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Pork Board Offers Scholarships

The National Pork Board will offer scholarships to up to 25 students considering a graduate degree program in swine science or planning a career in the swine industry.

The pork checkoff-funded scholarships of $2,000 will be awarded for the 2006-2007 school year to sophomore, junior and senior undergraduate students.

“Developing tomorrow’s leaders was one of the critical issues the National Pork Board’s producer leaders identified for the pork industry in 2006,” says Wayne Peugh, Illinois producer and president of the National Pork Board.

“The future of our industry depends on a sustainable source of trained human capital,” he says. “We hope to attract young leaders to our industry by showing them our support and helping them finance their education.”

Applicants can apply for the scholarships if they are considering careers in agricultural business, agricultural engineering, agronomy, animal science, animal physiology, bioinformatics, environmental sciences, nutrition, reproduction and other related fields.

If interested, visit the Web site or call the National Pork Board at (800) 456-7675. Registration and more information is available online at

Ethanol Production Sparks Hog Issues

Increased ethanol production is good news for corn farmers, but that may not be the case for hog farmers, says Gary Allee, University of Missouri animal scientist.

Government incentives and high gasoline prices are causing ethanol producers to distill more corn, which is also a main ingredient in hog diets, he says.

“We have developed a pig and poultry industry in this country based on feeding corn and soybean meal. In my opinion, that is about to change because of our current energy policy,” says Alley.

Because ethanol producers may bid up the price of a bushel of corn, “this turns (livestock feeders) world upside down.”

Alley is studying ways to use an ethanol by-product, distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in swine diets. DDGS is a fiber, protein and fat product left after the starch in corn is fermented into ethanol.

DDGS supplies are projected to exceed 7.7 million tons this year. The beef and dairy industries use about 80%, but the product is very limiting in its availability to the swine industry because DDGS is high in fiber content and deficient in amino acids.

In his research, Alley fed pigs weighing 25 to 55 lb. a corn-soy diet and DDGS from 5 to 40%. “We found that we could feed up to 20% of the DDGS and not have a detrimental effect on performance,” he says.

For pigs weighing 55-280 lb., only 10% DDGS could be added to the diet.

Unlike ruminants, pigs don’t readily consume distiller’s grain. Expect reduced feed intake during the first two or three weeks that DDGS is fed to pigs, he adds.

Leman Swine Conference

The Leman Swine Conference is Sept. 23-26 at RiverCentre in St. Paul, MN. To register online go to For questions, call (612) 624-3434 or (800) 380-8636 or go to [email protected]

On Sept. 23, pre-conference workshops cover sow production targets, production analysis, swine lameness and arthritis and an advanced ventilation workshop.

On Sept. 24, pre-conference workshops include a swine disease eradication symposium, design of clinical field trials and the impact of ethanol on swine nutritional economics.

The program Sept. 25 features keynote addresses by Brian Knudson of Cargill on comparative advantages of pork production around the world and Charlie Arnot of CMA Consulting, LLC on why consumers don’t understand the pork industry’s position on animal welfare.

Concurrent sessions Sept. 25 deal mainly with respiratory disease in the growing pig, antibiotic use, animal welfare and a series of case studies. Keynote addresses Sept. 26 feature Bill Christianson, DVM, with PIC USA discussing the paradox of increasing mortality and health expenditures, and Jim Collins, director of the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, reviewing pathogens and how they evolve.

Concurrent sessions Sept. 26 cover Actinobacillus suis, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome and the impact of season on production.

An interactive debate will close the conference with a look at how swine movement in North America hinders disease control, especially for emerging diseases.

Midwest Swine Nutrition Conference

Up-to-date information on distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), mineral nutrition of sows, the practical implications of nutrient-gene interactions and the impact of nutrition and management on hemorrhagic bowl syndrome will be presented at the 6th annual Midwest Swine Nutrition Conference, Sept. 7 at the Indiana Farm Bureau Building, Indianapolis, IN.

Conference registration is $100/person through Aug. 28 and $150 after and on-site.

For more information, contact Tip Cline at Purdue University at (765) 494-4846 or [email protected]

Carthage Swine Conference 2006

Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd., 16th annual swine conference will be Aug. 29 at Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL.

To register, contact the clinic by phone (217) 357-2881; fax (217) 357-6665; e-mail [email protected] or online at General topics include improving grow-finish performance, water vaccination, market outlook, biosecurity audits and legislative activities in Washington, DC.Morning breakout sessions consist of the basics of heat checking and insemination, providing enough space and good pen dynamics in wean-to-finish and grow-finish, and nine top disease management tips. Also discussed are comprehensive nutrient management plans and nutrient management.

Afternoon breakout sessions cover better piglet survivability, back to feed basics, distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), Mycoplasmal pneumonia and embryo transfer for disease management.

Keynote addresses include developing the right employees, PRRS, porcine circovirus-associated disease and good ideas from around the world.