The 2016 World Pork Expo, June 8 - 10, 2016, Des Moines, IA, USA, focused on many conversations about how the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) will impact many organizations in the swine ecosystem with Richard Sellers - Changes on Antibiotic Usage - Background, Now, And January 1 [link], and Dr. Sam Holst - Changes on Antibiotic Usage - Preparing for Changes to Antibiotic Use [link]. The main message was "you should be starting now to be ready by January 1, 2017". Additional presentations shared the environmental and economics of swine, how Checkoff funds have been allocated to promote pork into the summer and fall, and "What does happen during a Common Swine Industry Audit?" [link].
Overview of the New Packing Plant in Coldwater Dan Groff, Clemons Food Group, shares an update on the plans for the new fresh pork processing plant in Coldwater, Michigan. Mr. Groff highlights the activities for plant design, construction, and staffing to handle processing 10,000 + hogs daily [video].
Making Impact Mark Schwartz, Schwartz Farms, provides insights on pig performance and care. Mr. Schwartz spends his day on looking at data to help improve on the performance of a pork operation. Key message: Continuously focus on creating and maintaining a production system to produce robust, healthy pigs [video].
Feed Ingredients Eric Scholer, Vice President, Express Markets, Inc. shares insights on feed ingredients and the various global markets affecting the globe. Mr. Scholer says "I think the market for soybeans and meal will adjust lower after we get past the weather concerns and have a better understanding of the planted acres for the US crop." [video].