Minnesota Swine Extension aids swine industry in stopping spread of disease

Minnesota Swine Extension aids swine industry in stopping spread of disease

Prices rise when problems arise When livestock viruses (like the current Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus) drive up the cost of meat, Extension helps producers understand how to mitigate problems. Extension aids swine industry in stopping spread of disease Grilling...

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Under the Surface of a Pig

Under the Surface of a Pig

Topigs Norsvin’s Computer Assisted Tomography technology provides data which greatly increases the accuracy of genetic improvement Norsvin implemented CT-scanning of live boars in 2008. Since then, over 19,000 pedigreed animals have passed through the X-ray tube. Implementing CT in...

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Pharmgate Animal Health acquires Pennfield Animal Health

Pharmgate Animal Health acquires Pennfield Animal Health

Pharmgate LLC is pleased to announce an agreement to acquire Pennfield Animal Health. This acquisition will establish Pharmgate as a key supplier of finished medicated feed additive and water soluble products to the United States, Canadian, Mexican and Latin...

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Wisconsin Pork Association Offers Scholarships

Wisconsin Pork Association Offers Scholarships

The Wisconsin Pork Association is offering scholarships to high school seniors and college students. Students with a sincere interest in the swine industry are encouraged to apply.   Wisconsin Pork Association Scholarship The Wisconsin Pork Association scholarship is open...

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Prevent early culling by preventing sow lameness

Prevent early culling by preventing sow lameness

Feeding complexed zinc, manganese and copper can help promote culling by choice  rather than by necessity. Sows that leave the herd early have less opportunity to reach their full potential – and less opportunity to pay for themselves. To...

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Colorado State Faculty donors boost Animal Sciences project

Colorado State Faculty donors boost Animal Sciences project

Temple Grandin and Gary Smith are both CSU animal sciences professors and respected national leaders in animal welfare and meat sciences. Now, they have both committed to help fund a new building and cutting-edge programs in the College of...

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Cargill reports first-quarter fiscal 2015 earnings, down 26%

Cargill reports first-quarter fiscal 2015 earnings, down 26%

Cargill today reported net earnings of $425 million in the fiscal 2015 first quarter ended Aug. 31, down 26 percent from $571 million in the year-ago period. Revenues in the first three months totaled $33.3 billion, a 2 percent...

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Hubbard Feeds and Grazix Partner to Combat Pig Scours

Hubbard Feeds and Grazix Partner to Combat Pig Scours

New technology captures plants’ immune response to fight pathogens in piglets and pigs in transition There’s a new weapon that pork producers can get through their Hubbard Feeds dealers to fight the battle against vitality-robbing scours, or diarrhea, in pigs. Utilizing...

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Producer Profile – Paradise Valley Topigs Norsvin Genetic Nucleus

Producer Profile – Paradise Valley Topigs Norsvin Genetic Nucleus

Paradise Valley Genetic Nucleus In November 2008, TOPIGS bought the Maple Leaf genetics division and part of that purchase included Paradise Valley, a 750 sow Genetic Nucleus. Although TOPIGS already had nucleus farms in Manitoba and Saskatchewan that were...

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USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report, September 26th 2014

USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report, September 26th 2014

Quarterly Hogs and Pigs ISSN: 1949-1921 Released September 26, 2014, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). United States Hog Inventory Down 2 Percent United States inventory of all hogs...

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U.S. Urged to Consider Alternative Labelling Options to M-COOL

U.S. Urged to Consider Alternative Labelling Options to M-COOL

Farmscape for October 22, 2014 Full Interview 10:56 Listen The general manager of Manitoba Pork is urging the U.S. government to consider alternative options to COOL for providing product information to consumers. U.S. Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling, introduced in 2009, was intended to provide consumers with detailed information on the origin of a range

Choice Genetics USA Exits Chapter 11

Choice Genetics USA Exits Chapter 11

Choice Genetics USA, LLC (CGUSA) is pleased to announce that it has satisfied all of the Effective Date conditions under its confirmed First Amended Joint Plan of Reorganization.   CGUSA filed its Chapter 11 reorganization case on February 13, 2014 in order to provide time to negotiate a resolution with Scidera, Inc. after an unexpected,

Expert Analysis Says EPA Water Rule Would Harm Nebraska Agriculture

Expert Analysis Says EPA Water Rule Would Harm Nebraska Agriculture

The impact of EPA’s proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule would be “significant” and “cause cost increases, confusion, and uncertainty to agricultural producers” according to a new analysis conducted by the former director of Nebraska’s Department of Environmental Quality, Mike Linder.  Agriculture members of the Common Sense Nebraska coalition chartered the analysis to evaluate Nebraska

