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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Purina launches new and revised Swine Prestarters & Starters

Purina launches new and revised Swine Prestarters & Starters

During the week of June 16th Purina will launch new and revised Swine Prestarter and Starter diets.  The revisions are a result of merging the Cargill and Provimi nutritional knowledge into one formulation format called the “Cargill Nutrient System”...

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Goodband Receives Animal Management Award

Goodband Receives Animal Management Award

  Robert “Bob” Goodband, Professor of Animal Science at Kansas State University, has been honored with the Animal Management Award presented by the American Society of Animal Science. Goodband was selected for the award based on his excellence in research in production management. He is part of a progressive swine extension team that focuses on

NO. CAROLINA STATE UNIV SCIENTIST RECEIVES NEW FRONTIERS IN ANIMAL NUTRITION AW

NO. CAROLINA STATE UNIV SCIENTIST RECEIVES NEW FRONTIERS IN ANIMAL NUTRITION AW

  Jack Odle, Ph.D., an animal scientist at North Carolina State University, was presented with the New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award Sunday as part of the Nutrition Research Awards. The award is sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association and the Federation of Animal Science Societies. This is the 67th year AFIA has presented the

PEDv: Billions and billions of virus particles

PEDv: Billions and billions of virus particles

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. Posted on July 21, 2014 by Beth Ferry, Michigan State University Extension, Madonna Benjamin, Michigan State University Extension and Nancy Barr, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Herd

Biosecurity Proves Effective in Containing PED

Biosecurity Proves Effective in Containing PED

Full Interview 5:36 Listen    Farmscape for July 22, 2014The chair of Manitoba Pork says efforts to contain the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea in Manitoba and clean up sites that have been infected have proved highly successful.In an effort to contain the spread and minimize the impact of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea the Canadian pork

Hebrew National heads back to state court over two-year lawsuit

Hebrew National heads back to state court over two-year lawsuit

ConAgra Foods Inc.’s Hebrew National division will take a motion to dismiss a lawsuit over whether the unit’s hot dogs are “100% kosher,” as its ads claim, to a county court in Minnesota next week. The Dakota County District Court – where the lawsuit was originally filed in 2012 – is expected to hear arguments whether Hebrew National hired

Keeping Pigs Comfortable During High Heat and Humidity

Keeping Pigs Comfortable During High Heat and Humidity

  As the temperature and humidity level rise outside, producer need to address animal comfort indoors. Iowa Pork Industry Center interim director Jay Harmon said it’s the combination of air movement and wetting that help pigs. Wetting pigs is imperative because pigs don’t truly sweat like humans so. Wetting pits is like giving them some

Air Filtration System for Swine Transport Vehicles

Air Filtration System for Swine Transport Vehicles

The growth and success of the Canadian pork industry over the past decades depended significantly on access to highly improved genetics.  Transporting breeding stock is a daily occurrence across Canada, and individual farms have biosecurity procedures to reduce the potential for disease outbreaks. However, the risk of infection of the breeding stock during transport can be significant, particularly during passage through

Jim Long Pork Commentary, National Pork Industry Conference Report, July 21 2014

Jim Long Pork Commentary, National Pork Industry Conference Report, July 21 2014

Last week we attended the National Pork Industry Conference held at the Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.  Our report: Conference was well attended with registrants over 800.  A record number. The Kalahari Resort with its waterpark and other family activities appears to be a magnet for many attendees to bring their families for a mini

Carthage Veterinary Clinic Propose Plan for Hog Building

Carthage Veterinary Clinic Propose Plan for Hog Building

Carthage veterinary clinic plans to build a hog confinement facility just over two miles outside city limits, and a quarter mile from the Fulton County Recreational Campground, according to a report in the Fulton Democrat. The deal had been in the works for several months according to Dr. Doug Growth of Carthage Veterianary Services, the

FEDERAL, PROVINCIAL AND TERRITORIAL (FPT) AGRICULTURE MINISTERS FOCUS ON EMERGING OPPORTUNITIES FOR A GROWING SECTOR OF CANADA’S ECONOMY

FEDERAL, PROVINCIAL AND TERRITORIAL (FPT) AGRICULTURE MINISTERS FOCUS ON EMERGING OPPORTUNITIES FOR A GROWING SECTOR OF CANADA’S ECONOMY

Today, Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) Ministers of Agriculture concluded their annual meeting after focused discussions on creating opportunities for a dynamic agriculture and agri-food sector in Canada. Ministers continue to plan for long-term success, while taking necessary actions to further strengthen the sector, which contributed $106.9 billion to Canada’s GDP in 2013. FPT

Ron Plain and Scott Brown, Hog Outlook, University of Missouri, July 21 2014

Ron Plain and Scott Brown, Hog Outlook, University of Missouri, July 21 2014

Pork cutout value set new daily record highs on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week. This morning’s pork cutout value was $137.87/cwt FOB the plants, up $3.20 from the week before, up $38.08 from a year ago, and up 78 cents from yesterday’s record. Wholesale ham prices, $141.88/cwt, also were record high today. Iowa

CARGILL DONATES $20,000 TO CANADIAN RED CROSS IN SUPPORT OF FLOODING

CARGILL DONATES $20,000 TO CANADIAN RED CROSS IN SUPPORT OF FLOODING

Cargill Limited announced a donation of $20,000 to the Canadian Red Cross for relief efforts aimed at helping victims of recent severe flooding in the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. “The Canadian Red Cross is very appreciative of the commitment and dedication of a caring corporate leader like Cargill, whose support allows us to provide the