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2009 The Changing Face of Agriculture Presentations

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

SwineCast 0400, Environmental Issues - Removing Solids from Manures - NPPC Environmental Issues

SwineCast 0400 Show Notes:

  • Bruce Cochrane shares Canadian research on removing solids from manures to lower phosphorus loads in local areas
  • NPPC Chief Environmental Council Michael Formica hooks up to share front burner issues at both state and national levels for producers

BI-SHS2009: Ingelvac CircoFLEX-MycoFLEX vs. Circumvent PCV and RespiSure 1 One

BI-SHS2009: Ingelvac CircoFLEX-MycoFLEX vs. Circumvent PCV and RespiSure 1 One – Dr. Ernest Sanford, at the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. Swine Health Seminar during the 2009 AASV Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas, USA.

The End of Obesity is Just Around the Corner

If you imagine in your mind, the irrigated agriculture of California you probably can see a large valve sticking out of the ground with a wheel on top situated in the middle of a massive field with deep furrows.  As the valve is turned, water gushes out into the furrows, flooding them to provide water for the crops.  Alternatively, you might see large water guns irrigating the fields with booming sprays similar to a lawn sprinkler on steriods.  The way of the future will require a much more efficient approach if water use to produce crops in California is to be sustained.  Intensive approaches to irrigation have been developed for use in very dry climates where evaporation is heavy and represents a large waste of what little available water is there.  In these methods, drip irrigation delivers water right to the root zone in buried or partially buried plastic pipes with small holes to meter out the water.  This almost eliminates evaporation waste and the delivery of water to

Characteristics of Competitiveness are Changing in the Meat Complex

     Just as the landscape is changing on a global economic front as outlined in my previous blog, so then are the characteristics of competitiveness as we look out into the next five year horizon.  Many years ago, responding to the advent of scale in animal production, veterinary science in production agriculture moved from a focus on individual animal treatment to something widely referred to as herd health.  The change signaled a move from diagnosing and treating individual animals to defining the conditions within which the herd would be best served and proscribed culling for individuals that did not conform or adapt to the generalized conditions.  Defining the conditions best for the herd meant creating SOPs for bio-security, ventilation, average temperature at each day of age, average nutrition and a set of standard vaccinations as examples.  Not every individual animal prefers the average or thrives in the average conditions and the response in general was to allo

SwineCast 0378, Electronic training and collaboration support

SwineCast 0378 Show Notes:

  • New website provides collaboration space for multi-specie diagnostic interaction.  DiagnosticSpeak.com
  • Electronic training and collaboration support sure to grow in importance according to Iowa State

SwineCast 0377, Evolution of production software

SwineCast 0377 Show Notes:

  • Conversation with MetaFarms Tom Stein on the evolution of production software and what the perfect system would do

Dr. Davies and Dr. Mondaca - Review of software utilities to assess, monitor and manage PRRS

Foundations of Area and Regional PRRS Virus Control, Review of software utilities to assess, monitor and manage PRRS status of farms/systems within a area/region in an Area/Regional PRRS Control Project, by Dr. Peter Davies and Dr. Enrique Mondaca. From the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. Swine Health Conference held December 7th, 2008 during the 2008 International PRRS Symposium, Chicago, IL, USA.

Dr. Davies and Dr. Mondaca - PIP and slides, Review of software utilities to assess, monitor and manage PRRS

Foundations of Area and Regional PRRS Virus Control, Review of software utilities to assess, monitor and manage PRRS status of farms/systems within a area/region in an Area/Regional PRRS Control Project, by Dr. Peter Davies and Dr. Enrique Mondaca. From the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. Swine Health Conference held December 7th, 2008 during the 2008 International PRRS Symposium, Chicago, IL, USA.

2009 and Beyond Part II

     Worldwide demand for natural resouces, value-added food items and consumer goods is down sharply as a dramatic slowdown of the world's largest economies continues.  The contraction phase of this worldwide recession is still underway at the beginning of 2009 and will likely continue well into at least the first quarter. 

     One of the reasons it is hard to predict when the recession will bottom out is that there are most likely still "land-mines" of hidden corruption yet to be exposed and absorbed as losses by the remaining productive sectors.  These losses occur in business processes and supply chains that are linked, so that a kind of domino effect or snowballing contraction must take place before the full impact of each phase of the slowdown is fully realized.  This takes time and tends to come in waves, as tipping points are finally breeched.

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