John Blue, SwineCast Industry

John Blue is the editor of the SwineCast update and the SwineCast Industry blogs.
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Global Pork/Protein Update

Understanding the Course - Opportunities in a Global MarketUnderstanding the Course - Opportunities in a Global Market Brett Stuart, Global AgriTrends, shares a set of economic stories that impact the meat industry. Mr. Stuart believes the global economy is wobbly: governments pumping more money into the market, highlights the US currency vs others, Brazil issues, and EU pork prices. Take away is that China is lapping up EU supplies, US production is up (but domestic demand is uncertain), and market "gravity" is up on a long-term basis [video].

Global and European Pig Meat Market

Focus on Preparation - Anticipating Changing ConditionsFocus on Preparation - Anticipating Changing Conditions Dr. Miguel Angel Higuera, National Association of Swine Producers (Spain), shares global and European meat sector perspectives. Dr. Higuera points out that China, EU, then the US are the three biggest pork producers and consumers. On the flip side, the EU, USA, and Canada are the three biggest exporters of pork. Dr. Higuera dives into the EU market, consumer perceptions, and the how those perceptions have changed pork production in the EU. Dr. Higuera closes with a thought on how to get to 40 piglets per sow per year [video].

Brett Stuart - Understanding the Course - Opportunities in a Global Market


Understanding the Course - Opportunities in a Global Market - Brett Stuart, Global AgriTrends, from the 2016 World Pork Expo, June 8 - 10, 2016, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Dr. Miguel Angel Higuera - Focus on Preparation - Anticipating Changing Conditions


Focus on Preparation - Anticipating Changing Conditions - Dr. Miguel Angel Higuera, National Association of Swine Producers (Spain), from the 2016 World Pork Expo, June 8 - 10, 2016, Des Moines, IA, USA.

The State Of Agricultural Marketing Service Livestock, Poultry and Seed Programs

Mandatory Price Reporting ChangesMandatory Price Reporting Changes Dr. Craig Morris, Deputy Administrator, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Livestock, Poultry and Seed Program, provides an update on the Agricultural Marketing Service, how it has changed, and what services are being supported, like the Market News, webinars, and other information sources [video].

Soybeans and Meal For Feed: Pork Economics

Feed IngredientsFeed Ingredients Eric Scholer, Vice President, Express Markets, Inc. shares insights on feed ingredients and the various global markets affecting the globe. Mr. Scholer says "I think the market for soybeans and meal will adjust lower after we get past the weather concerns and have a better understanding of the planted acres for the US crop." [video].

Risks & Opportunities: Livestock & Poultry Outlook

Livestock & Poultry OutlookLivestock & Poultry Outlook Dr. Steve Meyer, Vice-President, Pork Analysis, EMI Analytics, provides a refresher on the livestock & poultry outlook, issues to monitor, and opportunities to think about. Dr. Meyer ends with some indicators on the risks being tracked, like Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and major export disruptions [video].

Weather, Weather, Weather!

Weather Outlook 2016 & BeyondWeather Outlook 2016 & Beyond Dr. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University, provides an update on how weather has impacted / helped farmers. Dr. Taylor provides background info on how weather history has changed and what it means for farmers today. Dr. Taylor emphasizes risk management is a key element on crop management and farmers need to get serious on using risk management techniques [video].

Sow Seasonal Infertility, Weather, And Biology

Understanding the Biology of Seasonal Infertility to Develop Mitigation Strategies for SwineUnderstanding the Biology of Seasonal Infertility to Develop Mitigation Strategies for Swine Dr. Jason Ross, Iowa State University, share research to help understand the biology of seasonal infertility and to develop mitigation strategies for swine. Key take aways: Heat stress has direct negative effects on oocyte and early embryo development in pigs, plus prenatal exposure to heat stress could compromise the efficiency of pork production [video].

Checkoff Marketing Spends For 2016: Just Grill It

What Would the Grill Say? Checkoff Consumer CampaignWhat Would the Grill Say? Checkoff Consumer Campaign Ceci Snyder, National Pork Board, shares the planning and activity around Pork Checkoff funded consumer marketing. Ms. Snyder shares examples of the summer and fall media campaigns, metrics, and what the goals are for the rest of the year [video].