Cargill Contributes $750,000 To Fair Oaks Farms’ Educational Activities

Cargill Contributes $750,000 To Fair Oaks Farms’ Educational Activities

argill was recognized at a grand opening ceremony of the Pork Education Center at Fair Oaks Farms on Sunday, June 28, 2015, for its $750,000 contribution that will enable Fair Oaks Farms’ non-profit arm to educate students and the...

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New Cell Phone App Allows Quick Reporting of Swine Health Observations

New Cell Phone App Allows Quick Reporting of Swine Health Observations

Farmscape for June 29, 2015 Full Interview 9:21 Listen The Western Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network has introduced a new cell phone app designed to make it easier for veterinarians to report on the health status of swine in...

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Controlling Costs, Improving Herd Health are Keys to Success in Tough Times

Controlling Costs, Improving Herd Health are Keys to Success in Tough Times

Swine veterinary experts provide goals & insights to boost profits in today’s market During the 2015 World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, veterinarians from two leading swine health and production companies shared their recommendations on how producers can...

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Pork Checkoff Announces #RealPigFarming Student Social Forces Team

Pork Checkoff Announces #RealPigFarming Student Social Forces Team

The Pork Checkoff has selected 12 college students to be a part of the #RealPigFarming Student Social Forces team this year. Participants were selected based on their involvement in the pork industry and their strong communication skills. The team...

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Alltech completes acquisition of Ridley Inc.

Alltech completes acquisition of Ridley Inc.

Alltech announced today that it has successfully completed the acquisition of Ridley Inc. (“Ridley”) pursuant to the terms of the previously announced plan of arrangement transaction.   “Alltech is committed to delivering greater performance and value to farms and...

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Ontario Pork Congress, This Week in Stratford

Ontario Pork Congress, This Week in Stratford

The Ontario Pork Congress is gearing up for the 42nd year of its annual tradeshow, taking place Wednesday, June 17 and Thursday, June 18. The goal for this year’s show, say Pork Congress organizers, is to create an event...

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Producers Urge Peers to “Open Barn Doors” for Consumers

Producers Urge Peers to “Open Barn Doors” for Consumers

Producer panel members Erin Brenneman, Soules and Thomas Titus (far right) joined moderator Brad Greenway to discuss ways to reach out to consumer Source: Mike King from the Pork Checkoff It’s not always comfortable. It’s not always easy. But...

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Hank Harris from Harrisvaccines wins EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 Upper Midwest awards

Hank Harris from Harrisvaccines wins EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 Upper Midwest awards

EY today announced that Dr. Hank Harris of Harrisvaccines, an Ames-Iowa based animal vaccine producer, received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2015 Award in the manufacturing category in the Upper Midwest. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate...

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JBS to Abandon Lifelong Confinement of Breeding Sows in Gestation Crates

JBS to Abandon Lifelong Confinement of Breeding Sows in Gestation Crates

BS, owner of SEARA, Brazil’s second largest pork producer and the world’s largest animal protein processing company, announced in its sustainability report plans to phase out the use of gestation crates to confine breeding sows at all company-owned facilities....

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Zoetis Brings PeopleFirst™ Leadership Training Close to Customers

Zoetis Brings PeopleFirst™ Leadership Training Close to Customers

Classes nationwide help managers strengthen their teams, improve profitability For managers in agriculture and veterinary medicine who want to overcome organizational challenges and grow their business, Zoetis is providing training that transforms how businesses operate. PeopleFirst™ training is available...

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Sam Wildman Pork Producer Commentary, It’s Not About Transparency, It’s About People, July 1st 2015

Sam Wildman Pork Producer Commentary, It’s Not About Transparency, It’s About People, July 1st 2015

My name is Thomas, and I raise a family, we happen to do it on a farm”.   That’s how my friend Thomas Titus introduced himself to a group at World Pork Expo during a panel discussion about on-farm transparency. Those words struck me when he said it, and they have stayed with me through

ConAgra to dump private label business after pressure from activist investor Jana

ConAgra to dump private label business after pressure from activist investor Jana

Source: Fortune The food maker, under pressure from activist shareholder Jana Partners, will sell off its private label business, undoing a $5 billion deal it had hailed as “transformational” but had turned out to be a big drain on its coffers. Well that didn’t take long. Less than two weeks after activist hedge fund Jana

