who need good help.

ID Alley

Thursday/Friday (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Saturday (8 a.m. to noon)
Cattle Barn

The Animal ID Alley will feature the latest in identification practices and products to help producers stay ahead of the curve in the issues surrounding traceability and food safety.

Educational Seminars

Cattle Barn Sales Arena

Free producer education seminars are some of the best-attended events at the World Pork Expo. Hear it straight from the experts on topics including animal health and best-practice production.

Thursday, June 7

9 a.m.: Managing Rising Feed, Space and Labor Costs of Your Breeding Herd — Tim Safranski, University of Missouri.

9:30 a.m.: Field Results of a Conditionally Licensed, Two-Dose Porcine Circovirus Type 2 Vaccine — Rich Schlueter, DVM, Intervet, Inc.

10 a.m.: Clinical Assessment of Circovirus Control in a Kansas Swine Practice — Steve Henry, DVM, Abilene Animal Hospital, Abilene, KS.

10:45 a.m.: Question and Answer

1 p.m.: Production Cost Outlook and How to Prioritize Input Costs — Dennis DiPietre, KnowledgeVentures, LLC.

1:40 p.m.: PRRS: Managing the No. 1 PCVAD Cofactor — Tom Gillespie, DVM, Rensselaer Swine Services, Rensselaer, IN.

2:20 p.m.: Impact of Ileitis on Herd Profitability — Tom Painter, DVM, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.

Friday, June 8

9 a.m.: 100% Pork: Let's Keep It That Way — Scanlon Daniels, DVM, Circle H Animal Health, Dalhart, TX.

9:30 a.m.: Safeguarding the Pork Industry — Joel Nerum, DVM, Pipestone Systems, Pipestone, MN.

10: a.m.: Pork Quality Assurance Plus — Erik Risa, National Pork Board.

10:30 a.m.: Question and Answer

1 p.m.: Nursery Pig Performance in 2007 and Beyond — Jason Kelly, DVM, Suidae Health and Production, Algona, IA.

2 p.m.: Nuflor Uses and Applications in Nursery Pigs — Residues, MRLs and Exports — Tim Kniffen, DVM, Schering-Plough Animal Health.

2:30 p.m.: A Comparison of Commercial Vaccines vs. Autogenous Vaccines — Robyn Fleck, DVM, Schering-Plough Animal Health.

World Pork Open Clay Target Championship

Thursday (noon)
New Pioneer Gun Club, Waukee, IA

A five-person team shoot-out has become a “don't-miss” World Pork Expo event. To reserve your spot, visit the World Pork Expo Web site, www.worldpork.org for a registration form or call Craig Boelling, National Pork Producers Council, 515-278-8012.

2007 World Pork Open Golf Outing

Friday, June 8 (8:30 a.m. registration and free range balls 9:30 a.m. shotgun start), Briarwood Golf Course, Ankeny, IA

A World Pork Expo favorite. Reservations available to the first 144 golfers. Cost is a $125 contribution per golfer. Sign up a foursome or register individually. Registration forms are available at www.worldpork.org

MusicFest

Friday: 3 to 8 p.m.
Grand Concourse

Pork producers are encouraged to make a point of staying around for Friday evening's hog roast, featuring musical entertainment presented street-dance style on the Grand Concourse. Entertainers will include Billy Joe Royal, whose hits include “Down in the Boondocks” and “Cherry Hill Park,” and '60s sensations the Buckinghams, with hits like “Kind of a Drag” and “Hey, Baby, They're Playin' Our Song.”

World Pork Expo Farm Toy Show and Sale

Thursday/Friday (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Saturday (8 a.m. to noon)
Cattle Barn

The National Farm Toy Museum, Dyersville, IA, will hold the Third Annual World Pork Expo Farm Toy Show and Sale. Features over 100 exhibitors selling and displaying farm toys and memorabilia. Skilled artisans will display craftsmanship of the farm toy layouts on display. You'll have the chance to talk one on one with designers. The event features the fourth edition World Pork Expo commemorative toy tractor, a specially commissioned 1/16th Scale International 460 IH McCormick with #50 Loader. Collectors who purchase 2007 serial-numbered tractors will have the first option to purchase the same serial number in the 2008 model. Serial-numbered tractors are available through NPPC by calling 515-278-8012 or online at www.worldpork.org.

The Great Pork BarbeQlossal

Saturday (Judging starts at 11 a.m.; prizes awarded at 3:30 p.m.)
Fairgrounds Midway

The nation's best barbecuers will vie for a share of $37,500 in cash prizes and national competition points in this World Pork Expo tradition. Contestants will bring their custom-made grills and sauces to compete in the categories of whole hog, ribs, loin and shoulder and showmanship.

PigCass Art Show

Thursday/Friday (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Saturday (8 a.m. to noon)
Cattle Barn (Main Entrance)

Pig images in a variety of media will be on display in this unique, traditional show, where artists from around the country vie for cash prizes and ribbons. Expo attendees may vote for their favorite artwork in the Audience's Choice Award.

Pig Races

Thursday/Friday (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Saturday (8 a.m. to noon)
Cattle Barn (Northeast Corner)

Racing pigs will hoof around a sawdust track at blazing speeds. It will be fun for the entire family.

World Pork Expo Merchandise Shop

Thursday/Friday (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Saturday (8 a.m. to noon)
Varied Industries Building (south foyer)

Bring something home for the kids. Better yet, shop for yourself! Exclusive World Pork Expo apparel and merchandise…something for everyone!

Lunch at the Big Grill

Thursday/Friday/Saturday (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Fairgrounds Triangle

There is such a thing as a free lunch when you visit the World Pork Expo “Big Grill.”

2007 World Pork Expo Swine Show and Sale

Friday and Saturday
Swine Barn

The 2007 World Pork Expo Show and Sale features the nation's top producers of purebred Berkshire, Chester White, Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace, Poland China, Spotted and Yorkshire boars and gilts. For details, registration information and schedules, visit www.worldpork.org.

Show Schedule

Friday, June 8 (Ring A) 8 a.m. — Hampshire Show, followed by Duroc, Landrace and Yorkshire.

Friday, June 8 (Ring B) 9 a.m. — Chester White Show, followed by Poland, Spotted and Berkshire.

Sale Schedule

Saturday, June 9 (Ring A) 9 a.m. — Hampshire Sale, followed by Duroc, Landrace and Yorkshire.

Saturday, June 9 (Ring B) 10 a.m. — Chester White Sale, followed by Poland, Spotted and Berkshire.

2007 World Pork Expo Junior National Swine Show

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Swine Barn

One of the top youth shows in the nation, the Junior National Swine Show showmen vie for swine and showmanship awards. For more information and schedules, visit the Junior National Swine Association Web site at www.nationalswine.com/njsa/njsa.html.

Show Schedule

Wednesday, June 6

1:30 p.m.: Mandatory exhibitor meeting.

2 p.m.: Crossbred Barrow Show

4:30 p.m.: Purebred Barrow Show

Ring A: Berkshire, Chester White, Poland China, Spotted

Ring B: Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace, Yorkshire

Thursday, June 7

8 a.m.: Showmanship Contest

Ring A: Junior, followed by Novice

Ring B: Senior, followed by Intermediate

1 p.m.: Purebred Gilt Show

Ring A: Berkshire, Chester White, Poland China, Spotted

Ring B: Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace, Yorkshire Followed by the Crossbred Breeding Gilt Show

Friday, June 8

8 a.m.: Judging Contest Registration

10 a.m.: Judging Contest

12:30 p.m.: Novice Judging Contest

4 p.m.: Sweepstakes Ceremony