Pork Expo Thoughts

As I prepare this week for several presentations to various foreign visitors coming to the US for the World Pork Expo, I’m thinking about Expo. I think most people attend Expo for 2 reasons. The primary reason – it is THE place to meet and greet those involved in the US pork industry. This includes suppliers (the obvious reason for Expo), slaughter plant buyers (they have a huge interest in production trends), producers, advisors, lenders, etc. I’ve already arranged several meetings with clients and others for the 2 days I will be attending. Read More...

Are we killing the golden goose with expansion?

As Kent Bang from AgStar stated in a recent blog, we live in a dynamic time for the pork industry. Producers have strong equity, there are several new slaughter plants under construction and the world wants our product. The only snag in this scenario at the moment is the sudden increase in feed grain prices due to the weather in South America and the market’s fear of a drier summer due to La Nina. Read More...

Animal Agriculture and Greenhouse Gases – Good News

As producers of high quality protein for the world’s population, we often get challenged that our ‘system’ of production exploits limited resources and contributes to global warming. For most of us, finding or even having a basic understanding of the facts to participate in this discussion in a knowledgeable manner can be frustrating or at least very time consuming. Read More...

pounds per square foot per crate per year?

In 1988 while driving to a swine records meeting at Swine Graphics (a then start-up record company), Dr Ron Brodersen and I got into a long discussion in my pickup of space utilization in production facilities. At that time we estimated that a good ‘metric’ for space utilization in grow-finish barns was 78 lb of gain per square foot of pen space per year. Read More...