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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 times.

Economic hardships
"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."
 
Presentations
At the website users 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 programs.
 
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