SwineCast Industry

Will User Fees for Meat Industry Be Implemented?


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There are 58 cost reduction points offered by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. The recommendations touch all areas of government with words like trim, cut, reduce, merge, eliminate, etc. Several recommendations would impact agriculture.

Of note is recommendation 33, "Require food processing facilities to finance food safety and inspection services."

Under current law, one inspector must be present at all times to sample and test products when a meat or poultry slaughtering plant is in operation. These inspectors are responsible for monitoring the processing plants daily adherence to sanitary, ingredient, and packaging regulations.

Federal inspections benefit producers and consumers alike by preventing diseased animals and other unsafe products from being sold, but producers get the extra benefit of being able to advertise that their products passed USDA inspection.

This option finances all federal inspections of meat and poultry products with fees paid by the processing facilities, thereby making the service paid for by those who use it. Implementation of this policy increases federal revenues by over $900 million each year.

Note these are recommendations that require new legislation and / or action by both the president and congress to make happen.

How Can You Build In A Replacement Gilt Program?


Managing gilts before breeding is an important process in swine operations.

While it is common for pork producers to select replacement gilts based on their phenotype (body type, feet and leg structure, number and placement of teats), less emphasis has been placed on reproductive selection.

The goal is to make your herd more productive. To help, it does require that good breeding records and other production costs are known to help make decisions on gilt breeding programs.

Of the gilts that are bred, the highest pigs/sow/year (lifetime average) is achieved by culling all of the non-cyclers at 30 days post entry (42.3, 40.8, 42.4 for Options 1, 2 and 3, respectively). When we increase the percentage of gilts that come into heat by 30 days post entry with PG 600 and still cull non-cyclers at 30 days, we achieve the highest economic returns on the gilts entered into the herd.

This National Hog Farmer article can provide some helpful guidance.

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