New member: Nutritional Efficiency Consortium
The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council has joined
the Pork Checkoff's Nutritional Efficiency Consortium, a group of organisations
addressing the increasing cost of producing pork through
The consortium's current members
include the Pork Checkoff, state pork associations, state and national corn
grower associations and several allied industry organisations.
Kline, vice president of finance and business development for the Pork Checkoff,
said, "We are 25 partners-strong in our quest to maximise feed efficiencies in
the pork industry. This is a great example of pork producers working together
and partnering outside the industry to find solutions."
inception, the nutritional efficiency consortium has funded over $1.1 million in
research. 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 (DDGS) in swine rations; the estimation of net energy for
feedstuffs; a study into the physiology of nutrient utilisation by pigs; and,
the effects of co-product use on pork quality.
"The benefits to the industry are huge. This consortium
allows us to leverage checkoff monies with funds from our partners, but the
benefit is not only financial," said Mark Boggess, director of animal science
for the Pork Checkoff. "This consortium pools together the expertise of all of
the different partner organisations. We set better priorities and make better
decisions for the industry as a group. The Missouri Soybean Merchandising
Council is a great new partner." Boggess represents the Pork Checkoff and
coordinates program activities for the consortium.
partnered with soybean producers for research and even marketing in the past.
This is the first time, however, that we have the opportunity to work with the
Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council and we look forward to a successful,
long-term relationship," Kline said. "This is another example of cooperation
between farmers to find success for both industries."
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â€¢ Missouri Soybean Merchandising
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