SwineCast Conference season coincides with cold, blustery days in the swine industry. I remember it as a top travel time for Mom and Dad. They said there was less to do at home. I believe it relieved them of frozen pipe concerns.
Hope you caught the end of year presentation featuring General Stanley McChrystal discussing management techniques when you don’t hold the reins of control (if you missed it, here is the audio link).
University of Illinois’ Dr. Mike Ellis walked through some top-of-mind issues on improving production efficiency. It's a five minute reminder of practical barn management you’ll want to share with your team.
Also featured this week is an update on the Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network. This government-funded, industry-led effort provides resources to share what’s going on health-wise in the Canadian industry. Data is entered by swine vets to track illness they deal with day-to-day.
Don’t forget the upcoming Minnesota Pork Congress January 16-17, Iowa Pork Congress January 23-24. SwineCast will be on hand for interviews and conversations. Here’s the links to review last year’s educational seminars before you head to town [MN Pork 2012] [Iowa Pork Congress 2012].
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- The Minnesota Pork Congress starts next week followed by the Iowa Pork Congress the week after. Both events offer an opportunity to meet up with friends and colleagues, discover what the economics of 2013 might look like, and to learn some new information to help improve your farm operations [registration: MN Pork and Iowa Pork].
- Audio: Do You Have Feeding Efficiencies? - Dr. Mike Ellis, University of Illinois, discusses areas of efficiency you may have overlooked in your operation [audio].
- Audio: Vet Collaboration - Dr. Chris Byra, Greenbelt Swine Veterinary Services, provides an update on the Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network, highlighting their real-time data on industry health concerns [audio].
- Data: Opportunities in Ag - The top three issues for pork farmers are not unique. The cost of inputs (corn and soybean based feed being a key input) are also issues for beef, dairy, and poultry farms. Additionally, animal welfare and animal well-being are on the minds of consumers and a broader non-ag audience. This chart shares what swine operation management, staff, and experts believe will be important in 2013 [data].
- Video: How is the Weather? - High temperatures across the USA in 2012 were a departure from the 1981 2010 average. What are the impacts on agriculture going forward? What should we do? Dr. Elwynn Taylor, Climatologist, Ag Meteorologist, Iowa State University, provides context and perspective [video].
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