This year’s Iowa Swine Day will serve pork producers by offering expert speakers who will address current issues affecting the industry. Some of the topics will include the status of and response to African Swine Fever, what makes a biosecurity program successful, improving company culture, precision pork production, and feeding the high-producing sow.
The morning session will feature Frank Mitloehner of the University of California-Davis. He 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.
Wes Jamison from Palm Beach Atlantic University will share how “Gen Z” consumers influence the pork industry. Troy Van Hauen of Accelerated Performance Technicians will present a mini-workshop on how to improve a 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. 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 preparation for foreign animal diseases, including an update on African Swine Fever worldwide from David Casey of Pig Improvement Company in China.
The day will finish with a free pork barbecue in the Iowa State Center courtyard. Registration is $65; it includes lunch and refreshments. Early registration ends at 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 June 27 at the Scheman Building, Iowa State Center, 1805 Center Drive, Ames, Iowa. Visit www.ipic.iastate.edu for more information.