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SwineCast Update for April 5, 2012, Sow Housing Backgrounder From Pork Industry Forum

There is a lot of information rolling out of the recent National Institute for Animal Agriculture meeting in Denver. Most of those will be online in the next week but I do want to call your attention to a good international economic overview of animal production in the U.S. and around the world. Dr. Terry Barr, Senior Director of the Knowledge Exchange Division of CoBank, sets up the growing importance of basic resources and where the need will be.

I also wanted to point out the Sow Housing Backgrounder National Pork Board's Sherrie Niekamp shared at the Pork Industry Forum. This is a starting point for the comprehensive study and evaluation of existing literature on sow housing options which was directed by the NPB and the National Pork Producers Council.


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  1. Audio: Sow Housing Backgrounder From Pork Industry Forum - Sow housing was fresh on the delegates minds of both organizations at the Pork Industry Forum. Indeed, the decision to implement a comprehensive study and evaluation of existing literature on sow housing options was passed by both delegate bodies. National Pork Board's Director of Animal Welfare, Science and Technology, Sherrie Niekamp provided attendees an overview on approach [audio].
  2. Audio: Is There A Farm Bill On Capitol Hill? - At the recent National Pork Producers Council Legislative Action Conference, House Ag Committee Chair Congressman Frank Lucas spent some time walking through the current climate in Washington, D.C. and gave his thoughts on the next Farm Bill, where it stands and what might happen [audio].
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  4. Video: Advancing Animal Agriculture with Scarce Resources? - Dr. Terry Barr, Senior Director of Knowledge Exchange Division, CoBank, provides insights on the economic overview of animal production in the U.S. and around the world. From the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA [video].
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