Pork Profit Maximizer, Nov. 13, 2017

Retail Edition Outlook for 2018 Many end users are currently working on their budget plans for 2018 and we (Steiner) recently updated our outlook for all of next year and an early look at 2019. Some of our thoughts at this point differ from USDA, largely with regard to the amount of pork that will […]

Pork Profit Maximizer, November 13, 2017

  Foodservice Edition   Many end users are currently working on their budget plans for 2018 and we (Steiner) recently updated our outlook for all of next year and an early look at 2019. Some of our thoughts at this point differ from USDA, largely with regard to the amount of pork that will be […]

2018 General Call

Request for Proposals, General Call 2018
DEADLINE: Tuesday, November 14th– 5:00 pm CST
Proposal selection will occur in February 2018.
Notification of grant awards will be done by April 2018.
Project funding will begin May 1, 2018.
Requests for second-year funding must be resubmitted.

The Right Thing to Do

by Valerie Duttlinger As a pork producer I can relate to the challenges that occur on farms every day, as well as the satisfaction of raising healthy hogs that supply nutritious pork for a growing world population. I also am an analyst for Swine Management Services (SMS) in Fremont, Nebraska. There I review swine production […]

Factors to Consider, Actions to Take

A familiar pattern is materializing, which is another reason why pig survivability is a renewed priority. From the late 1990s to early 2000s, the industry was expanding and sow mortality started moving higher. Replacement-gilt demand was high and supplies were tight – similar to today. This was followed by a period of rising mortality and […]

Step Up Your Record-keeping

“What isn’t measured or measured accurately is hard to change,” said Valerie Duttlinger, an Indiana producer, analyst for Swine Management Services (SMS) and member of the Pig Survivability Working Group. “Until farms are committed to identifying why a pig was removed, it will be hard to make improvements.” Improved data accuracy for pig removals doesn’t […]

Look Beyond Averages to Find Answers

While pork production records help flag trends, the numbers don’t tell you why the trend occurred or identify a solution. A case in point is the Pork Checkoff’s U.S. Pork Industry Productivity Analysis, 2011-2016. The findings show that mortality rates across all production stages increased during that time. Yes, the 2013 PEDV flare-up contributed to […]