This Week in PORK: Iowa Pork Congress and Feral Hogs in Texas

Iowa Pork Congress is underway

Producers are well into the Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines this week. The event, and trade show, put on by the Iowa Pork Producers Association, showcases new products, and hosts seminars with pork specialists, AgDay’s Clinton Griffiths reports.

Jennifer Shike, editor of Farm Journal’s PORK is looking forward to the event.

“I do think we're going to see a heightened interest this year in the winter pork trade shows because of world pork expo being cancelled last year. People are eager to see new products out there to get together, network and make connections with industry leaders and have a good time,” she says.

Texas Community Hires Consultant to Fight Feral Hog Problem

People in one neighborhood near Houston, Texas are getting serious about feral hog removal, Griffiths says. It comes after feral hogs were spotted while children were standing at bus stops.

Residents in The Woodlands Township have hired a consultant to find a way to help protect the community and the Spring Creek watershed. It's been serving as a kind of "hog highway"...driving the feral pigs into the yards of people along the path, he says.

The decision also comes not long after the death of a woman who was killed by a feral hog outside of a home where she served as a caregiver. That incident happened about an hour away from the Spring Creek watershed, Griffiths says.

Currently, wildlife recovery businesses are putting out traps along Spring Creek. One business alone reports it caught 171 feral hogs in the area last year. The wild pig population in Texas is estimated to be between 3-to-5-million pigs, he notes.

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Texas Community Hires Consultant to Fight Feral Hog Problem

Feral Hogs Attack and Kill Texas Woman