2018 Michigan Pork Symposium

Pig farmers and industry representatives from around the state are invited to attend the Feb. 22, 2018, Michigan Pork Producers Association annual Michigan Pork Symposium at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Mich.

This all-day event will focus on educating producers about good production practices and improving business management approaches to help provide a growing human population and an environmentally-safe, socially-acceptable, low-cost source of meat.

This year’s symposium brings together speakers from both the academic and business worlds. Dr. Larry Firkins, a professor and the associate dean for public engagement at the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, will be speaking about getting work done through others. He will also present a breakout session about transitioning employees to team members. 

Firkins obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 1986 followed by a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology in 1996. He completed his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Illinois in 2001.

Dr. Steve Meyer, vice-president of pork analysis at EMI Analytics, is a widely-recognized expert on the U.S. pork industry and the economic relationships that shape it. Meyer has held positions in industry, academia, trade organizations and, most recently, market analytics.

In addition, the conference will have two tracks for attendees focusing on both sow production and growing/finishing operations.

The sow production track will feature topics on fixed-time insemination, employee management, day-one pig care, sow housing and selection, sow longevity, farrowing, breeding and caring for the gilt through her first litter.

Growing and finishing topics include ventilation, economics of manure, packer audits, pig start-up/successful transition, barn cleaning and maintenance and managing the unexpected outbreak.

The day will finish with a sponsor reception, giving participants the opportunity to visit with the sponsors and presenters. Registration is $60, $25 for a second registration and $15 for a third registration. For more information and registration, visit mipork.org or contact MPPA at schmitt@mipork.org or 517-853-3782.