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2008 Iowa Pork Congress: Profit Drivers for Small Herd Niche Operations

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Profit Drivers for Small Herd Niche Operations WMV File

In this session, Dave Stender will provide information from on farm data summarized for over 40 niche swine producers, including cost and performance measures. Benchmarking critical management areas and outlining the relationship of cost structure and performance in the data set will also be discussed.

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By Dave Stender, Iowa State University Extension

2008 Iowa Pork Congress: "I Love My Job, It's The People That Drive Me Crazy"

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"I Love My Job, It's The People That Drive Me Crazy" WMV File

The strength of any organization is in its diversity, yet in that diversity resides that differences that cause erosion of productivity and efficiency. Every business has a "social system" comprised of people involved in dynamic interaction.

All business results are a function of behavior. When the results are unfavorable, change the behavior and when the results are favorable, find ways to duplicate behavior with other employees. This session will look at ways to provide workers with tools to interact effectively to create desirable team results.

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By John Behrends, Behrends Education Systems

2008 Iowa Pork Congress: Occupational Health and Safety for Pork Producers and Employees

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Occupational Health and Safety for Pork Producers and Employees WMV File

Kelley Donham is the Director of the Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety & Health (ICASH) which is dedicated to helping keep Iowa's producers alive and well in agriculture.

This seminar will provide an overview of the potential illnesses and injuries that may result from working with pigs and in the buildings. New information will be presented on a comprehensive program called Certified Safe Farm. Results of the program will shared such as cost savings in lowered medical care costs, increased use of personal protective equipment, and decreased respiratory illnesses. They will also introduce an initiative to educate workers via a web-based distance learning program that will include materials produced by the National Pork Board.

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By Kelley Donham & Risto Rautiainen, University of Iowa

2008 Iowa Pork Congress: Managing Input Costs: Are There Any Good Options?

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Managing Input Costs: Are There Any Good Options? WMV File

Feed ingredient costs have reached new highs and new levels of volatility. This session will address reasons for the changes, the prospects for future cost levels and some idea about what producers can do to optimize input costs.

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By Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics

2008 Iowa Pork Congress: Minimizing Feed Costs for Improved Profitability

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Minimizing Feed Costs for Improved Profitability WMV File

Joel DeRouchey's presentation will focus on minimizing feed costs by discussing management and formulation practices to increase feed efficiency and how to evaluate alternative feed ingredients.

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By Joel DeRouchey, Kansas State University

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

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Road Trip - Lessening the stress of transportation WMV File

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: Dollars to Donuts: How to compete for agricultural labor

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Dollars to Donuts: How to compete for agricultural labor WMV File

Most agricultural employers did not go into agriculture because they wanted to manage people--and yet people are a major factor in the success of our businesses. This session will talk about the basic factors that bring employers and employees together and the simple things that every manager can do to have a better workforce.

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By Sarah Fogleman, Kansas State University.

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: Ingelvac CircoFLEX Safety and Efficacy Studies

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Ingelvac CircoFLEX Safety and Efficacy Studies WMV File

By Edgar Diaz, DVM
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