Health & disease

SwineCast 0418, H1N1 - Determining the Industry Cost

SwineCast 0418 Show Notes:

  • Steve Meyer's CME Daily Livestock Report pencils in some numbers on cost of H1N1 to producers
  • U.S. Meat Export Federation CEO Phil Seng shares on fallout and possible recovery period for flu residue in international markets

H1N1 and Your Employees as Messengers

With the “new” flu virus dominating the headlines and our industry being one of the hardest hit, this is a critical time for us to spread the message that our products are safe. You might have received the informative e-mails from industry groups and other producers, but have you multiplied its message?

I don’t forward many e-mails, but this matter is an exception. The information that the average consumer is getting from the traditional media lacks the emphasis needed to reassure consumers of the safety of pork. It is also not focusing on the impact that this near-pandemic is having on the lives of producers and their employees.

SwineCast 0413, H1N1 - A Microbiologists View - Vets, Clients and Consumers

SwineCast 0413 Show Notes:

  • K State's Jergen Richt discusses the background of H1N1 and the potential for herd health issues
  • Dr Steve Dritz continues the conversation with Eric Atkinson on practitioner issues and actions the producer should be taking

One Bit of Good News in a Sea of Disappointment

We are seeing something almost as destructive as a limited terrorist attack in terms of producing fear, panic, overreaction and economic injury.  Media misinformation and paniced responses from some world governments (like Egypt deciding to cull every pig, some 400,000 of them) has produced a sensationalized reaction from what at the end of the day will very likely be a very mild flu virus spreading around the world (http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-sci-swine-reality30-2009apr30,0,3606923.story) but monitored like it was the bubonic plague.  Of course these scientists could be wrong and it is the fear of being wrong that has set the world in motion. 

SwineCast 0412, H1N1 - What You Need To Know And Do

SwineCast 0412 Show Notes:

Lisa Katic - Food and Nutrition Policy: Are they getting the right message?

Food and Nutrition Policy: Are they getting the right message?

Lisa Katic, R.D., President, KConsulting.

NIAA 2009 Annual Meeting The Changing Face of Agriculture, March 31 - April 1, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

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Cost of Production 2009: The End of Points and the Beginning of Distributions

     For years, modern swine producers thought about cost of production as a point or single number.  For almost a decade, a cost of production of 38 cents a pound was consider standard, high efficiency cost control.  Those days are gone and I don't mean just that number.  There is no new number which is or will be the normal cost of production for all of us who love to live by rules of thumb.  The cost of production for meat animals is largely determined by the cost of the underlying feed ingredients which have entered a phase of volatilty that is not likely to abate.  The continued mandates for ethanol production which will absorb four billion bushels of US corn production will keep key feed ingredient prices on a perpetual "stocks-to-use" razor and provide another source of price volatility here-to-fore reserved for weather events alone.  The combined impact of weather and reduced stocks-to-use values will force the volatility of the grain sector into the

2009 The Changing Face of Agriculture Presentations

NIAA 2009 Annual Meeting The Changing Face of Agriculture, March 31 - April 1, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

BI-SHS2009: Experiences with the Subclinical Control of PCV2 - PIP

BI-SHS2009: Experiences with the Subclinical Control of PCV2 - Dr. John Waddell, at the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. Swine Health Seminar during the 2009 AASV Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas, USA.

BI-SHS2009: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers About PCV2 Vaccination - PIP

BI-SHS2009: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers About PCV2 Vaccination – Dr. Tanja Opriessnig, Iowa State University, at the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. Swine Health Seminar during the 2009 AASV Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas, USA.
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