The South Dakota Pork Producers Council’s 42nd annual Pork Congress will be held at the Sioux Falls Ramkota Hotel and Exhibit Hall on Jan. 6-7.

The two-day trade show will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. 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.

At 1 p.m. Thursday producers can attend a seminar by Dr. Bob Thaler of SDSU, who will present “Coping with High Feed Costs.” First, using the new National Swine Nutrition Guide, Dr. Thaler is going to look at nutrient recommendation considerations and feeding programs. Then he will cover the main alternate feeds available in South Dakota, value of feed additives, and general management techniques to reduce feed cost/pig marketed.

The second seminar of the day begins at 2:30 p.m. “False Beliefs about Pig Behavior” will be presented by Nancy Lidster of DNL Farms. This seminar will educate producers of the false beliefs about pig behavior that created problems for Lidster’s in the 1980’s are still causing pig handling problems for the pork industry workers today. She will go over ineffective handling methods requiring more time and extra people whose efforts could be invested and profitable in other tasks.

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 meetings during the Pork Congress and the election of the 2012 Pork Act 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 Hanson County pork farmer, John Wipf of Oaklane Colony, whose concern for the environment is evident through his daily farm practices.

A PQA Plus® certification session is available on Friday 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 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.

Also on Friday a 3 p.m. educational seminar will feature Dr. Steve Meyer, president of Paragon Economics, who will discuss the economic outlook for the pork industry, including input costs.

The event culminates with a SIP Reception to all members on Friday evening. There will be a silent uuction to help raise money for the SDPPC Pork PAC. This reception helps inform members of how their money is being used and the event will take please in the Roosevelt Room of the Ramkota Hotel.

A full schedule of events is available at

Source: South Dakota Pork Producers Council