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WPX2007: Dr. Tom Gillespie discusses PRRS management and its impact on porcine PCVAD.

Dr. Tom Gillespie, veterinarian with Rensselaer Swine Services in Rensselaer, Ind., and past president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, discusses porcine respiratory and reproductive syndrome (PRRS) management and its impact on porcine circovirus associated disease (PCVAD).

WPX2007: Dr. Dennis DiPietre outlook on production costs and prioritization of various input costs for profit maintenance.

Dr. Dennis DiPietre, economist, provides an outlook on production costs and how producers can prioritize various input costs in order to maintain profit levels.

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WPX2007: John Kolb, DVM talks the Monitoring Assignment for Global Insight of Circovirus (MAGIC) study

According to John Kolb, DVM, professional services veterinarian for BIVI, the Monitoring Assignment for Global Insight of Circovirus (MAGIC) study provided a unique opportunity to extensively examine the gross clinical effects of PCVAD on pigs during the periods of peak mortality within the participating production system. “More importantly, the clinical animals with concurrent disease infections generally had more PCV2 antigen and lesions associated with concurrent disease process than those with non-concurrent infections.”

Six sigma and innovation.

In 2005 I had the fun time of listening to Tim Brown (CEO of IDEO) and Tom Kelley (Art of Innovation and IDEO). Before the start of the talk I took the chance to ask Tim this question: How do innovation and 6 sigma coexist?

If You Know Your New COP Using the Leftover Corn Out There, No Need to Read This.

If you want to know the impact of increased corn prices on your cost of production, chose a forecasted corn price (take your pick of forecaster between $3.40 and $3.85 with some as high as $5.00+ if drought develops) and crank through your feed cost calculation. If you do this and it actually turns out to be your new cost of production, you will be one of the last few producers in the pork industry with absolutely no imagination whatsoever.

One thing we know for certain is that people do not face adversity sitting still. All kinds of secondary strategies, impacts, cost cutting, substitutions, new research and experiments, adjustments in weights and plain ingenuity immediately move to the forefront. In addition, poultry producers and other meat animal species that consume corn are making similar adjustments as are tortilla makers, users of high fructose corn sweeteners and even elevator/feed mills that used to get the corn. As they do, the prices of their products change relative to the price of pork and demand shifts begin to take place at the grocery store and throughout the chain.