By Nate Brown
If you work in the pork industry, you are well aware of the economic challenges it faces. Some industry analysts have made comments on the current market conditions that bring back echoes of 1998.
About 200 pork producers, Vita Plus employee owners and industry peers met in Morton, Minnesota for Vita Plus Swine Summit 2016 on March 30 and 31. In addition to networking with their peers, attendees learned about the latest trends in pork production, management and markets from industry experts.
By Dr. Leah Gesing
Generally, a replacement gilt does not pay for herself until she has farrowed at least three litters For each additional litter a sow has beyond the third, the fixed cost of piglet production drops drastically. As a result, increasing longevity and reducing sow culling must be a key focus of any profitable pork operation.
By Nate Brown
It wasn’t very long ago when it seemed pork producers couldn’t get pigs heavy enough because the base price was so good the marginal income over feed continued to drop profit into the bottom line.
By Dr. Leah Gesing During periods of slim margins in swine production, this may be the best time to place a sharper focus on the “small things” you can do to improve feed efficiency, thereby improving the profitability of your operation. Two ways to impact feed efficiency are to make changes to the actual form
By Dr. Leah Gesing 2017 seems like a long way off, but we know “time flies” and it won’t be long before the full effect of the upcoming rules regarding antibiotics and the veterinary feed directive (VFD) are felt by producers. Beginning on January 1, 2017, all antibiotics deemed medically important by the Food and
By Dr. Leah Gesing The list of challenges facing pork producers can sometimes seem overwhelming. The threat of new or emerging diseases, impending new rules on the use of antibiotics, and the ongoing challenge of maintaining profitability top the lists of many producers’ concerns. Another crucial challenge for swine operations is the need to find
By Dr. Leah Gesing Some parts of the Midwest experienced extended periods of both rainfall and drought this summer. It is expected that affected areas will have a higher prevalence of molds and mycotoxins in harvested grains this fall. In fact, Dairyland Laboratories, Inc. recently tweeted that, since June 1, more than 60 percent of
By Dr. Leah Gesing During the past few months, tragedy has struck two farm families in Iowa and Wisconsin. Two father-son pairs were killed when they were overcome by pit fumes while working in a pig barn. These tragic events serve as a reminder of the need to frequently educate all people involved in the
By Dr. Leah Gesing Although pig losses during any phase of production are costly, pig losses near the time of marketing are the most expensive. It has been estimated that approximately 1 percent of pigs in the U.S. are classified as “transport losses.” Transport losses refer to pigs that die or become non-ambulatory (injured or
By Leah Gesing Heat stress can result in lost profits during the summer months and its after effects may be felt into the fall. Proper diet formulation to compensate for decreased feed intake can moderate the customary summer dip in carcass weights. Correctly utilizing supplemental fat, crystalline amino acids, chromium and ractopamine in diet formulation
By Dr. Leah Gesing Summer is upon us and with it comes characteristically higher market hog prices accompanied by lower average market weights. To mitigate potential lost profits due to reduced harvest weights, it is important to prepare barns for the summer months by ensuring thermostats, fans, air inlets, sprinklers, and drip coolers are all
By Dr. Leah Gesing As a pork producer purchasing feed ingredients, you are faced with choices about where to source those ingredients and how much to pay for them. Obviously, it is tempting to pick the cheapest source of an ingredient. Buying ingredients cheaply means that diets will cost less and you’ll profit more… right?
About 200 pork producers, Vita Plus employee owners and industry peers met in Morton, Minnesota for Vita Plus Swine Summit 2015 on March 26 and 27. In addition to networking with their peers, attendees learned about the latest trends in pork production, management and markets from industry experts. Follow the links below for complete
By Dr. Leah Gesing Swine producers use antibiotics for the prevention and treatment of disease, as well as positive impacts on growth promotion and feed efficiency. In the U.S. swine industry, most antibiotics are administered via feed and, according to 2012 sales data, most antibiotic use was for production and/or therapeutic purposes. These uses have