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.
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.
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.
After the 2018 program is finalized credit approval will be requested from the Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine. Upon approval the credits and categories will be posted here. 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. Attendees won’t want to miss it this relaxing and tasty end to the day. Catering and BBQ will be provided by Smokey D’s of Des Moines, Iowa. Smokey D's is currently ranked sixth in the U.S. out of more than 4,000 competition barbecue teams. They are the only team to win all four barbecue major contests on the Kansas City Barbecue Society circuit, accomplishing that feat in 2016.
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.
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
- Ag Property Solutions
- APC, Inc.
- Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica
- Ceva Animal Health
- CJ America
- Fast Genetics
- Gold-Eagle Cooperative
- Hamlet Protein
- Hog Slat
- Hubbard Feeds
- Lucta USA
- Maximum Ag Technologies
- Purina Animal Nutrition
- QC Supply
- United Animal Health
- Vita Plus
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