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Swine health focus of 2017 regional conferences

By Staff | Jan 29, 2017

CLIVE – Swine health, a swine market outlook and barn safety will be three of the subjects discussed at the 2017 Iowa pork regional conferences.

The Iowa Pork Producers Association, the Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University Extension swine specialists will host the meetings at four Iowa locations, including two within the Farm News coverage area. They are:

  • Feb. 20 at the Sioux County Extension office in Orange City.
  • Feb. 21 at the Carroll County Extension office in Carroll.

Both sessions are from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To preregister for the conference and/or certification training, contact Barb Nelson at (800) 372-7675. The regional conferences are free for those who preregister or $5 at the door.

“It’s imperative that our producers are equipped with valuable resources for current industry topics,” said Drew Mogler, IPPA’s director of producer education. “This year’s regional conferences will provide worthwhile information for anyone involved in the day-to-day management of pork production.”

The following presentations will be delivered at both locations:

Swine health update

Dr. Chris Rademacher, an ISUE swine veterinarian will disclose what’s been learned about how managing and preventing introduction or re-introduction of porcine epidemic diarrhea visrus into swine herds.

He’ll discuss the current state of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome management and what researchers are learning about how to manage and prevent this disease.

The latest on senecavirus A also will be discussed.

Market outlook

Dr. Lee Schulz, an ISUE livestock economist will discuss exports, domestic demand, health challenges and a multitude of other factors that can impact the livestock producer’s bottom line.

Schulz will dive into these issues and current projections, review forecasts for input costs and market hog value in 2017 and discuss what profit opportunity may be in store for producers in the year to come.

Barn safe

Erik Potter, an ISUE swine specialist, will discuss barn safety, including safety risks to the grower and employees. Participants will learn how to identify risks along with steps to eliminate or minimize them.

Topics will include animal handling, slips/trips/fall hazards, machine guarding, lock out/tag out, hazard communication, emergency preparedness and pit pumping.

Antibiotic stewardship

Swine producers need to prepare their farms for new regulations that will likely change their health management strategies. As producers, they can choose to ignore, dispute or defend operations, but during this session, the fourth option, stewardship, will be promoted.

The swine specialists will look at what’s always been done and try to find ways to do it better by focusing on tools and techniques to use to reduce antibiotic usage.

Free PQA Plus producer certification training sessions will be held prior to each conference.

Training will be hosted from 9:30 a.m. to noon at each location.

For more information, contact Mogler at (800) 372-7675.

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