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:

Feed Mill Tours and Everyday Food

China foodChina Food and Mill Tours We did a duck farm so duck head redux. Also cicada's on the hoof and eggs buried in lime until they turned green. Yum, Yum!

Since I'm traveling with JBS United, we see a lot of feed mills and look at a lot of grain. Mycotoxins are a continuing issue and mills manage the flow by adding 'fixers', blending good corn with infected grain and adjusting that ratio based on what they're feeding. Slow infield and on-ear drying exacerbate the development of the molds and we understand that it's an ongoing problem for the mills. Mixing is done in the states anytime you have bad corn. You can mix more bad in with finisher ration than you can in sow feed or starter.

Interesting conversation at dinner last night about Chinese who leave for U.S., U.K., Australia, etc. for continuing education and the "filtered" media they receive here at home. Many of those students return to China because of family, easier to enter the workplace and return to values and customs the know. And its no problem that they've had access to 'unfiltered' media because they have more of a world-view. However, for most of the people, its better that media be managed because they're more "settled" and happy.

Observation is that they are indeed happy. Very family-centered and generally health conscious. At the mills and large farms workers stay in dorms, receiving free room and board. And the company cook is a great recruitment tool, if he's good.

Scaling to Meet the Chinese Pork Demand

Feeding China’s Pigs Feeding China’s Pigs This report from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy highlights the scaling of pork production requirements to meet the needs of the Chinese consumer. Meat consumption has quadrupled in China since 1980 to its current level (2011) of 54 kg (119 pounds) per person per year. That increase in demand results in building a pork production infrastructure, requiring more of all inputs, including feed grains, nutrients, and animal health products [PDF].

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