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Pork Producers hold regional conference

Thursday, March 8, 2012

SHELDON -- The Iowa Pork Producers Association teamed up with the Iowa Pork Industry Center, Iowa State University Extension, and Outreach swine specialists to host a regional conference here yesterday (March 7) at Northwest Iowa Community College.

"IPPA works hard to offer educational sessions that can assist producers in their day-to-day decision-making," said Tyler Bettin, IPPA producer education director," and we encourage anyone with a genuine interest in pork production to attend these conferences."

Individuals who wish pre-register for fuure conferences can call IPPA at 800-372-7675, or they may email schristensen@iowapork.org. Conferences are free for those who pre-register or $5 at the door.

Here are the highlights of Wednesday's conference:

With the regulatory realm for agriculture constantly changing, it is critical for pork producers to stay well informed of compliance issues. Eldon McAfee, attorney for IPPA, discussed practical aspects of compliance with state and federal regulations at yesterday's meeting, providing an update of recent livestock nuisance cases and prefacing current regulatory rumblings at the state and federal levels.

McAfee said that it is critical for all who are in pork production to have a good understanding of contracts and liens to provide protection of their busines., and he reviewed contract terms, focusing on practical implication for both feeders and hog owners. He also discuseds recent and pending court decisions, and the implications these decisions pose for feed dealers, lenders, veterinarians and pork producers.

McAfee also explained the federal livestock contract requirements, and what is required for compliance to prevent penalties against hog owners for failing to have required disclosures in contracts with contract feeders.

Swine dysentery is an expensive and damaging disease that has re-emerged in the Midwest, and Eric Burrough and Rodger Main talked about the history and impact of the disease at Wednesday's conference. The two provided information to help producers identify signs of dysentery and highlighted strategies for prevention and elimination.

Detailed production records are increasingly important in today's pork industry to benchmark performance, improve efficiencies and modify practices and ISU Extension swine specialists reviewed how to keep adequate wean-to-finish records at the conference, showing where errors typically occur and providing actual examples of "good records gone bad".

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