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World Pork Expo

Article-World Pork Expo

June 6-8, 2002Iowa State FairgroundsDes Moines, Iowa Hooray for the Red, White and Blue is the theme kicking off the 14th annual World Pork Expo, hosted by the National Pork Producer's Council and the National Pork Board. The three-day event will be held June 6-8 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Over 450 pork industry exhibitors will be at the show, which will feature educational events

June 6-8, 2002
Iowa State Fairgrounds
Des Moines, Iowa

“Hooray for the Red, White and Blue” is the theme kicking off the 14th annual World Pork Expo, hosted by the National Pork Producer's Council and the National Pork Board.

The three-day event will be held June 6-8 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Over 450 pork industry exhibitors will be at the show, which will feature educational events and seminars, contests, family fun and a popular golf tournament.

Highlights of the free educational seminars include sow productivity, swine welfare and the recent Trucker Quality Assurance (TQA) program. Producers can also learn more about regulatory issues at the Environmental Education Center, sample pork dishes from the Pork Product Showcase and get the hands-on point of view about pork quality traits through Pork 101.

Contests and family fun will be plentiful. At the Swine Barn, breed associations will be showcased during eight breed shows and sales. Artists will compete for prizes at the Pig-Casso Art Show, and the nation's top barbequers will grill off for cash prizes in the Great Pork BarbeQlossal. An outdoor track will blaze with live Pig Races. And the World Pork Open, a favorite golf event, tees off on Friday with cash prizes.

Admission is $8/day for adults and $2/day for children 6-11. Admission is free for children 5 and under.

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Daily Educational Activities

Th./Fri. 8 am - 5 pm, Sat. 8 am - 4 pm

Trade Show
Location: Varied Industries Building, Cattle Barn, Outdoors (southwest of Varied Industries Building)

At the world's largest pork-specific trade show, a wide array of pork industry products and services will be offered by more than 450 exhibitors.

The Business District
Location: Cattle Barn

This event will feature business areas with professional representatives to answer producer questions on finance, marketing, production and financial recordkeeping. Sponsors and participants include National Hog Farmer, AgriSolutions, Commodity & Ingredient Hedging, PigChamp Inc., National Pork Board Financial Standards and Blackwell, Sanders, Peper and Martin, LLP.

Pork 101
Location: Cattle Barn

Pork quality is the subject of the day. Pork producers and others will have the opportunity to learn more about quality traits, from live animal processing to taste testing, from the hands-on point of view.

Consumer Food Safety Center
Location: Cattle Barn

Producer Hub Displays and information provided by universities and other industry organizations are presented to educate consumers on healthy, safe food preparation.

International Visitors Center
Location: Cattle Barn South Annex

U.S. producers can discuss production and trade ideas with their international counterparts. More than 2,000 international visitors from over 60 countries have previously attended Expo.

Pork Product Showcase
Location: Cattle Barn

Visitors will be able to taste pork dishes and discover new flavors from around the world. Pork cooking techniques will be shown and a demonstration kitchen will also be conducted.

Educational Seminars

Location: Cattle Barn
Sales Arena

Free educational sessions will be presented by some of the nation's leading experts. Educational seminar topics and times follow:

Thursday, June 6
Maximum Pig Production
Through Your System

10 - 10:30 am: Breeding Factors that Determine Pigs Born

Rick Howe, Pork Technologies L.C., Ames, IA

10:30 - 11 am: Seasonal Variation That Affect Pig Flow

Tim Armentrout, AMVC Management, Audubon, IA

11 - 11:30 am: Pre- and Post-Farrowing Herd Management

Jan Huber, Great Plains Management, Creston, IL

11:30 am - Noon: Questions & Answers

What Affects Pork Quality?

1 - 1:30 pm: Swine Welfare — What are the Issues? What are the Expectations?

