Dale! Then Down to Business
Before I get to this week’s topic, I must take a moment
to congratulate National Hog Farmer and Weekly Preview
Editor Dale Miller for his receiving the Pork Checkoff’s 2010
Distinguished Service Award. The award is given annually to recognize
the lifelong contribution of an outstanding leader to the pork industry.
The ceremony and presentation Saturday night at the National Pork Forum
in Kansas City highlighted Dale’s many contributions that include
playing a vital role in technology dissemination and adoption.
But the real focal point of Saturday’s ceremony was the value that
Dale puts on people and I can vouch for that. I’ve known Dale since
the early 1980s, when we were both much younger men chasing purebred
Chester Whites around show rings in various parts of the country. I
could see that this guy looked at the pig business in a much broader
context than did I and I’ve since learned a lot from him through both
personal contact and his prolific writing.
Congratulations, Dale! We appreciate what you have done and what you
are still going to do and I am personally very proud to work with you
and to call you a friend.
Development is Key to Increasing Pigs Weaned per Sow
For many years, producers have talked about how a breeding
female’s first litter impacts sow lifetime performance. Chart 1 shows
Swine Management Services’ (SMS) data from 62 farms, displaying total
born by parity. At the outset, the data were sorted by the total
born/litter for Parity 1 females into four groups – high (13.56 pigs),
medium high (12.48 pigs), medium low (11.48 pigs) and low (10.69 pigs).
The average for all farms is indicated by the dashed line in the chart.
The data shows that if gilts have a high total born in their first
parity, their lifetime performance is improved. The average total
born/litter through all parities was 12.56, with the high average of
13.83, and the low average of 11.35 pigs – a difference of 2.48
pigs/female. The SMS database confirms what previous studies have
There are several management areas that influence total pigs
Trade Agreements the Ticket to More Agricultural Exports
A group of 57 agricultural organizations sent a letter to
Congress supporting President Barack Obama’s initiative to double U.S.
exports within five years. The organizations said they believe the most
effective means of reaching this goal is for Congress to pass the
pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with Columbia, Panama, and South
Korea. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has estimated these
three FTAs would increase U.S. agricultural exports by $3 billion. The
organizations reminded Congress that other countries are not waiting on
the U.S. to pass our trade agreements. The letter said, “While the
U.S. continues to debate approval of its FTA with South Korea, that
country has already concluded, is negotiating or is planning FTAs with
the ASEAN (10 countries), Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, China,
the European Union (27 nations), India, Japan, Mexico, Mercosur (four
nations), Peru, Pakistan and Russia.” According to the World Trade
Organization, there were 230 bilateral or regional trade agreements in
place at the end of 2008. The United States was a party to 17 of these
agreements. Those organizations signing the letter included American
Farm Bureau Federation, American Meat Institute, American Seed Trade
Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat
Growers, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Chicken
Council, National Corn Growers Association, National Grange, National
Meat Association, National Milk Producers Federation, National Oilseed
Processors Association, National Pork Producers Council, and National
Gestation Stalls Improve Sow Well-Being
Slight modifications to sow gestation stalls may provide
solutions to one of the most controversial issues facing the swine
industry, according to a University of Illinois researcher.
“In the United States, the individual gestation stall is being banned
based on perception, not science,” says Janeen Salak-Johnson,
associate professor in animal sciences.
A number of companies and large swine operations are in the process of
pulling sows out of gestation stalls and moving them to group housing.
While group sow housing works, University of Illinois research shows
this practice does not answer welfare concerns or improve sow
March 11, 2010: National Swine Nutrition
Guide distributed and explained in Owatonna, Minn. The guide consists of
nutrition fact sheets, nutrient recommendation tables and diet
formulation and evaluation software and will be included with an $80
conference registration or available for purchase separately for $125.
March 15-17, 2010: American Society of Animal
Science Midwest Meeting, Polk County Convention Center, Des Moines, IA;
March 16-17, 2010: Second Annual Passion for Pigs
Seminar and Trade Show, Holiday Inn Select (Expo Center),
Columbia, MO; contact: Julie Lolli at (660) 651-0570 or email@example.com.
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