PEORIA, Ill. — When it comes to the health and welfare of
their livestock, farmers understand that any and all measures are necessary,
especially when it comes to illnesses such as PEDV, porcine epidemic diarrhea
So one of the priorities at an event like the Illinois Pork
Expo will be PEDV, learning more about it and making sure it does not spread
further by way of the show itself.
“When we’re talking about people coming to the expo, we want
to remind them to continue to use their good biosecurity protocols. This disease
is a very big concern. We just need them to use those biosecurity protocols when
coming to the show — don’t wear boots or clothes from the barns to the show and
don’t wear your boots and clothes from the show right into the barns,” said Tim
Maiers, director of communication for the Illinois Pork Producers Association.
PEDV will be the subject of a seminar at the show. “PEDV,
Why Me? Now What?” will be presented by Dr. Bill Hollis, a swine veterinarian
with Carthage Veterinary Services, based in Carthage. That session will be from
1:45 to 2:15 p.m. Feb. 5.
The 2014 Illinois Pork Expo takes place Feb. 4 and 5 at the
Peoria Civic Center. The headquarters for the expo this year and the site of the
Feb. 4 awards banquet, “Generations of Commitment,” will be the Holiday Inn and
Suites in downtown Peoria.
“One thing different this year is we have three breakout
sessions,” Maiers said.
The three sessions will run concurrently from 9 to 10:30
a.m. on the trade show floor at the Civic Center. Those sessions will be grouped
by wean-to-finish, contract production and breed-to-wean areas of interest.
Eric Farrand and Terry Moeller of Zoetis will present a
session for wean-to-finish producers, “Key Practices to Implement in Week One
Care of a Wean-to-Finish Barn.”
Mike Brumm of Brumm Swine Consulting will present “Common
Mistakes I See When Walking Wean-to-Finish Barns.”
Contract Production Tips
Two separate sessions will be presented for farmers,
including grain farmers, interested in adding value with contract production and
producing their own nitrogen fertilizer.
“These might be good for grain farmers who are considering
contract production and thinking about manure value and how that works into crop
rotations and cropping systems,” Maiers said.
The contract production seminars include “Opportunities and
Expectations for Contract Growers.” The panel includes Tim Steinkamp, business
development manager for Cargill; Matt Henry, The Maschhoffs; Al Muhlenbrook,
Tri-Oak Foods; and Bob Keller, Keller Grain and Livestock. Nic Anderson of the
Illinois Livestock Development Group will moderate the session.
A second seminar in the contract production area will be
“Fertilizer Values: Saving Money by Using Manure,” presented by Laura Peeple of
the University of Illinois.
Two seminars for the breed-to-wean sector will be presented
in room 201 of the Civic Center.
“Uncovering Lactation: Sows and Their Pigs” will be
presented by Dr. Walt Hurley of the U of I, and “Day One Pig Care” will be
presented by Dr. Sarah Probst Miller of Ag Create.
How long will $4 corn last and what are the consequences of
that for the pork industry will be one of the topics taken up in the popular and
returning market outlook roundtable.
“We did the market roundtable last year, and it was very
successful — we had a lot of requests to bring it back, so it’s back this year,”
Dr. Steve Meyer, president of Paragon Economics and a noted
livestock economist, will talk about the outlook for the livestock and grain
markets, along with fellow panelists Tomm Pfitzenmaier of Summit Commodity
Brokerage and Jacquie Voeks of Stewart Peterson.
The afternoon sessions include two topics that might leave
showgoers shivering — but for different reasons.
Mike Brumm of Brumm Swine Consulting will present “Winter —
It Complicates Barn Management” at 1:15 p.m. Dr. Bill Hollis will present the
session on PEDV at 1:45 p.m.
Feed will finish the day and the expo, with Dr. Hans Stein,
noted swine nutritionist, talking about feed efficiency in “Effects of Particle
Size or Extrusion on the Nutritional Value of Corn” at 2:15 p.m.
PEDV is not just a concern for the production hog industry.
The virus also can affect showpigs, and Hollis will address the topic and
concerns specific to the showpig industry with “PEDV and Showpigs,” from 11 to
11:45 a.m. as part of the showpig and youth exhibitor symposium on Wednesday.
Dan Jennings will present the Illinois State Fair updates
for those planning to show pigs at the 2014 Illinois State Fair.
Ben Bobell, director of the Illinois Club Pig Association,
will present information and updates from the group at 9:45 a.m.
Scott Behrmann, chairman of the Illinois Purebred Breeders
Association, will present the state fair update at 10 a.m.
At 10:15 a.m., the focus shifts to the showpig breeding side
with “66 – Six Litters of Pigs with Six Bottles of Semen,” from Dr. Steve Webel
of JBS United Animal Health.
After Hollis’s presentation at 11 a.m., social media takes
the stage with the presentation, “A Successful Perspective on Marketing Yourself
and Your Livestock Electronically.”
The seminars are sponsored at the 2014 Illinois Pork Expo by
Automated Production Systems, headquartered in Assumption.
In addition to the presentations and speakers, the U of I
Research and Extension Information Center will be open from noon to 6 p.m.
Tuesday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. The booth offers information and
resources on topics related to swine reproduction, feeding and nutrition and
manure management and air emissions.
The trade show floor will have vendors offering the newest
in technology, construction, equipment and other products and services for the
swine industry. The trade show is open from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and from 8
a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
“It’s a pretty full lineup of speakers and topics this year.
There’s a lot to choose from — there really is something of interest to anyone
involved in the pork industry in Illinois,” Maiers said.
Registration is required to enter the Illinois Pork Expo,
and that can be made at the show or online at www.ilpork.com.