Last Friday’s USDA Pig Crop Report sent markets sharply higher with audible cheering heard from North Carolina to Nebraska. Economist Steve Meyers noted the report "had brought the series of boring pig crop reports to a screeching halt." You can hear the National Pork Board’s post-report press conference here.
Just back from the Midwest Pork Conference. We had a conversation with Dr. Tom Gillespie, Rennselaer Swine Services, about the metric of 30 pigs per sow per year, and learned from Dr. Larry Rueff, Greensburg's Swine Vet Services, about the future of swine influenza virus (SIV) management.
Next stop St. Paul for the annual UMN Leman conference. This excellent program always visits top issues and ongoing concerns for swine vets and producers with top names in the world sharing their learnings. Dr. Peter Davies is this year’s coordinator.