Electric and Thermal Energy Strategies for Minnesota Swine Farms Michael Reese, University of Minnesota, details usable research info that will help swine farms evaluate what electric and thermal energy strategies are viable. Several key take home messages: 1) Energy efficiency upgrades can have a short-term return-on-investment, 2) Reputable contractors are available to remove complexities, and 3) There still exist state, federal, and utility grants and incentives [video].
Research on Electric and Thermal Energy Strategies for Minnesota Swine Farms - Dr. Lee Johnston, University of Minnesota, from the 2017 Minnesota Pork Congress, January 17 - 18, 2017, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
2016 World Pork Expo, June 8 - 10, 2016, Des Moines, IA, USA. There were many conversations about how the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) will impact many organizations in the swine ecosystem. 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?"
Pork Academy One of the National Pork Board’s responsibilities is for Checkoff-funded research. The Pork Checkoff page of SwineCast highlights recent Checkoff-funded research that producers may find valuable on their farm.
Ceva brought together a great panel to discuss issues hitting pork production, moderated by Moderator Neil Dierks, CEO National Pork Producers Council. And for the deep science, Dr. David Hurley, University of Georgia, shared details on tissue level activity and vaccine responses.
2016 Missouri Pork Expo February 9-10, 2016, Columbia, Missouri, USA, highlighted focus on reaching out to 4-H and FFA swine exhibitors. Session included helping young exhibitors learn about reducing the risks of animal health issues, proper use of medication, and developing awareness on animal welfare programs..