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Don’t Miss One of the Best Deals at World Pork Expo

World Pork Expo 2014Where can you get a crash course in the latest pork production news, visit with industry experts and find ways to manage your farm more efficiently? You’ll find it all at the Pork Checkoff's Producer Opportunity for Revenue and Knowledge (PORK) Academy sessions on Wednesday, June 4, and Thursday, June 5, during World Pork Expo at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

"PORK Academy offers an outstanding lineup of leading experts who will address issues facing producers today," said David Ray, chair of the Checkoff's Producer and State Services Committee and a pork producer from Edenton, N.C. "These sessions will provide attendees with information to help operate their farms more effectively and to stay current on industry trends and challenges."

The 2014 PORK Academy seminars will be held at Varied Industries Bldg. Room C and will cover:

Wednesday, June 4
Safe Pig Handling
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.    
Bill Winkelman, National Pork Board


The Checkoff's new Safe Pig Handling Tool reinforces fundamental safety concepts while depicting real-life, specific situations encountered in daily pork production. This resource is designed to be used for one-on-one meetings, small groups and self-study training sessions.

Industry Productivity Analysis
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Ken Stalder, Iowa State University

Learn about the current data collection results, changes in production traits over time and benchmarking key productive traits.

SowBridge/Pork Bridge Session
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Importance of Educating Others about Pork Production;
Jon Hoek, Belstra Milling Company


Get an inside look into what Belstra Milling has learned in educating the public about pork production through the Fair Oaks Experience, located in Indiana.
 
Reproductive Decision Tree
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Don Levis, Levis Worldwide Swine Consultancy


The National Swine Production Guide allows producers to address challenges in the breeding barn by using a decision tree to reveal information about the problem and suggest corrective changes in management practices.
 
World Market Economics and the Importance of Trade
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Dermot Hayes – Iowa State University


Find out more about U.S. pork export markets, insight into world economics and the opportunity for global trade.

Thursday, June 5

PEDV Research Update
9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.        
Lisa Becton, National Pork Board

This session will provide the most current research information for PEDV.

PEDV – Lessons Learned & Next Steps
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.     
Harry Snelson, American Association of Swine Veterinarians
Liz Wagstrom, National Pork Producers Council


Find out the most up-to-date information on the current status of PEDV in the United States, including lessons learned and what’s next.

Sustainability in Pork Production – Pigs, Planet, People
11:15 a.m. – Noon     
Jamie Burr, Tyson Fresh Meats

Learn about the development of a pork industry sustainability framework and producer tools to help support this framework.

Pain Management
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Dr. Pairis-Garcia, Iowa State University
Dr. Anna Johnson Butters, Iowa State University


This session will define pain and how it can be measured in pigs, including the legal parameters for using pharmaceuticals. Also at this session, learn about research on the effectiveness of products that reduce or eliminate pain associated with tail docking and castration.

Safe Pig Handling
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Bill Winkelman, National Pork Board


The Checkoff's new Safe Pig Handling Tool reinforces fundamental safety concepts while depicting real-life, specific situations encountered in daily pork production. This resource is designed to be used for one-on-one meetings, small groups and self-study training sessions.

Join Us For Lunch
You won't want to miss the Business Seminar Luncheon, which will now be located in the Pork Checkoff hospitality tent.The Pork Checkoff will serve lunch starting at noon on Wednesday, June 4, and Thursday, June 5.

Each luncheon will feature a weather outlook from Elwynn Taylor of Iowa State University and an economic outlook from Steve Meyer of Paragon Economics. "These popular and entertaining speakers always draw a packed crowd," Ray said.

Download the App
As you make your plans for the 2014 World Pork Expo, stay up to date with the handy 2014 World Pork Expo app. You can download this free mobile app by searching for “World Pork” in the Apple Store, Android Market or Blackberry’s App World.

For more information on PORK Academy and other Pork Checkoff-sponsored events at World Pork Expo, click here, or call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675.


 

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