Building on its successful return to Iowa State University (ISU) last year, the 2013 version of Iowa Swine Day has a new format and plenty of information for pork industry members. John Patience, ISU professor of animal science, says the registration for the June 27 event is now open.

“Those who register by the early deadline of June 14 will pay $60 – that’s $20 off the full registration fee – and students of any age can attend for just $25,” Patience says. “The fee includes lunch, refreshment breaks and a copy of the conference notebook.”

The day begins with registration at 7:30 a.m. and the welcome at 9 a.m. The morning plenary session features four speakers in Benton Auditorium. Following lunch, attendees will choose from 14 breakout sessions organized into three concurrent tracks: sustaining the global competitiveness of the American pork industry, utilizing human resources most effectively in pork production and what’s new at Iowa State University. The day’s activities will conclude about 5:15 p.m.

The Iowa Swine Day program agenda, links to registration forms and sponsor list are available on the event website.

Patience, who co-chairs the event along with Ken Stalder and Rodney “Butch” Baker, DVM of the Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC), says the planning group has worked diligently to learn about information needs and how best to address those needs through the program, which is set in the Scheman Building at the Iowa State Center in Ames.

Program planning partners are IPIC, Iowa State University Animal Science Department, Iowa Pork Producers Association and Iowa State Extension and Outreach.

“We consulted with industry representatives to learn what they’d like included in the program and have put together a first-rate program of speakers and topics,” Patience said. “Session topics include employee engagement, global success in swine production, success with group housing of sows, effects of heat stress on pig productivity, and understanding the impact of the replacement gilt on system health.”