Environmental Sustainability Still Top of Mind Among Pork Producers

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Farmscape for June 12, 2018

Full Interview 9:52 Listen

The President of the National Pork Board says environmental sustainability has been top of mind among pork producers as long as he has been raising pigs. “The Pork Checkoff: How Sustainability Drives Consumer Demand” was among the topics discussed last week as part of World Pork Expo 2018 in Des Moines. Steve Rommereim, the President of the National Pork Board, says with fewer people farming and raising livestock operations have had to consolidate and become bigger to keep up with the growing demand for pork.

Clip-Steve Rommereim-National Pork Board:
Sustainability, honestly within the business that I do as a pork and a livestock producer really hasn’t changed all that much. The conversation is being made and I believe that as we catch up to speed as to how we’re sustainable and then that message being developed is the most important thing because we pretty much do what we’ve been doing since I bought my first sows in 1972. The facilities have changed, the markets have changed, the feed, the genetics, all those things have changed but for the most part I do the same things I did back in 1972 when it comes to raising pigs, just using different stuff. The sustainability message, in my opinion, is not that much different than it was all those years ago. It’s just getting it developed and getting it out there and I believe it’s incredibly important that our consuming public and even as widespread as the international market knows that sustainability is very important to us as producers.

Rommereim notes the sector is marketing 29 percent more pigs than 50 years ago but the breeding herd has decreased by 39 percent, water use has been reduced by 41 percent, the total land used to produce those pigs has been reduced by 59 percent and the sector’s carbon footprint has been reduced by 35 percent.

For Farmscape.Ca, I’m Bruce Cochrane.

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