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Dr. Lisa Becton - Pork Forum Report


Pork Forum Report - Dr. Lisa Becton, Director of Swine Health Information & Research, National Pork Board, from the 2011 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, April 11 - 14, San Antonio, TX USA.

Charlie Arnot - How American Consumers View American Production Practices


How American Consumers View American Production Practices - Charlie Arnot, Center for Food Integrity, from the 2011 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, April 11 - 14, San Antonio, TX USA.

Can Efficiency and Productivity Happen in Swine Industry?

The great turnout for the 2011 Minnesota Pork Congress created many opportunities for hallway conversations. Of interest to all were the presentations on improving efficiency and maximizing productivity. Many attendees greatly appreciated the program sponsors and the Minnesota Pork Producers Association making the presentations available on SwineCast.

SwineCast update for November 12, 2009, What ag lending issues you should know about.

The Wall Street Journal highlighted the news that Coharie Hog Farms Inc. filed for Chapter 11 protection November 6, 2009, blaming swine flu for its collapse into bankruptcy. According to the article, Coharie ultimately filed for bankruptcy in order to liquidate its livestock and other assets. Coharie, based in Clinton, N.C., is the largest independent pork supplier to Smithfield Foods Co. and was ranked as the 22nd largest pork producer in the country by Successful Farming magazine.

Not good news for the industry, but to paraphrase an economist, "on the other hand…"

The calamity, as the North American swine industry undergoes a historic retrenchment, must give way to transition to what the industry will become. Accordingly, SwineCast continues to bring you insight, ideas, and possible solution paths to management / industry issues that we will face as we continue in pork production.

DairyCast update for October 19, 2009, Should you fire all of your employees and start over?

We are pleased to offer you a three part series focusing on way you can improve the performance of your team. As we are in the heart of football season, we all know how frustrating it can be when your favorite team fails to communicate and execute properly. The same can be true for your dairy when your team of employees aren’t performing as national champions. Tom Wall, President of Language Links, LLC., offers some great insight into improving how you coach and the results that you receive.

Be sure to take some time today to review our continuing conversations from the 2009 World Dairy Expo.
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