Pork Industry Forum Headed to Indianapolis

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pork checkoff Delegates from across the United States will gather for the National Pork Industry Forum on March 3-5 in Indianapolis.

Each year the Pork Act Delegates confer to vote on resolutions and advisements and provide direction on some of the issues facing pork producers and the industry. Fifteen producers who serve as members of the National Pork Board and Pork Checkoff staff leadership will hear directly from the forum delegates, who were appointed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

The theme for the annual pork forum is Inspiration Starts Here, in reference to the producers, retailers and cooks who have helped fuel the incredible demand that has been seen domestically and internationally for U.S. pork.

“As we continue our work on the 2020 strategic plan that is centered on the goals of building consumer trust, driving sustainable production and growing consumer demand, our work at Pork Forum has never been more important,” said Derrick Sleezer, president of the National Pork Board and a producer from Cherokee, Iowa. “Pork producers, processors, food service and retail leaders will need to work together to focus on elevating pork as the global protein of source by continuously and cooperatively working to do what’s right for people, pigs and the planet.”

In advance of the annual meeting, members of the National Pork Board also will convene their March board meeting. The agenda for that meeting will include updates on 2016 plans to enhance pork demand, increase market opportunities, improve pork production practices and invest in research priorities.

Included on the 2016 Pork Forum agenda will be opportunities for pork producers to become trained in the pork industry’s Pork Quality Assurance® Plus (PQA Plus®) certification process, as well as learn more about pork industry programs.

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BIVI’s Commitment to BQA Education

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cic-16-372The folks at Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) have been strong supporters of the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program and that confidence in the program has led them to sponsor another free-certification period — from now through April 15. The announcement was made during the recent Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show and I caught up with BIVI’s Director of the Cattle Professional Services Vet team, Dr. Craig Jones.

“BQA is a comprehensive program that covers a lot of the keys areas we should focus on when managing, developing, producing cattle. It covers things like proper injections sites techniques, what can be done to eliminate blemishes, cattle handling, nutrition, good record keeping. It’s a complete set of good practices.”

This is BIVI’s third year to partner with NCBA and sponsor BQA education. Dr. Jones said their goal is to provide an economical and easy source of education for beef producers of all types.

Recertification is also a must. If you were certified three years ago, it’s time to re-educate yourself on these best practices. So why not take advantage of this free-certification period and be sure and tell a friend.

During the convention last week, producers were honored with the checkoff’s annual national BQA awards. The awards honor producers, marketers and educators who have taken the foundations of BQA program to the next level and facilitate it into their everyday practices.

The 2016 BQA winners were:
– BQA Cow Calf Award – Frank Stoltzfus, Masonic Village Farm from Elizabethtown, Pa.
– BQA Feedyard Award – Todd and Kristi Drake, Nodaway Valley Feeders from Nodaway, Iowa
– BQA Dairy Award – Reid and Diane Hoover, Brook-Corner, LLC from Lebanon, Pa.
– BQA Marketer Award – Scott Mueller, Samson, Inc. from Columbus, Neb.
– BQA Educator of the Year Award – Lisa Pederson, North Dakota State University

Listen to my complete interview with Dr. Jones here: Interview with Dr. Craig Jones, BIVI

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EPNIX Feedlot Program from Alltech

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073Alltech has launched EPNIX, a new feeding program to give cattle producers a competitive advantage in the feedyard. The animal health company debuted the program during the recent Cattle Industry Convention and I spoke with Dr. Vaughn Holder, beef research project manager at Alltech, to take in what EPNIX will provide feeders across the country.

“EPNIX is the combination of five or six years of research we have been doing internally. It is a program designed to improve the health and profitability of beef feedlot cattle. It does so independent of the use of antibiotics or other pharmaceutical technologies.”

Dr. Holder said EPNIX is not designed as a replacement for antibiotics, but works in a separate manner because it is a completely new type of technology. “We focus on designing nutrients and nutrient strategies to maximize the animals ability to express it’s genetic potential.”

A major component of the program is powered by 100 percent organic trace minerals through Alltech’s Total Replacement Technology (TRT). Recent research shows that producers can feed substantially lower amounts of organic trace minerals than the inorganic alternative and achieve similar, if not better, performance in cattle.

