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UltraCare Gel carving contest to be held at World Pork Expo

Pork won’t be the only nutritious thing being carved up at this year’s World Pork Expo. Three pork industry “celebrities” will be carving sculptures in the first annual UltraCare Gel Carving Contest hosted by Purina Animal Nutrition.

The contest will be at 1 p.m. June 8 behind the Purina Animal Nutrition hospitality tent, located at G298 Grand Avenue. All World Pork Expo attendees are welcome to watch and vote for their favorite gel sculptures. Ballots will be available at the event and at the main entrance gate the day of the event.

The contestants are:

  • Holly Cook, 2016 Iowa Pork Queen. Cook lives on a farrow-to-finish hog farm in northeast Iowa. She is a senior at East Buchanan High School in Winthrop, Iowa, and plans to attend Iowa State University, where she wants to major in agribusiness.
  • John Patience, professor of animal science at Iowa State University. His areas of expertise include energy metabolism, fiber utilization and general wean-to-finish feeding and management. Patience has been a faculty member since 2008. Patience also has Extension responsibilities and works with producers across Iowa, the United States and the world.
  • Amber Knudsen, swine specialist for Purina Animal Nutrition in west central Iowa, serving Landus Cooperative. Knudsen is a 2005 graduate of Iowa State University and grew up on a row crop and cattle operation near Union, Iowa, where her parents still farm today. She has been involved in the swine nutrition industry for nearly seven years.

The completed carvings will be on display as long as weather and gravity permit.

While UltraCare Gel is an excellent medium for the three-dimensional arts, its primary function is as a nutritious hydration product for pigs. This unique gel made of liquid and dry components is highly palatable to promote activity, intake and hydration. It can be used to help pigs stay hydrated in times of challenging transitions such as weaning or transportation.

Learn more about getting the most out of your nutrition program at www.ProgressToProfit.com.