Show Me the Money! The fiscal year 2012 rode the roller coaster as a tremendous planting season was overshadowed by drought through the summer months. Producers saw profits dwindle away as corn and soybean meal prices skyrocketed and hog prices hovered with discussions of plentiful pork supply. Dr. Meyer shares his insight of what 2013 may hold in store for pork industry economics.
2013 Iowa Pork Congress January 23-24, Des Moines, IA, USA, provided an in depth look into the regulatory landscape encompassing FDA oversight of animal antibiotics (Dr. Jim McKean), plus offered updates on policies at the federal level (Dallas Hockman). Additionally, there was a special panel on Sow Housing Options that shares an overview of where the industry is today, in both research and production arenas.
Are Berkshires Really Different? Dr. Matt Swantek & David Stender share their results from a Berkshire feeding study. They offer some feeding recommendations and share some of the future directions of Berkshire feeding research. The purpose of this program is to encourage producers to be proactive in providing the best possible care for their animals and show commitment to the ethical principles of pork production as outlined in the We Care responsible pork initiative.
Feed Management and Records for Niche Markets - Dr. Matt Swantek & David Stender, both Iowa State University Extension Swine Specialists, from the 2013 Iowa Pork Congress, January 23-24, Des Moines, IA, USA.