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AMSA Educational Webinar: Gilts vs. Barrows – New Innovation for Closing the Gilt Gap
It is no secret — most of us in the industry realize that market barrows perform better than gilts. But should we look at this challenge as a cost of business or a revenue opportunity? A recent KSU-published paper has economically quantified the gilt gap at an estimated $3.60 loss/gilt for producers and about a $5.00 loss/gilt for integrators. Hear from two experts – Dr. Ben Bohrer, Meat Scientist, The Ohio State University and Dr. Chris Hodges, Pork Industry Consultant, discuss a new solution for both producers and packer processors to help close the gilt gap when it comes to pounds, carcass composition and meat quality.

Oct 4, 2022 11:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Ben Bohrer
Meat Scientist @The Ohio State University
Dr. Ben Bohrer is a Meat Scientist at The Ohio State University. He completed his graduate education majoring in animal sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Ph.D. in 2016) and The Ohio State University (MS in 2013). Dr. Bohrer's research goal is to address applied research questions for producers and consumers – while supporting the goals of the meat industry. He has authored or co-authored 65 peer-reviewed journal articles, six book chapters, and over 85 conference abstracts.
Chris Hodges
Swine Industry Consultant
Dr. Chris Hodges is a Swine Industry Consultant with over 30 years of experience in food and agriculture, focusing on the meat industry, including National Pork Board, Smithfield, ConAgra, and Farmland. He received his Master's degree in 1978 from Columbia University, New York International Fellows Program, and continued his education to receive his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Agricultural Economics (1978-1981).
Brian Payne
Business Director @Zoetis
Dr. Brian Payne is an experienced animal health executive as a sales leader, technical marketer, customer practitioner and matrix-organization managing director. He has 17 years’ experience in swine in private practice as well as domestic and global experience in technical consulting. He received his DVM from the University of Illinois and is the author of several peer-reviewed publications, abstracts and presentations throughout the swine industry. He currently leads the pork production specialists, sales and IMPROVEST commercial team, focused on impacting customer-facing teams, bringing to the table learnings from powerful experiences and business relationships. Brian is hailed as the commercial lead of arguably the most impactful technically innovative pork product today, bringing profits to farmers and packers, alike.