National Pork Producers Council Legislative Action Conference gets underway in Washington, D.C. this week. Over a hundred producers are expected to make the trip and travel up Capitol Hill to discuss topics such as feed availability and the farm bill with their legislators. NPPC's Vic-President for Domestic Policy Audrey Adamson notes the timeliness and importance of the topics to be shared.
The pork industry has responded to gestation housing questions with funds and determination to research and report on sow housing options and advantages. National Pork Producers Council CEO Neil Dierks shares the association position with delegates and more.
From Pork Industry Forum, immediate past Pork Board President Everett Forkner of Richards, MO, addresses delegates before the final gavel falls. His view and comments of appreciation from an industry leader.
McDonald's joined the Humane Society of the United States to announce a review of the use of gestation stalls in their supply chain. Dallas Hockman, National Pork Producer Council's Vice President of Industry Relations, discussed that announcement and how the industry might respond.
At the 2012 Minnesota Pork Congress, Dr. Lee Johnston, professor of Swine Nutrition and Management at the West Central Research and Outreach Center of the University of MN presented research on dropping nighttime temperatures in the nursery and lowering fuel costs some 20%. However, how you lower the thermostat and the health of the pigs are significant considerations. Dr. Johnston's full presentation and others will be online soon at SwineCast.com/ConferenceConnection.