Anna Johnson, National Pork Board, Des Moines, IA

1:30 - 2 pm: Trucker Quality Assurance (TQA)

David Meisinger, National Pork Board, Des Moines, IA

2 - 2:30 pm: Producer Pork Quality Checklist

2:30 - 3 pm: Questions & Answers

Friday, June 7
Environmental Issues

10 - 10:30 am: Impact of Diet Manipulation on Nutrient Management Planning and Odors

Al Sutton, Purdue University

10:30 - 11 am: Swine Feeding Program Linkage to Manure to Whole Farm Multiple Nutrient Balance

Dr. Brian Kerr, USDA/ARS

11 - 11:30 am: Site Selection of Animal Operations Using Air Quality Criteria

Dr. Larry Jacobson, University of Minnesota

11:30 am - Noon: Questions & Answers

Getting More From My Existing Sow Herd

1 - 1:30 pm: Five Action Steps to Improve Reproductive Performance

Mark Wilson, Minitube of America, Inc.

1:30 - 2 pm: Top 10 Nutritional Keys to Getting More Pigs

Lee Johnston, University of Minnesota

2 - 2:30 pm: Evaluating the Economics of Improving Sow Productivity

Dennis DiPietre, PigVentures

2:30 - 3 pm: Questions & Answers

Contests and Competitions

Breed Shows and Sales
Location: Swine Barn

Breed associations will have eight breed shows and sales. The breed shows consist of live evaluation and feature tested or performance classes. For more information, visit

Friday, June 7

7:30 am: Duroc Show
Followed by Landrace Show
Followed by Yorkshire Show
Followed by Hampshire Show
9 am: Chester White Show
Followed by Berkshire Show
Followed by Spotted Show

Saturday, June 8
Ring A

9 am: Duroc Sale
Followed by Landrace Sale
Followed by Yorkshire Sale
Followed by Hampshire Sale

Ring B

10 am: Chester White Sale
Followed by Berkshire Sale
Followed by Spotted Sale

Pig-Casso Art Show
Th./Fri. 8 am - 5 pm, Sat 8 am - 4 pm
Location: Cattle Barn
South Annex

Pig images in a variety of media will be on this unique traditional show, where artists from around the country vie for cash prizes and ribbons Expo attendees may vote for their favorite artwork in the Audience's Choice Award.

Fun, Fun, Fun

Seventh Annual World Pork Open
Location: Briarwood Golf Course, Ankeny, Iowa

Friday, June 7
Registration: 8:30 am

A World Pork Expo favorite! Reservations are being accepted for the first 144 golfers. Cost is a $100 contribution per golfer. Sign up a foursome or register individually.

Country Fest Musical Entertainment

Sat. Noon - 6 pm
Location: Riley Stage

Some of country's hottest rising stars will perform, including Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Rascal Flatts and Little Big Town. Country Fest is included in the regular admission to World Pork Expo.

The Great Pork BarbeQlossal
Fri. 5 - 7 pm, Sat. 11 am - 1:30 pm
Location: Grand Concourse

The nation's best barbequers will vie for $24,000 in cash prizes and national competition points in this World Pork Expo tradition. Contestants will bring their custom-made grills and sauces to compete in the categories of whole hog, ribs, loin and shoulder. Showmanship is also a competition area. The overall grand prize winner will receive $5,000 plus a Kingfish Kountry Kooker.

Pig Races
Th./Fri. 10 am - 5 pm, Sat 10 am - 4 pm
Location: Outdoors, southwest of the Varied Industries Building

The excitement and fun of live racing can be found at Expo. Racing pigs will hoof around a sawdust track at blazing speeds. It will be fun for the entire family as you participate in the pageantry of the Pig Races.

Celebrated Chefs
Th./Fri./Sat. 10 am - 3 pm
Location: Cattle Barn

The pork checkoff-funded Celebrated Chefs program is designed to increase awareness and build excitement for pork's versatility, variety and profitability among chefs, foodservice operators, distributors and food media. They serve as spokespersons for the pork industry through speaking engagements and cooking demonstrations. The 2001-2002 Pork Celebrated Chefs will demonstrate how to create great pork dishes at home. Demonstration times will be at at a later date.

World Pork Expo Merchandise Shop

Location: Varied Industries Building and Cattle Barn

Here you will find World Pork Expo merchandise and materials such as shirts, hats, jackets, calculators and other souvenir items.