Ned Arthur

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SwineCast 0432, WPE - Pork Academy Looks At Hispanic Labor Future

SwineCast 0432 Show Notes:

  • From the Pork Academy at the World Pork Expo, Orlando Gil provides us with an interesting perspective on multicultural farm labor employment, reasons for immigration, and the barriers they encounter.

    As the average age of farm operators continues to escalate, in spite of spiraling unemployment, Hispanics and other minorities are facing challenges that impact farm productivity. How are they engaging social issues and mainstream impressions and how does that impact your potential for hiring workers?

    Gil examines a few of our options, such as high school students, immigration alternatives, and other issues worth considering.

SwineCast 0430, WPE - Why WHO Is Concerned About H1N1 and You Should Be, Too

SwineCast 0430 Show Notes:

Dr Greg StephensonI have been among the group which is curious why the World Health Organization has shown such alarm about the current H1N1 strain. Dr. Greg Stephenson, Iowa State Veterinary Diagnostics Lab, raises the million dollar question regarding restricted movements and quarantines, with respect to H1N1.

SwineCast 0429, Producer Retirement Program Questions and Answers

SwineCast 0429 Show Notes:
Industry buzz on the Producer Retirement Program continues. This question and answer portion from the first webinar presented on June 9th walks thru questions from producers and allied industry members. Answering are AgStar's Mark Greenwood and PRP Chairman Chuck Wirtz.

SwineCast 0428, WPE - Conversation with Dr Steve Meyers

SwineCast 0428Show Notes:

  • Time with Steve Meyers as we look at the industry response to H1N1 and learnings in preparation for a future of immediate media worldwide
Economist Dr. Steve Meyers discusses recent events and their impact on our industry as well as factors we may need to implement, to return to operating in the black. Meyers examines current issues that are working against us, such as the misnaming of the H1N1 virus, increases in grain costs, declining export markets, and near record sow numbers. Immediate solutions lie in production decreases through culling sows and liquidating farms. Also conversed are the long-range keys to our success, which are currently unfolding, and the potential impact from a future, poor grain crop.

SwineCast 0427, WPE - Legislative Alert With Action Requested

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SwineCast 0426, WPE - Producer Retirement Program for Sow Herds Buzz On The Street

SwineCast 0426 Show Notes:

  • A unique buyout program is presented by independent pork producers Chuck Wirtz and Brad Freking. The Producer Retirement Program is entirely run by pork producers and is designed to reduce sow populations and industry losses.

    Swine producers will have the option of voluntarily buying into a co-op and bid a premium which is paid per each sow that is sold. Reductions may include all or a portion of a herd.

    Two of the caveats include prohibited use of sow reproduction facilities and a two-year moratorium on repopulation. For the full story, click here.

SwineCast 0425, WPE - Economics Update From World Pork Expo

SwineCast 0425 Show Notes:
  • National Pork Producers Council Don Butler and Neal Dirk present a rollercoaster perspective of the industry’s economic outlook in light of recent events.

    While some foreign markets have been reopened, hog price increases have offset expenditures, the media’s exacerbation of H1N1 is slowly moving behind us, and the economic outlook won’t be as optimistic as desired.

SwineCast 0423, At The Meeting Looks At H1N1

SwineCast 0423 Show Notes:
  • Dr Bob Morrison's 'At The Meeting' group discusses the science behind H1N1 and industry issues around the illness

    Are we in the midst of a pandemic scare? How does the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rationalize herd quarantines and movement restrictions? What preventative measures can you take?

    The genes responsible for naming the influenza virus are explained by Marie Gramer, diagnostician with the University of Minnesota Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM), and Harry Nelson, Director of Communications with the American Association of Swine Practitioners.

    According to Gramer, the disease’s name comes from the emergent pathway of the pig, in part, due to its DNA fingerprint. But, is it evolving and why is the pig labeled as the mixing vesicle?