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2008 NIAA Animal Care and Well-Being: COOL Review and Implementation

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COOL - Review and Implementation

SwineCast 0297 for April 22 2008

SwineCast 0297 Show Notes:

  • Looking to cut costs in your ingredient sources may expose you to more risk than you think. A conversation with John Ratcliff of the Food and Agriculture Consultancy of the United Kingdom
  • Genetics are driven by data but who determines the direction? PIC's Technical Services Director for Genetics joins us
  • Employee relations and recruitment questions continue to be heavily attended workshops. Don Tyler recounts a session at the Responsible Pork Symposium

2008 NIAA Animal Care and Well-Being: Diverging ethical perspectives

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Animal Care: Diverging ethical perspectives

SwineCast 0286 for March 14 2008

SwineCast 0286 Show Notes:

  • "We estimate losses of $27 per head on average for 2008 for farrow-to-finish operations and those taking the market risk" - Chris Hurt
  • Ron Plain looks at feed price support elements
  • Belstra Milling's Jon Hoek explains why his organization bends over backwards to engage the local citizenry
  • Dr Dennis DiPietre stops by to look at impact of outside influencers on our markets... today we discuss stagflation and the importance of world markets
  • PCVAD update with Dr Lisa Tokach speaking at Pigski in Colorado

SwineCast 0283 for March 4 2008

SwineCast 0283 Show Notes:

  • Farm Bill negotiations continue with comments from Ag Secretary Shafer
  • Bernie Peet weighs in with thoughts on reaching 30 pigs per sow per year. Link to his website.
  • Practitioner Doug Powers shares experience with 'energy' products and sow nutrition
  • Dr. Peter Brooks of the Univ of Plymouth discusses group housing nutrition... learnings from the E.U.

SwineCast 0279 for February 19 2008

SwineCast 0279 Show Notes:

2008 Iowa Pork Congress: Profit Drivers for Small Herd Niche Operations

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Profit Drivers for Small Herd Niche Operations WMV File

In this session, Dave Stender will provide information from on farm data summarized for over 40 niche swine producers, including cost and performance measures. Benchmarking critical management areas and outlining the relationship of cost structure and performance in the data set will also be discussed.

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By Dave Stender, Iowa State University Extension

2008 Iowa Pork Congress: "I Love My Job, It's The People That Drive Me Crazy"

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"I Love My Job, It's The People That Drive Me Crazy" WMV File

The strength of any organization is in its diversity, yet in that diversity resides that differences that cause erosion of productivity and efficiency. Every business has a "social system" comprised of people involved in dynamic interaction.

All business results are a function of behavior. When the results are unfavorable, change the behavior and when the results are favorable, find ways to duplicate behavior with other employees. This session will look at ways to provide workers with tools to interact effectively to create desirable team results.

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By John Behrends, Behrends Education Systems

2008 Iowa Pork Congress: Occupational Health and Safety for Pork Producers and Employees

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Occupational Health and Safety for Pork Producers and Employees WMV File

Kelley Donham is the Director of the Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety & Health (ICASH) which is dedicated to helping keep Iowa's producers alive and well in agriculture.

This seminar will provide an overview of the potential illnesses and injuries that may result from working with pigs and in the buildings. New information will be presented on a comprehensive program called Certified Safe Farm. Results of the program will shared such as cost savings in lowered medical care costs, increased use of personal protective equipment, and decreased respiratory illnesses. They will also introduce an initiative to educate workers via a web-based distance learning program that will include materials produced by the National Pork Board.

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By Kelley Donham & Risto Rautiainen, University of Iowa
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