FluSure XP® Vaccine With Strain Update Now Available From Zoetis

FluSure XP® Vaccine With Strain Update Now Available From Zoetis

Addition of two new H3N2 virus clusters helps offer the most relevant protection against influenza in swine Zoetis Inc. today announced the availability of its FluSure XP® vaccine updated with clusters IV-A and IV-B of the H3N2 subtype. Because influenza...

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Merck Animal Health Calls for Swine PhD Award Submissions

Merck Animal Health Calls for Swine PhD Award Submissions

Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the US and Canada) is proud to announce its sponsorship of the 2017 High Quality Pork Ph.D. Award in support of research in swine health, production and welfare. Merck Animal...

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Ralco Launches Birthright™ Bridge

Ralco Launches Birthright™ Bridge

Ralco announced today that it has launched Birthright™ Bridge, a new product mixed with water and fed as a gruel to get baby pigs on dry feed fast. Birthright™ Bridge is highly digestible natural nutrition for young pigs that...

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U.S. Pork Industry Committed to One Health Approach

U.S. Pork Industry Committed to One Health Approach

Pig Farmers Continue Progress on Responsible Antibiotic Use The National Pork Board, led by a 15-member executive board of U.S. pig farmers, is pleased to celebrate global One Health Day, Nov. 3, by reaffirming its commitment to its core...

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Groups Urge Court To Nix Waters of the U.S. Rule

Groups Urge Court To Nix Waters of the U.S. Rule

The National Pork Producers Council yesterday joined dozens of other agricultural organizations, businesses and municipalities in asking a federal court to throw out a Clean Water Act rule that would give the government broad jurisdiction over land and water....

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Sharing the Story of Agriculture with Urban Students

Sharing the Story of Agriculture with Urban Students

The virtual field trip gives urban students a firsthand look at today’s high-tech farms.Photo courtesy of Deere & Company. Source: Pork Checkoff Magazine Fall 2016 by Kevin Waetke With students across the country heading back to school, teachers are...

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Rabobank Global Pork Quarterly Q4 2016: U.S. Supply Glut Dampens Global Outlook

Rabobank Global Pork Quarterly Q4 2016: U.S. Supply Glut Dampens Global Outlook

Abundant supply and looming slaughter capacity constraints in the U.S. are pressuring global pork prices, a situation exacerbated by slowing Chinese imports, according to the Rabobank Global Pork Quarterly Q4 2016 report. This will result in a further decline...

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Chicago fourth graders embrace the full pig experience at Fair Oaks Farms

Chicago fourth graders embrace the full pig experience at Fair Oaks Farms

The Illinois Pork Producers Association, Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation, Illinois Soybean Association Checkoff Program and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board partnered together to offer a new grant program, at no cost to fourth grade classrooms in Chicago schools....

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Reducing temperature requirements for group-housed sows to reduce cost

Reducing temperature requirements for group-housed sows to reduce cost

Author: Ken Engele Reference: Western Hog Journal Summer 2016 While industry is moving to group housing for sows, research is being done into ways to take advantage of this movement. Work done at the Prairie Swine Centre indicates that...

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Olymel to invest $3M in Quebec plant expansion, create 160 new jobs

Olymel to invest $3M in Quebec plant expansion, create 160 new jobs

Canadian meat processor Olymel is adding ham deboning capabilities to its plant in Vallée-Jonction, Que. The expansion project will create 160 new jobs at the facility outside Quebec City and require an investment of approximately $3 million. Slated to...

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Proposed Organic Standards Rule Now at OMB

Proposed Organic Standards Rule Now at OMB

  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule now is pending at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the last step in the rulemaking process before it becomes final. NPPC is urging USDA to withdraw the rule, or if it’s approved before Jan. 20, 2017, the Trump

U.S. Pork Industry Criticizes Research Finding on Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

U.S. Pork Industry Criticizes Research Finding on Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

  A recent research paper from the Ohio State University detailing the discovery of an antibiotic-resistant gene from a bacteria found in one farrowing barn has been criticized by NPPC and the National Pork Board, which said it would analyze the initial findings. In a statement issued this week, the National Pork Board said the

