NEWS NOW from IPIC

Vol. 21, no. 9

 

Source: Iowa Pork Industry Center

January 12, 2022

 

THOUGHTS FROM 109 KILDEE
Iowa Pork Congress is back and so are we
It's January and that means Iowa Pork Congress is near. This year we're in booth 1401, just inside Hall A, right next to the dining area. In addition to IPIC and ISU extension specialists, our area also will feature the selected posters for the Iowa Pork Congress Poster Competition for ISU students involved in swine research. IPIC and Iowa Pork Producers Association coordinated the submission and approval process for the program sponsored by Cargill. The posters will be on display from 9 a.m. Jan. 26 through 3 p.m. Jan. 27, with judging 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 26. Be sure to stop by for a look at what tomorrow's swine industry folks are doing today for the benefit of the industry. You also can vote for the people's choice award through 1 p.m. Jan. 27. If you need to recertify for PQA and/or TQA, our swine specialists are conducting one session of each on Jan. 26. See you in Des Moines next week!

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NEWS
Swine Health Information Center receives more funding
Thanks to the National Pork Board, the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) now has funding through 2027. NPB provided an additional $15 million in December that will assist SHIC is continuing to provide a variety of essential programs helping keep the U.S. swine industry safe from emerging global diseases. Read more in this release about the new funds and how SHIC has and will continue to work for producers.

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SowBridge 2022-23 registration continues
SowBridge, the distance educational series for those who work with sows, boars and piglets, and with genetic and reproductive issues, begins its next program year Feb. 2. Read more about the program (offered by Zoom this year, with a phone option) and register now to ensure material receipt in time for the first session.

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Sound feet and leg structure is key to sow longevity
Second only to reproductive failure, feet and leg structure is the major reason for sow culling and decreased sow longevity. An article by Iowa State University grad students and faculty includes study results and examples to help describe the impact of overgrown toes on sow longevity. In the National Hog Farmer article, the group (Derek Henningsen, Grace Moeller, Anna Johnson, Locke Karriker, and Ken Stalder,) describes how the condition can be accompanied by other physical conditions that can negatively impact breeding herds. Learn how they're using current info to plan future research in this area.

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PRODUCTION TIP
Be prepared for adverse weather
Adverse winter weather can strike at any time. This is the season to keep feed and supply deliveries current in order to ensure availability during times of closed roads or power outages. Additionally, plan on alternative options for delayed marketings of pigs or the delivery of new pigs.

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IT'S A DATE
Jan-Feb. Manure Applicator Certification sessions. Whether you need the dry manure or the confinement site manure applicator version, use this brochure from the Iowa Manure Management Action Group (IMMAG) to find the location nearest you and be sure to preregister -- it's required.

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Jan. 26-27. Iowa Pork Congress. Iowa Events Center, Des Moines. See us in booth 1401.

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Feb. 21-24. IPIC-IPPA Regional Pork Conferences. Locations are Orange City, Osceola, Nashua and Washington. Each site will offer a PQA session from 9 a.m. to noon. The conference session begins at 1 p.m. No cost, but please preregister. More info and registration link on the IPPA website.

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DID YOU KNOW?
Winter can be prime learning time

Just a reminder that select videos from Iowa Swine Day 2021 are available on our YouTube channel for you viewing. When chores are finished and the weather urges you to stay indoors, check out one or more from the ISD 2021 playlist. Topics range from California Prop 12 and the industry response to how feed biosecurity relates to FAD to the producer-rendering industry relationship. And while you're there, consider subscribing to our channel.


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FOR THE RECORD

Help for Dealing with Stress
Whether financial, emotional, mental or social, stress and grief are real parts of today's world. Read about new farmer mental health support programs through ISU Extension and Outreach. The Iowa Concern Hotline is always available at 800-447-1985, [email protected] and at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/

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NEWS NOW   Vol. 21, no. 9
January 2022

Iowa Pork Industry Center
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Ames, IA  50011-1178
Phone 515-294-4103  Toll-free 800-808-7675 (Iowa only)
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