Overview of the New Packing Plant in Coldwater Dan Groff, Clemons Food Group, shares an update on the plans for the new fresh pork processing plant in Coldwater, Michigan. Mr. Groff highlights the activities for plant design, construction, and staffing to handle processing 10,000 + hogs daily [video].
Making Impact Mark Schwartz, Schwartz Farms, provides insights on pig performance and care. Mr. Schwartz spends his day on looking at data to help improve on the performance of a pork operation. Key message: Continuously focus on creating and maintaining a production system to produce robust, healthy pigs [video].
Understanding the Course - Opportunities in a Global Market Brett Stuart, Global AgriTrends, shares a set of economic stories that impact the meat industry. Mr. Stuart believes the global economy is wobbly: governments pumping more money into the market, highlights the US currency vs others, Brazil issues, and EU pork prices. Take away is that China is lapping up EU supplies, US production is up (but domestic demand is uncertain), and market "gravity" is up on a long-term basis [video].
Focus on Preparation - Anticipating Changing Conditions Dr. Miguel Angel Higuera, National Association of Swine Producers (Spain), shares global and European meat sector perspectives. Dr. Higuera points out that China, EU, then the US are the three biggest pork producers and consumers. On the flip side, the EU, USA, and Canada are the three biggest exporters of pork. Dr. Higuera dives into the EU market, consumer perceptions, and the how those perceptions have changed pork production in the EU. Dr. Higuera closes with a thought on how to get to 40 piglets per sow per year [video].