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.
Audits Are Part Of Quality Sherrie Webb, National Pork Board, outlines the Common Swine Industry Audit and the task force behind the initiative. Ms. Webb also outlines the how the audits plays into Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) and what farm operations should be doing. Two take aways of note: 1) Quality assurance processes are a must, and 2) Pork management and staff must engage with customers and consumers to gain understanding of perspectives and meet current marketplace expectations.
Being Vigilant Dr. Patrick Webb, National Pork Board, shares how planning and preparedness is being modified to be ready for the next foreign and emerging animal diseases. The emergence of PEDv required many plans and tools to be built from the ground up, which took more time than anticipated. Based on those PEDv experiences, Dr. Webb outlines the new frameworks and planning tools being put in place by industry, organizations, and government.
Looking At Economics Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, details the factors that will drive the year in pork. Fundamental shifts in the grain and oil seed supply / demand. We have gone through the growth years in biofuels and the prices are now down to more reasonable levels. Dr. Meyer suggests risks to monitor: trade issues, PEDv impact on pre-weaning mortality falls to near zero, and demand weakening.
Nuisance Case Updates Eldon McAfee provides his updates on the State of Iowa environmental regulations and nuisance cases. Mr. McAfee states that most nuisance litigation is dependent on where you live and who you live next to. Mr. McAfee details the specifics on the Iowa regulations and what farm operations must do and be aware of.