One-day conferences focusing on ways to improve swine health are scheduled at five sites throughout Iowa in February.

The schedule includes:

  • Circovirus and associated diseases, diagnosis, control and prevention, Pat Halbur, DVM, diagnostic lab, Iowa State University (ISU);
  • Managing porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome and porcine respiratory disease complex, Halbur;
  • Pseudorabies – The End? Iowa State Veterinarian John Schiltz;
  • Antibiotic "Free," Planning for the Future, James McKean, extension veterinarian, ISU;
  • Effectively Reducing Your Medication Cost, John Carr, DVM, diagnostic lab, ISU;
  • Improving Production Through Drinking Water, Carr;
  • Biosecurity Principles and Practices for All Farms, David Pyburn, DVM, U.S. Department of Agriculture; and New Production Tips in Finishing, Tom Wetzell, DVM, South Central Veterinary Associates, Wells, MN.

Luncheon speaker is consulting agricultural economist Dennis DiPietre on Global Trends in the Pork Industry.

The programs run 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-registration is $20, $25 at the door. Attendees may pre-register at the Iowa Pork Producers Association Web site, http: // or call 563-425-3331 for the Oelwein site.

Locations include:

  • Feb. 17, Carroll, Carrollton Inn;
  • Feb. 18, Cherokee, Western Iowa Technical Community College;
  • Feb. 19, Iowa Falls, Elks Club;
  • Feb. 20, Oelwein, Luigi’s Restaurant; and
  • Feb. 21, Iowa City, Johnson County Fairgrounds.