What Animal Feed Alternatives Should Be Considered?

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What are feed alternatives for producers? Corn is very expensive so alternatives are starting to include wheat middlings and dried distiller's grain. It is important to understand the impacts of using alternative feeds and put in place planning, including transportation costs and nutritional analysis.

Dr. Joel DeRouchey, K-State Professor/Extension Specialist, provides in depth information to consider and possible directions to take when looking at the feed alternatives. Dr. Joel DeRouchey is an Environmental Management and Livestock Nutrition Specialist with a 40% Extension, 40% Research, and 20% Teaching appointment at K-State.

PoultryCast update for April 7, 2011, What Does Sustainability Need?

Nanoparticles may provide value in dealing with agricultural air emissions.  Researcher Dr. Bernardo Predicala discusses his specific interest in ammonia suppression but suggests the long-term outlook is positive across a range of contaminants.

PoultryCast 0255, How Can Planet Life Cycle Analysis Track Your Input Sources?

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  • Planet Life Cycle Analysis identifies your supply sources to provide an 'early warning system' when something changes.  Milk protein from China?  A shortfall in your trace mineral sourcing?  Dr. Marty Matlock at the University of Arkansas explains why this analysis is important to industry sustainability.

PoultryCast 0249, Ethanol Policy and Grain Prices... Where Do YOU Fit?

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  • Economist Steve Meyer of Paragon Economics recently presented thoughts on ethanol policy and the 2010 grain crop.  Winners, losers and players...

Dr. Steve Meyer - How Will Ethanol and Corn Interact?


Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, provides an in-depth pork industry economic update, from the Swine Forecast 2011 webinar, December 1, 2010.


Key factors for 2011: Ethanol and biofuels policy; Grains and costs of production; Policy decisions; Macro-economic situation – esp. $US; Last month’s elections

What is Next For GIPSA and the Poultry Industry?

Now that the comment period for the GIPSA Rule is over, farmers, ranchers, producers, and industry partners are pondering what the USDA will do.

Proposals include: setting a pay scale for poultry growers, putting tighter controls on contracts that require farmers to make costly upgrades, and making it easier for farmers to sue poultry companies over contract violations. The USDA was empowered to create new poultry contract rules by the 2008 Farm Bill.

Dr. John Foley - How Do We Feed A Growing World Without Destroying The Planet?

How Do We Feed A Growing World Without Destroying The Planet? - Dr. John Foley - University of Minnesota , Institute of the Environment, from the Leman Pork Conference, September 18-21, 2010, RiverCentre, St Paul, MN, USA.

GIPSA Billion Dollar Impact To Poultry Industry?

Dr. Thomas E. Elam, President, FarmEcon LLC, recently published an economic study for the National Chicken Council stating that the USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) ruling would certainly impact poultry producers and ultimately consumers would pay for the increased costs.

The proposed rule changes are likely to slow the pace of innovation, increase the costs of raising live chickens, and result in costly litigation. Identifiable cost increases for lost performance, increased bird mortality, and feed assays total an estimated $337 million in the 5th year of Proposed Rules enforcement. Total identifiable cost increases over the first 5 years of enforcement total almost $1.03 billion. Higher costs would put upward pressures on chicken prices, and economic theory strongly suggests that consumers would ultimately bear most of those costs.

PDF copy of Proposed GIPSA Rules Relating to the Chicken Industry: Economic Impact

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