Helping Swine Producers

Helping Swine Producers

Helping Swine Producers


I’m Lacy Gray with Washington Ag Today.


Helping swine producers to have a better swine-raising experience is the primary goal behind the WSU Swine Information Day taking place February 7 in Moses Lake. Sarah Smith, animal sciences extension educator with WSU Grant-Adams County Extension says that the day will feature numerous presentations geared towards meeting the unique needs of Pacific Northwest swine producers, with featured speaker Dr. Chris Hostetler of the National Pork Board.


SMITH: He’s going to talk about the new U.S. reproductive guide that’s coming out from the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence. Probably one of the most important things - he is going to give us a nice overview on this new (PED) virus that’s been impacting the swine industry. And Shannon Neibergs, WSU Extension Livestock Economist will also talk about some of the implications with that disease.


Morning sessions will focus around commercial and niche swine producers - from farrow to finish. In the afternoon there will be topics covered that will also be interesting for youth involved with show pigs.


SMITH: Mark Heitstuman is going to talk about sourcing pigs. Summer show pigs are always hard to source and it will be no different this year, so he is going to talk about some opportunities to look at, and then also how to make sure that you’re in regulation for shipping pigs from out of state into Washington.


The day will end with pork quality assurance training for both youth and adults, which Smith says people will be able to certify in that program and be good one year for youth and three years for adults. The Washington State University Swine Information Day is organized by WSU Extension, Washington Pork Producers Association and the National Pork Board. For more information visit


That’s Washington Ag Today.


I’m Lacy Gray on the Ag Information Network.




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