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2008 Iowa Pork Congress: Road Trip - Lessening the stress of transportation

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Understanding the leading causes of stress during transport and how to decrease them can not only improve animal well being, but also decrease economic losses. This session will focus on transportation and how to reduce stress on the animal.

Transportation is one of the most overlooked areas in animal production, yet one of our most vital and visible.

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By Jennifer Woods, Reflected J Livestock

2008 Iowa Pork Congress: Using Vegetative Environmental Buffers for Odor Mitigation

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Using Vegetative Environmental Buffers for Odor Mitigation .

This seminar will provide an overview of the various ways in which Vegetative Environmental Buffers (VEBs) can help incrementally reduce livestock odor and particulates. Other topics will include buffer design issues, buffer management, costs and some of the social benefits of using "natural" technologies such as VEBs.

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By John Tyndall, Iowa State University

2008 Iowa Pork Congress: Iowa Environmental Regulations and Manure Agreements

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Protecting the environment is the goal of all pork producers. To help achieve that goal Eldon will cover Iowa regulations and recommended practices focusing on "gray areas" and DNR interpretations. Particular attention will be given to DNR rules deadlines for phasing in the phosphorus index for MMP annual updates and DNR rules on composting mortalities. With the continued interest in utilizing manure to replace commercial fertilizer, manure agreements are as critical as ever to pork and crop production. Eldon will cover the "do's and don'ts" of manure agreements and the areas of concern he sees in working with individual producers.

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By Eldon McAfee, Beving Swanson & Forrest

2008 Iowa Pork Congress: Sow Housing: Is it as Simple as Changing Lanes?

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This seminar will focus on issues related to sow housing--1) Is it really about animal welfare, 2) Does the science support changing lanes, 3) Why it isn't as simple as moving sows from individual stalls to group pens, and 4) Are we really ready to change.

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By Janeen Salak-Johnson, University of Illinois

2008 Iowa Pork Congress: We are the Champions! By Heidi Vittetoe, JW Vittetoe Pork

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2008 NIAA Annual Meeting Animal Care and Well-Being Conference Material

2008 NIAA Annual Meeting on Animal Care and Well-Being, April 1 - 3, 2008, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.



Conference audio from several speaker presentations.

2008 Banff Pork Seminar: Dr. Julie Menard’s practical PRRS experience and treatment

Dr. Julie Menard’s practical experience and treatment of PRRS in her operation.

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2007 International PRRS Symposium: Impact of Modified Live PRRS Virus Vaccination For Control of PRRS in Nursery Pigs

From the 2007 International PRRS Symposium: Impact of Modified Live PRRS Virus Vaccination For Control of PRRS in Nursery Pigs, by Dr. Reid Phillips.

Influencing Global Brands as a Strategy to Change Production Systems

Most people think about Rachel Carson's book, Silent Spring, written in the 1960s as a key turning point or perhaps even the birth of the modern environmental movement in the United States. Rachel Carson was a biologist and author (http://www.rachelcarson.org/) who brought forward the belief that the pesticide DDT (especially), widely used in agricultural applications post WWII, was having a serious negative impact on wildlife, especially birds--hence, the ultimate culmination of such practices being a spring season without the music of songbirds.

Rachel Carson seemed to believe that booming agricultural production systems which were coming into a euphoric period of efficiency gain after the second world war needed to be awakened to the impact of some of their practices. In other words, she could be considered an optimist with respect to systems potentially seeing their error and reforming. Her book was essentially an awakening call. Indeed a tremendous amount of progress has been made in "detoxifying" agricultural chemicals, especially in terms of their more generalized impact and sharpening their focus to the unique set of problems they are meant to target.

The use of GPS guided spraying technologies which precisely target the application of herbicides, pesticides and even commercial fertilizers are another promising technological advance that is minimizing wasteful overapplicaition of agricultural chemicals.

SwineCast 0246 for October 23 2007

SwineCast 0246 Show Notes:

  • Keeping Teams motivated from FastCompany.com
  • Slaughter numbers and international markets with Rabo Bank's Fiona Boal
  • Better vaccines driving the numbers
  • U.S. perspective on those higher figures from Iowa State's John Lawrence
  • IMI Global seeks to create value thru traceability
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