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Third of four in Pork Checkoff webinar series on Tuesday

Article-Third of four in Pork Checkoff webinar series on Tuesday

Hog producers have two more opportunities to take in the Pork Checkoff’s webinar series “Assessing and Understanding the Impact of Seasonal Loss of Productivity” with Tuesday’s installment presented by Shelly Rhoads.

Rhoads, the Virginia Tech assistant professor in Animal and Poultry Sciences will present “Impact of in utero heat stress on subsequent lactational performance and performance of offspring” starting at noon (Central Daylight Time). This webinar is the third in a series of four highlighting Pork Checkoff-funded research focusing on how high summer temperatures can lead to heat stress that results in poor pig performance.

The fourth and final webinar will be Aug. 25 (also at noon), with Jason Ross presenting “Understanding the biology of seasonal infertility to develop mitigation strategies for swine.” Ross is an associate professor of Animal Science, Lloyd Anderson Endowed Professor in Physiology at Iowa State University.

There is no cost, but participants must register in advance. To register, go to

Summaries of the two previous webinars – Aug. 4 and Aug. 11 – can be found at the same web address as above.

“The subject of the series affects all producers regardless of farm size or location, yet producers have few tools to combat the effects of summer heat. However, being aware its long-term impact is the first step,” said Chris Hostetler, director of animal science at the National Pork Board.

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