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Farm Progress America, June 1, 2017

Max Armstrong shares insight into the ag-focused cuts proposed by the new Trump budget, which includes significant cuts to farm programs, including income limits, means testing, and cuts to market export programs.

Farm Progress America is a daily look at key issues in agriculture. It is produced and presented by Max Armstrong, veteran farm broadcaster and host of This Week in Agribusiness.

The Maschhoffs welcomes summer interns

Courtesy of The Maschhoffs Seven students join The Maschhoffs as 2017 summer interns.
Seven students join The Maschhoffs as 2017 summer interns. Pictured from left: (back) Erin Wagoner, Senior HR Business Partner for The Maschhoffs; Justin Schwarzlose; Caleb Grohmann; Bryce BeVier; Randy Bowman, Associate Director of Nucleus Systems for The Maschhoffs; (front) Maria Kuhns; Julie Boeker; Mar’Quel Collins and Jessica Page.

The Maschhoffs welcomed its newest class of summer interns to the Carlyle, Ill., office on May 22. This year’s crop is comprised of seven college students from various universities and geographies.

They kicked off their internship with two days of orientation at headquarters in Carlyle and will reconvene periodically throughout the summer. They will present their final projects to company leadership on Aug. 3 before completing their internship.

“Our internship program exists to give future industry leaders deeper insight into what it takes to make a commercial hog production system successful,” says Senior HR Business Partner and Intern Co-Coordinator Erin Wagoner.

“It is amazing to see their discovery processes and the fresh ideas they’re able to contribute to the company. In the end, they are armed with so many more tools to help them make decisions about their career path,” says Randy Bowman, associate director of Nucleus Systems and intern co-coordinator.

The Maschhoffs’ 2017 interns are:
• Bryce BeVier, an Agricultural Production major at the University of Illinois, is this year’s Business Development intern. He’s the son of Gregg and Jennifer BeVier of Atlanta, Ga.
• Julie Boeker will be joining the Purchasing department for the summer. The daughter of John and Beth Boeker of Iuka, Ill, she attends Murray State University. She is studying Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
• Mar’Quel Collins, daughter of Angela Carter Collins of Florissant, Mo., is this year’s Production intern. She joins The Maschhoffs from Kansas State University, where she is pursuing a degree in Animal Sciences.
• Caleb Grohmann, son of Freddie and Leslie Grohmann of Red Bud, Ill, is the Supply Chain Management intern. Grohmann attends the University of Missouri-Columbia and is pursuing a degree in Animal Sciences.
• Maria Kuhns of Altamont, Ill., joins the Information Technology team for her summer internship. The daughter of Stan and Shelly Kuhns, she attends the University of Missouri-Columbia and is studying Agribusiness Management.
• Jessica Page, daughter of Jay and Julie Page of Preston, Ga., is working with the Genetics team for her internship. She is studying Animal Sciences at Berry College.
• Justin Schwarzlose, son of Robert and Debbie Schwarzlose of Woodlawn, Ill., is the Research and Development intern. He is pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine.

The Maschhoffs internship program began in 2005. Since its inception, 85 students have gone through the program. Interns at The Maschhoffs are exposed to a multitude of areas across the pig production business, but specialize in a specific area over the course of two months.

The Maschhoffs LLC is a hog production company headquartered in Carlyle, Ill. The company has more than 100 years of hog production experience, and is the largest family-owned hog producer network in North America, with nearly 220,000 sows and market hog production sites in nine states. The company has approximately 1,300 employees who, along with about 550 independent farm partners, focus on creating environmentally and economically sustainable hog production systems. Each year, the company raises enough hogs to provide pork to more than 16 million consumers. The company, through a wholly owned subsidiary, also sells branded pork products to retailers, processors and foodservice operators under the Maschhoff Family Farms brand label.

World Pork Expo: A showcase of the pork industry

World Pork Expo Photo of World Pork Expo attendees

Source: World Pork Expo
For anyone involved in pork production, World Pork Expo is the place to be June 7-9, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Presented by the National Pork Producers Council, Expo features the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, along with educational seminars, youth and open swine shows, market outlook sessions, music, an abundance of grilled pork and more.

“Expo is truly an international show, with visitors and exhibitors from throughout the world,” says Ken Maschhoff, NPPC president and Illinois pork producer. “It presents an excellent opportunity to expand your global reach and build an understanding of why pork is the No. 1 consumed protein worldwide. It’s sure to provide a new perspective on what you do back home.”

