John Blue, SwineCast Industry

John Blue is the editor of the SwineCast update and the SwineCast Industry blogs.
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Real Pig Farmers Making The Consumer Connection

Real Pig Farmers Our Barn Door is Open PanelReal Pig Farmers Open Doors National Pork Board officer Brad Greenway with pig farmers Erin Brenneman, Thomas Titus, and Chris Soules (ABC’s The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars), share their insight on how to reach out and connect with people who don't live, work, or connect with farms. A key conversation point each panelist aims to share is how to be transparent and listen to consumers.

Proactively Managing a Downturn

Staying Proactive in a Down MarketStaying Proactive in a Down Market Dr. Aaron J. Lower, Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd., talks about how to keep producers from jumping off the edge when markets and economics go up and down. Being consistent in production is hard and Dr. Lower suggests that veterinarians help provide perspective on approaches to maintain consistency. Dr. Lower shares key cost relationships and what focus areas farm operations should concentrate on: feed cost, wean pig cost, and facility cost.

Fluctuations Occur, Be Prepared

Swine Herd Health in Good Times and BadSwine Herd Health in Good Times and Bad Dr. Daryl Olsen, AMVC, LLC, shares how veterinarians can help pork farm operations with knowledge laced with experience. Dr. Olsen says pork production, for the most part, is a commodity business that has cycles that is now a highly international market. Dr. Olsen points out that input costs will fluctuate and operations people must plan for these changes. Dr. Olsen closes with key points focus on and to help farmers become better prepared for changes that will occur.

Dr. Daryl Olsen - Swine Herd Health in Good Times and Bad


Swine Herd Health in Good Times and Bad - Dr. Daryl Olsen, AMVC, LLC, from the 2015 World Pork Expo, June 3 - 5, 2015, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Dr. Aaron J. Lower - Staying Proactive in a Down Market


Staying Proactive in a Down Market - Dr. Aaron J. Lower, Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd., from the 2015 World Pork Expo, June 3 - 5, 2015, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Dr. Ron Prestage - Welcome and Antibiotics Use Update


Welcome and Antibiotics Use Update - Dr. Ron Prestage, NPPC President, from the 2015 World Pork Expo, June 3 - 5, 2015, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Trade Retaliation Clock Is Ticking?

U.S. on the Brink of Trade War with Canada and MexicoTrade War with Canada and Mexico? On June 17, the WTO will hold a meeting to hear formal requests from Mexico and Canada to retaliate against the United States because the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law does not comply with international trade rules. Retaliation means costly Mexican and Canadian tariffs imposed on many U.S. products that are significant to the U.S. economy.

Under WTO rules, retaliation could happen as soon as this summer. Those nations are seeking more than $3 billion annually in retaliation which, if implemented, would have disastrous consequences for U.S. jobs and exports [video].

Panel - Our Barn Door is Open Panel


Our Barn Door is Open Panel - National Pork Board officer Brad Greenway with pig farmers Erin Brenneman, Thomas Titus, and Chris Soules (ABC’s The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars), from the 2015 World Pork Expo, June 3 - 5, 2015, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Dr. Steve Meyer - Economic Outlook


Economic Outlook - Steve Meyer, Ph.D., Vice president, pork analysis, Express Markets Inc. Analytics, from the 2015 World Pork Expo, June 3 - 5, 2015, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Dr. Howard Hill - COOL and International Trade


COOL and International Trade - Dr. Howard Hill, NPPC Past-President, from the 2015 World Pork Expo, June 3 - 5, 2015, Des Moines, IA, USA.