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Conference to update farmers on swine health issues

By Staff | Aug 15, 2013

SHELDON/CARROLL – The Iowa Pork Producers Association, in cooperation with the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University and ISU Extension have developed a new series of conferences for hog farmers in response to current swine health issues impacting the industry.

The IPPA Swine Health and Animal Well-being Committee will hold two free management conferences. The sites and dates are:

  • Aug. 26, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Northwest Iowa Community College, in Sheldon
  • Aug. 28, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Carroll County Extension office, in Carroll

Dr. Rodney Baker of the IPIC will discuss what is currently known about the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus that has proven deadly to piglets across the country.

Baker will explain how producers can manage employees and visitors relative to PEDV, how hog farmers can protect their herd when most packing plants and trailers are testing positive for the virus, and what can be learned from transmissible gastroenteritis and the practices that should be effective against PEDV.

“Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome has caused great economic harm to the industry for years and now we’re facing the devastating impact of PEDV,” said Dr. Craig Rowles, committee chairman and a pork producer from Carroll. “We’re offering these conferences to provide the latest information on these issues and try to help producers deal with or avoid these swine health concerns.”

ISU’s Dr. James McKean will discuss how producers can avoid residues and a U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspection. His presentation will include changes in residue testing at packing plants, the impact of detected residues and practical steps to avoid chemical residues.

Rounding out the list of presenters is Dr. Lee Schulz, an ISU Extension livestock economist. He will explain how pork farmers can survive with a short corn supply, prospects for continued hog demand and 2014 opportunities.

“FDA has introduced new residue limits and testing procedures and we want to make sure hog farmers are aware of these changes,” Rowles said. “Also, the current and future economic impacts of the swine health issues are critical to producers’ success, so we feel it’s important to include this discussion as well.”

Producers will not be required to register to attend either of the conferences.

For additional information contact Cody McKinley at IPPA at (800) 372-7675.

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