More than a dozen pork management seminars are scheduled for Wednesday, June 3, and Thursday, June 4, during the 2015 World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa. They are included in the cost of WPX admission.
"To me, the most important activity for pork producers at World Pork Expo is the educational seminars," says Ron Prestage, D.V.M., NPPC president. "The exchange of ideas and information is invaluable. The seminars cover such a wide range of topics that all types of producers can capitalize on new insights they can take back home."
The business seminars get underway at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 3, with Harrisvaccines offering a look at how rapid-responding vaccines can be used for emerging diseases.
Swine-health experts from the United States and the Philippines will join Harrisvaccine researchers to discuss the latest research on RNA particle prescription vaccines and porcine epidemic diarrhea virus.
From 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Purina Animal Nutrition will present "Challenge Accepted: Conquer your Mount Everest," an interactive seminar featuring strategies for powering through challenges. Lance Fox, a veterinarian who has climbed Mount Everest, and others will share practical approaches to setting goals, developing actionable plans and empowering employees.
Rounding out the business seminars on Thursday, June 4, the United Soybean Board will present two, one-hour sessions titled "Biodiesel Works: Fueling Swine Profitability" at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The speaker will talk about how the use of animal fat in biodiesel has added $150 million in revenue to market hogs, and how the increased demand for soy-based biodiesel affects the supply of soybean meal.
PORK Academy offers more seminar options
A longstanding attraction at World Pork Expo, PORK Academy takes place on both Wednesday and Thursday of Expo.
Presented by the Pork Checkoff, PORK Academy will feature experts from across the country talking about timely matters like regulatory changes in antibiotic use, a PEDv update and the Common Swine Industry Audit.
Other presentations will zero in on sow lifetime productivity, mitigating seasonal losses and additional management topics.
World Pork Expo also features the world's largest pork-specific trade show, which will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, and Thursday, June 4, as well as from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 5.
The record-setting World Pork Expo Junior National begins Tuesday, June 2, and is expected to involve nearly 750 youth from 24 states.