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Business Seminar Details

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
9:00 - 11:30 Understanding the Ps – Feeding Pigs for People, Planet, Profit
Sponsored by: DSM Nutritional Products

Dietary and feeding management strategies for improved profitability
Dr. Joel DeRouchey, Kansas State University

The evolution continues: the importance of phytase for improving the efficiency and sustainability of pork production
Fidelis Fru, DSM Nutritional Products

Ronozyme HiPhos improves swine performance and profitability 
Dr. Chris Parks and Dr. Jon Bergstrom, DSM Nutritional Products

Location:  Varied Industries Building Meeting Room B 

12:00 - 2:30 Business Seminar Luncheon
Sponsored by: National Pork Board

Free lunch provided at noon.  Speakers begin at 12:30pm

Weather Outlook
Elwynn Taylor, Ph.D., Iowa State University

Economic Outlook
Steve Meyer, M.S., Paragon Economics

Location: Varied Industries Building, Upper WEST Meeting Room

3:00 - 4:00 Feeding for 30® - Sow Nutrition and Management in Focus
Sponsored by: Purina Animal Nutrition, Zinpro Corporation and DSM

The goal of 30 pigs per sow per year is in sight for many producers. With the proper tools and knowledge, this industry goal is achievable!

Join this interactive Feeding for 30 forum to hear from producers who are aggressively focusing on this goal. Learn from these and other industry experts as they share new tips, management insights and resources to help improve productivity. Attendees can come with questions to ask and are free to join in this peer-to-peer discussion on achieving 30 p/s/y.

  • Dan McManus, Young Animal Specialist – Swine, Purina Animal Nutrition. 

Dan McManus, DVM, is a swine specialist for Purina Animal Nutrition. Dr. McManus is based in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, and serves as a consultant for Purina Animal Nutrition, focusing on the importance of promoting the proper start to newborn pigs through sow nutrition. Dr. McManus received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 1982. He then worked at a swine management company for 19 years before joining the Purina Animal Nutrition team in 2007. Today, Dr. McManus works with producers, nutritionists and the Purina Animal Nutrition team to conduct research and share management strategies to move the swine industry forward. Current topics of research for Dr. McManus include the importance of colostrum and its impact on Full Potential Pigs and the efficacy of the sow feed additive Healthy EDGE® Technology on sow performance. Dr. McManus has also been instrumental in the Feeding for 30® program since its creation in 2012. Through the program, Dr. McManus, along with other contributors, shares nutrition and management information with producers on how to reach 30 pigs per sow per year through improved sow productivity.

  • Jon Bergstrom, Ph.D., Market Development Manager, Swine - DSM Nutritional Products 

Dr. Jon Bergstrom currently works for DSM Nutritional Products, North America as a senior technical support manager for swine. In this role, Dr. Bergstrom combines his on-farm and research experiences to support cooperative research efforts to identify science-based solutions for today's challenges in pork production. A native of Iowa, Dr. Bergstrom earned a B.S. in agricultural studies/farm operations and a minor in agronomy from Iowa State University in 1992 and, after working on a swine farm in Missouri, an M.S. from Kansas State University in Swine Nutrition in 1996. Since that time, Dr. Bergstrom has worked as a swine research coordinator for Seaboard Farms and a swine nutritionist/consultant at Kerber Milling Company for nearly nine years in Iowa. In July 2006, he completed his final enlistment in the United States Army Reserve after serving a combined total of 13 active years in the United States Marine Corp Reserves and Army Reserves. From Nov. 2006 until July 2011, Dr. Bergstrom managed the Swine Research Lab at Kansas State University where he also completed a Ph.D. in swine nutrition and production. His Ph.D. research included: the association of sow and litter characteristics with piglet birth weight and subsequent growth performance and survivability, the effects of feeder design and management on growing-finishing pig performance, the effects of dietary astaxanthin and ractopamine HCl on finishing pig growth and pork color shelf-life, and meta-analyses describing the variables that influence the backfat, belly fat, and jowl fat iodine values of pork carcasses. DSM Nutritional Products, Dr. Bergstrom’s current employer, is recognized as a global leader in supplying vitamins, eubiotics, enzymes and carotenoids for improving human and animal nutrition and health.

  • Dr. Derald Holtkamp, Assistant Professor of Vet Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine; Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Derald Holtkamp is an associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Diagnostics and Production Animal Medicine (VDPAM) in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa US). Dr. Holtkamp received his DVM, MS in Economics and BS in Agricultural Business with a minor in statistics all from Iowa State University. Prior to joining Iowa State, he was a private veterinary consultant. He has also served as a technical services veterinarian for ADViSYS Inc., a biotechnology company based in Houston, Texas, Vice President of Swine Applications for MetaFarms Inc. and Director of Pork Development for E-Markets, Inc., both information technology companies based in Eagan, Minnesota and Ames, Iowa and as a swine veterinarian and service manager for Smithfield Foods in Warsaw, North Carolina. Dr. Holtkamp has recently been involved with research on the importance of adequate birth weights. This collaborative research shows that a 1-pound difference in birth weight (3.1 pounds versus 2.1 pounds) can result in twice the survival rate from birth to weaning. In addition, Dr. Holtkamp is directing the development of the Production Animal Disease Risk Assessment Program (PADRAP) at Iowa State University focusing on development, management and promotion of disease risk assessment tools and databases of completed risk assessments held by the American Association of Swine Veterinarians. He has authored or co-authored 17 publications in peer review journals over 70 proceedings articles. He is an active speaker in the U.S. and internationally with over 100 presentations since 2006.

