June 28, 2018

Scheman Building, Ames, Iowa

The seventh annual Iowa Swine Day, scheduled for Thursday, June 28 on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, has a program packed with highly regarded speakers focusing on important issues facing U.S. pork producers. Conference organizers build upon the success of past programs by continuing to seek industry input from the planning committee. The success of past conferences has shown that the best approach to developing a program for the pork industry is to seek input from producers representing a cross section of the industry. Last year's conference drew over 450 attendees.

Plenary session

The morning plenary session features Ray and Dave Price from Canada’s Sunterra Farms, who will describe the strategic decisions made to transition their family’s traditional farrow-to-finish farm of the 1970’s into a multinational producer, processor, retailer and exporter of pork. Their most recent innovation is construction of an Italian dry cured meat plant in Canada in partnership with the Simonini family from Modena, Italy.

David McDonald of the OSI Group will talk about the global future of the food industry.  In addition to his role with the OSI Group, David also serves on the board of directors for the North American Meat Institute affording him unique perspectives on the trends influencing global consumption of protein.

Jeff Ansell, president of Jeff Ansell and Associates will provide a very entertaining but also practical and instructive presentation entitled “When the headline is you!” Jeff has taught classes at both Duke University and Harvard University and shares strategies, techniques and tips to help his clients become better communicators.

Concurrent sessions

Following lunch, 16 presentations will be part of 4 concurrent sessions. Attendees can select from a wide variety of topics ranging from updates on the use of sexed semen, cyber security, pricing/negotiating hog prices, best practices in siting new barns and mitigation of mycoplasma pneumonia to develop a customized program that fits their interests.

Continuing education

Iowa Swine Day has been approved by the Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine for 6 scientific and 4.25 management credits. Certificates of attendance will be provided upon request for those self-applying for continuing education credits through other organizations or agencies.

Tasty way to end the day

Following the day’s program, attendees are invited to a barbecue in the Iowa State Center courtyard, organized by TechMix and AB Vista. Meat is provided by Lynch Livestock. Attendees won’t want to miss it this relaxing and tasty end to the day.

Iowa Swine Day is planned and hosted by the Iowa Pork Industry Center with support from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University Department of Animal Science, and the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

Registration for 2018 Iowa Swine Day is now open.


Iowa State University appreciates the generous support and assistance of the sponsors listed below. Their ongoing support helps provide quality educational programs that benefit the pork industry.

[updated April 4, 2018]




  • AB Vista
  • ADM
  • Ag Property Solutions
  • APC, Inc.
  • Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica
  • Ceva Animal Health
  • CJ America
  • Elanco
  • Fast Genetics
  • Furst-McNess Company
  • Gestal by Jyga Technologies
  • Gold-Eagle Cooperative
  • Hamlet Protein
  • Hog Slat
  • Hubbard Feeds
  • Kemin Industries
  • Lucta USA
  • Maximum Ag Technologies
  • National Pork Board
  • Nutraferma
  • NutriQuest
  • Phytobiotics
  • Provimi
  • Purina Animal Nutrition
  • QC Supply
  • Smithfield
  • United Animal Health
  • VAL-CO
  • Vita Plus


Alltech – Anpario – DSM Nutritional Products – Evonik – Key Cooperative – Micronutrients – Pharmgate Animal Health – Pitchfork Ag, LLC


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