Multistate Committee on Swine Nutrition
The U.S. is the world’s third-largest producer and the largest exporter of pork. Maintaining or improving the competitiveness of U.S. pork in the global market is a high priority. However, pork production increases have varied substantially by region over the past years, largely due to changes in state environmental policies and shifts in available feedstuffs. Environmental policies are more concerned about levels of phosphorus in manure that may pollute surrounding land and water.
Pork producers are also confronted with rising feed costs, which already account for 70% of the total cost of pork production. Corn and soybean meal have been the main staples of swine diets since the 1950’s, but large quantities of cereal grains are now used for ethanol production, raising prices and limiting the supply available to swine farmers. While the byproducts of ethanol production can be used as feed, farmers are concerned that this feed may result in poor pork quality. Pork producers are also concerned about corn contaminated with vomitoxin and other mycotoxins, which reduce feed consumption and pig growth.
To help address these challenges, the Multistate Committee on Swine Nutrition conducts timely, robust research on swine nutrition, helping the US pork industry adapt and prosper.
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