Nutriad launches trace minerals in the USA

The American pork sector continues strong in 2017, driven by the export market and slightly lower hog weights. Companies across the sector are investing in new plants and supply is set to increase by 3% to 4% this year....

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Osborne Introduces New Wean-to-Finish Feeder

Finding the most efficient method of feeding pigs has been a never ending quest for producers and equipment suppliers alike. Hand feeding and automatic, gravity-flow feeders dominated the industry until the development of mechanical-flow feeding in the 1980s. This...

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Pork Checkoff Announces Sponsored Activities at the 2017 World Pork Expo

The Pork Checkoff has an exciting lineup of Checkoff-sponsored events scheduled for World Pork Expo, June 7-9, 2017, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. World Pork Expo attendees can stop by the Varied Industries Building (booth No....

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15 piglets Born Alive with Hypor’s Genetics at Schweinehaltung Düben, German

With an average of 15 piglets born alive, 2017 is shaping up to be a good year for Hypor’s partner Leon van Dijck, the owner of Schweinehaltung Düben GmbH & C. A Nucleus farm in Düben, Germany which works...

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Are your grow/finish barns ready for summer? Let your pigs tell you.

Watch your pigs and adjust your equipment to support optimal finishing in summer heat Whoever coined the phrase “the lazy days of summer” clearly wasn’t a pig farmer. Hot, humid summer weather demands extra vigilance to keep pigs comfortable....

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Industry Programs Help Farmers Gain Consumer Communication Skills

Most consumers are becoming disconnected from agriculture, but still have to find a source for information about what they consume. Pig farmers want to be able to properly inform consumers about the well-being of their livestock and the safety...

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Statement of NPPC President Ken Maschhoff on USDA Establishing an Undersecretary for Trade

NPPC is very pleased that Secretary Perdue is establishing within USDA an undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs, a position that we and others in agriculture fought to get included in the 2014 Farm Bill.   Clearly, the...

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Broad Patent Granted for ENABL® Adjuvant Technology

AgriLabs® today announced it has received a U.S. patent for ENABL® adjuvant technology and its use as a delivery system for the DNA vaccines the company is developing. The patent covers a broad range of adjuvant compositions and methods...

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Global Pork Quarterly Q2 2017: Favorable Global Pork Market to Continue into Q3

The Rabobank RaboResearch Food and Agribusiness analysts find the global pork market is relatively stable, with rising supply from the Americas easily absorbed in the main import markets in Asia, resulting in a steady development of the Rabobank Five-Nation...

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Calysta, Cargill officially break ground on NouriTech, a new feed production plant in Memphis

NouriTech™ and its lead investors, Calysta, Inc. and Cargill, were joined by state and local elected officials today to officially break ground on a 37-acre Memphis feed production facility. The plant will be home to the world’s largest gas...

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Ileal digestibility of amino acids in low-oil DDGS fed to growing pigs

This report is based on unpublished research by Charmaine Espinosa and Hans H. Stein. Distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) are fed to pigs as a source of energy and amino acids. In recent years, ethanol plants have begun recovering corn oil from DDGS to sell for biodiesel and other uses. Conventional corn DDGS contains

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Commentary, Dear Food Shoppers, I’m as Frustrated as You Are, June 27 2017

  Dear Food Shoppers, Lately, I have been a tad bit exasperated as I walked through aisles of my local grocery store. I am a farmer and I am writing this letter to express my frustration with what I see happening in grocery stores. No, this letter isn’t going to cause you more food fear.

Scott Brown Weekly Livestock Market Update, June 27 2017

    Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •Cash hogs ended the week up $5. Pork cutout value was up $3.86 through Thursday – driven by stronger belly prices. Belly prices were up nearly $15 for the week. This is the first time pork cutout value has been above $100 since October

Swine Industry Comes Together to Discuss Need for Biosecurity on Farms

    In mid-May, MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the USA and Canada) supported a discussion on preparedness for trans-boundary animal diseases with a focus on the role of stakeholders. The meeting was hosted by the Fédération Européenne Pour la Santé Animale et la Sécurité Sanitaire (FESASS) in Brussels, Belgium. The

Jim Long Pork Commentary, US Lean Hogs Reach 90¢, June 27 2019

  Last Friday US lean hogs reached 90¢ lb. Pork demand and lower hog supplies are driving prices higher.  Packers margins remain good with USDA pork carcass cut-outs over $1.01 per lb. Producers and Packers both making money.  It’s a virtual day at Disneyland for the Pork Industry.   My father always said a major

Managing each step within the production system is important to the overall profitability of the operation

  Improving nursery and grow-finish performance can help to increase profitability. PRRS is an expensive virus in terms of its effect on performance, so every effort should be made to keep it out of the nursery where pigs are vulnerable to disease challenges. Ways to manage nursery PRRS are to eradicate it in the sow

Duration of Antibiotic Use Should be Left to Discretion of Veterinarian

  Full Interview 7:05Listen Farmscape for June 26, 2017 The National Pork Producers Council says the duration antibiotics are prescribed to prevent or treat animal disease should be left in the hands of the veterinarian.   On January 1 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s guidance 213, which restricts the use of medically important antibiotics

Manitoba Pork Industry Stakeholders Call for Government Backing in Addressing PED

  Full Interview 9:08Listen Farmscape for June 26, 2017 Manitoba’s pork industry is calling for the federal government support, in the form of new programs and financial assistance, in its effort to contain a surge in the number of cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea.   Since the end of April over 30 swine farms in

Wisconsin Attorney General Schimel Leads 20-State Coalition Urging EPA to Respect States in WOTUS Review

  Attorney General Brad Schimel, along with West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, led a 20-state coalition in requesting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) preserve the role of the states in protecting the nation’s water sources. The coalition filed its letter Monday as part of the EPA’s ongoing review of its Waters of the United

ADHB Offers Guide on Environmental Enrichment to Pigs

Practical advice to pig farmers on providing suitable environmental enrichment to pigs is available in a new guide, now published in print as well as online. It provides information on the different ways environmental enrichment can be provided for differing types of housing and pigs. To order a printed copy of the guide, please email

Balanced Breeding by Topigs Norsvin: 44% Less Piglets Under 1000 Grams

  In recent years, users of Topigs Norsvin genetics have experienced a clear drop in piglets with a birth weight below 1000 grams. Based on genotypic information, the percentage of piglets born with a weight below 1000 grams dropped by 44% between 2012 and 2016. In the same period litters became more uniform, the average

Capital Update: Lighthizer Testifies on Administration’s Trade Agenda

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer appeared before the House Ways and Means Committee this week to discuss the Trump administration’s trade agenda. Among the hot topics addressed were concerns about trade retaliation should the administration impose restrictions on steel and aluminum imports, which it is weighing; the promising prospects for a bilateral trade agreement with