DES MOINES, IA - Pork professionals attending the 2017 World Pork Expo will have the opportunity to hear the most up-to-date production information and ideas, as well as have access to world-class experts during a wide range of free educational seminars.

Seminars are scheduled throughout Wednesday, June 7, and Thursday, June 8. Attendees can participate in more than 15 presentations covering topics such as nutrition management, understanding consumers, data collection and more.

The seminars are just a sampling of the many events presented at this year’s World Pork Expo, brought to you by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), June 7-9 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, IA. 

“The Expo seminars always present a wealth of information that producers can use to run efficient and responsible pork production businesses,” says Ken Maschhoff, NPPC president and Illinois pork producer. “I would encourage producers to bring their family and employees to Expo. It’s a great place to expose them to the latest innovations and learn about research and new developments that they can apply when they return home.” 


Pigs, consumers & technology 

This year’s business seminars will outline new ways to manage swine herds from birth to market, as well as review technologies that can help producers stay competitive in today’s fast-paced world. 

Kicking off the business seminars on Wednesday, Hamlet Protein will review the nutritional aspects of feeding challenged piglets, followed by a discussion on how fluctuating grain and protein markets influence decision-making and pig production. 

Tonisity will present three seminars, with a panel discussion on the economic power of pig health, including best management practices and guidance on managing stressful periods.

On Thursday, June 8, the business seminars get an early start, with “Farm to Fork: Healthy Animals, Healthy Food, Healthy People.” The seminar will focus on bridging the gap between modern pork production and consumers’ confidence in the pork products they buy.


PORK Academy provides answers

Rounding out Expo’s seminar lineup is PORK Academy, with 10 additional free seminars presented by the Pork Checkoff. The PORK Academy sessions run throughout Wednesday and Thursday. 

Seminar topics will include pork quality research, social media ideas for pork producers, employee compensation trends, feed-grade antibiotic alternatives and third-party audits for the farm.

Sample it all

Schedule plenty of time to take in all of Expo’s events  Always a highlight, World Pork Expo features the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, with more than 320,000 square feet of exhibit space and featuring hundreds of 
companies from around the world.

Attendees will find no shortage of mouthwatering grilled pork, including free lunches served up at The Big Grill.

The World Pork Expo Junior National youth hog show and educational events begin on Monday, June 5 and run through the week. An open show takes place on Friday, June 9, with breeding stock sales on Saturday, June 10, from 8 a.m. until approximately noon.

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