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Professional Pork Producers Symposium at 2012 Ohio Pork Congress

The annual Professional Pork Producers Symposium will be held during the 2012 Ohio Pork Congress on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at the Crowne Plaza North in Columbus. The symposium will address many issues that Ohio’s pork producers face today.

The seminar will feature speakers from across the nation, and cover topics from pork industry challenges and opportunities to management and housing. Registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. on Feb. 8. The symposium will begin at 9:00 a.m. and last until 4:00 p.m. Topics and guest speakers will be as follows:

• Pen Gestation: Finding the Option That’s Right for You — Thomas Parsons, VMD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

• Herd Management Factors That Influence Whole Herd Feed Efficiency — Dr. Omarh Mendoza, The Maschhoffs, Carlyle, Illinois

• What Does the Future Hold For Ohio Pork Producers? — Dr. Chris Hurt, Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University

• Packer Audits – Will Your Farm Pass? — Jessica Risser, DVM, Country View Family Farms, Middletown, Pennsylvania

• Feeding and Barn Management Practices That Maximize Feed Efficiency — Dr. Brad James, Swine Nutritionist, Kalmbach Feeds, Upper Sandusky, Ohio

• Is China Going to Eat Our Lunch? Good or Bad for Pork Producers — Dr. Chris Hurt, Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University

• Phosphorus Levels in Rivers and Lakes: Do Livestock Producers Contribute to the Problem? — Kevin Elder, Executive Director, Ohio Department of Agriculture Livestock Environmental Permitting Program

• Immunological Castration of Pigs: What is it and how does it work? — Dr. Dustin Boler, Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University

• Weaning on 30 P/S/Y with Electronic Sow Feeding — Thomas Parsons, VMD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Pre-registration is $25 per person and registration at the door will be $60. The pre-registration deadline is Jan. 20, 2012. The registration fee will include breakfast sandwiches, a buffet lunch and materials for the symposium, trade show, and the Live Auction Reception following the symposium. Checks should be made payable to the Ohio Pork Producers Council and mailed to OPPC, 5930 Sharon Woods Blvd., Ste. 101, Columbus, Ohio 43229.

Registration forms are available online at: www.OhioPork.org. The trade show floor will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for producers to see the latest technologies and meet with industry businesses.

For more information on the 2012 Ohio Pork Congress, contact the Ohio Pork Producers Council at 614-882-5887 or visit them on the web at www.OhioPork.org.

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