Southern Indiana Pork Conference set for Jasper

Purdue Extension and the trade group Indiana Pork are teaming up to present the fifth annual Southern Indiana Pork Conference on Jan. 30 in Jasper. The conference runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Schnitzelbank Restaurant, 393 Third Ave. Kenneth Eck, Extension educator in Dubois County, said the conference will focus on key issues in the pork industry, such as livestock regulations, swine production and animal health, including the latest information on the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus.

Topics and speakers are:

* “Health Concerns – Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea,” presented by John Baker, a graduate of the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine and founder of the Warrick Vet Clinic.

* “Lower Cost, Higher Fiber By-Product Diets,” presented by Allan Schinckel, Purdue Extension breeding and genetics specialist.

* “State Regulatory and Legislative Issues and How They’ll Affect You,” presented by Josh Trenary, executive director of Indiana Pork, and Ben Wicker, director of producer outreach for Indiana Pork.

* “On-Farm Semen Storage,” presented by Kara Stewart, Purdue Extension reproductive physiologist.

* “Understanding Piglet Gut Immune Responses Due to Weaning Stress and Soybean Meals,” presented by Brian Richert, Purdue Extension swine specialist.

* “Pork Quality Assurance-Plus Certification,” presented by Eck. Producers seeking certification need only attend this portion of conference.

To register for the conference, go to and click on the pork conference banner or call Indiana Pork at 317-396-9352.

Indiana Pork will provide a free lunch. Reservations for the lunch must be made by Jan. 23.

For more information visit or contact the Purdue Extension Dubois County office at 812-482-1782 or           

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