A message from IPIC's Director Jason Ross:
Welcome to the Iowa Pork Industry Center website where you can find news, events and resources to assist producers and others in the industry. We also offer links to research, educational opportunities, technology and software to help members of today's pork industry adapt and thrive. Our mission is to promote and enable efficient pork production through disseminating decision-impacting information to producers. Faculty and staff at Iowa State who work in swine-related areas are dedicated to improving pork production efficiency through innovative research and distribution of new knowledge to pork producers. At IPIC we help foster industry engagement and develop and distribute key programming to enable technology adoption and improve industry practices to positively influence pork production.
In the News
Is your farm ready to comply with new rules for using antibiotics in livestock? View the recent Veterinary Feed Directive: "What You Need to Know" webinar provided by Iowa Farm Bureau. View presentation slides and webinar recordings segment #1 (25:14) and segment #2 (44:36).
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's new VFD field pilot program is now underway. Focusing on education rather than enforcement or compliance, the aim of the pilot is to educate FDA auditors as they prepare for the upcoming changes in antibiotics access and use before the VFD program goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2017. Because the pork industry has had a VFD requirement for specific antibiotics for several years, the pilot program offers the training and education opportunity for auditors to visit farms now to ensure compliance with this existing regulation, while preparing for the new VFD regulations for all livestock. This article on the National Pork Board website explains the pilot program and provides links to additional sources of information on VFD regulations.
Pork producer margins are currently caught between the bad news of lower pork prices from supplies outpacing demand and the good news of lower feed prices from another bin-buster corn and soybean crop. Total costs are at the lowest levels since 2010 while hog prices are approaching seven-year (2009) lows. Lower costs are an impetus for expansion. However, the pork industry has already expanded to the point that prices have been driven down to the cost of production. Prices are forecasted to be below cost of production for 15 of the next 18 months. Read more from ISU extension livestock economist Lee Schulz in the October issue of Iowa Farm Outlook.
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