Feeding for 30® Forum Focus on Sow Longevity

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purina-30Sow longevity was the focus of the Feeding for 30® Forum at the recent World Pork Expo. This third annual forum was hosted by Purina Animal Nutrition, DSM Nutritional Products and Zinpro Corporation.

During the forum, producers and industry representatives discussed the importance of a balanced herd parity structure, gilt development, nutrition and feeding, and management for achieving greater sow longevity and 30 pigs per sow per year (psy).

“Most of our genetics in the U.S. have the potential to produce 30 psy, but yet there’s a small number of producers that are able to achieve that level,” said Dan Moran, director of marketing-swine for Purina Animal Nutrition and emcee of the Feeding for 30® Forum. “We have the genetic potential; what’s holding us back is nutritional attention and animal husbandry. That’s really what our forum and information are about: creating discussion and providing additional information to take advantage of that genetic potential.”

Each year, the Feeding for 30® partners share research and facilitate discussion with producers on a topic that relates to sow productivity. This year’s focus was sow longevity – a production component that Moran says is essential in achieving 30 psy.

“Most industry would say it’s not until after the third parity that you start receiving a return on your investment,” he said. “To achieve that profitability in the third, fourth, fifth parity and beyond, it’s going to take extra nutritional management.”

At the forum, the Feeding for 30® panel of industry members and producers first shared industry research and experiences on sow longevity. The forum was then opened to questions from the audience. The panel was comprised of three industry representatives involved with sow nutrition and management and one producer nearing 30 psy.
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Can Farming Become More Techie?

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New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What are your thoughts on cellulosic ethanol?”

As the possibility of cellulosic ethanol grows it looks like popularity will as well. We may be far from buying it at the pump, but people still seem to be excited about the technological innovation.

Here are the poll results:

  • Innovation making it happen – 43.2%
  • Very important renewable fuel – 21.6%
  • Still years away from commercial market – 27%
  • Will never work – 2.7%
  • What the heck is it? – 5.4%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, How can technology make farming even better?

We’ve been covering lots of precision farming conferences this summer, from the recent Precision Aerial Ag Show in Illinois, to this week’s International Conference on Precision Ag in California, to next week’s InfoAg Expo in St. Louis. Sometimes it seems like farming can’t get any more technological – but can it? What would you like to see on the farm that has yet to become commercially available?

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Pork President-Elect Arrested in DC

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wpx14-nppc-prez-electThe president-elected of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) was arrested on Wednesday in Washington D.C. going through security at one of the U.S. Capitol buildings with a 9-mm Ruger handgun in his bag.

Ron Prestage, a veterinarian and part of family-owned Prestage Farms of South Carolina, was charged with carrying a pistol without a license. Reports indicate Prestage has a concealed carry permit in South Carolina but the charge carries up to five years in prison in the District of Columbia. He is scheduled to appear before a judge this morning.

NPPC officials have issued no comment except to say Prestage was not on “official” organization business at the capitol Wednesday. However, a National Hot Dog day lunch was held for Congress Wednesday, sponsored by the American Meat Institute, which is closely affiliated with NPPC. Prestage was wearing a name tag to indicate he was there with some group, but he has also held leadership positions and is involved in a number of organizations, including the National Turkey Federation, U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.

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James Herring to Receive National Golden Spur Award

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IMG_2593 - editJames E. Herring, of Amarillo, Texas, has been selected to receive the prestigious National Golden Spur Award for 2014. Herring will receive the award on September 20, 2014 at the National Ranching Heritage Center on the Texas Tech University campus.

Bestowed to an individual who has provided outstanding contributions to the nation’s ranching and livestock industry, the National Golden Spur Award has become an iconic national honor. Herring is the 37th recipient and joins the ranks of men and women whose work and accomplishments have earned the highest respect of their peers. The accolade is a joint recognition of some of the industry’s leading organizations: American Quarter Horse Association; National Cattlemen’s Foundation; Ranching Heritage Association; Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association; Texas Cattle Feeders Association; and Texas Farm Bureau.

