Perdue ‘Very Good’ For U.S. Agriculture

Calling him “very good for America’s farmers and ranchers,” the National Pork Producers Council congratulated former Georgia Gov. George “Sonny” Perdue on his confirmation today by the U.S. Senate as the new Secretary of Agriculture. “Sonny Perdue is the...

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AgriLabs® Shares Commercialization Learnings as Company Progresses toward Launch of DNA Vaccine Platform

Speaking at the prestigious World Vaccine Congress recently held in Washington, D.C., the lead research scientist for AgriLabs® offered insights for moving a vaccine from research to commercial production using the company’s DNA vaccine platform as an example.  ...

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U Of Illinois Researchers: New Study Offers Good News For Pork Producers

What happens when meat scientists get their hands on nearly 8,000 commercially raised pigs? They spend a year running dozens of tests and crunching numbers to arrive at research-backed management recommendations for pork producers. “We had an opportunity to...

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Illinois Pork Producers Advocate for the Industry in Washington D.C.

Five representatives from the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) traveled to Washington D.C. for two days as part of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) biannual legislative fly-in.   While there, Mike Haag (IPPA President Elect), Bob Frase (Current...

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Canada U.S. Effort Underway to Reduce Transmission of Disease from Points of High Concentration

Farmscape for April 5, 2017 Full Interview 9:01 Listen U.S. and Canadian swine health officials are joining forces to develop recommendations to reduce the risk of transferring diseases from points of high concentration back to the farm. U.S. and...

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Prestage Foods breaks ground on new pork plant

Prestage Foods of Iowa LLC has officially broken ground on its new fresh pork processing plant in Wright County, Iowa. The company originally bid to build the plant in Mason City, Iowa, but the city council did not approve...

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Innovative ideas ‘push the envelope’ at 2017 AFAC Livestock Care Conference

What forces are shaping the future of farm animal care? How can producers keep profitable and sustainable while meeting new expectations? What are the ideas and opportunities ‘pushing the envelope’ to help Alberta’s livestock industries on the path of...

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Zoetis Awards Scholarships to Rising Veterinary Student

2017 scholarship program underscores Commitment to Veterinarians™ Zoetis and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) today announced the winners of the 2017 Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship Program. Now in its eighth year, the program awarded 315 scholarships...

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JBS USA Agrees to Purchase Plumrose USA From Danish Crown

Continued realization of Company strategy to diversify product portfolio and expand branded offerings Acquisition expected to provide annual synergies of $25 Million JBS USA today announced a definitive share purchase agreement with Danish Crown A/S (“Danish Crown”) to acquire...

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Youth Receive Pig Project Scholarships

Winners of the 2017 Wisconsin Pork Association (WPA) youth pig project scholarships were announced recently. The Wisconsin Pork Association Youth Committee created the program to assist youth in developing pork production projects for 4-H or FFA. The goal is...

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Enzymes and Processing Can Increase Digestibility of Fibre Boosting Positive Nutritional Effects

Farmscape for April 26, 2017 Full Interview 8:05 Listen A researcher with the Prairie Swine Centre says the use of enzymes or various processing methods can allow pork producers to capture the benefits of increasing levels of fibre in swine diets while mitigating the negative effects. The Utilization of Fibre Rich Diets was discussed yesterday

Statements from Missouri Hog Farmers on Administration’s Environmental Regulatory Relief

The Trump administration and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt are to be congratulated on their efforts to provide America’s farmers and businesspeople with some relief from the environmental overregulation they’ve suffered under for nearly the past decade,” said Francis Forst, a hog farmer from Lamar, Mo., and chairman of the board for the Missouri Pork Association.

The Allen D. Leman Swine Conference Introduces a Session for DVM Students to Practice their Problem Solving Skills

Veterinary student, did you shadow a swine practitioner this summer or were involved in an interesting clinical case investigation? Did you work on your veterinary skills by designing a differential diagnosis list or working on a treatment plan? Did you investigate a problem by analyzing production records? We want to hear about it! The Allen

Animal Welfare Enforcement Actions

APHIS is committed to ensuring the welfare of regulated animals and continues to carry out the critical day-to-day work of ensuring the humane treatment of vulnerable animals through unannounced inspections, pre-compliance visits, horse protection inspections, and other activities. APHIS, during the past year, has conducted a comprehensive review of the information it posts on its

Water Availability and Crowding

Space allowance, or stocking density, is expressed in terms of pigs per floor area. Space allowance requirements are based on the body weight of the pig, which is proportional to surface area of the pig. The optimal space allowance is the minimum area per pig for maximal individual weight gain. Many experiments have arrived at the same conclusion: “a decrease

Launch of New Hypor Libra* at Successful Hypor Japan Seminar

More than 300 pork producers and industry professionals attended the Hypor Japan seminar in Tokyo and Kagoshima on February 7 and 9. These seminars are part of the launch of the new Hypor sow: the Hypor Libra*. “The seminars were very successful,” says Hypor Area Manager of Asia Geert Rutten. Attendees gleaned management tips as

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, April 25th 2017

Hams Experience Largest Drawdown in Over Twenty Years   Follow me on Twitter @denniscattle   Tuesday April 25, 2017   LEAN HOGS Cash was actually quoted up .50 in the late report yesterday which is a vast departure from the last 22 business days (the last month). Still, the weekly kill is projected to be

Higher Canola Meal Inclusion Offers to Reduce Costs of Lactating Sow Diets

Farmscape for April 25, 2017 Full Interview 5:06 Listen Research conducted by the University of Manitoba suggests pork producers can reduce feed costs by including canola meal at higher levels in the diets of lactating sows. Scientists with the University of Manitoba, as part of a large scale project to evaluate the inclusion of canola

Iowa Pork Producers set to launch 2017 tenderloin contest

The Iowa Pork Producers Association is ready to find out who consumers think has Iowa’s Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin in 2017. IPPA will launch the 15th annual contest on April 19 and give consumers the opportunity to nominate their favorite tenderloin restaurant, café or pub. Nominations can be submitted at or by using the

Setting goals with your 4-H market livestock animal

Start your record book for your 4-H project animals at the beginning of the project. Spring has officially arrived, which for many 4-H members means their 4-H project animals have been born or will soon be purchased. This is an exciting time on most farms—it’s the renewal of new life on the farm and new

Perdue ‘Very Good’ For U.S. Agriculture

Calling him “very good for America’s farmers and ranchers,” the National Pork Producers Council congratulated former Georgia Gov. George “Sonny” Perdue on his confirmation today by the U.S. Senate as the new Secretary of Agriculture. “Sonny Perdue is the kind of leader the pork industry, and the entire livestock industry, needs at the U.S. Department

USDA Issues: “Livestock, Dairy And Poultry Outlook” Report.

Source: USDA news release To view the complete report, click here. The Livestock, Dairy, & Poultry Outlook for April 2017 analyzes economic impacts on animal product markets of month-to-month changes in USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Use Estimates Report.