Wisconsin Pork Producer, Dan Arndt Passes

Wisconsin Pork Producer, Dan Arndt Passes

Dan Arndt, Fredonia, passed away on Tuesday, December 6 at the age of 79. Dan enjoyed pig roasts and farming and was an active member of the Tri-County Pork Producers, having served as the organization’s president for 15 years.  He was also a lifelong member and volunteer for Wisconsin Pork Association, participating each year at

Illinois Pig Farmer Elected to USFRA Board of Directors

Illinois Pig Farmer Elected to USFRA Board of Directors

Illinois pig farmer, Phil Borgic, has another position to add to his resume now, member of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) Board of Directors. Borgic was elected to this position at the November USFRA board meeting in Kansas City, MO. Phil currently serves on the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and in the

October Pork Exports Largest Since 2014

October Pork Exports Largest Since 2014

  U.S. pork and beef exports continued to build momentum in October, with both achieving double-digit increases from a year ago, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). October pork exports totaled 201,936 metric tons (mt), up 14 percent year-over-year and the largest monthly volume since March

Nebraska Pork Producers Encourages College-Age Students to Apply For The Pork Mentorship Program

Nebraska Pork Producers Encourages College-Age Students to Apply For The Pork Mentorship Program

  Choosing a career path can be difficult. In a world full of occupational options, it is helpful to receive a little guidance along the way. That’s why the Nebraska Pork Producers Association is extending help to college-age students to apply to participate in the Pork Mentorship Program.   The Pork Mentorship Program is a

Canadian Pork Excellence Pilot Testing to Begin in January

Canadian Pork Excellence Pilot Testing to Begin in January

  Full Interview 9:53 Listen Pilot testing of the new Canadian Pork Excellence program is set to begin early in the new year. The Canadian Pork Council has revamped its on farm food safety and animal care assurance programs, rolling them into one, and is re-branding the program Canadian Pork Excellence.   Beginning in January

Approximately 2,000 Hogs Lost in Minnesota Barn Fire

Approximately 2,000 Hogs Lost in Minnesota Barn Fire

Approximately 2,000 pigs died in a barn fire at Grant Krieger’s farm in Southeast rural Kerkhoven, Minn on Tuesday, December 6th according an article in the West Central Tribune.   An investigation is underway to determine how the fire was started. Krieger said that shortly before the fire started, there had been a power outage––and

Pork Quality Competition to Highlight Prairie Livestock Expo

Pork Quality Competition to Highlight Prairie Livestock Expo

Farmscape for December 8, 2016 Full Interview 6:00 Listen 32 hog carcasses from across Manitoba will be entered in the 2016 Pork Quality Competition which will be held in conjunction with Prairie Livestock Expo next week in Winnipeg. The Pork Quality Competition will be held in conjunction with Prairie Livestock Expo December 14 in Winnipeg.

Argentina Expected to Be Key to Canadian Pork Exports to South America

Argentina Expected to Be Key to Canadian Pork Exports to South America

Farmscape for December 8, 2016 Full Interview 5:50 Listen Canada Pork International expects Argentina to become a key part of Canadian pork exports to South America. In 2002 the government of Argentina suspended the eligibility of Canadian pork processors to ship product into that market in retaliation for Canadian restrictions on the import Argentine beef.

Iowa Ag Sec’y Northey Issues Statement on Branstad’s Nomination for Ambassador to China

Iowa Ag Sec’y Northey Issues Statement on Branstad’s Nomination for Ambassador to China

    Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey issued the following statement regarding Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad accepting the role of U.S. Ambassador to China: “Governor Branstad is uniquely qualified to serve in this critically important position. Iowa and the entire nation will benefit from his leadership of our diplomatic efforts in China. For the

Marty Misener from Southwest Ontario Veterinary Services, Young Pig Bone Health: Does Maternal Dietary Vit D3 Matter?

Marty Misener from Southwest Ontario Veterinary Services, Young Pig Bone Health: Does Maternal Dietary Vit D3 Matter?

Previous studies have suggested that the levels of vitamin D can have a significant effect in protecting their offspring from becoming a diet induced “hump back” pig during the growing period. Bone abnormalities were increased and bone mineral density (BMD) decreased in offspring from sows fed diets with inadequate vitamin D3. Animal science researchers at