Change is inevitable in pig production, making it important for pork producers to be proactive, speaker Jeremy Marchant-Forde, research animal scientist with the USDA Livestock Behavior Research
With lameness as one of the top reasons for culling sows, the topic was the focus of several presenters. Magnus Campler, of The Ohio State University, shared with those in the audience that more research is needed.
A consumer panel facilitated by Jan Johnson of Millen- nium Research, Inc., provided consumer insights on animal care and other factors that impact food choices. A theme quickly became apparent: Convenience.
More than 260 producers, veterinarians, packers, processors, academics and other pork industry partners attended the Pork Checkoff’s inaugural
Pig Welfare Symposium last November in Des Moines, Iowa, with a common goal: To continue raising the bar on the care of pigs. The agenda focused on general welfare concepts and how they can be applied at the farm level.
As pig farmers, we have an ethical obligation to provide care for the animals entrusted to us. With this obligation comes a commitment to continual learning. As the hog industry continues to evolve, our practices, research and conversations need to evolve as well.
National Pork Board President Terry O’Neel, who is a pig farmer from Friend, Nebraska, outlines the 2018 Pork Industry Scholarship program. Twenty-one college students have been awarded these scholarships. O’Neel says this is the Pork Checkoff’s investment in human capital.
Steve Meyer, economist, Kerns and Associates, outlines the seasonal decline in hog numbers and the demand outlook. Meyer also considers the current trade situation and its impact on the hog market
In this edition of Pork Pod, National Pork Board vice president of international marketing Craig Morris reviews the latest export data and highlights the challenges ahead. Records are being broken.