Online pig management tool launched
The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA)
together with the University of Illinois Extension have developed an online
programme named "Managing Pig Production in Tough Times".
The programme covers a number of key decision areas for producers and is a
place for pork producers to turn to for advice and information in tough economic
"Pork producers in the
United States now face economic hardships so serious that many will leave the
business," said James Pettigrew, a U of I professor of animal sciences who
prepared the program with checkoff funding from the IPPA. "At the U of I, we
cannot change the very difficult conditions, but we can offer information on
this site to help producers manage their business.
"IPPA continues to
look for ways to provide information that helps pork producers through these
difficult financial times. This program has assembled a diverse group of experts
who have focused in on some specific items that pork producers can do on their
operations. These on-line seminars will allow producers to access the
information when it works best for them."
At the website
will find presentations by experts including Chris Hurt, Purdue University
Extension, price risk; and from the University of Illinois, Rob Knox on
reproduction, Larry Firkins on health and employees, Mike Ellis on management,
Ted Funk on engineering, Hans Stein on nutrition, and Pettigrew on feeding
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