2019 Missouri Pork Expo Focuses on Vision, Leadership, Success  

Source: Missouri Pork Association

The Missouri Pork Association invites producers, suppliers and distributors to the 2019 Missouri Pork Expo. The two-day event promotes the pork industry, educates youth and adults, and distributes information from current research. The event takes place Feb. 12 and 13 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. 

The educational series and one-day swine trade show are feature attractions for the 2019 Expo. Participants may also attend events including the FFA Pork Speaking Contest Finals, Pork Industry Banquet and Pork Leadership Breakfast. 

The largest swine-specific trade show in Missouri will include 96 agricultural businesses on Feb. 12. The show registration opens at 8 a.m. Tuesday and the trade show closes at 5:30 pm that evening.

More than 100 youth are expected to complete Show Me Quality Assurance (SMQA) certification, beginning at 9:30 a.m., during the “2019 In the Show Ring” educational workshop. The Tuesday workshop prepares young people to show swine at the local and state levels. 

The Missouri Pork Expo will host a barbecue lunch on Tuesday. The lunch is $10 per person and is free to youth.  

The 2019 Expo Educational Series kicks off Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. with PQA Plus Certification training. Tim Safranski and Corinne Bromfield, DVM, both with the University of Missouri, will present the session. At 11 a.m., two concurrent sessions will be held on "Safety Issues to Look for In a Slatted Floor," sponsored with Andy Altenburg of Altenburg Construction and "FAD's - Are you Prepared? What Happens When It Arrives?" with David Pyburn, DVM, National Pork Board, and Taylor Woods, DVM, Missouri Department of Agriculture.

The afternoon sessions will cover many topics important to producers. Two concurrent sessions will begin at 1 p.m., including "Economics of Manure Handling & Application" with Laura Pepple of Puck Enterprises, and "How to Keep Your People!" by Erin Wagoner of The Maschhoffs.

The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. and include a wine tasting. The reception will lead up to the Pork Industry Banquet and end with the Missouri Pork Association's live auction. Tickets for the banquet are $45 prior to the Expo and $50 on site.

The educational series continues Feb. 13 with the Pork Leadership Breakfast featuring Dr. Steve Meyer with Kerns & Associates. There is an additional $50 fee to attend the breakfast prior to the Expo, $60 on site.

Stay after breakfast for the University of Missouri Commercial Agriculture Program's Pork Industry Hot Topics. Faculty will cover topics including "Effect of Iron Dosage in Newborn Pigs on Subsequent Performance" with Marcia Shannon; "Pit Additive Effectiveness and Solid-Liquid Separation Barn Findings" with Teng Lim; "Tangible Benefits of High Water Quality for Pig Health and Production" with Corinne Bromfield, DVM; "Implementing On-Site Water Treatment Systems to Improve Drinking Water Quality" with Joe Zulovich; and "Evolution of U.S. Swine Operations and Regulations" with John Lory. 

Registration for the trade show and educational sessions is free. There is a non-exhibiting supplier fee of $50. More information regarding the 2019 Missouri Pork Expo is available at mopork.com/events/missouri-pork-expo/.