Missouri Pork Producers Association (MPPA) has set a series of pork profit seminars for December focusing on ways to improve productivity and swine health status.

The seminars are free to pre-registered attendees; walk-ins will be charged $10, which includes a noon meal and handouts. For registration, click on  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e89t7w2n5e8bbe79&llr=udj4cobab.

The programs on Dec. 9 at Steinman Banquet Hall (formerly Lake Lenore) at Mexico, MO, and Dec. 12 at Thiebaud Auditorium at Lamar, MO, run from 2 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. The program on Dec. 13 at The Pork Place at Sedalia, MO, runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

All programs feature these presentations:

  • More pigs per sow per year – top 10 steps, Tim Safranski, associate professor/state swine breeding specialist, University of Missouri;
  • Right to farm in Missouri, Dan Kleinsorge, executive director, Missouri Farmers Care;
  • Public policy update, Greg Thornton, director of Producer Services, National Pork Producers Council;
  • Keeping your herd clean – biosecurity, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome and porcine epidemic diarrhea virus; and
  • Market outlook, Ron Plain, professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri.