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Ohio Winter Swine Meetings

“Sharing Knowledge for Profit” sessions are:

  • Jan. 20 at Wauseon – swine veterinary panel on animal health issues, swine welfare assurance program (SWAP), pig traceability and boosting boar power in the breeding barn;
  • Jan. 20 at Ottawa – pig traceability, SWAP, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) and what research says about the best age to wean pigs.
  • Jan. 21 at Osgood – PRRS diagnostics and herd management, insect and rodent control, fine-tuning ventilation and pig traceability.
  • Jan. 21 at Wilmington – pig traceability, PRRS diagnostics and herd management, synchronization of estrous and ovulation and current regulatory issues.
  • Jan. 22 at Mt. Vernon – pig traceability, SWAP, cleaning and disinfecting hog barns and top five swine diseases in Ohio.
  • Jan. 22 at Bucyrus – pig traceability, PRRS diagnostics and herd management, cleaning and disinfecting hog barns and air quality on Ohio livestock farms.

Pork Board Sets Budget

The National Pork Board approved its 2004 budget based on a revenue forecast of $50 million. About $10.5 million will be returned to states. The remainder will be spent for national promotion, research and consumer information programs.

“The budgeting process started with a strategic plan,” says Craig Christensen, Pork Board president from Ogden, IA. “The 2004 strategic planning process was a forward-looking effort to ensure that the checkoff is invested in programs that best meet the current needs of pork producers.”

The pork board approved a $45.7 million budget, which includes about $12 million for new initiatives. “Many of the new programs and initiatives for 2004 reflect a commitment to providing science-based answers,” notes Christensen.

Ventilation Workshops

The workshop “Managing Your Unseen Employee: The Ventilation System” provides hands-on demonstrations of all aspects of fans and controllers using a mobile ventilation room.

Registration costs $50 and sites are limited to 36 participants. Dates and sites include:

  • Dec. 15, Klemme, IA; Dec. 16, Iowa Falls, IA;
  • In 2004, Jan. 5, Nashua, IA; Jan. 6, Oelwein, IA; Jan. 7, Peosta, IA; Jan. 13, Washington, IA; Jan. 16, DeWitt, IA; Jan. 19, Cedar Rapids, IA; Jan. 26, LeMars, IA; Feb. 13, Huron, SD; Feb. 18, Osmond, NE; Feb. 19, Columbus, NE; Feb. 20, Seneca, KS; March 9, LaCrosse, WI; March 10, St. Cloud, MN and March 11, Mankato, MN.

To register by phone, call 800-767-5287, or make check payable to University of Nebraska and mail to Pork Central, University of Nebraska, 303 Filley Hall, Lincoln, NE 68583-0922.

Iowa Center Funds Projects

The Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University (ISU) has funded eight projects for ISU Extension staff to pursue:

  • Agricultural engineer Greg Brenneman, $2,000 to study residual benefits of swine manure one and two years after application;
  • Swine field specialist Mark Storlie, $2,150 to evaluate use of electronic identification implants in sows;
  • Project planning specialist Tom Miller and Brenneman, $8,000 to study using swine manure in forage production;
  • Swine field specialist Larry McMullen, $2,500 to conduct a workshop for consumers on pork quality;
  • Swine field specialist Jerry Weiss, $1,400 to demonstrate a new heat synchronization product for breeding gilts;
  • Stender and Weiss, $2,000 to conduct a cull sow feeding trial to maximize economic return;
  • Stender and agricultural engineer Kris Kohl, $4,300 to study the impact of diet modification on swine odor production; and
  • Stender, $1,000 to continue research comparing nursery feed additives.