Young Couple Eager to Start Their Pig Farming Journey

Justin and Whitney McKeown of Hancock County are ready to dive into the pork industry. They are the owners of Oak Ridge Farm, LLC in rural La Harpe. Whitney calls this area home and grew up on a grain...

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Managing Feeding to Reduce Waste in Lactation

Feed is the single largest cost associated with producing pork, ranging from 50-70% of the total cost of production.  When looking to save money in their feeding programs, producers typically consider the finishing herd as it represents approximately two-thirds...

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Trump Urged To Start Trade Talks With Japan

Ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s state visit here, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Pork Producers Council urged President Trump to begin negotiations on a free trade agreement with Japan.   In a joint letter...

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U.S. Withdrawal from TPP Could Create Opportunities for Canadian Pork

Farmscape for February 6, 2017 Full Interview 6:58 Listen The Chair of the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board says the U.S. rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement could potentially create new export opportunities for the Canadian pork industry....

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Zehr Family honored as IPPA Family of the Year

The Zehr Family from Washington, IL has been named the 2017 Family of the Year from the Illinois Pork Producers Association. This award is announced each year during the Illinois Pork Expo and is given to a family who...

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Hormel stops taking pigs from farm shown in undercover video

Source: News Hormel Foods Corp. said Tuesday it has stopped accepting hogs from a pork supplier in Oklahoma after an animal rights group released undercover video from a farm the supplier owns showing pigs in crowded pens and...

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Maintaining Pork Exports to Canada, Mexico Critical

The National Pork Producers Council today committed to work with the Trump administration to preserve tariff-free market access for U.S. pork exports to Canada and Mexico. The administration is planning to pursue trade discussions with the two countries.  ...

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Trouw Nutrition USA Neosho Processing Plant Emphasizes Excellence

A commitment to continuous improvement and excellence in the manufacturing process is a key operational philosophy at Trouw Nutrition USA’s Neosho, Missouri premix plant. The facility has been named the Premix Manufacturer Category Winner in the 2016 Feed Facility...

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Survey Shows 95% Of Pork Producers Are Complying With New Antibiotic Rules

Source: National Pork Board news release U.S. pig farmers are not only well aware of new federal rules for on-farm antibiotic use, but already are complying. In a survey conducted by the National Pork Board in November, 95 percent...

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IDT Biologika Establishes Animal Health Americas Business Unit

Global vaccines and biologics technology leader to focus on the development, production and delivery of high-quality autogenous, wildlife and commercial vaccines and diagnostic solutions for use in animals in Canada and US José Ochoa, a veteran biopharmaceutical industry business...

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Farm Bureau, 500 Other Groups Call for Support of Farm Bill Funding

    Reduced spending under the 2014 farm bill contributed greatly to the nation’s deficit reduction effort. However, additional cuts to the 2018 farm bill would present perils on many fronts, a diverse coalition today told congressional appropriations and budget leaders. In a letter, 502 different groups, representing a wide range of constituents – from

Farm and Food Groups Oppose Attempts to Reopen the 2014 Farm Bill

  Today, a broad alliance of farm, conservation, nutrition, and rural groups delivered a letter to the House and Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees urging them not to re-open the 2014 Farm Bill through the budget or appropriations process. “The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has joined together with the American Farm Bureau Federation, Bread

Mike Brumm Economist Commentary, Pig Health Care Systems, February 22 2016

    I had planned to write this blog last Friday but I ended up spending the majority of the afternoon at the doctor’s office with my handicapped daughter. While waiting to be called in to see the doctor I got to thinking about the access to medical care we have in the US even

Dusty Compart of AgStar Financial Commentary, Gaining Equity in an Existing Operation: 5 Benefits to Contract Growing, February 22 2016

With agriculture’s cyclical nature, we’ve seen our young and beginning farmers struggle to gain equity in an existing operation. Additionally, with prices like these, farm families are avoiding their succession plans. This makes it hard for second or third generation farmers to build equity and take more ownership in the farm. While this is common,

Retention of Dietary Nitrogen in Pigs Ranges From 30% to 60%

    After energy, protein is the second most expensive nutrient in swine rations but utilization tends to be low.  Retention of dietary nitrogen in pigs ranges from 30% to 60% of intake with much of this inefficiency the result of catabolism of excess amino acid/protein intake or unbalanced amino acid supply.  This catabolism represents

Jim Long Pork Commentary, U.S. Hog Market Getting Stronger, February 21

  On October 21, April Lean Hog Futures were at $0.56/lb. Last Friday, April lean hog futures closed at $0.7075/lb. That’s over $30 USD per head increase. It’s about the difference between losing $15 per head to making $15 per head. It’s going in the right direction. The reason is very strong pork demand. High

2016 U.S. Pork Exports Show Impressive Progress

  At year-end 2016, U.S. pork exports showed impressive progress following a challenging 2015. In 2016, 5.1 billion pounds of pork and pork variety meats valued at $5.94 billion dollars were exported, up 8 percent and 7 percent respectively from 2015, according to the USDA. “We saw a strong 2016 for U.S. pork exports, but

McKenzie Beals Awarded Larry E. Sitzman Youth in Nebraska Agriculture Scholarship

  McKenzie Beals of Friend, NE, has been awarded the 2017 Larry E. Sitzman Youth in Nebraska Agriculture Scholarship.   McKenzie is a senior studying Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary Medicine at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She has been accepted as a member of the veterinary school class of 2021, in the cooperative program between the

Tyson Fresh Meats introduces new pork line

Tyson Fresh Meats, a subsidiary of Tyson Foods is launching a new lineup of quality pork products called Chairman’s Reserve Prime Pork. The new product has a desirable amount of marbling, appetizing color and a pH level that is in demand from high-end retailers.   “Our retail and foodservice customers have long associated the Chairman’s Reserve brand with exceptional

Canadian and American Pork Producers Recognize Value of Trade

Full Interview 11:30Listen      Farmscape for February 21, 2017 The Chair of Manitoba Pork says pork producers on both sides of the Canada U.S. border recognize the value of trade and value the essence of free trade. Last week trade was among the items on the agenda as pork industry representatives gathered in Minneapolis

Changing Attitudes to Animal Welfare Increasingly Reflected in Behaviour

  Full Interview 8:07 Listen  Farmscape for February 21, 2017 A Professor with the University of Melbourne says consumers are becoming more involved in animal welfare issues and that involvement is starting to have a greater impact on their behaviour. “How Public Attitudes Predict Community Behaviours” was discussed earlier this month as part of the

Seaboard to Add Second Shift to its New Pork Processing Plant in Iowa

    Sioux City Journal reports: The developers of a pork plant under construction in Sioux City are moving forward with plans for a second shift that will eventually increase the total number of jobs to around 2,000, nearly double the original estimate. The expansion will raise the cost of the Seaboard Triumph Foods project by