Trend Moves to More Fat in Pork

Farmscape for February 20, 2018 Full Interview 5:58 Listen An Applied Meat Scientist with PIC North America says the trend toward reducing the level of fat in pork has reversed in order to improve eating quality. “Fat Quality and...

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NPPC Wants Votes On Four Key Trump Nominees

The National Pork Producers Council today urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to schedule confirmation votes on four long-languishing Trump administration nominees for positions important to U.S. pork producers and American agriculture....

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okPORK Revamps Oklahoma Pork Congress for 2018

Scheduled for Friday, Feb. 23, the annual meeting of the pork minds will take place at the Embassy Suites Norman – Hotel and Conference Center in Norman, Okla. The Oklahoma Pork Congress calls together more than 150 pork producers,...

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Genesus Global Market Report – USA, February 6th 2018

Market Report USA Allen Bentley, Sales Representative, Genesus Inc.     Cash hogs are approaching $60 live, in February, I don’t think even Punxsutawney Phil saw that coming.   Dressed values around $72 base prices are narrowing up the...

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Food-chain specialist: Communicate the emotional side of pork production, not the technical

Read more articles on Pig Health Today The food supply chain has changed dramatically in the past 20 years. “It’s so much more complex and consumer driven,” said Justin Ransom, supply chain strategist. “Today’s consumer can ask for...

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All-Time Record Pork Production Set In December

The USDA says pork production during December was a new all-time monthly high, at 2.235 billion pounds. That’s up 1% on the year with three pound gain in the average live weight to 286 pounds cancelling out a slight...

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Wean-to-Finish Production Systems Evolve for Healthy Pigs

Article by Ryan Samuel, Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Swine Specialist Wean-to-finish production systems emerged as a new concept in the pork production industry in the late ’90s moving newly weaned pigs into biosecure wean-to-finish facilities forming static groups,...

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NPPC Supports New Pork Inspection Model

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed a new pork processing inspection rule, a decision strongly supported by the National Pork Producers Council. As a result, the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) HACCP Inspection Model (HIMP) will be...

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Firkins and Meyer to speak at 2018 Michigan Pork Symposium

Michigan Pork Producers Association will host the annual Michigan Pork Symposium. The conference will be held at The Lansing Center in Lansing, Mich. This all-day event will focus on educating producers about good production practices and excellent business management...

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In-feed antibiotics best addressed on a case-by-case basis

Read more articles on Pig Health Today Adjusting to changes in how and when to use in-feed antibiotics is an ongoing effort. While those products are still available under veterinarian supervision for prevention and treatment of a specific...

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Finding New Technologies in the Pork Industry

The term “Precision Farming” is used to describe the collection of data in the field and the judicious use of expensive inputs to improve net income, reduce waste and impact on environment (sustainability), and speed (even automate some) decisions. From my perspective what will determine the success of any of these ideas will be their

Genesus Global Market Report, Mexico Hog Markets February 22nd 2018

Mexico’s Pork Market Fernando Ortiz –   After two weeks surfing the Mexican pork market, talking with producers and packers, there are some relevant facts that allows us to subtract the following conclusions:   Price – The price has kept a sustained rise since 2012, reaching its peak in 2014. After this year the

Antibiotic-free production: What lessons can pork learn from poultry?

Read more articles on Pig Health Today A rapid increase in the use of vaccines for respiratory and enteric diseases in swine over the past year will ultimately allow a reduction in antibiotic use, predicted Joe Connor, DVM, swine veterinarian, Carthage Veterinary Service, Carthage, Illinois. Consumer pressure for more antibiotic-free production in all animal

Reducing Environmental Impact and Reliance on Antibiotics Top Pork Sector’s Priority List

Farmscape for February 22, 2018 Full Interview 10:05 Listen The Chair of Swine Innovation Porc says reducing the environmental footprint of pork production and reducing the sector’s reliance on antibiotics will be among the top research priorities transitioning into the new Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership, Canada’s new five year Agricultural Policy Framework,

Tyson Indiana pork plant resumes operations after two-day shutdown

Tyson Foods Inc’s hog processing plant in Logansport, Indiana returned to normal operations on Wednesday after resolving a production-related problem that idled the facility since midday on Monday, a company representative said. “We temporarily halted operations at our Logansport, Indiana pork processing facility due to a production issue. The issue has been resolved and the

Canadian Pork Excellence Important In Marketing Canadian Pork

Farmscape for February 22, 2018 Full Interview 5:52 Listen The Manager of Quality Assurance and Animal Care Programs with Manitoba Pork says the Canadian pork sector’s new food quality and animal care assurance program will be a key component of pork marketing efforts moving forward. Canadian Pork Excellence, an updated suite of programs, focuses on

2017 SD Master Pork Producers Recognized

S.D. Master Pork Producers is a volunteer organization comprised of allied industry members who have the goals of recognizing outstanding pork producers and promoting pork production in South Dakota. The 2017 S.D. Master Pork Producers include: Dan Rodas, Spencer; Lenny Wipf, Lakeview Colony, Lake Andes and Bruce Burkhart, Dell Rapids. The Honorary Master Pork Producer

Market Leading Move East by D’Orsogna

Iconic Western Australian company, D’Orsogna Limited, has begun construction of a $66 million state-of-the-art 10,858m2 food manufacturing facility at Merrifield Business Park, 30km north of Melbourne, which will employ 240 people and establish D’Orsogna as a national market leader in the smallgoods and meat protein food sector. Managing Director, Brad Thomason, responding on behalf of

USDA Issues: “Feed Outlook” Report

Source: USDA news release To view the complete report, click here. The February 2018 Feed Outlook report contains projections for 2017/18 U.S. and global feed markets based on the most current World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.

Two Sludge Busters are better then One! Lagoon Tabs for Ponds and Lagoons—Mini-Tabs for Pits.

NEW from North State Products, SLUDGE BUSTERTM Lagoon Tabs and SLUDGE BUSTERTM Mini-Tabs eliminate Muck and Organic Sludge in Lagoons and Pits. Each Tablet contains seven strains of beneficial bacteria. SLUDGE BUSTER provides slow release of 100% safe, natural bacteria that removes muck, digests sludge, eliminates animal waste, and reduces ammonia nitrates, phosphates and odor.

USDA Issues: “Livestock, Dairy And Poultry Outlook” Report

Source: USDA news release To view the complete report, click here. The Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook for February 2018 analyzes economic impacts on animal product markets of month-to-month changes in USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Use Estimates Report.

Smithfield Bioscience and University of Virginia Announce Regenerative Medicine Research Partnership

Smithfield Foods, Inc. and the University of Virginia School of Engineering & Applied Science announced today a research partnership to explore and advance regenerative medicine technologies leveraging porcine bioproducts. The research is part of a collaborative project between UVA and Smithfield Bioscience, a strategic business platform within Smithfield Foods that is focused on supporting a