A new feature of Pork Network is the “Best of Blogs,” which recaps useful farming and pork production tips as well as timely announcements and insights available on the Internet. 

From Farmgate blog.com: Lower Insurance Rates

Forecasts for 2013 point to short soil moisture throughout much of the Corn Belt.  At the same time, USDA’s newly released crop insurance ratings indicate most Corn Belt states will have lower corn and soybean premiums, despite the drought of 2012 and lower crop yields.  The reason is that Corn Belt farmers have been paying more premiums than they have been getting back, and the system is supposed to have equal dollars in premiums and indemnity payments.

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From “Brumm Speaks Out”: Real Nutrition Requirements

“Because we now have better estimates of the ‘real’ (nutrition) requirements, we are expanding our range of feedstuffs for swine diets. Assuming we can get an estimate of the standardized ideal digestibility, amino acid content and standardized total tract digestibility phosphorus content of a proposed ingredient, we now can formulate diets with an expectation of similar performance if formulated to the same standard.”

Read more at http://bit.ly/UKJqQx.  

From Scott Hurd, DVM: Food Safety and Animal Health

“This (Consumer Reports) article (‘Food Safety and Animal Health’) violated at least three principles of good scientific reporting…It did not provide enough information to repeat the study, as nothing was said about how the samples were collected, where the sample were collected, who did the lab testing or what lab methods were used…Given the above infractions, we can be confident the results are just about useless.

“Although the results are weak and relatively meaningless, the title, headings and tone of the article serve to frighten readers and create anxiety. Contrary to the article’s tone and title, the report does not reveal anything alarming about pork safety.”

Read more at http://bit.ly/12pm8oJ.

From VitaPlus Swine Performance: Tryptophan

Crystalline forms of lysine, methionine and threonine are readily available and commonly used in swine diets.  The next limiting amino acid in grow-finish swine diets is tryptophan.  But tryptophan is produced in much smaller quantities.

If global feed-protein costs remain high, a tryptophan shortfall of 40 to 50 metric tons per month is expected to continue (and) the limited tryptophan supply primarily will go to European markets.  The limited American allotment will go to a few of the largest swine production entities.

Swine nutritionists remain poised to make use of higher amounts of tryptophan and other crystalline amino acids (when) a sufficient, economical supply of these amino acids is available.

Read more at http://bit.ly/UKIeMR.