What are some of the alternatives to feed for pork producers? Corn is very expensive so alternatives are starting to include wheat middlings and dried distiller's grain. It is important to understand the impacts of using alternative feeds and put in place planning. While mycotoxins are a concern, the levels for this year are much more reduced. Transportation costs must be considered as part of the overall cost of feed alternatives.
Dr. Joel DeRouchey, K-State Professor/Extension Specialist, provides in depth information to consider and possible directions to take when looking at the feed alternatives. Dr. Joel DeRouchey is an Environmental Management and Livestock Nutrition Specialist with a 40% Extension, 40% Research, and 20% Teaching appointment at K-State.
The USDA has issued a change in the way the pervasive "Inspected" stamp is to be applied in the future. The new process calls for the stamp's application to occur after test samples come back negative for any issues.
The American Meat Institute has long urged the industry to adopt test and hold policies. In October 2009, Patrick Boyle, president of AMI, sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asking that the agency mandate test and hold. Boyle noted in the letter that more than 80 percent of the recalls due to of E. coli O157:H7 and all recalls due to the presence of Listeria monocytogenes during 2009 could have been prevented if tested products had been held.
Smithfield Foods recently published several videos aimed at helping consumers understand what actually occurs in pork production. These short videos focus on pork production, finishing, feeding, animal care, and the environment.
As pork producers, we do all we can to protect and enhance the environment around us. Discover more about our environmental protection efforts, including our manure management practices, which vary based on the farm's geographic location.
The videos show how piglets begin their life on a sow farm, what happens when they are moved to a nursery farm, and then to a finishing farm. Murphy-Brown employees also talk about the company's ISO 14001-certification, the international "gold" standard of environmental management, and offer unique insight regarding how the company cares for its animals.