DES MOINES - Eight business seminars will feature the latest in nutrition, herd health, manure management and price risk at the three-day World Pork Expo Wednesday through June 8.
A highlight of the free business-seminar luncheon at noon on Wednesday and Thursday will be speakers discussing weather and economic outlooks.
The business seminars and luncheons mill be in the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
"The best advice I can share regarding World Pork Expo is to carve out more than just one day to take it all in," said R.C. Hunt, president, National Pork Producers Council, from Wilson, N.C. "Before and after continuing your education at business seminars, you'll see the very latest technology on display in the trade show.
"Add in great food and hospitality and you'll have a first-rate experience along with outstanding ideas to take back home."
Wednesday's seminars include:
At 9:30 a.m., Merck Animal Health will sponsor a series of presentations about factors that affect vaccination results, tips for medicating groups of pigs and deworming options. The speakers include three veterinarians who are technical services managers for Merck Animal Health - Tim Kniffen, Jack Creel and Jamie Lehman.
At 3 p.m., sponsors Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC and Zinpro Corp., will offer a sow nutrition forum that looks at how to make weaning 30 pigs per sow each year a reality. Dr. Gawain Willis, director of nutritional services for Land O'Lakes Purina Feed, will lead a panel discussion including pork producers and nutritionists.
Thursday's seminars include:
At 9:30 a.m., "Improve your manure from the pit up," sponsored by SFP. Dave Schwartz, vice president of sales and business development for SFP, will talk about on-farm research that looks at phosphorus and nitrogen availability of manure applied as fertilizer.
At 1 p.m., Cargill nutritionist Dr. Kevin Touchette will present ways to manage nutrition strategies to stay competitive. Dr. Douglas R. Cook, of Akey, will discuss research on managing performance with quality-challenged grain; followed by Terry Mahoney, a Cargill marketing representative, will present new marketing tools for managing price risk.
A free business-seminar luncheon will be offered at noon on both days in the upper level of the Varied Industries Building, courtesy of the Pork Checkoff.
The luncheon program will begin at 12:30 p.m. with Dr. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University meteorologist, on the weather outlook, followed by Steve Meyer, M.S., Paragon Economics, presenting a perspective on the economic outlook.
More than 450 commercial exhibits will be on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Friday. The breeding stock sales will continue at 9 a.m., on June 9, until they're completed at approximately noon.
For additonal information, visit: www.nppc.org.