competitiveness

Dr. Joel Nerem, Dr. Rebecca Liu, Dr. Noel Williams - Coopetition Keynote Panel


Coopetition Keynote Panel - Dr. Joel Nerem, Dr. Rebecca Liu, Dr. Noel Williams, from the 2017 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 16-19, 2017, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Dr. Gary Louis, Dr. Luc Dufresne - Challenges in Defining "The Greater Good": An Integrated Pork Producer’s Perspective


Keynote Address: Challenges in Defining "The Greater Good": An Integrated Pork Producer’s Perspective - Dr. Gary Louis, Dr. Luc Dufresne, with introduction by Dr. Bill Christianson, from the 2017 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 16-19, 2017, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Have You Reviewed Your Employee Compensation?

Compensation in Pork Production - PORK AcademyCompensation in Pork Production - PORK Academy Karen Hoare, National Pork Board, shares recent research on pork farm labor compensation. In summary, pork production compensation is competitive. Ms. Hoare details how the data was collected and aggregated with the help of AgCareers. The presentation also outlines the key findings on wages, staff scheduling, benefits, and visas. [video].

Karen Hoare - Compensation in Pork Production - PORK Academy


Compensation in Pork Production - PORK Academy - Karen Hoare, National Pork Board, from the 2017 World Pork Expo, June 7 - 9, 2017, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Dr. Steve Meyer - Market Outlook


Market Outlook - Dr. Steve Meyer, livestock and agricultural economist, Paragon Economics, Inc. , from the 2012 Minnesota Pork Congress, January 18-19, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

Characteristics of Competitiveness are Changing in the Meat Complex

     Just as the landscape is changing on a global economic front as outlined in my previous blog, so then are the characteristics of competitiveness as we look out into the next five year horizon.  Many years ago, responding to the advent of scale in animal production, veterinary science in production agriculture moved from a focus on individual animal treatment to something widely referred to as herd health.  The change signaled a move from diagnosing and treating individual animals to defining the conditions within which the herd would be best served and proscribed culling for individuals that did not conform or adapt to the generalized conditions.  Defining the conditions best for the herd meant creating SOPs for bio-security, ventilation, average temperature at each day of age, average nutrition and a set of standard vaccinations as examples.  Not every individual animal prefers the average or thrives in the average conditions and the response in general was to allo

Global Reset Underway

     I don't think it is an exaggeration to say that a global reset is taking place in the meat production complexes throughout the world.  It was brought about by the political subsidies related to ethanol and bio-fuels coupled with the increased demand from emerging nations.

     For the United States and therefore for everyone else around the globe, the particular factors which have led us to a low relative value of the dollar is making the stew a little more complex.  The sub-prime mess which halted the steadily advancing rise in US interest rates along with the decision by China to raise its own interest rates in the face of mounting inflation and their decision to at least allow their currency rates to change (though not strictly with the market) have led to a mixed bag of blessings for U.S. exporters of pork and beef.

Two Peas in a Pod---They Ain't"

So we are talking about not adding to the fundamental problems which biological production systems deal out just because of their nature. Some of those problems include seasonality, the complexity of growth mechanisms as a key variance enhancer (compared to non-biological production—like automobile manufacture etc.) and the fixed periods of production which cannot be speeded up with an extra shift (like gestation). I’m contending that the next major movement forward in competitiveness is the producer’s ability to manage (certainly never eliminate!) variation more effectively. There is lots of money on that table.

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