SwineCast Industry

What You Should Know About Sow Mortalities

Sow Mortalities DiscussionSow Mortalities Discussion Dr. Henry Johnson and Dr. Brad Leuwerke, Swine Vet Center, shared the details on the serious impacts sow mortality can have on farms. They highlight causes of sow mortality and recommended steps to reduce it. One key activity is to always do necropsies to learn more about the disease symptoms and to better identify them before they become a problem [video].

What Is The Global Pork Export Outlook?

Pork Export OutlookPork Export Outlook Dr. Dermot J. Hayes, Professor of Economics, Iowa State University, provides global insight on the imports and exports of pork. He highlights the major players and where China is getting their pork besides the USA. On the subject of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Dr. Hayes said pulling out of this agreement would be disastrous for US pork producers [video].

Swine Business Future In A Co-opetition World

Cooperation, Competition, and CoopetitionCooperation, Competition, and Coopetition Dr. Rebecca Liu, Management School, Lancaster University, shares thoughts on how competitors can advance together in a co-opetition model. Dr. Liu offers several case studies to help understand the idea that one plus one can be greater than two in a cooperatively competitive swine business world [video].

Pork Export Market Thoughts As 2017 Closes

Export MarketsExport Markets Dr. Steve Meyer, Pork Analysis, Express Markets, Inc., provides an update on pork export markets and summarizes the current issues in the financial markets. From the 2017 Midwest Pork Conference, December 5, 2017, in Danville, Indiana, USA, Dr. Meyer takes questions on NAFTA's future, emphasizing some of the short term impacts and possible consequences.

One interesting point about a possible NAFTA change is that Mexico would continue to buy pork from the US in the short term but would pay a lower price. Longer term, Mexico would line up new suppliers, one of which would be Canada [video].

Defining "The Greater Good" For The Pork Industry

Keynote Address: Challenges in Defining Keynote Address: Challenges in Defining "The Greater Good": An Integrated Pork Producer’s Perspective Dr. Gary Louis and Dr. Luc Dufresne, Seaboard Foods, share how their conversations with Dr. Bob Morrison helped them understand a better approach to understanding PEDv. One one the key takeaways is the idea of sharing industry lessons learned with others for a company, pork, and societal good [video].
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