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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Oscar Mayer partners with university on animal welfare program

Oscar Mayer partners with university on animal welfare program

Kraft Foods Group Inc.’s Oscar Mayer brand has given a three-year, $125,000 grant to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF) to create an animal welfare program. Kurt Vogel, assistant professor of animal science at UWRF, has been named the Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer faculty scholar. The partnership will help further develop animal welfare education at UWRF

OSI CEO issues personal apology

OSI CEO issues personal apology

OSI Group CEO and owner Sheldon Lavin has posted a personal apology on the company’s website home page, saying “What happened at Husi Shanghai is completely unacceptable. I will not try and defend it or explain it. It was terribly wrong, and I am appalled that it ever happened in the company that I own.”

Updated Pig Code Demonstrates Value of Canada’s Consensus Based Approach to Animal Welfare

Updated Pig Code Demonstrates Value of Canada’s Consensus Based Approach to Animal Welfare

Full Interview 12:01Listen  The associate executive director of the Canadian Pork Council says Canada’s updated Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs has shown the value of Canada’s consensus based approach to addressing animal welfare issues.The National Farm Animal Care Council’s updated Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs

Pork powerhouse wins nuisance lawsuits

Pork powerhouse wins nuisance lawsuits

A trial-court judge has ruled in favor of one of the nation’s largest pork producers in four nuisance lawsuits brought by neighbors of industrial hog farms in Randolph County. The inventory of hogs and pigs in Randolph County more than tripled, from 55,443 to 177,605, between 2007 and 2012, according to the latest Census of

Processing exec arrested on gun charges in D.C.

Processing exec arrested on gun charges in D.C.

Ron Prestage, son of the founder of Prestage Farms and president of Prestage Farms of South Carolina, was arrested by Capitol Police in Washington, D.C., Wednesday morning for allegedly trying to enter the Cannon House Office Building with a loaded handgun in his bag, according to media reports. Prestage and his two brothers are senior executives

Indiana Pork Presenting Sponsor of Indy BBQ Ribfest

Indiana Pork Presenting Sponsor of Indy BBQ Ribfest

Indiana Pork is the presenting sponsor of Indy BBQ Ribfest scheduled from July 24-28, 2014 at Military Park in Indianapolis. The event features food from eight national award winning barbecue teams, live music and family entertainment.   “We are excited to be a part of this community event that has something fun for the whole

Today’s Heavier Market Weights Pose Pig Health Challenges

Today’s Heavier Market Weights Pose Pig Health Challenges

By Jack Creel, D.V.M., senior swine technical services manager for Merck Animal Health           Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) is having a significant impact on swine operations across the country, and producers and packers are scrambling to identify ways to make up for losses from the reduced piglet population. Chris Hurt,

Sow longevity the focus of Feeding for 30® Forum

Sow longevity the focus of Feeding for 30® Forum

Industry panelists discuss the importance of balanced parity structures and feeding for longevity at World Pork Expo event. Sow longevity was the focus of the Feeding for 30® Forum at World Pork Expo on June 4. During the third annual forum, hosted by Purina Animal Nutrition, DSM Nutritional Products and Zinpro Corporation, producers and industry representatives discussed

Organic processor to close after dispute with village

Organic processor to close after dispute with village

Black Earth Meats has notified employees it will close by the end of the month after losing its bank loan following a decision by the village of Black Earth, Wisc., to pursue legal action against the organic processor, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. The small processor of cattle, hogs and lambs had grown in recent years under

Chinese police detain OSI employees over expired meat

Chinese police detain OSI employees over expired meat

Shanghai police have detained five employees of the OSI Group unit in China that was shut down earlier this week after a TV report showed workers using expired meat to make chicken nuggets, according to China’s officialXinhua news agency. The five workers included the quality department manager for OSI subsidiary Shanghai Husi Food Co., which

Genesus Global Marketing Report: Prices for the Week of July 14 2014

Genesus Global Marketing Report: Prices for the Week of July 14 2014

     

Hord Livestock pigs now PEDv-free

Hord Livestock pigs now PEDv-free

One of Crawford County’s largest livestock producers recently was successful at eradicating the PEDv from his herd. The Hord Livestock Company, on Ohio 98 south of Bucyrus, first noticed porcine epidemic diarrhea, or PEDv, among its piglets last January. Many of those piglets have since been lost. “We’re not releasing the number, but it was