New ISU Swine Geneticist Hopes to Help Improve Reproductive Efficiency in Industry

    Using genetics to improve reproductive performance and response to disease is a vital component of the future of the pork industry, and new Iowa State University animal scientist Nick Serão said he hopes his research will help...

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Nutriad launches trace minerals in the USA

The American pork sector continues strong in 2017, driven by the export market and slightly lower hog weights. Companies across the sector are investing in new plants and supply is set to increase by 3% to 4% this year....

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Osborne Introduces New Wean-to-Finish Feeder

Finding the most efficient method of feeding pigs has been a never ending quest for producers and equipment suppliers alike. Hand feeding and automatic, gravity-flow feeders dominated the industry until the development of mechanical-flow feeding in the 1980s. This...

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Pork Checkoff Announces Sponsored Activities at the 2017 World Pork Expo

The Pork Checkoff has an exciting lineup of Checkoff-sponsored events scheduled for World Pork Expo, June 7-9, 2017, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. World Pork Expo attendees can stop by the Varied Industries Building (booth No....

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15 piglets Born Alive with Hypor’s Genetics at Schweinehaltung Düben, German

With an average of 15 piglets born alive, 2017 is shaping up to be a good year for Hypor’s partner Leon van Dijck, the owner of Schweinehaltung Düben GmbH & C. A Nucleus farm in Düben, Germany which works...

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Are your grow/finish barns ready for summer? Let your pigs tell you.

Watch your pigs and adjust your equipment to support optimal finishing in summer heat Whoever coined the phrase “the lazy days of summer” clearly wasn’t a pig farmer. Hot, humid summer weather demands extra vigilance to keep pigs comfortable....

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Industry Programs Help Farmers Gain Consumer Communication Skills

Most consumers are becoming disconnected from agriculture, but still have to find a source for information about what they consume. Pig farmers want to be able to properly inform consumers about the well-being of their livestock and the safety...

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Statement of NPPC President Ken Maschhoff on USDA Establishing an Undersecretary for Trade

NPPC is very pleased that Secretary Perdue is establishing within USDA an undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs, a position that we and others in agriculture fought to get included in the 2014 Farm Bill.   Clearly, the...

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Broad Patent Granted for ENABL® Adjuvant Technology

AgriLabs® today announced it has received a U.S. patent for ENABL® adjuvant technology and its use as a delivery system for the DNA vaccines the company is developing. The patent covers a broad range of adjuvant compositions and methods...

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Global Pork Quarterly Q2 2017: Favorable Global Pork Market to Continue into Q3

The Rabobank RaboResearch Food and Agribusiness analysts find the global pork market is relatively stable, with rising supply from the Americas easily absorbed in the main import markets in Asia, resulting in a steady development of the Rabobank Five-Nation...

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NPPC Supports Legislation To Stop States From Dictating Production Practices In Other States

    Stating that “pork producers, not animal-right activists, lawmakers or regulators, should make the decisions about what production practices are best for their animals and for producing safe food,” Neil Dierks, CEO of the National Pork Producers Council, today in congressional testimony pledged the organization’s support for legislation that would prohibit a state from imposing tax

Genesus Global Technical Report: Russia Market Report

Russia Market Report August 2017 by Simon Grey – General Manager, Russia CIS and Europe   The pig Price in Russia continues to remain high at 116 Roubles ($1.93) per live kg. High profits of up to $100 per pig for effective producers continue!   In pig production, there are only 3 drivers of profit.

Aptimmune Biologics Adds Veterinarian Jessica Seate to Swine Team

  Aptimmune Biologics announces the addition of Jessica Seate, DVM, as a veterinarian for the company’s swine division. In her new role, Seate will help launch Aptimmune’s new PRRSV and Influenza vaccines made with BARRICADE® formulation technology, as well as assist in the development of the company’s portfolio of swine vaccines. “Dr. Seate’s extensive technical

Animal Cancer Centre, OVC Prof Win Veterinary Awards

    The University of Guelph’s animal cancer clinic and an Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) professor have each received an award from Canada’s veterinary association. OVC’s Mona Campbell Centre for Animal Cancer has been named Practice of the Year, and population medicine professor Stephen LeBlanc received the Merck Veterinary Award for his work in farm

Dennis Smith from Archer Financial Services, Cold Storage Confirmed Record Low Belly Stocks, July 25 2017

LEAN HOGS Cash was down .50 yesterday with more of the same in store for today. While the cutout was down .57 at $102.21 packer margins remain highly profitable. This week’s hog slaughter is projected to be 2.214 million, or unchanged from last week and up only 1% from last year. So going into the

BIOMIN Submits EU Dossier for Digestarom® DC as Zootechnical Feed Additive in Piglets

      Following the launch of the innovative phytogenic feed additive at VIV Asia in March, BIOMIN continues the global rollout by applying for zootechnical status in the EU.   Following a successful start to a global launch, BIOMIN submitted a dossier for the EU authorization of Digestarom® DC, a phytogenic feed additive (PFA), for zootechnical

New “Pork Twister” to be Inaugurated at the Pork Patio

    For many, coming to the Pork Patio during the fair has been a tradition for over 30 years. This year, fairgoers can enjoy classics as well as the latest item. A tasty new pork product will be on the menu at the Pork Patio during the 2017 Illinois State Fair.   The “Pork

Water Availability Tended to Increase ADG During the Finisher Feeding Phase when an Extra Drinker was Available for Pigs

  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

Jim Long Pork Commentary, Summer Market Continues to be Lucrative, July 25 2017

Jim Long, President – CEO Genesus Inc.     The summer hog market continues to provide strong profits.  Lean Hogs over 90¢ lb.  Last year same time U.S lean hogs were averaging 72¢ lb.  The difference at least $36 per head to the better.  Huge profit margin improvement.  We had a real nice compliment last

More Virulent Strain of PRRS Challenges Manitoba Pork Producers and Swine Veterinarians

Full Interview 11:43 Listen  Farmscape for July 24, 2017 The President of the Canadian Association of Swine Veterinarians says a new more virulent strain of PRRS is creating new challenges for pork producers and their veterinarians.   Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome is a swine only virus that comes in a variety of strains with

Pork Cutout Up 10% in June Despite 2% Increase in Pork Production

    Highlights: – June hog slaughter was 9.870 million head, 3.2% higher than a year ago.  Pork production up 2% – Sow slaughter in June was 256,100 head, 6.8% from a year ago. Q2 sow slaughter was 743,700 head, 42,100 head (+6%) higher than a year ago – The beef cow herd last January

NPPC Capitol Update, July 24 2017

    HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE HOLDS HEARING ON RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE The House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday held a hearing, The State of Infrastructure in Rural America, that included testimony from six Rebuild Rural Coalition partners on the role of improved roads and bridges, clean water, reliable electricity and broadband Internet access in strengthening the competitiveness of