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Custom Swine manure Applicators Step Up Focus on Minimizing Risk of Cross Contamination

Custom Swine manure Applicators Step Up Focus on Minimizing Risk of Cross Contamination

Farmscape for July 18, 2014 Full Interview 10:23 Listen The Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative reports custom swine manure applicators have taken their focus on biosecurity up a level in response to PED. Preliminary findings from a survey conducted...

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Harrisvaccines wins National Hog Farmer’s Producer’s Choice Award  at 2014 World Pork Expo

Harrisvaccines wins National Hog Farmer’s Producer’s Choice Award at 2014 World Pork Expo

Today, Ames, Iowa-based animal vaccine producer, Harrisvaccines, was announced as the recipient of the 2014 World Pork Expo New Product Tour Producer’s Choice Award.   Sponsored by National Hog Farmer, this coveted award honors a product for its exceptional...

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Bob Evans posts lower profit, slashes outlook

Bob Evans posts lower profit, slashes outlook

Bob Evans Farms Inc. reported sharply lower fourth-quarter earnings and slashed its outlook for the year ahead, prompting an activist stockholder to renew his call for replacing the company’s board of directors. The New Albany, Ohio-based food products maker...

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Purdue ag economist: Retail pork prices still rising; relief expected in fall

Purdue ag economist: Retail pork prices still rising; relief expected in fall

Retail pork prices will keep rising to record highs this summer as the number of hogs going to market over the next several months will be lower than expected because of the PED virus, smaller spring farrowings and growing...

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Honoring Caregivers Nominations Deadline Extended Until July 7

Honoring Caregivers Nominations Deadline Extended Until July 7

Program honors farm employees who have shown exceptional commitment to swine care Zoetis announced today that nominations for the Honoring Caregivers award are being accepted until Monday, July 7, 2014 — a one-week extension from the previous deadline. Nominations...

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USDA Hogs and Pigs Report: Pig farrowings down, questionable

USDA Hogs and Pigs Report: Pig farrowings down, questionable

The March-May 2014 pig crop, at 27.4 million head, was down 5 percent from 2013. Sows farrowed during this period totaled 2.80 million head, down slightly from 2013. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 48 percent of the...

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Farmland Film Features Minnesota Pork Producer

Farmland Film Features Minnesota Pork Producer

Hollywood has come to the Heartland, and Ryan Veldhuizen is welcoming the opportunity to shine the spotlight on modern livestock production through Farmland, a new feature-length documentary film. “Farming has always been in my blood, and it’s what I’ve...

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New York Hog Farmers Thank Legislature For Supporting Humane Farming Rights

New York Hog Farmers Thank Legislature For Supporting Humane Farming Rights

The New York Pork Producers, the National Pork Producers Council and America’s hog farmers today hailed the New York Legislature for not taking up ill-advised legislation banning the use of individual maternity pens for pregnant sows. The pens are...

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New planned swine research unit will allow more research on infant nutrition and cognition

New planned swine research unit will allow more research on infant nutrition and cognition

Ryan Dilger, a U of I associate professor of nutrition, studies learning and memory in piglets, and how nutrition affects brain development. Photo by Stephanie Henry, University of Illinois. A substantial gift for a new biomedical swine research unit...

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Keeping Pigs and People Cool

Keeping Pigs and People Cool

As summer heat begins to build across much of the country, pork producers should take extra precautions to ensure the best possible care and well-being for their animals and employees. Some of the most basic precautions against the heat, such as ensuring fans are working and pigs have access to good air through proper ventilation, are

Alberta Pork Releases Weekly Grain Report from Phoenix AgriTec

Alberta Pork Releases Weekly Grain Report from Phoenix AgriTec

All crop futures appeared to bottom out this week following the 2-week sell off on bearish Acreage, Grain Stocks, and WASDE reports along with ideal weather and crop conditions.  All three complexes traded mixed through the week, overall corn and wheat ended lower and soybeans mostly higher compared to prior Friday’s close. Click here for

