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June 19, 2013

If I have a better feed efficiency do I make more money?

Feed Price Update and Daily Feed Efficiency Drivers - Dr. Joel DeRouchey, Kansas State University, from the 2013 World Pork Expo, June 5 - 7, 2013, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Dr. Joel DeRouchey, Kansas State University, shares research and practice around feed efficiency. He leads with the question he hears a lot "If I have a better feed efficiency do I make more money?".

January 28, 2013

Updates from several swine conferences will provide insight into the economics of 2013 plus offer guides on management and production improvements.

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).

September 21, 2012

What does feed efficiency mean and what tools do you need?

SwineCast returned from another excellent Allen D. Leman Swine Conference. News from the event is the announcement that the Leman Conference series goes on the road October 15-17 to Xi'an, China [conference info]. Be sure to turn on your Google Translate feature to see some of the agenda.

September 7, 2012

Grain elevators and grain shippers must keep a vigilant watch out for moisture. With moisture comes mold and fungus, which can make the grain unusable, and worse, kill animals that eat it.

Moisture and food are just what fungi needs to thrive. Fungi can grow in little or no natural light and absorb nutrients from sources like stored grain. One byproduct of fungi growth is mycotoxin. Mycotoxins have a real toxic side effects to other plants, animals, and humans, requiring methodical review of how crops are processed and grains are handled to avoid animals from becoming sick or getting cancer.

August 30, 2012

Crops and fuels are being reviewed in light of drought and feed requirements for animal agriculture.

Information To Help Your Operations

July 25, 2012

How will the demand for corn be managed in light of the current drought and economic tensions in biofuels?

The weather is seriously stressing many crops this year. Corn, specifically, is also being stressed because of the demand for biofuel (ethanol) and livestock animal feed.

July 25, 2012

Highlights of the report titled Future Patterns of U.S. Grains, Biofuels, and Livestock and Poultry Feeding.

Dr. Bob Wisner, Iowa State University, and Joel Newman, President and CEO of American Feed Industry Association, provide some highlights of the report titled Future Patterns of U.S. Grains, Biofuels, and Livestock and Poultry Feeding.

This summary was the topic of a presentation held in Phoenix, Arizona, July 17, 2012 at the Federation of Animal Science Societies meeting. The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) provided a grant on behalf of the American Feed Industry Association to the Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (C-FARE) in order to conduct a review on future patterns in the feed industry.

Future Patterns of U.S. Grains, Biofuels, and Livestock and Poultry Feeding [PDF]

July 11, 2012

China is a commanding pork market and they cannot just rely on pork imports to meet their consumer demands. Chinese pork production has been labeled as being in the 1950's and Chinese farmers are working to change this. What is happening and what should global pork production operations do?

Ned Arthur,, along with several people from JBS United are in Quingdao, China this week and next as part of a Chinese pork production learning series.

Ned shares a report from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy that highlights the scaling of pork production requirements to meet the needs of the Chinese consumer. Meat consumption has quadrupled in China since 1980 to its current level (2011) of 54 kg (119 pounds) per person per year. That increase in demand results in building a pork production infrastructure, requiring more of all inputs, including feed grains, nutrients, and animal health products [PDF].

March 19, 2012

What should you be doing with your corn?

There is less pressure from ethanol demand and the industry is catching up with trend-line yields. And prices are moderating, although at higher levels than preferred. Purdue's Dr. Chris Hurt shares what's happening and why we should see a bit less volatility in the days to come.

March 2, 2012

Are weeds an issue in your pastures/hay fields?

Pasture & Hay Weed Management
Pasture & Hay Weed Management Are weeds an issue in your pastures/hay fields? This #HayTalk Twitter chat shares some of the discussion.

February 23, 2012

Update on how HSUS and McDonald's are working to change sow housing systems.

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.

February 13, 2012

Mild winter weather can change the way hay and forage is consumed.

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Mild Weather
What happens during mild winter weather to the cattle and the hay? Learn more during this HayTalk conversation.

February 10, 2012

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Food or Fuel? How will changes to ethanol subsidies affect food / fuel debate? Will cellulosic biomass like switchgrass ever work? This #AgChat conversation touches on one of the hot topics in agriculture.

February 9, 2012

What are some of the economic issues in the swine industry?

The series of presentations now online at will be of value for your organization.

February 7, 2012

Total feed supply is going down. This means we either get more efficient or we get smaller.

January 26, 2012

Winter can be rough on you and livestock if you are not ready. Are you?

Winter Livestock Care and Forage Management
Winter Livestock Care and Forage Management
How are you faring the winter weather so far? Are abnormal weather patterns affecting area operations? Winter can be a challenging time and knowing how to handle them before they occur can save time and livestock lives. This #HayTalk Twitter chat bring together some experts to help you handle the season.