U.S. Pork Exports Lowered by Strong Dollar, Expected to Rise in 3rd and 4th Quarter

U.S. Pork Exports Lowered by Strong Dollar, Expected to Rise in 3rd and 4th Quarter

  The USDA reported that U.S. pork exports were down 1 percent from one a year ago due to the exchange rate of the U.S. dollar. Exports decreased to countries that are particularly vulnerable to the U.S. dollar such...

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Meat Processor Launches Trendy New Pork Snacks Nationwide

Meat Processor Launches Trendy New Pork Snacks Nationwide

  Duke’s®, Boulder-based maker of freshly crafted, made-from-scratch smoked meats announces that its new look and new products are hitting shelves nationwide as the brand’s growth continues. Duke’s new product line hits on the increasing trend toward protein-based snacks...

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Animal nutrition advancements to be showcased at WNC Pre-Conference Symposium

Animal nutrition advancements to be showcased at WNC Pre-Conference Symposium

  Industry experts will share research and expertise on how to leverage tools and ingredients for animal performance and environmental benefits, at the Western Nutrition Pre-Conference Symposium in Saskatoon, Canada, on September 20th. The symposium is hosted by AB...

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Indiana Pork to Host Pair of Training Sessions

Indiana Pork to Host Pair of Training Sessions

Indiana Pork has scheduled two training sessions covering a pair of key issues that may impact on their farms.  The first training will be held August 25 at the Tipton County Fairground in Tipton, IN.  The second training is...

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Spring Creek colony becomes among first major swine farms in Canadian Prairies to ship ‘RWA’ hogs

Spring Creek colony becomes among first major swine farms in Canadian Prairies to ship ‘RWA’ hogs

Farmers at Spring Creek Hutterite Colony near the Alberta and Saskatchewan border have achieved a milestone in the evolution of Canadian hog production by becoming among the first major farms in the Canadian Prairies to ship ‘RWA’ (Raised Without...

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Zoetis Introduces TRIAMULOX™

Zoetis Introduces TRIAMULOX™

  Reliable formulation of tiamulin hydrogen fumarate available to swiftly treat swine dysentery and swine pneumonia Today, Zoetis added TRIAMULOX™ (tiamulin hydrogen fumarate) to its enteric and respiratory disease management portfolio. TRIAMULOX is a proven water-soluble treatment that can...

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Tight U.S. Slaughter Capacity Expected to Pressure November-December Live Hog Prices

Tight U.S. Slaughter Capacity Expected to Pressure November-December Live Hog Prices

Full Interview 9:54 Listen Farmscape for July 27, 2015 The Director of Risk Management with h@ms marketing services anticipates lower live hog prices come November, December as U.S. slaughter hog numbers approach processing capacity.   North American live hog...

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Canadian Pork Council Supports Proposed Antimicrobial Use Changes

Canadian Pork Council Supports Proposed Antimicrobial Use Changes

Full Interview 8:52 Listen Farmscape for July 11, 2016 The Canadian Pork Council is applauding the release of proposed legislation to amend the Food and Drug Regulations pertaining to veterinary drugs in an effort to address antimicrobial resistance. The...

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USDA: Hogs And Pigs Inventory Up 2%

USDA: Hogs And Pigs Inventory Up 2%

Source: USDA news release As of June 1, there were 68.4 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up 2 percent from June 2015, and up 1 percent from March 1, 2016, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs...

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New ‘win-win’ welfare solution? DeStress boosts animal care and profitability for swine

New ‘win-win’ welfare solution? DeStress boosts animal care and profitability for swine

Hot on the heels of rising animal welfare pressures, livestock producers and industry in North America and beyond now have expanded access to an innovative new natural solution. Based on strong response from an initial market introduction phase, DeStress...

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CME: Current Cold Storage of Pork Largest Since 2002

CME: Current Cold Storage of Pork Largest Since 2002

  Meat supplies in cold storage are large and getting larger. At the end of July the combined volume of beef, pork, chicken and turkey was 2.419 billion  pounds,  2.8% higher than  a  year  ago  and  9.7%  higher than the five year  average. This is the largest supply of meat in cold storage since 2002. Pork:   We view  the latest numbers on pork inventories as somewhat bearish for the fall market, when supplies will continue to ratchet higher. Total  pork  in  cold  storage  was  599.9  million  pounds,  5.3%  lower  than  the  very  burdensome  levels  a  year  ago  but  still  some  10.5%  higher  than  the  five  year average. Inventories increased by 2.3% in July from the previous month when in the past five years we have seen an average 4% drawdown in stocks. Ham  inventories were 188.6 million pounds, 8.2% lower than last year but 14% higher  than the five year average.  The seasonal increase in ham stocks was in line with  the normal buildup for this time of year. Pork belly stocks remain large and this helps explain the weakness in the pork belly market in the last few weeks.  Total  pork belly  stocks at 

