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WPE seminars get down to business

By Staff | Jun 1, 2013

DES MOINES (WPE) – World Pork Expo will feature seminars on Wednesday and Thursday focusing on cutting-edge ideas on nutrition and management, and improved utilization of manure, as well as weather and market outlooks.

Expo-goers will find business seminars, along with the free business-seminar luncheons, in the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

“If you’re a pork producer looking for products, technology or information, World Pork Expo is the best place to spend your time,” said Randy Spronk, president of the National Pork Producers Council. “Where else can you go to gather the information you need and have some fun at the same time?”

As a pork producer from Edgerton, Minn., Spronk said between the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, the seminars and the conversations with fellow producers, the WPE offers ideas that can be applied today, as well as in the future.

“Whether it involves animal housing, transportation or health, the industry is continually moving forward,” he said. “At World Pork Expo, you will find innovative products and ideas that you can apply back home.”

The seminars include:


  • 9 a.m.: Understanding the Ps – Feeding Pigs for People, Planet and Profit.” Three presentations will outline swine nutrition strategies to improve production efficiencies and profit. The speakers include Dr. Joel DeRouchey, an Extension specialist at Kansas State University, along with DSM Nutritional Products specialists, Fidelis Fru, Dr. Chris Parks, and Dr. Jon Bergstrom.
  • 3 p.m. Feeding for 30 is designed to help producers achieve 30 pigs per sow per year. Purina Animal Nutrition, Zinpro Corporation and DSM will present the program on sow nutrition and management. This is organized as an interactive peer-to-peer forum, a panel of pork producers and swine nutritionists will share new tips and management insights, and answer questions.


  • 9:30 a.m., Ways to increase phosphorus and nitrogen availability of swine manure applied as fertilizer, will be discussed by Matt Werner, SFP’s research coordinator. He’ll present results from on-farm research and discuss manure management strategies from the pit to land application.


  • The National Pork Board will sponsor a business-seminar luncheon in the upper level of the Varied Industries Building. The program will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a weather outlook from Dr. Elwynn Taylor, of Iowa State University. Dr. Steve Meyer, president of Paragon Economics, will present the outlook for the crop, swine and competing meats markets, concluding by 2:30 p.m.
  • PORK Academy, presented by the Pork Checkoff will be hold nine seminars to address a wide range of topics including sow productivity and housing, food safety, exports, on-farm security and steps to protect against a foreign animal disease.

This year, World Pork Expo celebrates its 25th anniversary at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. More than 400 commercial exhibits will be on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, and Thursday, as well as from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 7.

The swine breeding stock sales will continue on June 8 from 8 a.m. until they’re completed (at approximately noon).

For more information, visit www.nppc.org.

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