Sow Summit Slated for Dec. 8 in Ames

Practical and timely information for swine industry


Stacie Matchan, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

November 15, 2021


AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University is putting the finishing touches on its first IPIC Sow Summit. Created for producers who face ongoing challenges, this one-day conference offers producers the opportunity to hear from swine industry experts on practical solutions to those challenges.


Stacie Matchan, extension program specialist with the Iowa Pork Industry Center, said organizers are excited to share presentations and panel discussions at this new event, set for Dec. 8 in the Scheman Building at the Iowa State Center in Ames.


“Our committee included panel discussions so producers can ask questions directly of those involved with sow farms," she said. "The panel members will discuss improving survivability on the sow farm and strategies to be an effective sow manager.”


As part of the morning plenary session, Mark Schwartz, director of production systems for Schwartz Farms, will talk about the challenges facing the industry in improving efficiency in the sow herd.


Kara Stewart, of Purdue University, will cover how to manage light-weight pigs. Other speakers will share information on sow lameness, pelvic organ prolapses, individual sow care and managing the estrous cycle.


Attendee fee is $65 and no charge for students by Nov. 22. After that date, both fees increase by $15, with regular attendees at $80 and students at $15. See more agenda information and register now on the program website:



Stacie Matchan. Extension Program Specialist


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