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Pork Expo seminars provide up-to-date information

By Staff | May 31, 2015

-Contributed photo INCLUDED IN THE PRICE of admission to World Pork Expo, more than a dozen free seminars will be available to pork producers and other professionals in the Iowa State Fairgrounds’ Varied Industries Building.

DES MOINES – World Pork Expo is the place to get the most up-to-date information related to pork production, business management and new technologies.

Sponsored by the National Pork Producers Council, this year’s Expo will take place June 3-5 in the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa.

More than a dozen seminars are scheduled for June 3 and June 4, which are included in the price of admission.

“To me, the most important activity for pork producers at World Pork Expo is the educational seminars,” said Dr. Ron Prestage, NPPC president and South Carolina pork producer. “The exchange of ideas and information is invaluable.

“The seminars cover such a wide range of topics that all types of producers can capitalize on new insights they can take back home.”

Business seminars

  • At 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on June 3, Harrisvaccines will offer a look at how rapid-responding vaccines can be used for emerging diseases.

A series of swine-health experts from the United States and the Philippines will join Harrisvaccine researchers to discuss the latest research on RNA particle prescription vaccines and porcine epidemic diarrhea virus.

  • From 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on June 3, Purina Animal Nutrition will present “Challenge Accepted: Conquer your Mount Everest,” an interactive seminar featuring strategies for powering through challenges.

Speakers will include veterinarian Dr. Lance Fox who has climbed Mount Everest; Steve Stitzlein, chief of operations of Heimerl Farms, will talk of his experiences in achieving goals from nursery to finish and how a clear, direct plan and teamwork aided in the success of the facility; and Dr. Dan McManus, of Purina Animal Nutrition, works with swine producers across the country on strategies that promote pig performance from nursery to finish.

  • At 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 4, the United Soybean Board will present two, one-hour sessions titled, “Biodiesel Works: Fueling Swine Profitability.”

The speaker, J. Alan Weber, National Biodiesel Board feedstock development program manager, will talk about how the use of animal fat in biodiesel has added $150 million in revenue to market hogs, and how the increased demand for soy-based biodiesel affects the supply of soybean meal.

PORK Academy

A long-standing attraction at World Pork Expo, PORK Academy takes place on both June 3 and June 4. Presented by the Pork Checkoff, PORK Academy will feature experts from across the country talking about regulatory changes in antibiotic use, a PEDv update and the Common Swine Industry Audit.

Other presentations will zero in on sow lifetime productivity, mitigating seasonal losses and additional management topics.

Trade show

World Pork Expo features the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 3 and June 4, as well as from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 5.

The record-setting World Pork Expo Junior National begins June 2 and is expected to involve nearly 750 youth from 24 states.

Additional information is available at worldpork.org, and by connecting with World Pork Expo on Facebook, following Expo on Twitter (@NPPCWPX, #WPX15), and downloading the free mobile app by searching for “World Pork” in the Apple Store, Android Market or Blackberry’s App World.

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