World Pork Expo

June 5-7, 2003 Iowa State Fairgrounds Des Moines, Iowa Pork Galore, three days of education, information and relaxation is the theme kicking off the 15th annual World Pork Expo, hosted by the National Pork Producer's Council. The three-day event will be held June 5-7 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. A total of 421 companies have registered as pork industry exhibitors for the show. This

June 5-7, 2003 Iowa State Fairgrounds Des Moines, Iowa

“Pork Galore, three days of education, information and relaxation” is the theme kicking off the 15th annual World Pork Expo, hosted by the National Pork Producer's Council.

The three-day event will be held June 5-7 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. A total of 421 companies have registered as pork industry exhibitors for the show. This includes 41 new exhibitors and 141 exhibiting companies from outside the U.S. The show will feature educational events and seminars, contests, family fun and a popular golf tournament, World Pork Open.

Highlights of the free educational seminars include three related sessions on PRRS covering transmission, investigating an outbreak and control strategies. A second educational seminar on managing the breeding herd features gilt management, sow management and a question-and-answer session.

Producers can also learn more about regulatory issues at the Environmental Education Center and sample pork dishes from the Pork Product Showcase.

Contests and family fun will be plentiful. At the Swine Barn, breed associations will be showcased during seven breed shows and sales. Artists will compete for prizes at the Pig-Casso Art Show just inside the Cattle Barn entrance, and the nation's top barbecuers 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 with cash prizes, tees off on Friday, June 6.

Admission to World Pork Expo is $8/day for adults and $2/day for children 6-11. Children 5 and under are admitted free.

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Trade Show

Th./Fri. 8 am - 5 pm, Sat. 8 am - 4 pm
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 over 400 exhibitors.

The Business District

Location: Cattle Barn

National Hog Farmer and other participating industry partners will feature business areas with professional representatives to answer producer questions on finance, marketing, production and financial recordkeeping.

International Visitors Center

Location: Cattle Barn South Annex

U.S. producers can discuss production and trade ideas with their international counterparts. More than 1,000 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 at the demonstration kitchen.

Educational Seminars

Location: Cattle Barn Sales Arena

Free educational seminars will be presented by some of the nation's leading experts. Topics and times follow:

Thursday, June 6

What You Should Know About Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS)

10 - 10:30 am: How is PRRS Being Transmitted?
Dr. Scott Dee, University of Minnesota

10:30 - 11 am: Investigating an Outbreak: What do Producers Need to Know?
Dr. Eric Neumann, National Pork Board

11 - 11:30 am: Current Control Strategies for PRRS
Dr. Monte McCaw, North Carolina State University

11:30 am - Noon: Questions & Answers

Managing the Breeding Herd

1 - 1:45 pm: Gilt Management
Dr. Mark Fitzsimmons, Swine Graphics Enterprises, Webster City, IA

1:45 — 2:30 pm: Sow Management
Dr. Tim Loula, Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, MN

2:30 - 3 pm: Questions & Answers

Friday, June 7

Market Outlook for 2003 and 2004

10 - 10:30 am: Weather Outlook
Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University

10:30 - 11 am: Grain Outlook
Bob Wisner, Iowa State University

11 - 11:30 am: Hog Outlook
Glenn Grimes, University of Missouri

11:30 am - Noon: Questions & Answers

Environmental Issues

1 - 1:30 pm: What You Need to Know to Comply with the AFO/CAFO Rules and Available Resources
Rick Koelsch, University of Nebraska

1:30 - 2 pm: Diet Manipulation Strategies for Managing Manure Output and Composition
Merlin Lindemann, University of Kentucky

2 - 2:30 pm: Environmental Stewardship — Commitment to the Environment
Lynn Harrison, producer from Wisconsin and Marlin Pankratz, producer from Minnesota

2:30 - 3 pm: Questions & Answers

Contests and Competitions

Breed Shows and Sales

Location: Swine Barn

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

Friday, June 6

Ring A

8 am: Hampshire Show
Followed by Duroc Show
Followed by Landrace Show
Followed by Yorkshire Show

Ring B

9 am: Berkshire Show
Followed by Spotted Show
Followed by Chester White Show

Saturday, June 8

Ring A

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

Ring B

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

Pig-Casso Art Show

Th./Fri. 8 am - 5 pm, Sat. 8 am - 4 pm
Location: Cattle Barn Main Entrance

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

Fun, Fun, Fun

8th Annual World Pork Open

Location: Briarwood Golf Course, Ankeny, Iowa
Friday, 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. Register online at

Music Fest Musical Entertainment

Sat. Noon - 6 pm
Location: Riley Stage

Enjoy a variety of music presented by today's top performers: Highway 101 with Hal Ketchum, Sonny Geraci and the Outsiders and the Blooze Brothers of Chicago. Music Fest is included in the regular admission to World Pork Expo.

The Great Pork BarbeQlossal

Friday evening and Saturday afternoon
Location: Grand Concourse

The nation's best barbecuers will vie for $20,000 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 prizes will also be presented. The overall grand prize winner will receive $3,000 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 pig 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 and provide cooking demonstrations. The 2001-2002 Pork Celebrated Chefs will demonstrate how to create great pork dishes at home.


Sat. 7:30 — 10:00 am

Iowa Farm Bureau Foundation's 2nd Annual Hog Jog returns after great success last year. Runners, walkers and bikers will converge on the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 7. Sponsored by the Iowa Farm Bureau Foundation, Zylstra Harley-Davidson of Ames, IA, and World Pork Expo.


Sat. 11:00 am — Riley Stage

This is a unique fund-raising campaign with a comical approach to raising dollars for a very serious issue: the need for funding vital diabetes research and programs. We honor the pig for aiding in the discovery of insulin for people who suffer from diabetes. Sponsored by American Diabetes Association and Lions Clubs of Iowa. See for more information.

Pork Checkoff Theater

Th., Fri., Sat. — Cattle Barn

A short video program will be shown throughout each day, every 45 minutes, to showcase the activities of the pork checkoff program. Producers who view the video are eligible to enter a drawing to win a John Deere Gator push lawnmower, riding lawnmower, weedeater and a barbecue grill. Tickets to an ARCA race will also be given away. Producers who view the video are invited to sample pork products. Staff will be on hand to answer any questions about pork checkoff programs.

Pork Product Showcase

Th., Fri., Sat. — Cattle Barn

Celebrated chefs will be cooking entrees on stage in the demonstration kitchen. They will also hand out samples of pork products. Niche markets, advertising, retail, foodservice, exports and the Pork Information Bureau will all be featured in the Pork Product Showcase.

Big Grill

Th. 11- 2, Fri. 11-2, Sat. 11:30-2
Midway Area

Pork producer volunteers prepare pork from the largest grill in the world. About 50,000 servings of the best will be portioned out during the three-day event.

2nd Annual Celebrity Rib-Eating Contest

Th. noon — Cookies BBQ stand on midway

Put this on your schedule for fun activities and belly-laughs.

World Pork Expo Merchandise Shop

Location: Varied Industries Building, south main entrance

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