Pork Congress moves to Columbus


COLUMBUS – The 2005 Ohio Pork Congress is moving to Columbus and is scheduled for Feb. 10 at The Columbus, A Renaissance Hotel, in downtown Columbus.
Those involved in the pork industry across the state will want to attend to view and learn about the latest pork industry technologies.
Ohio Pork Congress will feature a new format in 2005. The one-day event will be held Feb. 10.
Symposium. Pork producers are invited to attend the Professional Pork Producers Symposium, a set of educational seminars.
The seminar will feature speakers from across the nation, and cover topics from breeding and farrowing to modifying and updating swine facilities.
Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. The symposium will begin at 8:30 a.m. and last until 3:30 p.m.
Guest speakers will include: Ken Stalder, Iowa State University; Tim Loula, Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, Minn.; Julie Funk, The Ohio State University, Dept. of Veterinary Preventive Medicine;
lain Harris, swine breeding herd manager; Alan Ever, Cooper Farms; and Mike Brumm, swine extension specialist, University of Nebraska.
Topics. Topics to be covered include factors affecting and the economic cost associated with reduced sow longevity; observations and trends in swine enterprise productivity;
Reducing the environmental impact of swine production through nutritional approaches; raising pigs without antibiotics; ten breeding and farrowing tips to enhance breeding herd output; producing high-quality weaned pigs;
Management tips to enhance nursery and finisher performance; and modifying and updating swine finishing facilities
Seminar registration. Pre-registration is $40 per person and registration at the door will be $55. The pre-registration deadline is Jan. 28, 2005.
The registration fee will include a buffet lunch and materials for the symposium and allow producers to visit the trade show floor.
Checks should be made payable to the Ohio Pork Producers Council and mailed to OPPC, 5930 Sharon Woods Blvd., Ste. 101, Columbus, OH 43229. Registration forms are available online at www.ohiopork.org.
Trade show. The Pork Congress trade show will offer the latest from agribusinesses throughout the nation.
The trade show will be open from 7:30-8:30 a.m., 10-11 a.m., 12:30-2:30 p.m., and from 4-5 p.m.
“We encourage all of Ohio’s pork producers to attend. Our new format offers everyone in the industry valuable advice on operating a sound pork operation,” said Dick Isler, OPPC executive vice president.
Honors and awards. Friday evening following the live auction at 4 p.m., the pork industry will recognize and honor leaders and outstanding pork producers at the annual awards banquet at 6 p.m.
The 2005 Ohio Pork Industry Queen will also be named at the banquet.
Details. For additional information, contact the Ohio Pork Producers Council at 800-320-7991 or log onto www.ohiopork.org.


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