Western Hog Exchange Market Commentary, July 28th 2014

Western  Hog Exchange Market Commentary, July 28th 2014

Recording Click this link to download/play recording in MP3 format. Transcript Hog futures have once again turned lower as the initial short-covering activity ran its course. Although August hog futures are still holding single-digit gains, other nearby contracts are holding triple-digit losses given the still weak undertone of the market. The lack of buyer interest

Ontario Pork Featured on OMNI Television

Ontario Pork Featured on OMNI Television

Ontario Pork was featured on OMNI1 television on July 22nd and 23rd.   The television segments were with Emily Richards, Professional Home Economist and Lucy Zilio host, associate producer and writer of the informative and entertaining (infotainment) segments called “Tuned In”.  Emily emphasizes the variety of cuts pork has to offer, including pork chops, loin, tenderloin

Beth Ferry from Michigan State University, PEDv: Billions and billions of virus particles, July 28th 2014

Beth Ferry from Michigan State University, PEDv: Billions and billions of virus particles, July 28th 2014

Some people have described PEDv as similar to TGEV. They are both of the family of virus Coronaviradae. Both viruses will cause up to 100 percent mortality in piglets. Herd Immunity and Protection Cells from the infected intestinal cells produce a type of antibody, IgA, found in the sow’s colostrum. This lactogenic immunity is critical

Showing Missouri the Best of Agriculture at the 2014 Missouri State Fair

Showing Missouri the Best of Agriculture at the 2014 Missouri State Fair

  Missouri Pork Association involved with youth events throughout the Fair. Every year, the Missouri State Fair showcases the best of Missouri agriculture throughout its eleven-day run. And the Missouri Pork Association is proud to highlight the pork industry and the dedication of Missouri’s FFA and 4-H youth in their projects. Between August 7 and

Tyson to close three prepared foods plants

Tyson to close three prepared foods plants

Tyson Foods Inc. announced late Friday that it plans to close three production facilities that are part of its prepared foods business. The plant in Cherokee, Iowa, will close on Sept. 27. Plants in Buffalo, N.Y. and Santa Teresa, N.M., are expected to close in the first half of 2015, the company said in a

CSHIN Hopeful PED Can be Eliminated From Canadian Swine Herd

CSHIN Hopeful PED Can be Eliminated From Canadian Swine Herd

Farmscape for July 28, 2014 Full Interview 9:41 Listen The manager of the Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network remains hopeful PED can be eliminated from the Canadian swine herd. Last week one new case of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea was confirmed on a farrow to finish farm in Perth County, Ontario, the first case in Canada

John Bancroft from OMAFRA, Weekly Hog Market Facts, July 28th 2014

John Bancroft from OMAFRA, Weekly Hog Market Facts, July 28th 2014

Trends This Week in Ontario and U.S. The Ontario Base Market Hog Price averaged $256.59/ckg, 100 index down $3.99/ckg from last week. The main cause was the US$2.16/cwt decrease in the CME Constructed Price weekly average price to US$131.52/cwt. since the Canadian dollar weekly average of $92.97 cents was only down slightly from last week’s

NPPC Capital Update for the week of July 25th 2014

NPPC Capital Update for the week of July 25th 2014

USDA ISSUES INFORMATION ON PDEV REPORTING PROGRAM USDA has issued details on understanding and complying with its reporting program related to Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv), Porcine Deltacoronavirus (PDCoV) and other swine enteric coronavirus diseases. Read the information here. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is working to address the diseases with a

Ron Plain Hog Outlook, The University of Missouri, July 27th 2014

Ron Plain Hog Outlook, The University of Missouri, July 27th 2014

Retail pork prices set a new record in June for the fourth consecutive month. The average price for pork in grocery stores in June was $4.116 per pound. That was up 1.7 cents from the month before and up 49.9 cents from a year earlier. The average live price of 51-52% lean hogs in June

Pork Giant WH Group Makes Second IPO Attempt

Pork Giant WH Group Makes Second IPO Attempt

Chinese pork giant WH Group is taking a second run at going public with a scaled-back share offering after abandoning its first IPO attempt because of sagging investor demand. The company, which bought U.S. producer Smithfield Foods last year, said Friday it would sell 2.6 billion shares at 6.20 Hong Kong dollars (80 cents) each. The deal