NEWS NOW from IPIC

 

Source: Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC)

Oct 12, 2021

 

 

THOUGHTS FROM 109 KILDEE
New Opportunity for ISU Undergrads Interested in Swine Careers
IPIC and the ISU Department of Animal Science are excited to announce the 2022 ISU Swine Industry Experience. The goal of the ISU Swine Industry Experience is to develop undergraduate student exposure, knowledge, skills, and professional relationships in the swine industry in order to help meet the critical need for trained professionals in the swine industry. This experience will include hands-on farm learning, classroom lectures, and industry networking opportunities. The best thing is, thanks to our sponsors, accepted students will pay nothing! Application deadline is Nov. 1, 2021. See more info and application requirements.
Just a reminder that students in ag-related majors are invited to attend the ISU CALS career days this month: Oct. 12 is in person at the Lied Recreations Center (open to public and ISU students and alumni) and Oct. 19 is virtual (open only to ISU students and alumni.) This CALS news release has open hours and link to participating organizations for both events.

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NEWS
Sow Summit Planned for Dec. 8 in Ames
In recognition of the ongoing need for information on this aspect of the business, IPIC is planning a new one-day conference focused on the sow herd. The inaugural IPIC Sow Summit, set for Dec. 8 in the Scheman Building at the Iowa State Center in Ames, is intended for sow farm owners, farm and service managers, and allied industry partners, all of whom who play important roles in keeping U.S. sow farms healthy and profitable. See more info on the conference website.
 
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IPPA's Pork Youth Leadership Applications Due Nov. 30
interested high school seniors and college students (up to age 21, as of Jan. 1, 2022). Those who meet the requirements will then compete for three positions—Iowa Pork Queen and two Premier Pork Youth Ambassadors—during Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines in January. Candidates will be judged on their knowledge of pork and pig production, as shown in a speech presentation, interviews, and a written test about the topics. Their previous community involvement and experience are also considered. The female contestant with the highest score will be crowned queen, while the top remaining contestants, male or female, are named ambassadors. They each receive a $4,000 scholarship and plaque noting their award. Throughout 2022, the IPPA Youth Leadership Team will assist with pork promotional and educational activities, from county events around Iowa to the Iowa State Fair and World Pork Expo. Details and application link are on the IPPA website.

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Iowa State Swine Teaching Farm does well at National Barrow Show
The ISU swine teaching farm exhibited the Reserve Overall Champion Truckload during the mid-September National Barrow Show in Austin, MN. This same group also was the Champion Crossbred Truckload. You can see the entire show results on the website of the National Swine Registry, which hosts the annual show. Also, see a
short news piece and photo of the farm staff and barrow group entry on the ISU animal science website.

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Phase 2 of USDA-APHIS NAHMS Swine 2021 Study Begins this Month
Swine producers who were interviewed by NASS earlier this summer as part of the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) Swine 2021 study will be contacted by a representative of the USDA's Veterinary Services field force, beginning this month. Charles Healy with NAHMS reminds producers that NAHMS is not regulatory, and while phase 2 involves a second interview and biologic collections (oral fluids and feces, if allowed), the USDA VS need never set foot on your swine operation to complete the phase. In addition to telling the producer story about the impact of COVID response on their business, combating misinformation about how US swine are raised and providing national estimates that keep trade open, national estimates from Phase 1 and 2 of this study will inform disease preparedness. Contact Healy at any time for more information at 970-225-1377. Study plans and details for this and past studies is on the NAHMS Studies website.

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PRODUCTION TIP
Color coding offers easy tracking
When treating pigs it can be difficult to remember which pigs were treated with what medication on which day. PQA Plus® guidelines require documentation of individual pigs or pens that have been treated, so make it easy for yourself and your employees. One method for identifying pigs at treatment is to have a color-coded marking system. Use different colors for specific days of the week (or medication used) then record the pen number (i.e., blue on Monday, red on Tuesday, etc.). Just remember to keep an updated chart with the correct colors and their meanings, and make sure everyone uses it.

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IT'S A DATE
Continuing. Foreign Animal Disease Webinars. Brought to you by IDALS and CFSPH at ISU. Next is Oct. 19 - Mental Health Resources for Producers and Veterinarians. Register here
. See recordings of past webinars and list of scheduled upcoming webinars on the IDALS FAD webinar website. 

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October is Pork Month. Check our Facebook and Twitter social media accounts.

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Oct. 27-28. International Conference on Pig Survivability. Omaha. Registration still available on the conference website.

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Dec. 8. IPIC Sow Summit. Scheman Building, Iowa State Center, Ames. Read more
and register now.

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Dec. 10. PQA Advisor certification session. Held virtually with application deadline of Nov. 26.

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DID YOU KNOW?

ISU Animal Science Faculty Member featured in Meatingplace Magazine
ISU assistant professor Rodrigo Tarté is the subject of the October 202 Meatingplace issue's Science profile article. He explains his research and his passions, and answers questions on past and future challenges in product development and adequate professionals in the meat science field. Read the article here and check out the rest of the issue as well.

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FOR THE RECORD
Help for Dealing with Stress
Whether financial, emotional, mental or social, stress and grief are real parts of today's world. Read about new farmer mental health support programs
through ISU Extension and Outreach. The Iowa Concern Hotline is always available at 800-447-1985, [email protected] and at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/

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NEWS NOW   Vol. 21, no. 6
October 2021

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