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SwineCast Update for February 23, 2012, Meat Demand, Feed Prices, and Staying Competitive?

We're packing for the Pork Industry Forum in Denver next week where the recent request by McDonald's to review supplier sow housing systems and alternatives will be top hall-talk topic. Our conversation with NPPC's Dallas Hockman outlines the issues many haven't thought of.

Dr. Steve Meyer's Iowa presentation on meat demand emphasizes feed costs are key in 2012. Many thanks to Iowa and Minnesota for letting us share these presentations. Let us know if you find them of value and we'll pass that along.


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  1. Audio: How HSUS and McDonald’s are Moving to End Gestation Crates - McDonald's joined the Humane Society of the United States to announce a review of the use of gestation stalls in their supply chain. Dallas Hockman, National Pork Producer Council's Vice President of Industry Relations, discussed that announcement and how the industry might respond [audio].
  2. Audio: Are Meat Demand and Feed Prices Related? - "The total feed supply is going down. Long term we need to get more efficient or we get smaller. Can we get efficient enough so that we can grow with a shrinking supply of energy feed?" asks Paragon Economics Dr. Steve Meyer. He also looks into the ethanol industry, how it fared in 2011 and what it may do in 2012, with respect to their need for corn inputs [audio]. Dr. Meyer's full presentation is also available at SwineCast.com [video].
  3. Video: What is Your Daily Hog Chore Routine? - Dr. Mike Brumm, Brumm Swine Consultancy, Inc., provides practical operational activities to maintaining biosecurity, keeping productivity high, and monitoring/improving feed management. From the 2012 Minnesota Pork Congress, January 18-19, Minneapolis, MN, USA [video].
  4. Learn How Social Media Is Being Used by HSUS - This presentation by Carie Lewis, Director of Emerging Media, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), offers a great view in to how HSUS is strategic in its use of social media. While you may or may not like the HSUS, they do have a plan and know where they need to go. Everyone in agriculture needs to leverage this HSUS information to help advocate (a.k.a. agvocate) their agriculture, farm, and ranch story [presentation].

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