The Chronology of a Cough: Are We Really Looking and Working in the Right Place? - Dr. Jim Lowe, Lowe Consulting Limited, LLC, from the 2013 AASV BI Pre-Conference Seminar, March 1, San Diego, CA, USA.
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.
Consumers Demand Change Increasing pushes from retailers to shift away from gestation stall pork has many producers on edge about future decisions impacting their farms. Iowa Pork Producers Association policy supports all types of sow housing methods and believes in producer's right to choose what is best for their animals and employees. It is important for producers to make educated decisions as they look to update buildings or invest in new facilities.
This panel of producers, researchers and industry representatives share their experiences with alternative sow housing methods while evaluating management, costs, efficiencies and challenges. The panel also provided an update on retailer decisions to date and current industry response.
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.