2006 Niche Pork Conference Set for Pork Producers

Conference planned for Feb. 17 at Western Michigan University.

Published on: Dec 22, 2005

Pork producers interested in alternative production methods and in marketing value-added or niche pork will be able to attend the Niche Pork Production Conference on Feb. 17, 2006, at Western Michigan University's Fetzer Conference Center in Kalamazoo, Mich.

"The conference provides pork producers with an opportunity to learn from and share ideas with industry experts as well as other producers who are having success with alternative production methods and niche marketing," according to Sam Hines, executive director of the Michigan Pork Producers Association. "Producer speakers Pat Albright of Albright Farms/Countryside Meats, Tim Beeler of Beeler's Naturally Pure Pork, and Paul Willis of Niman Ranch will provide valuable firsthand experience," says Hines.  

"There are consumers who are looking for specific types of pork -- whether that is a different breed, locally grown, or pork raised using a unique production method -- and there are producers who are willing to meet that market need," says Larry Cizek, director of culinary and niche markets for the Pork Checkoff. "Conferences like these help those producers."    

Producers will be able to choose from a variety of breakout session topics including:

  • Getting started in niche pork
  • Marketing your niche pork product
  • Niche pork production practices 

The conference will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The pre-registration fee is $30, while registration at the door is $35. Download a registration form at www.nichepork.org. For more information, call Beth Franz, Michigan State University Extension, at (269) 445-4438 or e-mail franzeli@msu.edu.

The conference is brought to producers by National Pork Board through the Pork Checkoff with sponsorship by the Michigan Pork Producers Association, and the Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Integrated Food and Farming Systems and NSR Commercial Solutions.