Qinghong Liang Joins Zinpro Corporation as Territory Manager – China

Qinghong Liang Joins Zinpro Corporation as Territory Manager – China

  Zinpro Corporation announces the addition of Qinghong (Rex) Liang as territory sales manager – China. In this position, he will be responsible for sales and customer support activities in Central China, to include Yunnan, Guzhou, Sichuan,Chongqing, Hunan, Hubei and Jiangxi provinces, with a focus on improving swine and poultry production.       Prior to joining Zinpro, Liang worked for more than

Steve Malakowsky of AgStar Commentary, Benchmarking Data Required for Swine Expansion, August 23, 2016

Steve Malakowsky of AgStar Commentary, Benchmarking Data Required for Swine Expansion, August 23, 2016

When I started at AgStar in 1997, I saw tremendous growth over a very short period of time. The realization of 1998 quickly taught me a lesson in the swine industry, that whatever profits it gives, it can quickly take back. After 1998, it took most owners a few years to build their balance sheets

Wanda Schott Patsche Commentary, What are Farmers Doing About Antibiotic Resistance?, August 23, 2016

Wanda Schott Patsche Commentary, What are Farmers Doing About Antibiotic Resistance?, August 23, 2016

I hate being sick. Fortunately, I can honestly say that I do not remember the last time I was prescribed an antibiotic for a bacterial infection. But when I do, I want to be assured the antibiotic will work. According to the National Institutes of Health there has been an increase in antibiotic resistance, which

Dennis Smith of AgriFinance Commentary, Monthly Cold Storage Negative to Pork, August 23, 2017

Dennis Smith of AgriFinance Commentary, Monthly Cold Storage Negative to Pork, August 23, 2017

  LEAN HOGS The monthly cold storage report was basically negative toward both hog and cattle prices in our opinion. We witnessed a build in frozen stocks at a time of year that normally sees a draw down in stocks. Total meat in storage is the highest since 2002. There’s nothing bullish about that. Large

Pork Producers Advised to Be on Alert for Presence of Mycotoxins in Grains

Pork Producers Advised to Be on Alert for Presence of Mycotoxins in Grains

Full Interview 13:46 Listen Farmscape for August 23, 2016 The Canadian Pork Council is advising western Canadian pork producers to be monitoring feed grains closely for the presence of mycotoxins. The Canada-West Swine Health Intelligence Network Second Quarter Producer Report on Swine Health warns the alternating warm and cool conditions this summer are thought to

New Vaccine Effective in Protecting Neonatal Piglets from PED

New Vaccine Effective in Protecting Neonatal Piglets from PED

Full Interview 5:17 Listen Farmscape for August 23, 2016 Clinical trials are showing a new vaccine developed by VIDO-InterVac is highly effective in protecting neonatal piglets from Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea. VIDO-InterVac is testing a new vaccine developed over the past two years to protect neo-natal piglets from Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea.   Dr. Volker Gerdts, the associate

A Systematic Review of Reported Reassortant Viral Lineages of Influenza A

A Systematic Review of Reported Reassortant Viral Lineages of Influenza A

Amy Pinsent, Christophe Fraser, Neil M. Ferguson, and Steven Riley Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, MRC Centre for Outbreak Analyses and Modelling, School of Public Health, Imperial College London, London, UK Background Most previous evolutionary studies of influenza A have focussed on genetic drift, or reassortment of specific gene segments, hosts or subtypes. We conducted

Jim Long Commentary, Back to Reality, August 22, 2016

Jim Long Commentary, Back to Reality, August 22, 2016

Pork Commentary Jim Long President – CEO Genesus Inc. info@genesus.com When we went to Asia three weeks ago & lean hogs were 74¢ lb. USD.  We come back and there 65¢ lb.  A big drop especially when it’s still mid-August.  The $20 per head decrease comes right out of profits and unfortunately the rapid decline

Research Update: Top Transportation for Optimum Swine Biosecurity

Research Update: Top Transportation for Optimum Swine Biosecurity

By Sarah Ethier, Prairie Swine Centre, SK     I was one of the many industry stakeholders who watched with bated breath as PEDv spread across the United States and Canada in the spring of 2014. Within months it became increasingly apparent that even when producers were implementing excellent on-farm biosecurity practices, there were still

Pharmgate is Pleased to Announce the Appointment of Three Animal Health Professionals

Pharmgate is Pleased to Announce the Appointment of Three Animal Health Professionals

  Dr. James Skinner is appointed as Director of Clinical Development. James holds MS and PhD degrees in Poultry Science and Poultry Nutrition from Louisiana State and the University of Arkansas and is well acquainted with the industry through his previous career in technical service, clinical research and product development positions with Alpharma and Huvepharma.

Mike Brumm Commentary, Thought on Slaughter Capacity in Coming Years, August 22, 2016

Mike Brumm Commentary, Thought on Slaughter Capacity in Coming Years, August 22, 2016

  In a conversation with a writer this week I was asked a variety of questions about this falls markets and the opening of new slaughter plants next summer. I’ve also had conversations this week with equipment suppliers and producers that shed some light on producer intentions. Right now, producers are adopting the mind-set that