Ground Pork Donation at Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Scheduled for October 30 in Honor of National Pork Month

Ground Pork Donation at Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana  Scheduled for October 30 in Honor of National Pork Month

Indiana Pork, in partnership with the Indiana State Department of Agriculture and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, is donating 7,500 pounds of ground pork to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana.  The donation is a celebration of October as National Pork Month. The donation was made possible through a successful fundraising campaign at the pork tents during the

Novus International Releases Sixth Annual Sustainability Report

Novus International Releases Sixth Annual Sustainability Report

Novus products and improvements positively impact entire industry Novus International, Inc. releases its 2013 Sustainability Report, which documents and measures the company’s comprehensive social, environmental and economic sustainability program. Titled “Summing up Sustainability”, the report highlights progress in the company’s key focus areas, which include: Customer Productivity and Profitability, Supply Chain Efficiency, Human Health and

Danisco Animal Nutrition and Partners Discuss how Emerged and Emerging Worlds will Benefit from Future Enzyme Technologies at Eurotier

Danisco Animal Nutrition and Partners Discuss how Emerged and Emerging Worlds will Benefit from Future Enzyme Technologies at Eurotier

VIP seminar, Europe Conference Room, Radisson Blu Hanover, Wednesday 12 November 2014, 17.00 -19.00 hrs MARLBOROUGH, UK, October 22, 2014  – Danisco Animal Nutrition, a subsidiary of DuPont Industrial Biosciences, will celebrate 25+ years of enzyme innovation at Eurotier with a VIP seminar co-hosted with All About Feed. The seminar, entitled, “How can the developed

WAPPA Pursues Positive Pork Progress

WAPPA Pursues Positive Pork Progress

West Australian Pork Producers’ Association President, Richard Evison, has described the past year as one which saw the WA pork industry grow positively, while shifting focus to supply fresh product across Australia.   “Despite the internal challenge of the mid-year termination of WAPPA’s Executive Officer, which our Executive Committee is now addressing with the support

Genesus Global Technical Report, Accuracies of genomic prediction for lactation and reproduction traits in Yorkshire and Landrace sows

Genesus Global Technical Report, Accuracies of genomic prediction for lactation and reproduction traits in Yorkshire and Landrace sows

 Dinesh M. Thekkoot PhD Student, Iowa State University Genetic improvement involves selection of superior animals as parents of future generations. Traditionally, selection of animals is based on estimated breeding values (EBV) using phenotypic records and pedigree. Genetic improvement has been very successful for easy to measure traits, but is more difficult for traits which are

Deadline to Serve on Pork Checkoff Board of Directors Nears

Deadline to Serve on Pork Checkoff Board of Directors Nears

Nominations to fill six open board seats are due Nov. 1, 2014 The Pork Checkoff’s Board of Directors is now accepting nominations to fill five three-year terms and one two-year term commencing in July 2015. Nominees may be submitted by state pork producer associations, farm organizations or anyone who pays into the Pork Checkoff, which

Mike Brumm Commentary, Greetings from somewhere in China, October 22nd 2014

Mike Brumm Commentary, Greetings from somewhere in China, October 22nd 2014

I’m writing my blog from somewhere in China. Notice I’m saying somewhere because in 8 days I’m on 5 airplanes, a 5 hr car ride and a ferry. I’m doing a 3 hr seminar at 7 locations for the US Soybean Export Council, a division of the US Soybean Board. The intent of this series

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, October 21st 2014

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, October 21st 2014

McDonalds posted very poor 3rd quarter earnings.   Fierce competition from pork and poultry cited by McDonalds.   MORNING LIVESTOCK REPORT   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle     Tuesday October 21, 2014     LEAN HOGS Good morning. Hogs are going to try to bounce today? Let’s see what they can do! Cash was

Canadian Meat Processors Call on U.S. to Comply with WTO Ruling of M-COOL

Canadian Meat Processors Call on U.S. to Comply with WTO Ruling of M-COOL

Farmscape for October 21, 2014 Full Interview 4:37 Listen Canada’s meat processing industry is reiterating its calls on the U.S. government to respect its international trade obligations. In a ruling released yesterday the World trade Organization Compliance Panel investigating complaints from Canada and Mexico over U.S Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling found changes to the