ICYMI- Roy Lee Lindsey Reviews 2014 for Pork Industry- Video and Full Audio InterviewMon, 01 Dec 2014 05:24:48 CST
In Case You Missed It- Farm Director Ron Hays talked this past week with the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Pork Council, Roy Lee Lindsey. Lindsey was the guest of Hays for his Saturday morning TV segment, In the Field, as seen on KWTV News9 in Oklahoma City. You can watch and listen to their conversation as seen on News9 by clicking on the Play Button in the Video Box below.
In addition, Hays sat down and had a more in depth audio conversation with Lindsey about the year 2014 has been for the pork industry- as well as talking about the continuing evolution of the Oklahoma hog herd to more of a sow based baby pig producer- with the weaned pigs heading to the Corn Belt- versus a farrow to finish model. You can hear the FULL interview of Roy Lee Lindsey and Ron Hays by clicking or tapping on the play button in the LISTEN BAR below.
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Here's the earlier webstory that included a part of that audio interview:
Pork production will continue to be a vibrant part of the Oklahoma Agricultural scene, as Lindsey believes the most valuable thing a hog farmer has is the state license to operate. You can shift what type of hog operation once you have the license as opposed to having to apply for a license from scratch. Today Oklahoma is the nation's 5th largest sow producing state in the nation and Lindsey looks for that sector to grow as hog farmers will continue to raise piglets that will be shipped to the midwest. The Seaboard plant in Guymon will also continue to demand hogs for processing. He looks for the state to maintain an inventory for that processing plant. He said there is no chance for the state to move up in terms of total hog production and he contends the state will likely fall on the list for total hogs and pigs.
"But outside of that narrow window, everything that is outside the Panhandle of Oklahoma is going to be looking to move baby pigs from Oklahoma up into the midwest," Lindsey said.
Lindsey said this a trend going on across the United States. Market hog numbers are trending down in a lot of states, including North Carolina, which is and has been the second largest hog producing state over the last 30 years.
Hog production is growing in areas across the cornbelt. Lindsey said hog production is now showing up in South Dakota because of their increasing corn production.
The state's pork producers have a wild year with both ups and downs. At the start of the year producers will dealing with the effects of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) cases. Lindsey said PEDv was very tough on producers.
"The loss of all those pigs was extremely difficult to deal with from an emotional toll just from day after day instead of raising healthy pigs, you are having to euthanize pigs," Lindsey said. "Tremendous emotional toll as you go through that."
Through the year the impact of PEDv lessened and price and the price of corn has declined thus improving the outlook for producers. Lindsey said producers this year had lower input costs and with the tightened domestic supplies the price of pork increased.
"You had some time where you saw record hog prices and you saw low corn prices and that translates into some profitability for producers," Lindsey said.
"An opportunity to kind of put some money back in the bank and fill in some of the equity hold that had been building over the last three or four years as we saw really high corn prices in the drought a couple years ago in the cornbelt, Lindsey said. "A tremendous impact on profitability for producers, so we got to dig out of that a little bit if you will and now we anxiously wait to see what we get into in 2015."
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