He also made a point that their goal was not to box themselves off in an antibiotic-free corner. “It just so happens that the way we do things fits with that program. We have been participating in this industry for 35 years when there weren’t venues for antibiotic-free. But it certainly works in both circumstances.”

Learn about how EPNIX can be used by purebred and commercial breeders alike and more about the research in my complete interview with Vaughn: Interview with Dr. Vaughn Holder, Alltech

Photos from the Convention: 2016 Cattle Industry Convention Photo Album

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Animal Ag Bites

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  • Delacon, the pioneer and global leader in phytogenic feed additives, announced that Land O’Lakes, Inc. animal nutrition businesses PMI Nutritional Additives, will be its exclusive partner in the United States for phytogenic feed additives.
  • Ryan Ruppert will serve as the American Angus Association® Director of Regional Managers and joins the team Feb. 1 to oversee the organization’s 12 regional managers and associated territories for the nation’s largest beef breed establishment.
  • Time to start planning to attend the 2016 World Pork Expo on June 8-10, held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. Brought to you by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), it features the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, educational seminars, swine shows and sales, and an opportunity to interact with a wide range of pork professionals.
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Novus Plans for the Future

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francois-fraudeau Novus International is planning for a sustainable future, and Francois Fraudeau, President of Novus International, was on hand during the 2016 International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) to discuss the company’s commitment to sustainability from both a business standpoint and as part of their mission to help producers feed the world.

“Resources are coming to a point where there is not much we can expect from nature, so we have to do more with what we already have,” said Fraudeau. Novus strongly believes that our food technologies can help feed the world by improving the way we use resources and reducing waste.”

Novus has been at the forefront of sustainable innovation for the past 25 years, and has consistently offered customers solutions to every new challenge that faces the industry.

“We see sustainability as a duty that we have to the world, and to the population of human beings. We do that internally, and all of our processes must be sustainable, as well as developing solutions that are sustainable to our customers. In the US we have worked with the development of enzymes, as well as alternatives to antibiotics.”

As for the future, Novus has made a promise to always be there for its customers, and has begun to announce plans for expansion, several major research initiatives, and several new solutions and innovations to help improve the success of its customers.

Watch Chuck’s full interview with Francois here:

Photos from IPPE: 2016 IPPE Photo Album

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Are Ag Views Reflected in Iowa Caucus?

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New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What’s your planting intentions prediction for 2016?”

Are you still debating what will inhabit your fields this growing season. If so, it’s crunch time. It looks like many will be planting more soybeans this year or keeping it similar to 2015.

Here are the poll results:

  • More corn, less soybeans – 7%
  • Less corn, more soybeans – 7%
  • More corn and soybeans – 6%
  • More soybeans, less corn – 27%
  • Similar to last year – 27%
  • No idea – 26%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, Do Iowa Caucus results reflect ag views?

In a new Agri-Pulse poll of how U.S. farmers and ranchers plan to vote for president, respondents overwhelmingly said they’ll support a Republican, and 40 percent of those are Trump supporters. That compares to 15 percent for Sen. Ted Cruz, 11 percent for Sen. Marco Rubio and 10 percent for Ben Carson. Now that we have the Iowa Caucus results, do you feel they are a reflection of agricultures view?


ASA Connects With Poultry Producers

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steve-yoder-edited The American Soybean Association (ASA) made an appearance at the 2016 International Production and Processing expo (IPPE), taking the time to meet several of the soybean industry’s major customers from the poultry industry. Steve Yoder, a soybean farmer from Altha, Florida, and the director of the ASA was on hand for an interview during the expo, and discussed the organization’s main goals during the large, poultry-centered event.

“For ASA to be here, to meet customers from around the world, and tie in the relations of what it takes to grow product and export it for a quality and consist product is so important,” said Yoder. “It’s incredibly important for us to be at this expo and to be having these discussions.”

Yoder also touched on how the soybean industry was affected by the major outbreak of avian influenza that swept through the nation last summer.

