From African swine fever to sustainable intensification, the eighth-annual Iowa Swine Day, scheduled for June 27, 2019, is packed with a powerful line-up of speakers representing the pork and animal agriculture industries.
“Iowa Swine Day is a great opportunity to learn, network, and build relationships within the swine industry,” said Jason Ross, Iowa Swine Day committee chair. “The topics being discussed at this year’s event are a result of direct input from pork producers who let us know what topics are important to them.”
The event will take place on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, featuring highly regarded speakers discussing relevant issues facing U.S. pork producers.
The morning session will feature Dr. Frank Mitloehner from the University of California-Davis, who will explore how improvements in livestock production efficiencies, genetics, nutrition and veterinary care can help meet the increasing demand for animal protein as the world’s population grows, without depleting natural resources.
Dr. Wes Jamison from Palm Beach Atlantic University will share how “Gen Z” consumers influence the pork industry, and Troy Van Hauen of Accelerated Performance Technicians will present a mini-workshop on how to improve your company’s culture by developing and exemplifying a standard of leadership principles.
The afternoon will be structured into four concurrent breakout sessions with 16 presentations to choose from, says Kristin Olsen, Iowa Swine Day coordinator. Some of the afternoon topics include nutrition for high-producing sows, precision pork production technologies, and causes and consequences of leaky gut. One afternoon session will be focused on foreign animal disease preparation, including an update on African Swine Fever worldwide from Dr. David Casey of PIC in China.
Brian Blumhagen of New Modern Concepts will present “How to decide what to do and when with your facility,” as part of Iowa Swine Day’s new afternoon session dedicated to practical, hands-on management topics for growers and others who finish pigs and work in barns on a daily basis.
The day will conclude with a pork barbecue in the Iowa State Center courtyard, sponsored by TechMix, AB Vista and Lynch Livestock.
Registration is $65 and includes lunch and refreshments. Early registration ends midnight, June 14. Late or on-site registration is $90. Registration is free for students before the early registration deadline, and is $45 after the deadline has passed. Iowa Swine Day will be held at the Scheman Building, Iowa State Center, 1805 Center Drive, Ames. The full program, directions and online registration are available on the Iowa Swine Day conference website.
Iowa Swine Day is hosted by IPIC in collaboration with the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Iowa Pork Producers Association.
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