Management essentials for pig farmers
Prices of corn are rising and subsequently, the cost of
producing pork. Young pig farmers must address important issues before
considering entering the industry. Colin Johnson, programme coordinator for the
Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) tells us more.
"My suggestion for someone starting out is find someone else to share the
risk," Johnson said. "Two possibilities involve partnering with an existing
producer on ownership and management, and partnering with a pig supplier to
produce on contract."
The price of corn and ethanol has become a key issue lately, leading to some
tough economic choices, Johnson said.
Iowa as location
Johnson believes that Iowa will remain
an economic and environmentally sustainable location to raise pigs. "Resources
are abundant and a tremendous network of industry offerings to help producers
and future producers make these decisions, "he said.
IPIC and its partners will host a conference on 'Exploring Opportunities: A
Conference for Aspiring Pork Producers' conference on April 1. The
agenda is available on the IPIC website.
"This conference will explore industry opportunities and where each
individual fits into the picture," Johnson said. "A lot of folks want to know
'How do I make the transition from employee to partnership to ownership?' Our
presenters will help them understand that process."
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