Herring’s lifelong work has created tremendous benefits and opportunities for ranchers and beef producers throughout the United States. As chairman and CEO of Friona Industries, Herring led an innovative approach to coordinate efforts of ranchers, cattle feeders, beef processors and retailers to enhance quality and consistency of beef. Herring’s work made great strides in raising the competitive position of beef in a highly competitive environment for consumer preferences. Fortunately, consumers and cattle producers benefit because of the ingenuity and drive of Herring’s leadership.

“I am honored to know and have worked with James for many years,” said Ross Wilson, president and CEO of Texas Cattle Feeders Association. “He is a visionary businessman with an uncanny ability to foresee and capitalize on opportunities in the beef industry, many of which have not been easy to achieve. At the same time, he gives back to the beef industry and community interests through countless hours of volunteer service. James loves and appreciates the tradition of the cattle industry while recognizing that we must continue to improve the way we produce and market beef to satisfy the ever increasing demands of U.S. and foreign customers. He is most deserving of this prestigious award.”

The National Golden Spur Award reception, dinner and ceremony, hosted by the National Ranching Heritage Center, will begin at 6:00 p.m., September 20 in the center’s main gallery located at 3121 Fourth Street in Lubbock, Texas. Reserved tables for eight are $1,250 and individual tickets are $100.

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Florida Grad Student Receives NMPF Dairy Research Award

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Ribeiro_ES (4)Eduardo de Souza Ribeiro, a doctoral student in animal sciences at the University of Florida, received the National Milk Producers Federation Richard M. Hoyt Award for dairy-related research.

Ribeiro was recognized during the awards ceremony at the annual meeting of the American Dairy Science Association in Kansas City. NMPF Vice President for Dairy Foods and Nutrition Beth Briczinski made the scholarship presentation.

A native of São Joaquim, Brazil, Ribeiro has done extensive research in reproductive physiology and management of dairy cows. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Florida in 2011 and is currently in the animal molecular and cellular biology program there. His research has resulted in 24 publications, of which he was the lead author on eight.

Briczinski called Ribeiro an exemplary student who has already made significant contributions to the U.S. dairy industry. “In light of his ongoing work to advance dairy science, Eduardo richly deserves this award,” she said.

The Richard M. Hoyt Award is a joint project of NMPF and ADSA, with NMPF providing the scholarship money. The award recognizes research efforts with direct application to problems in the dairy industry. The winner must be enrolled in or have completed a program leading to an advance degree in dairy science, dairy production, diary processing or a similar curriculum.

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CWT Assists with 4.3 Million lbs of Dairy Products in Export Sales

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CWT-logo6Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 17 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold) and Tillamook County Creamery Association to sell 3.646 million pounds (1,654 metric tons) of Cheddar cheese, and 661,387 pounds (300 metric tons) of whole milk powder to customers in Asia, Europe, North Africa, Central and South America and Oceania. The product will be delivered July 2014 through January 2015.

Year-to-date, CWT has assisted member cooperatives in selling 78.024 million pounds of cheese, 48.767 million pounds of butter and 16.067 million pounds of whole milk powder to 41 countries on six continents. These sales are the equivalent of 1.965 billion pounds of milk on a milkfat basis.

Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program, in the long-term, helps member cooperatives gain and maintain market share, thus expanding the demand for U.S. dairy products and the U.S. farm milk that produces them in the rapidly growing world dairy markets. This, in turn, positively impacts U.S. dairy farmers by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk price.

CWT will pay export assistance to the bidders only when delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation.

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New CR Combines from New Holland

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New Holland CR Series CombineYesterday New Holland held a press conference in Berlin, Germany via Twitter primarily using the #NHharvest2014 hashtag. It was mostly about the new CR Series combines topped by the CR 10.90. Presenting was Carlo Lambro Brand, President. Here are a few of the tweets I picked out:

Award-winning Cursor 16 engine developed by #FPTIndustrial that powers the new CR 10.90 #NHharvest2014

We also extended our offering with the launch of the highest capacity combine in the world #NEWCR #NHharvest2014

#NEWCR range: enter a new harvesting dimension- up to 15% more productivity in small grains #NHharvest2014 http://goo.gl/P7BnJY

We gave the CR combines more horsepower than any other combine available on the market today #NHharvest2014 pic.twitter.com/0Nug5S41VU

Learn more by clicking on the hashtag link above.


