The Mississippi swine industry has changed and will continue to change. Small operations, producing feeder pigs as a source of supplemental income, have changed to farrow through finish operations and company owned contract production where swine is a major source of income.
Technological advances have been responsible for dramatic changes in the swine industry. Segregated early weaning, split sex feeding, artificial insemination, amino acid supplementation, producer networking, etc. are examples of technology that producers should consider incorporating into their production units.
Consumer demand has also influenced the swine industry. Swine producers must produce a pork product to satisfy the pork packer/processor who in turn must satisfy the consumer. Consumers will purchase pork products that taste good, are convenient to use, inexpensive, nutritious, healthy, and safe.
Public concern also influences the way pigs are produced today. Swine producers must produce pork in a manner to satisfy public concerns about the environment, control of odor, animal rights, and food safety. Although these demands increase the cost of pork production, the burden of this cost often remains with the producers. Public concern of environmental issues have halted growth of the swine industry in Mississippi. Until these issues are satisfied, industry growth will not take place regardless of the size of operation.
As an industry develops, support industries also develop. Development of the swine industry creates a need for financing, transportation, feed grains, equipment and building materials, health supplies, feed and feed supplements, and value added processing. As a result of increasing swine production, many jobs will be created other than working on the swine operation directly.
While the needs and issues faced by the supplemental income swine producers should not be overlooked, it appears the greatest growth in the Mississippi Swine Industry will most likely occur with the farrow through finish operations and contract production units. Swine Industry growth will require long term commitment. In order for sustained growth of swine production to occur in Mississippi, educational support must be available to the producers and industry. The Mississippi Swine Industry needs educational and research support from a team of experts to address:
- production management
- production facility management
- waste utilization/management
- waste application
- odor prevention
- swine herd health
- financial business management
- reproductive physiology
- nutrition and feedstuffs utilization
- breeding and genetics
- food processing/food safety
In order for Mississippi Swine Producers to survive in the future, they must be efficient businessmen, producing quality pork products that are accepted by the consumers and produced in an environmental acceptable manner.
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VERONA, Miss. -- Each February, agricultural producers in Mississippi speak, and personnel with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station listen.
Producer Advisory Council meetings present opportunities for growers to meet with MSU commodity experts and share ideas for research and educational projects.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Each February marks the occasion for producers to share their research and programming needs with Mississippi State University agricultural specialists in person.
To comply with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, the opportunity will be extended virtually this year.
New endowment honors longtime Extension swine specialist
In his 34 years as swine specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, Dr. Mark Crenshaw was one of the state’s most prominent advocates for the pork industry. Now, an Extension endowment fund bears his name.