SwineCast Industry

What Is The Economic Outlook For Pork?

Prices and Profitability: Economic OutlookPrices and Profitability: Economic Outlook Dr. Steve Meyer shares and evaluation of the many factors that may impact producer profitability in the coming year, including grain and livestock prices, exports, domestic demand, additional slaughter capacity, health challenges and more. [video].

Are There Antibiotic Alternatives for Nursery Pigs?

Evaluation of Antibiotic Alternatives for Nursery PigsEvaluation of Antibiotic Alternatives for Nursery Pigs In the coming years, there will almost certainly be an increase in the use of feed-grade antibiotic alternatives in swine production due to restrictions on feed-grade antibiotics for pig performance. Thus, there is a need to understand effective ways to evaluate dietary antibiotic alternatives in swine production. This presentation provides an overview and evaluation of published data to known antibiotic alternatives that may influence nursery pig growth performance. The antibiotic alternatives evaluated and discussed will include prebiotics, probiotics, resistant starch/fiber, botanicals, organic acids, lysozymes, oligosaccharides, yeast, and zinc and copper. [video].

The Five Trends That Will Make Ag Even Better

Best Time Ever To Be In Agriculture, The Five Trends That Will Make It Even Better!Best Time Ever To Be In Agriculture, The Five Trends That Will Make It Even Better! Dr. Lowell Catlett retired as a Regents Professor in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and Extension Economics and the Dean and Chief Administrative Officer of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University in July 2015. Dr. Catlett shares a futurist's view of technologies and their implications on the way we will live and work. [video].

Approaches To Reducing Farm Energy Costs

Electric and Thermal Energy Strategies for Minnesota Swine FarmsElectric and Thermal Energy Strategies for Minnesota Swine Farms Michael Reese, University of Minnesota, details usable research info that will help swine farms evaluate what electric and thermal energy strategies are viable. Several key take home messages: 1) Energy efficiency upgrades can have a short-term return-on-investment, 2) Reputable contractors are available to remove complexities, and 3) There still exist state, federal, and utility grants and incentives [video].

Have Virus, Will Travel?

Modeling the Survival of Foreign Animal Diseases in Feed Ingredients From China to the USModeling the Survival of Foreign Animal Diseases in Feed Ingredients From China to the US Dr. Scott Dee at Pipestone Veterinary Services is tracking feed components as possible disease vectors. He shares some thoughts on this with, highlighting several of the experiments run to prove viruses can survive container shipping from over seas. Dr. Dee suggests that all the touch points along the feed ecosystem pathway need attention so producers and feed mill operators can evaluate and respond to the risks [video].
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