Major Livestock Producers Join Bion To Support Chesapeake Bay Strategy

Major Livestock Producers Join Bion To Support Chesapeake Bay Strategy

Source: Bion Environmental news release Major producers and trade organizations in the nation’s dairy, beef, swine and poultry industries have joined together in support for Pennsylvania Senate Bill 724, Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. (OTC QB: BNET), a provider of advanced livestock waste treatment technology, announced this week. Pennsylvania Farm Bureau has also voiced its support

Evolution spurs leadership promotions at Allflex Group and Allflex USA

Evolution spurs leadership promotions at Allflex Group and Allflex USA

Following the evolution of the Allflex Group highlighted by the recent acquisitions of SCR (Israel) and SureFlap (USA), Brian Bolton has been named chief operating officer of the Allflex Group of companies worldwide, and Glenn Fischer will assume the role of president of Allflex USA. Brian Bolton is currently, and since 2004, president of Allflex USA Inc., and

Cargill Contributes $750,000 To Fair Oaks Farms’ Educational Activities

Cargill Contributes $750,000 To Fair Oaks Farms’ Educational Activities

argill was recognized at a grand opening ceremony of the Pork Education Center at Fair Oaks Farms on Sunday, June 28, 2015, for its $750,000 contribution that will enable Fair Oaks Farms’ non-profit arm to educate students and the general public on modern agriculture production practices that benefit the environment, use fewer natural resources, and

Pork CRC Comings and Goings

Pork CRC Comings and Goings

Charles Rikard-Bell (above) has been appointed Manager, Commercialisation and Research Impact at Cooperative Research Centre for High Integrity Australian Pork (Pork CRC).   Announcing the appointment, Pork CRC CEO, Roger Campbell, said Dr Rikard-Bell’s role would be to generate revenue from those Pork CRC research outcomes with identified genuine commercial potential.   “Charles will also

Mike Brumm Commentary, A huge hole in my heart, July 1st 2015

Mike Brumm Commentary, A huge hole in my heart, July 1st 2015

In my many years of writing this blog I’ve only written about my personal life a few times. Today I write with a heavy heart about the loss of my wife Janet of 34 years. Jan passed away early Sunday morning after a 4.5 year battle with breast cancer. Because of her tremendous support I

Alltech features 15 research abstracts at 2015 JAM

Alltech features 15 research abstracts at 2015 JAM

Global animal health and nutrition leader Alltech will showcase 15 abstracts at the Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) of the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) and the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) in Orlando, Florida, from July 12-16.   “This year’s abstracts highlight Alltech’s continued commitment and partnership with academia to find innovative strategies and

Purina; The only thing better then the product is the advice that comes with it

Purina; The only thing better then the product is the advice that comes with it

Our team of certified swine consultants offer the industry’s beat knowledge and recommendations. Partnering with Purina means access to our wide range of programs and consultant services: -Swine Production and nutrition support -Feed performance standards -On-Farm Formulation and economic reports -Swine growth and performance models -Carcass data analysis -Financial services of enterprise analysis -On-Farm proofs

Zoetis quick tips: Handle Vaccines Properly

Zoetis quick tips: Handle Vaccines Properly

Proper vaccine handling and storage helps maintain the product’s effectiveness and ensure pig safety when administered.   Maintaining herd health is of utmost importance to any successful swine operation. An infectious disease outbreak can cause economic devastation, and full recovery of a herd can take months.   “Vaccines are vital to disease prevention,” said Lucina

U.S. Live Hog Prices Expected to Decline Slowly Through the Rest of 2015

U.S. Live Hog Prices Expected to Decline Slowly Through the Rest of 2015

Farmscape for June 30, 2015 Full Interview 5:39 Listen An agricultural economics professor with the University of Missouri expects declining live hog prices for the rest of 2015. Last year Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea caused a tremendous amount of death loss of baby pigs in the United States reducing U.S. slaughter numbers by nearly 5 percent

Sycamore veterinarian named 2015 Pork Master

Sycamore veterinarian named 2015 Pork Master

Noel Garbes was named Master of the Pork Industry by National Hog Farmer Magazine, but he doesn’t farm pigs – he treats them. Garbes is a veterinarian at Bethany Swine Health Services, specializing in large animals and pigs.…