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The 2004 Virginia Pork Industry Conference

Livestock Update, January 2004

Allen Harper, Extension Animal Scientist, Swine, Tidewater AREC

The annual Virginia Pork Industry Conference has been characterized by excellent production education programs and good attendance. The year 2004 conference will continue this tradition. The date of the conference is January 21, 2004. The new Workforce Development Center at Camp Community College in Franklin, Virginia offers an excellent facility for the conference. A top quality information and education program will be held throughout the day along with state pork association meeting and a pork industry awards luncheon.

The line-up of educational speakers includes Mark Estienne, Swine Physiologist at the Virginia Tech Tidewater AREC, Bundy Lane, operator of nationally recognized Sarem Farms in Gates, North Carolina, Scott Haley CAFO Program Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Allen Harper, Virginia Extension Swine Specialist, David Reeves, Swine Herd Health Veterinarian from the University of Georgia, Chris Teutsch, Forage Specialist at the Virginia Tech Southern Piedmont Center, Marv Wastell, Owner-Operator of GroMaster Feeds, Omaha, Nebraska, and Neil Zahradka, Land Management Specialist, Murphy-Brown - Waverly, Virginia Division. Key issues to be addressed include new waste management strategies, alternative production systems, breeding herd management and herd health management.

Considering the challenges facing the swine industry today, the information transfer and shared interests at the Virginia Pork Industry Conference is extremely important. All producers and pork industry folks are encouraged to participate. A pre-registration form is provided below.

Name: ______________________________________________________________

Address: ______________________________________________________________

City: ______________________________________________________________

State: _______________________________ Zip:___________________________

# of persons Pre-registration (by Jan. 9, 2003) On-site registration

____Registration $5.00______________________ $10.00_________________

____Luncheon $7.00______________________ $10.00_________________

Total $_____________________ $_______________

Checks payable to: "Virginia Pork Conference"

Send to: Virginia Pork Conference Ph. 757-657-6450, ext. 106
6321 Holland Road FAX: 757-657-9333
Suffolk, Virginia 23437

2004 Virginia Pork Industry Conference Program
"Serving Agriculture through Pork Production"
Wednesday, January 21
Regional Workforce Development Center
Franklin, Virginia

9:30 AM- 11:00 AM Concurrent Sessions
9:30 AM New Tools for Managing Replacement Gilts
Room A: Mark Estienne, VA Tech Tidewater AREC
Room B: Regulatory Issues and Changes
Scott Haley, VA Dept. Of Environmental Quality
10:00 AM Alternative Systems for Finishing Hogs
Room A: Mark Wastell, GroMaster, Inc.
Room B: Alternative Manure Application Techniques
Neil Zahradka, Murphy-Brown, Waverly Division
10:30 AM Can We Raise Pigs without Antibiotics in Feed?
Room A: Allen Harper, VA Tech Tidewater AREC
Room B: Weed and Fertility Management in Spray Fields
Chris Teutsch, VA Tech Southern Piedmont AREC
11:00 AM Break, Co-Sponsor Visitation
VPIA Business Meeting
President Billy Wooding, presiding
11:30 AM- Virginia Pork Industry Assoc.
12:15 PM Business Meeting
(All pork producers and related industry people encouraged to participate)
12:30 - 2:15 p.m. Awards Luncheon
Afternoon General Session
Cindy Wood, Moderator
2:30 PM Production Philosophy on Sarem Farms
Bundy Lane, Sarem Farms, Gates, NC
3:10 PM Key Herd Health Issues
David Reeves, D.V.M., Univ. Of Georgia, Athens, GA
4:00 PM Conference Adjournment
4:30 PM Virginia Pork Industry Board Meeting, Don Horsley, Chairman, presiding

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