Organizers are expecting approximately 20,000 producers and pork professionals, including more than 1,000 international guests, to visit this year’s Expo. The first stop for many is the trade show. Nearly 450 companies from North America, Asia and Europe will display the latest products, services and technologies for pork businesses. This year’s expanded trade show will span more than 320,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibit space. Trade show hours will run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. June 7-8, and from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 9. Because of construction, Gate 15 will be closed, and attendees will be re-directed to Gate 16 on the north side of the fairgrounds.

“As they walk through the trade show, producers will find the newest products, services and technology offerings in one location, and that’s a huge benefit,” says Doug Fricke, director of trade show marketing for NPPC. “Be sure to plan extra time this year as exhibits will be on display in the Ag Building, inside and along the north, east and south perimeters of the Varied Industries Building, as well as in the expanded outdoor space.”

The number of hospitality tents also has grown, with 53 tents lining Grand Avenue and spilling over to the Ruan Plaza. “The hospitality tents have become a place for companies and producers to enhance their networking opportunities,” Fricke says. “You’ll find a range of activities, including meal functions, meetings, new product announcements and socializing.”

Swine shows attract exhibitors of all ages
Recognized as among the nation’s premier youth swine shows, the World Pork Expo Junior National kicks off on June 5, with educational events, certification programs, judging contests and live-hog shows running throughout the week. Hosted by the National Junior Swine Association and Team Purebred, all activities will take place in the Swine Barn.

This year’s junior show has again set a record for the number of registrants, with 1,350 youth from 32 states entered to participate. Organizers report that approximately 150 are first-time participants in the Expo Junior National.

The open show, presented by the National Swine Registry, will take place June 9, with 1,186 hogs entered by more than 600 exhibitors. A breeding stock sale will begin at 9 a.m. June 10, and run through approximately noon.

Educational opportunities accompany WPX fun and food
Educational and business seminars will fill the agenda on June 7 and June 8. More than 15 free seminars are included in the entrance fee to Expo. This year’s business seminars will cover topics ranging from piglet care to nutrition management and from better understanding consumers to mastering data collection and more.

PORK Academy, presented by the Pork Checkoff, will outline the most up-to-date production information and ideas. Topics will include pork quality research, sow housing tools, third-party audits, business continuity and the Secure Pork Supply Plan, among others. At each of the seminars, attendees will be able to interact with world-class pork experts.

Pork Checkoff also provides weather, crop and hog market outlook sessions on both June 7 and June 8 in its hospitality tent at 12:30 p.m.

MusicFest, on June 8, is a time to relax, enjoy free musical performances and mingle with fellow pork professionals. This year’s entertainment will include Iowa native Jake McVey with his guitar-rich country music and high-energy stage show. He will be joined by special guest Big Vinny from Trailer Choir. Headlining the evening is Farewell Angelina, an all-female country group, featuring powerful vocals and a wide range of instruments. The festivities take place on Grand Avenue at the Iowa State Fairgrounds and run from 4:30-8 p.m.

Tasty pork is always in abundance, and visitors can enjoy free grilled pork lunches from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. during each of Expo’s three days. The Big Grill can be found within the triangle near the Ag Building. Manned by Iowa’s Tama County pork producers, the Big Grill served up more than 10,000 pork lunches last year.

There’s still time to plan a trip to Expo
“If you are in pork production and have never been to World Pork Expo, you are missing out,” Maschhoff says. “That includes owners, managers, veterinarians and, most importantly, employees. Spending time at Expo can pay back to the business in a variety of ways. It’s truly an amazing show.”

The entrance fee is $20 per adult and $3 for children ages 6 to 11; there is no charge for children 5 years of age and younger. This admission price includes entry into Expo all three days. A special rate of $10 is available for adults arriving on Friday. The official website also offers tips to make trip planning easy, including updates on event schedules and room availability at official World Pork Expo hotels. For the most up-to-date details about this year’s World Pork Expo, be sure to connect with Expo on Twitter and Facebook by following our pages, tagging us in your posts, and using the hashtag #WPX17.

Another way to stay up-to-date is to download the World Pork Expo app, which is available on Google Play or in the Apple store. It will be continually updated, making it a handy, interactive place to identify exhibitors, find your way around the fairgrounds, check program details and more. Remember, if you downloaded the app last year, you will still need to get the 2017 version.

