Normally many pork industry members would be heading to Des Moines, Iowa, this week for World Pork Expo. But this year is anything but normal. With the potential risk that African swine fever presents, the National Pork Producers Council decided in April to cancel this year’s event.
That’s when the team at National Hog Farmer jumped into action to find a way to bring producers worldwide the latest in pork industry information, without ever having to leave the office.
The Global Hog Industry Virtual Conference will offer more than four hours of engaging content from industry leaders on June 6. See the full schedule below; all times are Central.
10-10:40 a.m.: Global Mega Producers: Top players and market-influences
Drum roll please … What pork production companies made this year’s Global Mega Producer list? National Hog Farmer editor Ann Hess unveils this year’s top companies. Plus, Jim Long of Genesus, along with Dennis Smith of Archer Financial Services provide insight as to the market trends shaping the global hog industry in 2019.
11-11:50 a.m.: Barn innovation: What’s driving efficiency, performance gains?
Find out what’s going on in the barn from an innovation standpoint, and what it could mean from an individual animal management standpoint. Justin Lowe of Chore-Time/PigTek discusses with broadcaster Max Armstrong the latest in technology and how that can translate into increased performance and efficiency for your production operation.
Noon-12:40 p.m.: Use of human intelligence to maximize farm profitability
One of the greatest challenges facing profitable pork production is the human factor. Jon Hoek and Kasey Sheldon of Summit Precision Production explain how access to, and training of, a reliable workforce is essential and that the end result of such is improved human and animal performance and higher overall profitability.
12:45-12:50 p.m.: Pigs saving lives
Hear how pigs are contributing to advancements in heart stents, cardiac repair and rejuvenation, diabetes and insulin research and surgical procedure. Premier BioSource gives an update on its new $7.5-million farm in Indiana that will supply this growing market.
1-2 p.m.: African swine fever: What’s the latest on feed security?
The past year has brought greater attention to the safety of the feed being given to pigs than ever before due to the outbreak of African swine fever in other countries. The pork industry has implemented important management practices to help secure the feed supply. But, there is still work to do as the ASF situation is fluid and ongoing research is conducted to guide decisions. Join Scott Dee of Pipestone Applied Research; Liz Wagstrom of the National Pork Producers Council; Leah Wilkinson of the American Feed Industry Association, and Brooke Humphrey of Provimi, for a discussion on the state of feed security and research on approaches and best practices to help mitigate your risk.
Don’t delay, register today!
Register today for the Global Hog Industry Virtual Conference. If June 6 does not fit your schedule, registration will provide access to an archive of the event’s presentations and notifications as new programming is added.
Though it’s impossible to replace the full experience of World Pork Expo, the National Hog Farmer team with the help of these sponsors hopes to bring the next best thing.
- Platinum sponsors: Provimi US, Genesus Genetics, Chore-Time and PigTek.
- Gold sponsors: Alltech and Hubbard Feeds.
- Silver sponsors: International Nutrition, Kent Feeds, Hog Hearth, The Pork Checkoff, ILTek, ADM, Kemin Industries and Merck Animal Health.