Badger Swine Symposium
The 2020 Badger Swine Symposium was held virtually on November 5.
Wisconsin may be known as the dairy state, but ties to swine production in Wisconsin run deep. Historically, immigrant populations demanded pork for the manufacture of sausage and other products, leading to as much as 80% of all Wisconsin farms having pigs on the farm in the early twentieth century. Pig farming looks different today with less total farms that have pigs on them, but raising pigs continues to be an important part of agriculture in Wisconsin.
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The seventh annual Badger Swine Symposium was held virtually Thursday, November 5, 2020. Pre-recorded sessions can be found at https://livestock.extension.wisc.edu/programs/badger-swine-symposium/.
The day started off with a market update from Brenda Boetel, Professor and Agricultural Marketing Specialist with UW-River Falls. Following the market update there was a panel discussion of industry stakeholders on how COVID has affected their operations, markets, and management. Jeff Swenson of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, wrapped up the discussion with information about how Wisconsin has developed additional plans, resources, and community connections in response to the potential need to implement mass euthanasia of swine due to limited slaughter plant capacity.
Additional speaker information and other details can be found at https://livestock.extension.wisc.edu/programs/badger-swine-symposium/. This program was sponsored by the Animal and Food Science Department at UW-River Falls, School of Agriculture at UW-Platteville, Animal and Dairy Science Department at UW-Madison, the Extension Swine Team and the Wisconsin Pork Association.