New Spreadsheet Helps Producers Make Better Decisions

4/9/13

 

Contacts:
Ken Stalder, animal science, 515-294-4683, stalder@iastate.edu

Sherry Hoyer, Iowa Pork Industry Center, 515-294-4496, shoyer@iastate.edu

 

AMES, Iowa -- A new spreadsheet that can help pork producers and seedstock suppliers make better decisions is now available from the Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) at Iowa State University. Professor of animal science Ken Stalder developed the free tool along with animal science graduate student Caitlyn Abell.

 

“This spreadsheet can be used to estimate the total costs associated with genome-enabled selection,” he said. “Producers also can see how much improvement in a weaned pig will be necessary in order to breakeven on the costs associated with genome-enabled selection.”

 

People are invited to register for a free download of the program on the IPIC website.

 

Stalder, who also is an Iowa State Extension and Outreach swine specialist, said producers can use the spreadsheet to determine whether they think investing in animals that have been selected based on genomic methods is an economically viable option. Seedstock suppliers can use the tool when making breeding program decisions.

 

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IPIC was established in 1994 as a coordinated effort of the colleges of Agriculture (now Agriculture and Life Sciences) and Veterinary Medicine at ISU. Its mission is to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts. IPIC focuses its efforts on programs that are integral and complimentary to ISU Extension and Outreach. Through IPIC, Iowa producers receive accurate and timely information to make their operations more efficient and profitable.

 

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