Group housing is good for the sows
A big topic of discussion in the hog industry is group sow housing. New Standard Group sponsored a panel discussion involving producers who have successfully implemented the practice in their operations. Left to right, Ian Hill, Australia; Tim Friedel, Nebraska; Riley Waldner, South Dakota; Travis Haht and Peter Schneider, both of Iowa, and John Voss, Virginia.
Hog show numbers up
This year's World Pork Expo entertained about 900 entrants of all ages exhibiting some 2,500 show pigs, a large increase from recent years.
Our Barn Door is Open
Social media has become a big part of today's society, and Thomas Titus from Illinois, Erin Brenneman of Iowa and Chris Soules, also of Iowa, as well as "The Bachelor" fame, have turned to social media avenues to share their stories of modern day agriculture and specifically pork production. The three participated in an "Our Barn Door is Open" panel discussion moderated by South Dakota pork producer Brad Greenway, expressing the importance of opening their farms up to the outside world to share the story of agriculture.
Swine Health Information Center director announced
Paul Sundberg was announced as the director of the recently formed Swine Health Information Center that was created to work toward recognizing and filling the resource and knowledge gaps that exist in swine disease diagnostics as they relate to emerging diseases. The emergence of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, and the vulnerability of the pork industry to such production type diseases, were a solidifying factor in the center’s development.
And, of course, there's pork
What World Pork Expo would be complete without the pork? The big grills were fired up each day during Expo to feed the masses of attendees from around the world.