John Blue, SwineCast Industry

John Blue is the editor of the SwineCast update and the SwineCast Industry blogs.
Email: jlblue@TruffleMedia.com

Better BBQ, Pitmaster Secrets

Pitmaster Secrets: Award Winning BBQ Tips and TricksKnow Your Heat, Know Your Meat Top Barbecuer Elliot Mellow, BBQ ASAP (as in As Smoked As Possible) shares his tips from being a competition barbecuer since 2006. Elliot helps people understand the differences between barbecue and grilling. His tips will help the outcome be great food for you. Key to barbecue and grilling is the kind of meat being used. Elliot also shares information on the types and kinds of equipment and techniques that can be used. Elliot's preferences is to use a technique that is not only a heat source but can add flavor; charcoal with a combination of wood chunks or chips over the top.

Pork Quality Evolves

The New Swine Industry AuditKeeping Quality Updated Rob Christine and Dinah Peebles, National Pork Board, provides a background and history of the swine quality assurance programs. The team then details the Common Swine Industry Audit and the task force behind the initiative. One key take away: pork operation staff must engage with customers to gain an understanding of consumer perspectives and meet current marketplace expectations.

Pork Risk and Opportunities

Pork Economic UpdateTrade and Consumer Trends Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, says one of the key issues this year is the fundamental shift in the costs side of grains. The industry is past the ethanol and really tight supply situations and that the pork industry will not be going through those two issues in a while. Dr. Meyer suggests the new risks to monitor: trade issues, PEDv impact on pre-weaning mortality falls to near zero, and demand weakening.

Manure Applicators, Processes and Approach

Working with Custom Manure ApplicatorsHire The Manure Pros This panel discussion on custom manure applicators aims to help people understand how custom applicators work and what people need to know. The panel covers the permitting, prices, and issues that occur in working with manure application and applicators. Key take away: the permit holder is responsible for many of the regulatory and legal aspects.

Health Soil, Health Food

Soil Health InitiativeSoil Health Determines Future Food Health Doug Peterson, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), helps pork producers understand soil health and how it impacts crop production. Mr. Peterson shares what healthy soil can be and points out some of the issues that are in the crop ecosystem today. Mr. Peterson offers that the health of the soil is an indicator of the health of the food system and recommends resources for crop producers to learn more.

Heat Stressed Pigs

Heat Stressed Fetuses Make Different Growing & Grown PigsHeat Kills Dr. Tim Safranski, University of Missouri, highlights that the direct effects of thermal stress on pregnant females is just now beginning to be understood and that the true cost of heat stress is underestimated. This information is gaining the attention of researchers and funding agencies and creating action to address the issue.

Dr. Steve Meyer - Economic Update


Economic Update - Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, Inc., from the 2015 Missouri Pork Expo , February 10 - 11, 2015, Columbia, MO, USA.

Panel - Working with Custom Manure Applicators


Working with Custom Manure Applicators - Moderator: John Lory, University of Missouri; Kurt Boeckmann, Missouri Department of Natural Resources; Kyle Kendrick, Kendrick Nutrient Management; Josh Lehenbauer, P.S.C.O. LLC; and Phillip Wise, Wise Enterprises, Inc., from the 2015 Missouri Pork Expo , February 10 - 11, 2015, Columbia, MO, USA.

Dr. Tim Safranski - Heat Stressed Fetuses Make Different Growing & Grown Pigs


Heat Stressed Fetuses Make Different Growing & Grown Pigs - Dr. Tim Safranski, University of Missouri, from the 2015 Missouri Pork Expo , February 10 - 11, 2015, Columbia, MO, USA.