#173 - Shaping the future of swine production with gene editing - Dr. Max Rothschild
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by Wisenetix
3d ago
The genome of swine (of any animal, as a matter of fact) holds what seems to be an endless amount of information – and the future of swine production as well. Therefore, the knowledge we have gained so far about the pig genome could, in theory, be used to improve sustainability and performance in the industry. But how can we accomplish this? In this episode, I talk with Dr. Max Rothschild about his work in understanding the pig genome and the way new technologies can be employed to perform gene editing in pigs and make the industry more profitable and sustainable. "We need to understand and n ..read more
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#172 - A tribute to Dr. Ken Stalder
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by Swine it
1w ago
Dr. Ken Stalder was a legend and an icon in the swine industry. He dedicated much of his life to bettering the lives of pigs and the lives of the people working with pigs. Just as he dedicated his life to the pork industry, we are dedicating this episode to him. In this episode, Dr. Steve Moeller comes on to share some thoughts and memories about Dr. Stalder to reminisce on all he has done for all of us in the pork business. "Dr. Ken Stalder's leadership in the industry will be recognized for many years to come." - Dr. Steve Moeller What you’ll learn: History with Dr. Ken Stalder Ken’s lega ..read more
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#171 - Discovering the value in swine research - Gene Gourley
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by Swine it
2w ago
Everyone performing swine research loves to see one thing: p<0.05. We love to discover those significant differences and hope to find something that will be beneficial for our nation's swine producers, but sometimes there’s still value in no significant differences. In today’s episode, I talk with Gene Gourley about the value of swine research in our industry, what we can extract from the data, and how to determine if your farm would benefit from a research facility. "If you are interested in starting to do research, find someone you trust who has experience doing research and who can help ..read more
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#170 - How can we evaluate animal welfare in our facilities? - Dr. Antonio Velarde
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by Swine it
3w ago
In a broad spectrum, we all know what welfare is. However, how can we measure it in our animal facilities? And once we have established what the weak points are, how can we improve them? In this episode, I talk with Dr. Antonio Velarde about the parameters and causes of welfare concerns in swine facilities, the best ways to provide enrichment, and how to minimize stress in order to improve pig welfare. “The pig's relationship with the human is also important. There can be detrimental effects if they are afraid of the caretakers." - Dr. Antonio Velarde What you’ll learn: What welfare means W ..read more
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#169 - An unexpected journey: finding your path in the agriculture industry - Erica Lain
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by Swine it
1M ago
If you think about your career plans back when you were in highschool or college, you’ll probably realize that, just like most people, you aren’t doing exactly what you thought you would. It’s funny how life has a way of leading you down paths that you may had never considered before, but ends up enjoying. In this episode, I talk with Erica Lain about her switching from the beef industry to the swine industry, her current role as a sustainability manager, and how she has learned to become a unique and effective leader. “70% of Animal Science college students now are women. I think we need to ..read more
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#168 - The forgotten step - welfare concerns for the cull sows - Dr. Cecilie Kobek-Kjeldager
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by Swine it
1M ago
As soon as a sow is designated as a cull sow, it is very easy to mentally move her down on the priority list. However, just like all pigs in a swine facility, they deserve proper care and actions to mitigate stressors as they make their way to the market. They have earned that! In today’s episode, we talk with Dr. Cecilie Kobek-Kjeldager about her work studying the factors that cause stress for the cull sow during transportation, as well as potential ways to help her and mitigate some of those challenges. “There is a discussion about what determines if a pig is fit for transport, specially th ..read more
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#167 - Keeping up with the latest changes in the swine workforce - Victor Ochoa
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by Swine it
1M ago
Labor shortages in the swine industry are now worse than they have been in a long time. For the issue, there are several solutions, such as learning to adapt to the new generations of workforce as well as seeking out employees from other countries. In this episode, I talk with Victor Ochoa about how the TN Visa works and how it can bring in more employees, as well as what Millennials value the most and how we need to adapt our hiring processes to attract more of the younger employees. "The 80's and 90's are not coming back. We need to adapt and change the way we do things, especially with peo ..read more
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#166 - Biosecurity and outbreak control: improvements and standards - Dr. Derald Holtkamp
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by Swine it
1M ago
No ‘silver bullet’ can ever hope to solve the complex issue of biosecurity. That’s because it requires cooperation among everyone involved, as well as lots of time and patience to make it as effective as possible. In this episode, I talk to Dr. Derald Holtkamp about his experiences in mitigating risks of disease and helping veterinarians handle and prepare for outbreaks in their area by using standardized practices. “Employees are being asked to do a lot for biosecurity, which can take up a lot of time from the workday – and we keep adding more things. Asking too much can cause certain measur ..read more
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#165 - What can this ingredient database and modeling software do for you? - Dr. Phillip Miller
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by Swine it
1M ago
For years we have used ingredient databases such as the NRC to estimate nutrient levels for formulating diets for our pigs, but what if I told you that there is another database out there with recently updated values that also has some modeling capabilities? In this episode with Dr. Phillip Miller, we talk about a database he and his colleagues have been working on, the National Animal Nutrition Program, that has new ingredient composition information and many other capabilities that can help nutritionists, production managers, feed mill managers, and many other employees in the swine industry ..read more
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#164 - Thinking like a pig - a key to improving animal welfare - Jason McAlister
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by Swine it
1M ago
Animal welfare is one of the main concerns for animal producers all over the world. Sometimes however, it is hard to maintain efficiency while maximizing animal welfare. In this episode, I talk with Jason McAlister to find out how we can improve animal welfare while simultaneously improving the efficiency of our production facilities. We may just need to get down on all fours and think like a pig would… "Engineers tend to like right angles, pigs do not. We have to put ourselves in the position of the animal we are moving.” - Jason McAlister What you’ll learn: Moving from meat science to ani ..read more
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