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Potential Link in Feeding DDGS & Necrotic Enteritis in Broilers

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usp_logoUSPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., that found a potential link between feeding DDGS and necrotic enteritis in broilers. The project is part of the Association’s comprehensive research program encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. A brief summary of the completed project is shown below. A complete report, along with information on other Association research, may be obtained by going to USPOULTRY’s website, www.uspoultry.org. The project summary is as follows:

Project #F048: Role of Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles (DDGS) in Necrotic Enteritis Development
(Dr. Kenneth Macklin and Dr. William Dozier III, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.)

Necrotic enteritis, caused by Clostridium perfringens, is an important health issue for the broiler industry. The diminishing use of antibiotics makes controlling necrotic enteritis even more difficult. Researchers at Auburn University, led by Dr. Kenneth Macklin, studied the impact of feeding distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) on the incidence and severity of necrotic enteritis in broilers. It was found that feeding a high inclusion level (15 percent) of DDGS in the presence of a mild to moderate Clostridium perfringens challenge can lead to more severe cases of necrotic enteritis and can negatively impact adjusted feed conversion ratios. This research indicates that the DDGS inclusion rate should be considered in a program to control necrotic enteritis.

For a detailed summary, click here.

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PDMP’s Second Annual Summer Summit

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pdmpTop10The Professional Dairy Managers of PA (PDMP) is hosting it’s second ‘Summer Summit’ on August 7, 2014; this time at Yippee Farms in Mt Joy in Lancaster County.

Yippee Farms, operated by Arlin Benner and his family, is an ideal dairy to demonstrate how innovation and creativity can make up for facility constraints. “It never ceases to amaze me what Arlin comes up with to make his cows just a little more comfortable or to get a few extra bushels out of his fields,” says Tony Brubaker, of neighboring Brubaker Farms in Lancaster County and PDMP President. “I know attendees of the Summer Summit will take home ideas, and inspiration that they’ll find useful at their own operations.”

Attendees will rotate between stations throughout the operation as technical experts address management practices and innovations that Arlin Benner and his team use to compensate for the older, and sometimes awkward, facilities with which they have been working.

After a barbeque lunch sponsored in part by Mycogen Seeds, attendees will have the chance to tour Yippee’s methane digester and talk with an immigration law specialist about hiring practices.

Registration for the all day program on August 7th, begins at 8:00 a.m. and the first breakout session will start at 9:00 a.m. Advance registration is encouraged. To register, call the PDMP Registration Office at 877-326-5993 or go to the Events page at www.pdmp.org to download a registration form. The registration fee of $75 for non-PDMP members and $25 for PDMP Members is required for registration and includes the BBQ lunch.

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US Chicken Consumption Up

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nccMore chickens are crossing the road and on to consumers’ plates, according to new research from the National Chicken Council.

Overall, the average number of meals or snacks that contained chicken eaten by survey respondents in the two weeks prior to the survey was 6.1. This is up from 5.2, or 17 percent, from the 2012 findings. Millennial respondents (18-34) remain the most likely to eat chicken meals or snacks frequently (7.7).

“With the tight supplies in the cattle and hog herds, and accompanying record beef and pork prices, it’s not surprising to see a double digit increase in chicken consumption this year,” said National Chicken Council Vice President of Communications Tom Super. “What is surprising to me,” Super noted, “is that health and nutrition and taste both topped cost as the reason consumers are turning more to the original white meat.”

The survey was commissioned by the National Chicken Council and conducted online by PKS Research PartnersMay 29 – June 1, 2014 among 1,019 adults.

Read more here.

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