  • Steve Huegerich, National Director of Swine Operations for GSC Agribusiness

Steve Huegerich is based in Coon Rapids, Iowa, and is the National Director of Swine Operations for GSC Agribusiness. GSC Agribusiness currently operates four sow units in western Iowa with a total of 8,400 sows farrow-to-finish. GSC also operates a feed mill and livestock trucking operation located in Carroll, Iowa. Other ventures of GSC include a substantial cow/calf operation in Georgia and cattle feeding in Nebraska. Huegerich focuses on management of the swine facilities. His duties include: facilities management, genetic selection, health programs, labor, nutrition and marketing, along with coordination of all contract grower relationships. Huegerich also currently serves on the New Business Ventures Committee for GSC. After receiving his degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University, Huegerich started his career with Murphy Farms Inc. in North Carolina. Since 1991, Steve has been a part of Juergens Produce and Feed Company in Carroll, Iowa. He began his work for GSC Agribusiness in 2012. Now with 26 years of swine production experience, Huegerich resides in Coon Rapids, Iowa with his wife Brenda and is also an owner of Twilight Investments LLC, a fertilizer and facility management company.

  • Dave Hansen, Owner/operator of Hansen Haven and Hansen Hog West

Dave Hansen and his wife Karla are the owner/operators of Hansen Hog Haven, a 600 sow farrow-to-finish operation and Hansen Hog West, a 3,000 sow farrow-to-wean unit – both near Coleridge, Nebraska. Hansen has been involved with the agriculture industry for most of his life. He first got involved in the swine industry on his family’s farm while growing up and remained active in the industry through college. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has since been a president of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association. Current averages are between 25 and 26 pigs per sow per year for the Hansen’s 3,600 sows. To move toward the 30 pigs per sow per year (psy) mark, the producers have used internal multiplication to manage bio-security and to build their herd. They have also hired a night-time farrowing manager and cross-foster pigs to promote greater litter weaning weights. Hansen mentions that a switch to ad libitum feeding of sows during lactation and the use of products like NEWTraStart™ feed and HealthyEDGE® Technology have helped to improve sow productivity.

  • Steve Stitzlein, Heimerl Farm

Steve Stitzlein is the production supervisor for Heimerl Farms, Ltd., located in central Ohio. In this role, Stitzlein manages more than 18,000 sows. Stitzlein has been involved with the swine industry since graduating from The Ohio State University in 1977. He spent 3.5 years working in commercial swine production, 7.5 years as the swine herdsman at the Agricultural Technical Institute, 12 years with Purina Mills working as a consultant, commercial swine salesman and production supervisor and the last 13 years in his role as production supervisor for Heimerl Farms, Ltd. Heimerl Farms, Ltd. owns 7,500 sows and works with an additional 11,000 sows through partner producers. All pigs of the 7,500-owned sows are grown by Heimerl Farms through finishing. The farm also purchases and finishes weaner pigs from producers; these partner producers have 5,500 sows in commercial production and the balance in multiplication for PIC. The current production of sows owned by Heimerl Farms is 28.5 pigs per sow per year (psy) on 7,500 PIC Line 3 sows. Weaner pigs are purchased from units that are currently at 30+ psy. Stitzlein has focused on team efficiency, pig care and sow management to achieve this growing psy rate at Heimerl Farms. Current management focuses include: day one pig care, full-feeding sows at farrowing, sow management through lactation, quality artificial insemination matings and overall team training.

All swine producers and industry members are welcome to attend!

Location: Varied Industries Building Meeting Room B

Thursday, June 6, 2013
9:30 - 10:30 Nutrient Management in Manures
Sponsored by: SFP

Matt Werner, Research Coordinator

Learn how you can improve nutrient management in applied manures by adding a revolutionary product called More Than Manure (MTM) Nutrient Manager. On-farm research has shown MTM increases the phosphorus and nitrogen availability of the manures you apply as a fertilizer and on average farmers have seen a 9.5 bushel per acre increase using MTM with manure on corn trials. In addition to agronomic benefits, MTM can reduce crusting and solids within the pits or lagoons and can also decrease the ammonia levels in confinement operations. Join us to learn how MTM can improve your manure from the pit up.

Location: Varied Industries Building Meeting Room B

10:30 - 11:30 Nutrient Management in Manures
Sponsored by: SFP

Matt Werner, Research Coordinator

Learn how you can improve nutrient management in applied manures by adding a revolutionary product called More Than Manure (MTM) Nutrient Manager. On-farm research has shown MTM increases the phosphorus and nitrogen availability of the manures you apply as a fertilizer and on average farmers have seen a 9.5 bushel per acre increase using MTM with manure on corn trials. In addition to agronomic benefits, MTM can reduce crusting and solids within the pits or lagoons and can also decrease the ammonia levels in confinement operations. Join us to learn how MTM can improve your manure from the pit up.

Location: Varied Industries Building Meeting Room B

12:00 - 2:30 Business Seminar Luncheon
Sponsored by: National Pork Board

Free lunch provided at noon.  Speakers begin at 12:30pm

Weather Outlook
Elwynn Taylor, Ph.D., Iowa State University

Economic Outlook
Steve Meyer, M.S., Paragon Economics

Location: Varied Industries Building, Upper WEST Meeting Room