Veterinary Feed Directive

Dr. Chris Rademacher, Iowa State University, 2017 Pork Academy Dr. Chris Rademacher, Iowa State University, digs into what swine operations and veterinarians have learned about the Veterinary Feed Directive’s implementation since January 2017. Dr. Rademacher walks through several key findings and aims to address many questions from the audience. Dr. Rademacher shares data from GlobalVetLINK […]

U.S. Exports and International Trade

Dr. Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University, 2017 Pork Academy Dr. Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University, walks through a detailed analysis of the global pork trade and how China is changing to meet their pork supply needs. Dr. Hayes’ take aways: “China is driving world pork markets and will do so for at least 18 months.” […]

Sub-Therapeutic Growth-Promoting Antibiotic Alternatives

Wes Schweer, Iowa State University, 2017 Pork Academy Wes Schweer, Iowa State University, provides a detailed review and evaluation of growth promoting antibiotic alternatives in the literature. While the research does not make any recommendations on the best antibiotic growth promotant (AGP) alternatives or genetic background / health status to best evaluate on, the research […]

Walking Through Sow Housing and Tools Available

Dr. Tim Safranski, University of Missouri, 2017 Pork Academy Dr. Tim Safranski, University of Missouri, shares how sow housing has changed over the last 20 years. Dr. Safranski looks at some of the parameters that define sow housing today and the movements toward group sow housing. Dr. Safranski closes with the subject of sow housing […]

Social Media in Pork Production

Erin Brenneman, Logan Thornton, Brad Greenway, 2017 Pork Academy Erin Brenneman (Brenneman Farms), Logan Thornton (2017 Pig Farmer of Tomorrow), and Brad Greenway (2017 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year) each share their experience of connecting with people outside of agriculture, telling their farm, family, and food story. Video

Secure Pork Supply Implementation

Dr. Pam Zaabel, Iowa State University and Dr. Patrick Webb, National Pork Board, 2017 Pork Academy Dr. Zaabel outlines the current state of the plan and the details it contains. Dr. Zaabel also steps through a basic scenario of what happens when a foreign animal disease incident occurs in the USA, actions that will occur, […]

Compensation in Pork Production

Karen Hoare, National Pork Board, 2017 Pork Academy Karen Hoare, National Pork Board, shares recent research on pork farm labor compensation. In summary, pork production compensation is competitive. Ms. Hoare details how the data was collected and aggregated with the help of AgCareers. The presentation outlines the key findings on wages, staff scheduling, benefits, and […]

Pork Quality Initiative

Everett L. Forkner, Forkner Farms Inc, 2017 Pork Academy Everett L. Forkner, Owner and President of Forkner Farms Inc., opens his presentation with “What ever happened to old fashioned taste and tenderness?” Mr. Forkner talks about the changes in how pork quality has changed over the years and what efforts are underway to help the […]

Pork Quality Initiative

Jim Compart, Compart Family Farms and Dr. Steve Larsen, National Pork Board, 2017 Pork Academy Jim Compart, Compart Family Farms, and Dr. Steve Larsen, National Pork Board, highlight the focus on pork quality for the consumer and what it means. Mr. Compart shares the background of how pork has been viewed in the past and […]

Who Are These Auditors Coming on My Farm?

Collette Kaster, PAACO, 2017 Pork Academy Ms. Collette Kaster, PAACO, helps farm operations managers and staff understand what goes into becoming a certified farm auditor and what should be expected of the auditor. Ms. Kaster shares the reasoning behind certification and the value it brings to all involved. Ms. Kaster also shares what the future […]