43rd annual South Dakota Pork Congress set

The South Dakota Pork Producers Council (SDPPC) announces their 43rd Annual Pork Congress to be held at the Sioux Falls Ramkota Hotel and Exhibit Hall on Jan. 12 and 13, 2012.

The two-day trade show will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13. Exhibitors will display the latest in technology, equipment, feeds, and vet supplies. Admission to the trade show is free and a pork loin feed is available to all in attendance Thursday beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Ramkota Exhibit Hall Annex.

In the morning on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. an educational seminar will feature Dr. Steve Meyer, president of Paragon Economics, who will discuss the economic outlook for the pork industry, including input costs.

A PQA Plus® certification session is available on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. in the seminar area of the exhibit hall. PQA Plus® is a voluntary program for pork farmers to demonstrate to consumers their commitment to providing the best care possible for their animals while also providing the highest quality and safest product possible. Following the PQA Plus® training session producers will be able to get TQA® Certification at 2 p.m. Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) is a program designed by the National Pork Board to give handlers an understanding of how to handle and transport pigs.

Thursday's events culminate with a live auction that evening which raises funds for SDPPC's Non-Checkoff funds. The auction takes place after the Master Pork Producers Recognition Banquet in the Washington Room of the Ramkota Hotel.

SDPPC also holds its Non-Checkoff and Checkoff Annual Meeting of the members during the Pork Congress and the election of the 2013 Pork Act Delegates and 2012 NPPC Delegates.

During the annual awards luncheon on Friday, the SDPPC will present several awards to industry leaders, including a pork environmental steward award to a McCook County pork farmer, Ferlyn & Karen Hofer of Canistota, whose concern for the environment is evident through their daily farm practices.

Friday afternoon activities will begin with a cooking demonstration from the SDSU Meats Department. They will be going over different techniques in cooking pork.

The second seminar on Friday begins at 2 p.m. educating those about the False Beliefs about Pig Behavior by Nancy Lidster of DNL Farms. This seminar will educate producers of the false beliefs about pig behavior that created problems for Lidsters in the 1980s are still causing pig handling problems for the pork industry workers today. She will go over ineffective handling methods requiring more time and often extra people whose efforts could be invested and profitable in other tasks.

New this year for seminars will be a panel discussion that will allow producers to come in and ask industry leaders questions about management, finance, nutrition, ventilation and animal handling.

The event culminates with a SIP Reception to all members on Friday evening. There will be a Silent Auction to help raise money for the SDPPC Pork PAC. This reception is open to all current members and prospective SIP members. This great event helps to inform the members of how their Non-Checkoff money is being used and the event will take place in the Roosevelt Room of the Ramkota Hotel.

A full schedule of events is available at www.sdpork.org

The South Dakota Pork Producers Council (SDPPC) was created in 1954 to responsibly serve, support and enhance the success of the South Dakota pork production industry. Along with managing industry issues and improving the image of the pork industry, the SDPPC works to insure a safe, wholesome product for the consumer's confident consumption.

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