The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council has joined the National Pork Board’s Nutritional Efficiency Consortium, a group of organizations addressing the increasing cost of producing pork through research. The MSMC is a producer-run organization, with 13 farmer-directors overseeing the investment of 50 percent of Missouri's checkoff dollars.
Research priorities have included a review of alternative feed ingredients for swine rations; the use of co-products, such as distillers dried grains with solubles; the estimation of net energy for feedstuffs and a study into the physiology of nutrient utilization by pigs.
“This is a great example of pork producers working together outside the industry to find solutions,” says Larry Kline, vice president of finance and business development for NPB. The consortium's members include the NPB, state pork associations, state and national corn grower associations and several allied industry organizations. Since its inception, the nutritional efficiency consortium has funded over $1.1 million in research.
“This consortium allows us to leverage checkoff monies with funds from our partners, but the benefit is not only financial," says Mark Boggess, director of animal science for NPB. “We set better priorities and make better decisions for the industry as a group. The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council is a great new partner."
More information on the Nutritional Efficiency consortium can be found at http://www.pork.org/PorkScience/NutritionalEfficiency.