Right now isn't an easy time to be a pork producer. Rapidly increasing feed and production costs are making it difficult for pork producers to turn a profit.
The U.S. Pork Center of Excellence, headquartered at Iowa State University, with funding from the national pork checkoff and help from experts at universities around the country, has created a tip sheet addressing current challenges facing the industry. The information sheet, "Practical Ideas to Address High Feed and Production Costs," is available on the ISU and Iowa Pork Producer's Pork Information Gateway site at isu.porkgateway.org.
"We know it's difficult for pork producers to make money today," says David Meisinger, director of the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence. "Our hope is with this document hog producers are able to find ways to reduce their costs and improve profitability."
Many sources of helpful information
In addition to strategies from researchers, the tip sheet provides links to numerous resources located within PIG and throughout the World Wide Web.
PIG is an online resource tool for the U.S. Pork Industry launched in 2006. PIG provides timely information, fact sheets and references about pork production. A username and password are required to view the PIG Library, but the entire site is free for all users.
The U.S. Pork Center of Excellence, housed at the National Swine Research and Information Center at ISU, was established in 2005 as a public/private partnership to bring together academic expertise in research, teaching and extension related to pork production. There are two government agencies, two industry associations, 14 state pork producer associations and 24 land-grant universities involved in the coalition.