Iowa Conf Tour has Health and Feed Focus

by 5m Editor
5 February 2008, at 12:27pm

IOWA - Swine disease intervention and biofuel by-products products will be the featured topics at a series of Iowa Pork Regional Conferences this month.

Organised the Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University Extension the sessions will be held in five different Iowa towns beginning the 18 February 2008. Taking the event on tour will make it easier for owner/operators, contract growers, production employees, swine industry consultants and veterinarians to attend, say the organisers.

“The regional conferences are always a great partnership of IPPA and Extension. And With five meetings across the state, the expertise is at your doorstep. We look forward to visiting with producers," said Colin Johnson, extension program specialist at ISU’s Iowa Pork Industry Center.

Presentations will focus on issues important to pork producers and others involved in the industry.

Key speakers include:

Dr. Locke Karriker, DVM , swine section leader in Food Supply Veterinary Services at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She present case Studies of disease intervention, using actual studies from production units. She will explain why PCVAD, PRRS and other swine diseases occur, how co-infections can complicate disease management, and what steps help in alleviating economic and production affects.

Mark Bertram, Ph.D, of First Choice Livestock will target DDGS, glycerol and other biofuel-related products in a session titled “Feeding Pigs in a Biofuels World.”

“Feed inputs are of prime concern and Dr. Bertram will offer advice from the field on non-corn and soybean meal ingredients to guide us in getting the best diet for the dollar,” said Johnson said.

Various ISU Extension swine field specialists will also present information on current management market issues.

The conference dates and locations are:
  • 18 Feb. - Marr Park, 2943 Hwy. 92, Ainsworth
  • 19 Feb. - Oelwein Community Plaza, Oelwein
  • 25 Feb. - Corporate Centre, 950 North Main Ave., Sioux Center
  • 26 Feb. - Carroll County Extension Office, Carroll
  • 27 Feb. - Dows Community Center, 119 East Ellsworth, Dows
The cost to attend the conference is $20 for advanced registrations. It will be $30 on the day.

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