Real Pig Farmers Open Doors National Pork Board officer Brad Greenway with pig farmers Erin Brenneman, Thomas Titus, and Chris Soules (ABC’s The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars), share their insight on how to reach out and connect with people who don't live, work, or connect with farms. A key conversation point each panelist aims to share is how to be transparent and listen to consumers.
Staying Proactive in a Down Market Dr. Aaron J. Lower, Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd., talks about how to keep producers from jumping off the edge when markets and economics go up and down. Being consistent in production is hard and Dr. Lower suggests that veterinarians help provide perspective on approaches to maintain consistency. Dr. Lower shares key cost relationships and what focus areas farm operations should concentrate on: feed cost, wean pig cost, and facility cost.
Swine Herd Health in Good Times and Bad Dr. Daryl Olsen, AMVC, LLC, shares how veterinarians can help pork farm operations with knowledge laced with experience. Dr. Olsen says pork production, for the most part, is a commodity business that has cycles that is now a highly international market. Dr. Olsen points out that input costs will fluctuate and operations people must plan for these changes. Dr. Olsen closes with key points focus on and to help farmers become better prepared for changes that will occur.
The Morrison Group discusses the transfer and development of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus with Dr. Linda Saif, professor at the Center for Microbial Interface Biology at The Ohio State University. Dr. Saif presented at this year's AASV conference and will be delivering a keynote presentation at the 2015 Leman Conference coming in September.
Trade War with Canada and Mexico? On June 17, the WTO will hold a meeting to hear formal requests from Mexico and Canada to retaliate against the United States because the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law does not comply with international trade rules. Retaliation means costly Mexican and Canadian tariffs imposed on many U.S. products that are significant to the U.S. economy.
Under WTO rules, retaliation could happen as soon as this summer. Those nations are seeking more than $3 billion annually in retaliation which, if implemented, would have disastrous consequences for U.S. jobs and exports [video].