Illinois Pork Producers Offer Biosecurity Workshop at IL State Fair

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Source: Illinois Pork Producers Association

The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) is teaming up with Ohio State University to host a biosecurity workshop titled “Becoming a Swientist” on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at the 2019 Illinois State Fair. All junior swine exhibitors are welcome to join us for a fun afternoon in the barrow barn learning how to keep kids and pigs healthy. 

The workshop begins at 4 p.m. with a rotation of four hands-on stations. It will conclude with complementary pizza and a panel of pork professionals. Parents are encouraged to join us for the panel discussion. Panelists include: Dr. Andrew Bowman, OSU; Thomas Titus, IPPA; John Heins, National Pork Board; and Jennifer Shike, Farm Journal’s PORK. 

There will be free gifts for those in attendance. Plus, each participant will be awarded a free “biosecurity bucket” filled with essentials, courtesy of Ohio State University. After completing four stations learning about human and animal health, the goal is for exhibitors to take the bucket home and put it into action using the skills they learned from the workshop. 

IPPA continues to lead the conversation around animal health, especially in a time where the threat of foreign animal disease is more prevalent than ever. Pork Checkoff dollars and funds from Ohio State University were used to host this event free of charge to junior swine exhibitors.  

Checking pigs
Swientist activities help people of all ages learn more about biosecurity and pig health. Lily Grobosky, 4, checks to see if the pigs in the barn are healthy or sick during a Swientist activity at The Exposition designed to help kids understand disease transmission. Parents Stan and Shelia said her first priority upon returning to their farm was to go out and check her pigs to see if they were healthy. 

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