“The poultry industry is a large customer of ours, both domestically and internationally. There are three faces to the outbreak: the production, the commercial side, and the political side,” said Yoder. Obviously ASA is heavily is heavily involved in monitoring the situation, and has been meeting with USDA and others that have influences on how to best monitor the outbreak. It’s important to stay abreast of the situation and do all that we can as industry to support each other and help our customers.”

Listen to Chuck’s full interview with Steve here:
Interview with Steve Yoder, ASA

Photos from IPPE: 2016 IPPE Photo Album

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Producers – The Face of the Beef Industry

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Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 9.13.30 AMOn the business side of the recent Cattle Industry Convention, the Cattlemen’s Beef Board elected new leadership. Anne Anderson, a cattle producer from Austin, Texas, will serve as the Board’s new chairman and I sat down with her to learn more about her goals and aspirations for the coming year.

“One of the goals I have for the Board is increased engagement. With engagement comes commitment. But a larger goal isn’t just for the Board, it’s for the entire industry. I want everyone to realize the transition we have gone through with the consumer.”

We all know that today’s consumer wants to know where their food comes from. Anne reminds us that the consumer wants to hear it from the actual producer. “The real message I am focused on getting out is that the future of the industry is in the hands of it’s own producers. Those producers have become and are the face of the industry.”

Anne says one way to encourage producers to step out of their comfort zone is to make sure they are informed and give them something fun to talk about. An example of this is the recent dietary guidelines that includes lean meat in a balanced diet. Another message Anne stressed was one-on-one conversations are important. A producers audience doesn’t have to be large. A simple conversation about beef at your local coffee shop, in line at the grocery store or on an elevator ride make big impacts.

Listen to my complete interview with Anne here: Interview with Anne Anderson, CBB Chairman

Photos from the Convention: 2016 Cattle Industry Convention Photo Album

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Takin’ A New Holland Ride at #BeefMeet

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cic-16-161-editedWho wouldn’t love a job where you can jump in the cab of a tractor any day of the week. And you can tell Gary Wojcik, Mid-range Tractors Brand Marketing Manager for New Holland, loves his job. I jumped into the co-pilot seat during the New Holland tractor demo at the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show so Gary could give me a play-by-play of all the bells and whistles in one of the latest New Holland tractors.

During the trade show, attendees were also able to get behind the wheel of the T6.180 and get a feel for how it would work on their own operation. Gary truly believes this is the perfect tractor for any cattlemen. “You can easily do loader work, operate the square baler, round baler. This is a very versatile tractor. We wanted to demonstrate how this tractor is very productive, easy to operate, quiet and perfect for those longs days in the cab.”

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Nutrition Key Player In Antibiotic-Free Production

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brad-lawrence Both the poultry and pork production industries have recently seen a major push from consumer retailers for supplies that have been raised without the use of antibiotics. While this request has presented several major animal health challenges for producers, the innovators behind Novus International have been focused on creating solutions for successful production under these new constraints.

Brad Lawrence, from Novus International, was on hand during the 2016 International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) to highlight some Novus products that will help producers face the antibiotic free challenges ahead.

“If you look at Novus’ history, it goes back to the 1950s with methionine and antioxidants, and then Novus began to build additional parts of their portfolio that were really focused around animal health with the Minterex minerals, Activate Organic Acids, and the different enzymes we offer,” said Lawrence. “We focus on the nutritional benefits of those, but we also focus on the animal health benefit.”

The different nutritional products offer by Novus work by improving the animal’s natural ability to fight diseases, which reduces incidents of illness and the need to use antibiotics.

“When you look at minimizing antimicrobial use, it really begins with the dam, whether thats a layer or broiler breeder or a sow, and making sure that her offspring are best suited to handle the stresses that they’re going to see as young animals,” said Lawrence. “And you do that by asking how we improve those animals natural defenses, how do we improve their ability to respond to immune challenges, how do we improve their exposure to pathogens, and how do we minimize the impact of things like mycotoxins on the animals.”

Listen to Chuck’s full interview with Brad here:
Interview with Brad Lawrence, Novus International

Photos from IPPE: 2016 IPPE Photo Album

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