Brookside Agra to feature all-natural products at World Pork Expo

Brookside Agra, international experts in all-natural, scientifically-proven feed additives and products for boosting commercial swine health and production, will feature its newest swine-specific products at World Pork Expo Booth V808, June 7-9 in Des Moines.

For more than 30 years, Brookside Agra has been a trusted source for safe, effective all-natural feed additives and environmental, agricultural and animal health products. Utilizing extensive product research through leading universities and private, independent laboratories, Brookside Agra offers a variety of products formulated specifically for the commercial swine industry including:

GP Pro+
GP Pro+ is an all-natural, high-quality acidified nutritional protein supplement research-proven to improve pig and sow feeding performance. Using a preparatory stabilization and acidification process, GP Pro+ is unique in its quality as a feed ingredient, and is highly stable with moisture under 5% and a pH of around 3. GP Pro+ has none of the anti-nutritional factors that can be in plant-based protein sources. When incorporated into a balanced diet, GP Pro+ drives feed intake, leading to optimal growth, condition and health.

Brook-Lytes is a non-medicated, pH-buffered electrolyte providing essential elements and energy for pigs of all stages. When added to drinking water, Brook-Lytes draws pigs to drink with its highly palatable formula and its unique aromatic flavor to keep them hydrated and fortified with essential nutrients. Brook-Lytes replaces fluids, electrolytes and elements lost to metabolism and stressful situations such as weaning, climate change and disease. The pH buffering ability of Brook-Lytes maintains a healthy digestive system by lowering the pH of the gut to encourage efficient digestion and reduce negative bacteria in the pig’s system.

Runt-Rescue is an all-natural, fast-acting and efficient nutrient supplement for weak and newborn piglets with a birth weight below 1,000 grams. Given right after birth, liquid Runt-Rescue helps to reduce mortality in large litters and prevents weak piglets from starving with its all-natural ingredients: Vitamins A, D and E; Selenium, MDFA rich fats, sunflower and coconut oil and caffeine. Runt-Rescue is available for purchase only in the United States.

YoghurLac is a concentrated and energy-rich acidified powder yogurt product for weaning, weak and suckling piglets. YoghurLac helps to promote healthier intestinal function, increase piglet production and improve feed intake and growth performance. YoghurLac provides easily absorbed nutrients and increased palatability to stabilize the intestine and ensure optimum salt and fluid balance.

Brookside Agra is a global fifth-generation, family-owned business based in O’Fallon, Ill., that manufactures and distributes a variety of research-proven, all-natural products for specialty feeds; animal health and production; agriculture; and commercial, industrial and environmental use. Brookside also offers agronomy services, which include crop nutrient recommendations, soil sampling, water and fertilizer analysis, and precision mapping, among other services. For more information about Brookside Agra and its products and services, visit or contact Chad Vaninger, executive vice president and general manager, at 618-628-8300 Ext. 23.

Maternal protein retention affected by sow parity

National Hog Farmer Picture showing white sows in farrowing stalls.

By Crystal Levesque, South Dakota State University Department of Animal Science; Emily Miller and C.F.M. (Kees) de Lange, University of Guelph Department of Animal Biosciences; and Nathalie Trottier, Michigan State University Department of Animal Science
Unlike finishing pigs who exit the barn at market weight in a single turn through the barn, sows are expected to remain productive in the herd over multiple parities; thus, understanding the impact of parity is important to ensure optimal nutrient supply through the reproductive life of the sow.

While many acknowledge the need to adjust dietary supply based on parity, few production systems actually do. There are numerous reasons for this. One critical limitation to practical implementation of parity feeding is the lack of understanding of the full impact of parity on nutrient requirements. Previously we reported the pattern of whole body, maternal- and pregnancy-associated protein deposition in gilts and determined that the pattern of protein retention was not impacted by energy intake (15% below or above requirement) while low energy intake resulted in lower overall protein retention.

However, when separated into maternal- and pregnancy-associated pools, maternal protein retention was reduce in late-gestation indicating an energy independent regulation of maternal protein deposition in gilts. The implication for gilts is that amino acid requirements and ideal amino acid ratio estimates in late-gestation may need to be revised to reflect a greater contribution of fetal tissue to the whole body amino acid requirement. As a follow-up study, the same gilts were followed through the second and third parity and the pattern of whole body, maternal- and pregnancy-associated nitrogen retention was again determined (for additional details see Miller et al., 2017; JAS doi:10.2527/jas.2017.1444).

