Jun 21

What Will Be Different About Pig Production In 2020?

What Will Be Different About Pig Production In 2020?

Looking at one product to fix our challenges will be a thing of the past. If you added a product for each challenge your animal faced you would be looking at a very expensive diet. Especially when you take into account the never ending challenge that is high feed costs. One thing that was realized in the Monogastric Programs not Products session at Alltech’s recent Symposium, was that tomorrow’s farmer will need more than just another product, they will need solutions and added value services that address the many obstacles that stand in their way.

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Jun 19

Should Cows Tweet?

Should Cows Tweet?

Interview with Greg Wickham

Greg Wickham is chief executive officer of Dairylea Cooperative Inc., a $1.2 billion milk marketing cooperative that offers farm services to farmers, including buying, lending, risk management and insurance.

No, of course not. Cows don’t have opposable thumbs, or fingers for that matter. Let alone… well, never mind.

Yet the fact still stands that the dairy industry must find new ways to tell its story. Since 1970, the demand for dairy in the US has been in constant decline and increased governmental regulations have compounded the difficulty of reaching a growingly disconnected consumer base.

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Jun 19

Are All the Pigs Going to China?

Are All the Pigs Going to China?
A few weeks ago, Chinese meat processing giant, Shuanghui International, made an agreement to purchase Smithfield Foods, one of the largest pork producers in the US. The price tag on the deal was a whopping $4.7 billion dollars, making it the largest takeover of an American company by a Chinese company to date, pending the purchase is approved.

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Jun 07

Ireland's Green Credentials

Ireland's Green Credentials
Ireland have made a promise that by 2014, 75% of all food and drink exports will come from farms and food businesses that have signed up to the sustainability plan and by 2016 all of food and drink exports will come from these sustainable sources.

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