The Iowa Pork Producers Association, in association with Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach, are sponsoring the Iowa Pork Regional Conferences in late February.
The sessions, which all run from 1-4:30 p.m., include:
- Feb. 25 at the Carroll County Extension Office in Carroll;
- Feb. 26 at the Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon;
- Feb. 27 at The Borlaug Learning Center in Nashua; and
- Feb. 28 at the Johnson County Extension Office in Iowa City.
Phil Gauger, ISU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, will address practical swine diagnostic applications and oral fluid testing to address disease challenges currently affecting pork production systems.
Lee Schulz, livestock economist at ISU, will provide the 2013 livestock and grain economic outlook to analyze profit opportunities for pork producers and share risk management resources that are available through ISU.
ISU Extension swine specialists will also cover:
- Rationing corn for pigs – evaluating replacing corn with distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) or other low-energy feed to stretch corn inventories.
- The pros and cons of selling lighter weight pigs taking into account the packer grid, seasonal price direction, sorting skill and margin over feed cost.
- Tips on feed management and technology to reduce feed costs including particle size, pelleting, feeder management and feeder design.
- Diet relation to manure composition, focusing on how fertilizer value from manure continues to add significant value to Midwest pork production.
- Pork Quality Assurance Plus training sessions will be offered from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. prior to each regional conference.
Conference pre-registration is free or $5 at the door. To pre-register or for more information, call the Iowa Pork Producers Association at (515) 225-7675 or (800) 372-7675 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.