After completion of their first lactation cycle, sows were reassigned to one of the two feeding levels used in the gilt study [15% below and above NRC (2012) energy intake recommendations of a corn soybean-based diet (3.30 megacalories metabolizable energy per kilogram; 0.82% standardized ileal digestible lysine) at Day 33 ± 0.5 of gestation] and fed through Day 110 of gestation. Nitrogen balance collections [Nitrogen intake – nitrogen output in urine and feces = nitrogen balance (retained or lost)] were conducted at Day 38, 52, 66, 87 and 108 ± 0.5 of gestation and the pattern of whole body protein retention (Nitrogen retention x 6.25) was characterized.

Whole body retention was then separated into that associated with pregnancy, based on NRC (2012) equations which account for day of gestation, and that with maternal tissue. At Day 111 sows were moved to the farrowing room and provided a lactation diet until weaning. Lactation feed allowance followed a step-up program from farrowing such that ad libitum intake was expected by Day 4 of lactation. Sows were reallocated to a feeding level for the third gestation as above.

Whole body protein retention increased (P < 0.01) quadratically throughout gestation, was greater (P < 0.01) in sows on the high feeding level by approximately 30 grams per day and greater in Parity 3 sows. Maternal protein retention did not differ with day of gestation regardless of parity and was greater (P < 0.01) in Parity 3 sows at Day 52 and 87 of gestation. Pregnancy-associated Pd was not affected by feeding level nor parity and increased (P < 0.001) with progressing gestation. Estimated efficiency of lysine use for whole body protein deposition increased quadratically (P = 0.03) with progressing gestation.

This study demonstrated that while the pattern of whole body protein retention was similar across all parities (i.e. increase in a quadratic pattern with progressing pregnancy), the pattern of maternal protein retention is parity dependent. The absence of a drop in late-gestation maternal protein retention in Parity 2 and 3 sows suggests a lesser influence of fetal-maternal competition for nutrients in late-gestation. This control mechanism driving nutrition partitioning between fetal and maternal tissue in late-gestation may play a lesser role in multi- versus primi-parous sows.

The patterns of maternal protein retention for gilts and Parity 2 and 3 sows suggests that maternal contribution to overall amino acid requirements in gestation may be lower than previously assumed and dependent on parity. This means that the lack of parity feeding may reduce overall profitability and productivity, result in underdeveloped gilts or excess feed costs for older parity sows. However, refined nutrient requirement in gestation models are necessary to ensure optimal nutrient supply to meet fetal and maternal demands.

South Dakota State University

Alltech to showcase nutritional technologies at World Pork Expo

Visitors to the Alltech booth V217 in the Varied Industries Building at the 2017 World Pork Expo will have the opportunity to learn more about Alltech’s nutritional solutions, which can help protect pigs from the health challenges impacting modern pig production. Alltech’s technical specialists will be available to discuss gut health, antibiotic-free production and mycotoxin challenges. Alltech personnel will be available at the booth during the trade shows hours, 8 a.m.-5:00 p.m. June 7-8, and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 9 on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

Attendees can stop by the Alltech booth #V217 to check out the 3-D printer and take home a 3-D printed pig, play trivia games and have a chance to win a wireless pig-shaped speaker.

For more information about Alltech at World Pork Expo, and to sign up for the Alltech Pig Primer e-newsletter, visit

For on-site inquiries, contact Manuel Reyes.

The Alltech booth will host a Kentucky Ale Happy Hour at 4-5 p.m. June 7-8.

Founded in 1980 by Irish entrepreneur and scientist Pearse Lyons, Alltech discovers and delivers solutions for the sustainable nutrition of plants, animals and people. With more than 100 manufacturing sites globally, Alltech is a leading producer and processor of yeast and organic trace minerals, and the flagship algae production facility in Kentucky is one of only two of its kind in the world.

The company’s guiding ACE principle seeks to develop solutions that are safe for the Animal, Consumer and the Environment. Our more than 5,000 team members worldwide put this purpose to work every day for customers.

Alltech is a family-owned company, allowing to adapt quickly to emerging customer needs and to stay focused on advanced innovation. Headquartered just outside of Lexington, Ky., Alltech has a strong presence in all regions of the world. For further information, visit