U.S. Pork Center of Excellence to Hold Regional Training Conferences for National Swine Nutrition Guide

AMES, Iowa — The National Swine Nutrition Guide will be distributed and explained at a series of regional conferences beginning in February. The guide, consisting of nutrition fact sheets, nutrient recommendation tables and diet formulation and evaluation software, will be included with an $80 conference registration or available for purchase separately for $125. The National Swine Nutrition Guide, funded by a United Soybean Board grant, was developed in collaboration with land-grant universities, agri-businesses and the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence. The six regional training conferences will be held in: Moses Lake, Wash. on Feb. 5; Raleigh, N.C. on Feb. 11; Kansas City, Mo. on Feb. 17; Indianapolis, Ind. on Feb. 24; Sioux City, Iowa on March 5; and Owatonna, Minn. on March 11. To register or learn more, please visit www.usporkcenter.org or call (515) 294-2490. Conference registration will be open until two weeks prior to each session. The training conferences will be administered by members of the National Swine Nutrition Guide Steering Committee. The sessions will focus on the use and application of the guide and also will include a demonstration of the Diet Formulation and Evaluation software program. "This development effort has been a great collaboration between the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence, several extension nutritionists and all the major feed companies. The result is a reference book and software that will be of great value to the industry for years to come," said David Meisinger, director of the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence. The U.S. Pork Center of Excellence was established in 2005 as a public/private partnership to bring together academic expertise in research, teaching and extension related to pork production. The center is housed at the National Swine Research and Information Center on the Iowa State University campus. Center partners include two governmental agencies, the national pork industry associations, 17 state pork producer associations and 24 land-grant universities. ##