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MT Pork Producers Council Annual Meeting On Jan. 21, Coinciding With MAGIE Ag Expo


Montana Pork Producers Council (MPPC) invites Montana pork producers to attend the annual meeting January 21, 2016, at the Mansfield Civic Center in Great Falls. By design, the event coincides with the MAGIE Ag Expo for producer convenience. The theme is “Leading with Integrity” focusing on the subjects of marketing & contracts, as well as animal and human safety.

John Uecker of USDA’s Packers and Stockyards Program will provide guidance to producers negotiating contract terms with their packers, in regards to the program’s regulations and rules for prompt payment. This workshop will serve as a tool for understanding the laws guiding the purchase of live hogs, including considerations for verbal contracts and time of ownership transfer.

Dr. Marty Zaluski, Montana State Veterinarian will cover animal health updates pertinent for in-state farms as well as provide an overview of recent Department of Livestock changes, including the selection of a new Executive Officer.

Dr. Steve Larson of the National Pork Board will be presenting key information regarding new antibiotics directives and how they will affect the administration of these medications within the barns. His presentation will include new educational materials for livestock producers as they make the shift to comply as the regulations take effect. Also included in the seminar is a walk-through of the 2015 Salmonella outbreak, highlighting background information and response by Pork Checkoff, as well as affected State Councils.

Registration and tradeshow begins at 8:30 am on Thursday, January 21. Educational sessions begin at 9:45 am. Other highlights include updates from the National Pork Board, the announcement of state winners in the Symbol of Excellence youth carcass contest and Montana Ag Safety Program’s workshop. The MPPC membership will elect officers and directors and review industry issues late Thursday afternoon in a general meeting. A social will follow with an evening meal served featuring Montana products.

Registration for this event can be accomplished by calling the MPPC office at (406) 557-2982 or via email at Cost of attendance is $20 per person, with includes lunch and dinner. Meals may also be purchased separately at $5 and $15, respectively.


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