Dr. Joel DeRouchey - Feed Price Update and Daily Feed Efficiency Drivers

Feed Price Update and Daily Feed Efficiency Drivers - Dr. Joel DeRouchey, Kansas State University, from the 2013 World Pork Expo, June 5 - 7, 2013, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Niche Markets Feed Management

Feed Management and Records for Niche MarketsAre Berkshires Really Different? Dr. Matt Swantek & David Stender share their results from a Berkshire feeding study. They offer some feeding recommendations and share some of the future directions of Berkshire feeding research. The purpose of this program is to encourage producers to be proactive in providing the best possible care for their animals and show commitment to the ethical principles of pork production as outlined in the We Care responsible pork initiative.

Can You Managing High Feed Costs?

Managing High Feed CostsHow Much Is Your Feed? Dr. Joel DeRouchey, Professor and Swine Extension Specialist, Kansas State University, looks at feed efficiency drivers to reduce feed cost, alternative ingredients, and feed processing advancements. His presentation looks at the costs of the various feed options plus seeks to offer means to reduce feed costs. Dr. DeRouchey provides several calculation tables and charts to help farm management teams drive feed efficiency.

What Swine Trends To Follow?

Swine Production BenchmarksSwine Management By Data Dr. Mike Brumm, Brumm Swine Consultancy, provides benchmarking tools and tips that he runs across in barns, especially around record keeping, that help improve the process of production. He suggests there will be an increase in barn construction; with this new construction there needs to be some planning to support record keeping! Dr. Brumm adds information on fuel and utility use and what some of the triggers are that need to be monitored.

There Is Feed Efficiency Science?

Science Underlying Feed Efficiency Science Underlying Feed Efficiency Dr. John Patience, Iowa State University, has been looking at swine feed efficiency for many years [video]. In the last two years he received funding to look at feed efficiency through a multidisciplinary lens, with nutritionists, physiologists, microbiologists, geneticists, and other experts. This expertise have brought together new insights and data that can help address questions about disease susceptibility and growth patterns. Presentation from the 2012 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 15-18, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Dr. John Patience - A Critical Look at the Science Underlying Feed Efficiency

A Critical Look at the Science Underlying Feed Efficiency - Dr. John Patience, Iowa State University, from the 2012 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 15-18, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

SwineCast 0732, Time To Review Market Weights For Best Economic Return

SwineCast 0732 Show Notes:
  • Kansas State's Dr. Mike Tokach visits the possible changes in optimal market weights in light of feed costs and gain per day issues. He also takes a look at potential grain quality issues in the 2012 crop in this conversation with Eric Atkinson.

It's What China Doesn't Do

China Growth Slowing of China's Economy Impacts to Pork China's export based economy is trying to make the transition to a Chinese consumer based economy. Impacting China is the drought and their need to import corn and soybean to feed their 400 million pigs. This NPR episode shares some insight on the Chinese economy and what pork and crop producers in the US should consider [audio].

China's economic boom has altered the global economy but its growth is slowing down. Steve Inskeep talks to Beijing-based economist Patrick Chovanec about China's economic troubles, and how that affects the U.S. economy.

Biofuels Causing Tension in the Feed Grain Markets?

Feed Grain and Ethanol The weather is seriously stressing many crops this year. Corn, specifically, is also being stressed because of the demand for biofuel (ethanol) and livestock animal feed.

Dr. Thomas E. Elam, FarmEcon LLC, released a presentation and detailed analysis of why the USA Renewable Fuel Standard, in this current weather and economic environment, needs to have flexibility in its application [background via EPA]. Dr. Elam's key point: Ethanol policy has increased and destabilized corn and related commodity prices [detailed analysis paper PDF] [summary slide deck PDF].

Dr. Bob Wisner, Iowa State University, and Joel Newman, President and CEO of American Feed Industry Association, provide some highlights of the report titled "Future Patterns of U.S. Grains, Biofuels, and Livestock and Poultry Feeding". This is a another report that highlights the conflicts of having corn being used as a feed grain and a source of energy (ethanol): "Biofuels: A Major Driver of the Changing Feed Cost Environment" is one of the first executive summary points [audio] [report PDF].

SwineCast 0720, Is There a Future for U.S. Grains, Biofuels, Livestock and Poultry Feeding?

SwineCast 0720 Show Notes:
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