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

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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].

Some China Pork Background Info

 Recent Trends and Implications for World Meat and Grains Trade What Is China's Influence on Pork? Here is a link to info on China’s influence on the pork industry and the affects on world meat and grains trade. The information comes via Informa Economics.

Dr. Joel DeRouchey - Ingredient availability and cost

Ingredient availability and cost - Joel DeRouchey, M.S., Ph.D., Kansas State University, from the 2012 World Pork Expo, June 6-8, Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

Are Meat Demand and Feed Prices Related?

Feed Prices Impact Meat Demand
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Paragon Economics Dr. Steve Meyer walks through meat demand, corn prices ($4-$8??) and weather issues.
The total feed supply is going down. Long term we need to get more efficient or we get smaller. Can we get efficient enough to that we can grow with a shrinking supply of energy feed?
Dr. Meyer also looks into the ethanol industry, how it fared in 2011 and what it may do in 2012, with respect to their need for corn inputs.

SwineCast 0691, Feed Prices Impact Meat Demand

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Dr. Kenneth Prusa - Feeding for Pork Quality: Impacts of DDGS

Diet Decisions for the $ and the Hog, Part II Feeding for Pork Quality: Impacts of DDGS- - Dr. Kenneth Prusa, Iowa State University, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, from the 2012 Iowa Pork Congress, January 24 - 26, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Swine Economic Outlook a Roller-coaster?

2012 Steve Meyer Corn Yield Chart How will the pork industry fare in 2012? Dr. Steve Meyer says 2012 has five key issues to keep an eye on: exports, U.S. Demand, feed prices, hog/pork supplies, and packing capacity. Steve also highlights the relationships between crops and costs.
Total feed supply is going down. This means we either get more efficient or we get smaller.

SwineCast 0667, Will Lowering The Renewable Fuel Standard Impact Feed Availability?

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  • President-Elect of the National Pork Producers Council, Carolina producer R.C. Hunt, joins us to discuss legislation which allows for variation in the Renewable Fuel Standard based on the U.S. corn supply.
  • Overview of the Legislation
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