Focus on Preparation - Anticipating Changing Conditions Dr. Miguel Angel Higuera, National Association of Swine Producers (Spain), shares global and European meat sector perspectives. Dr. Higuera points out that China, EU, then the US are the three biggest pork producers and consumers. On the flip side, the EU, USA, and Canada are the three biggest exporters of pork. Dr. Higuera dives into the EU market, consumer perceptions, and the how those perceptions have changed pork production in the EU. Dr. Higuera closes with a thought on how to get to 40 piglets per sow per year [video].
Mandatory Price Reporting Changes Dr. Craig Morris, Deputy Administrator, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Livestock, Poultry and Seed Program, provides an update on the Agricultural Marketing Service, how it has changed, and what services are being supported, like the Market News, webinars, and other information sources [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].
Livestock & Poultry Outlook Dr. Steve Meyer, Vice-President, Pork Analysis, EMI Analytics, provides a refresher on the livestock & poultry outlook, issues to monitor, and opportunities to think about. Dr. Meyer ends with some indicators on the risks being tracked, like Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and major export disruptions [video].
Weather Outlook 2016 & Beyond Dr. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University, provides an update on how weather has impacted / helped farmers. Dr. Taylor provides background info on how weather history has changed and what it means for farmers today. Dr. Taylor emphasizes risk management is a key element on crop management and farmers need to get serious on using risk management techniques [video].
What Would the Grill Say? Checkoff Consumer Campaign Ceci Snyder, National Pork Board, shares the planning and activity around Pork Checkoff funded consumer marketing. Ms. Snyder shares examples of the summer and fall media campaigns, metrics, and what the goals are for the rest of the year [video].
U.S. Exports & International Trade Becca Nepple, National Pork Board, and Dr. Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University, provide highlights and details on the state of global trade. Two of the questions they address is "Why is the US Pork Market so Sensitive to Exports?" and "How long will the China opportunity last?" Dr. Hayes closes with two key points: The long run opportunities for US pork are enormous, especially if we continue to implement trade agreements, and over-reliance on China brings enormous risks (South China Sea, Steel, Chicken, DDGS, Self Sufficiency, Trump) [video].
Cybersecurity Dr. Lane Arthur and James Johnson, John Deere, share how cybersecurity will be an ongoing concern, even for farmers and ranchers. Technology use is pervasive and growing, being vigilant is important [video].
Changes on Antibiotic Usage - Preparing for Changes to Antibiotic Use Dr. Sam Holst, Swine Vet Center, provides specific actions on being ready for the Veterinary Feed Directive by January 1, 2017. Dr. Holst's main take away is to establish, today, your Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR) and communicate frequently with everyone involved with your operations, including staff, management, feed mills, veterinarians, suppliers, and customers [video].